CONMEBOL Copa América 2019 has arrived. This Friday, June 14, the whole continent will vibrate with the inauguration of the tournament and the first match of Group B, between Brazil and Bolivia national teams, at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.
The Copa America is the oldest national team tournament in the world. It was played for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 1916. Some of the best and most recognized athletes in world soccer are South Americans and will play in the 46th edition of the tournament, from June 14 to July 7.
The main men’s football tournament of South American teams will be held for the fifth time in Brazil and organized by the Local Organizing Committee – CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019. Coincidentally, the event returns in the year that completes 100 years of the first edition on Brazilian soil – 1919. Brazil also hosted the event in 1922, 1949 and 1989.
In addition to the ten South American members of CONMEBOL (Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela), Japan and Qatar, members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), participate as guests. There are nine FIFA World Cup titles gathered on the field.
The 26 matches will be distributed in six stadiums in host cities: Mineirão Stadium (Belo Horizonte), Arena do Grêmio (Porto Alegre), Estádio do Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro), Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador), Arena Corinthians and Estádio Morumbi (both in São Paulo).
The current two-time American championship, the Chilean national team, will fight for the three-time championship with a very different team from the 2015 CONMEBOL Copa America, played at home, and the CONMEBOL Copa America Centenario, held the following year in the United States. Of the 23 players called up by Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda, 11 of them competed in the last edition of the tournament.
One of the most important absences is the goalkeeper of the Manchester City, Claudio Bravo, who lost the opportunity to play for his team for most of the season due to a serious Achilles tendon injury. The head of the English team led by Pep Guardiola was the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, called up by Tite to defend his country in the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil.
With more than 100 years of history, CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019 has hundreds of statistics, which prove one of the most important of the oldest national team tournament in the world: it is a competition without precedent.
These are 14 statistics ahead of the beginning of CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019, which will be played from June 14.
14 own goals in competition: 14 own goals have been seen in CONMEBOL Copa América since 1995; Brazil was the team most favoured by these scores (4).
13 matches of Ronaldo in the Cup: Brazilian striker Ronaldo played 13 matches of the CONMEBOL Copa América with Brazil and won them all; among the players who have won 100% of their matches, he is the one who has played more.
12 consecutive victories: Brazil won 12 straight matches in its 1997-1999 bicampeonato, being the biggest streak in the history of CONMEBOL Copa América.
Paolo Guerrero completed 11 goals: Peru striker Paolo Guerrero is the active player with the most goals scored in Copa América history: he has scored 11 goals in 19 games.
10 goals scored by Eduardo Vargas: Eduardo Vargas is Chile’s all-time top scorer in CONMEBOL Copa América (10 goals, same as Enrique Hormazábal).
9 teams outside CONMEBOL in the Cup: Qatar will become the ninth team out of the CONMEBOL national teams to take part in this tournament (Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Honduras, Panama, Japan, Jamaica and Haiti are the other eight).
8 games without conceding a goal: Colombia maintained their unbeaten streak in eight straight matches between 2001 and 2004, the biggest ever streak in the CONMEBOL Copa América.
7 Venezuelan goals: The maximum number of goals scored by the Venezuelan national team in a CONMEBOL Copa América is seven, achieved in 2011 and 1967.
6 consecutive games scoring goals: Brazil’s Nilo Murtinho Braga has the longest streak of straight goals in Copa América history: he scored in six consecutive games between 1923 and 1925.
Brazil has won the Copa America 5 times: Brazil will host the fifth edition of the Copa América; so far, it has won all four times (1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989).
4 players who scored five goals in one match: Four players managed to score five goals in a Copa América match: Héctor Scarone (Uruguay, 1926 vs Bolivia), Juan Andrés Marvezzi (Argentina, 1941 vs Ecuador), José Manuel Moreno (Argentina, 1942 vs Ecuador) and Evaristo (Brazil, 1957 vs Colombia).
3 goalkeepers: Only three goalkeepers have scored goals in CONMEBOL Copa América: René Higuita (Colombia, 1989 vs Venezuela), Erwin Ramírez (Ecuador, 1991 vs Bolivia) and José Luis Chilavert (Paraguay, 1997 vs Argentina).
They scored twice in a final: Ronaldo (Brazil, 1997 and 1999) and Pablo Javier Bengoechea (Uruguay, 1987 and 1995) are the only players to have scored in two Copa América finals.
1 goal for history: José Piendibene, from Uruguay, scored the first goal in the history of the Copa América: it was on July 2, 1916, 44 minutes into the game, in the 4-0 win over Chile.