After more than 80 years, Brazil finally won a Copa América playing away from home. In the 38th edition of the competition, held in Bolivia, the Brazilian squad brushed aside their rivals, winning all six of their matches en route to the title. Managed by Zagallo, who counted on superstars Romário, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Dunga and Taffarel, the Brazilian team also boasted the top scorer of the tournament, striker Ronaldo, the Phenom, with 7 goals to his credit.
In the final match, broadcast to 150 countries, Brazil beat Bolivia 3-1, despite playing at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level. The hosts, who had won all their previous fixtures, saw skipper Vladimir Soría and midfielder Marco Etcheverry stand out. Mexico, who overcame Peru in the battle for third place, had a fine performance once again in the Copa América, that welcomed a new participant: Costa Rica, a Concacaf member, invited by the South-American Football Confederation.