In order to celebrate the centennial of their independence, Brazil requested the organizers of the Copa América and the Conmebol to host the event and they complied. In Rio de Janeiro, at the Laranjeiras Stadium – venue of the 1919 tournament – the Brazilian squad rose to the occasion and lifted the South-American title, their second ever, once again as hosts. Depleted of superstar Artur Friendenreich, Brazil was led by three 1919 champions: Amilcar, Neco e Heitor Domingues.
The competition, which had the participation of five countries for the first time in history, saw three national teams end the first phase level on points at the top of the table: Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. The Uruguayans withdrew from the tournament in protest against the refereeing committee, opening the door for a crunch match between Brazil and Paraguay. In the battle for the title, the Brazilians came away with a 3-nil victory.
Argentina, unable to field players from their top clubs, the likes of River Plate, Independiente, Racing and San Lorenzo, performed below par, unlike in the previous edition, when they lifted the trophy for the very first time.