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A Look Back: The History of Copa América

Copa América, the premier football tournament for national teams in South America, has a rich history that began more than a hundred years ago. As the oldest continental football competition in the world, its history is filled with fascinating events, legendary players, and unforgettable matches.

The origins of Copa América can be traced back to 1916 when it was first held to honor the 100th centenary of Argentina's independence. The inaugural tournament featured just four teams: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Uruguay emerged victorious, marking the beginning of a football rivalry that would intensify over the decades.

In its early years, the tournament saw frequent editions, sometimes annually, as more countries joined the competition. By the 1920s, Copa América had established itself as a significant event in the football calendar, with Uruguay and Argentina dominating these early years and showcasing the high level of football talent in South America.


Copa América has significantly influenced global football, often serving as a platform for South American teams to showcase their skills ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Brazil's 1958 World Cup-winning team, led by a young Pelé, first gained international attention during the 1957 Copa América.


In the 1970s, the format of Copa América underwent several changes, including the introduction of a group stage and the participation of guest teams from other continents. This era saw the rise of new football powers, with Paraguay, Colombia, and Peru claiming their place among the traditional giants. The 1989 Copa América, held in Brazil, marked the beginning of a more structured and regular schedule for the tournament. Since then, it has been held every four years, with the exception of special editions.

Copa América's rich history is a testament to the enduring passion for football in South America. From its humble beginnings to its status as a globally recognized tournament, Copa América has provided countless moments of joy, drama, and excitement. As the tournament continues to evolve, it remains a celebration of the beautiful game and the vibrant cultures of its participating nations. This historical overview provides a glimpse into the legacy of Copa América, highlighting its significance in the world of football and its role in shaping the sport's history.

Copa América game schedule June 27th - July 6

Thursday June 27th 6pm – Panama vs USA

Thursday June 27th 9pm - Uruguay vs Bolivia

Friday 28th 6pm – Colombia vs Costa Rica

Friday 28th 9pm – Paraguay vs Brazil

Saturday June 29th 8pm – Argentina vs Peru

Saturday June 29th 8pm – Canada vs Chile

Sunday June 30th 8pm – Mexico vs Ecuador

Sunday June 30th 8pm – Jamaica vs Venezuela

Monday July 1st 9pm – Bolivia vs Panama

Monday July 1st 9pm - USA vs Uruguay

Tuesday July 2 9pm – Brazil vs Colombia

Tuesday July 2 9pm - Costa Rica vs Paraguay

Quarterfinal Thursday July 4th 9pm - TBD

Quarterfinal Friday July 5th 9pm - TBD

Quarterfinal Saturday July 6 6pm – TBD

Quarterfinal Saturday July 6 9pm – TBD

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