Confirming their tradition in the Copa América, Uruguay clinched the South-American Title at home, as they did in the six previous occasions when they hosted the tournament (1917, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1956 and 1967). Playing at the historic Centenário Stadium, the Uruguayans kept their amazing unbeaten record of 38 matches in Montevideo, (with 31 wins and 7 draws).
Coached by Héctor Nuñes and led by superstar Enzo Francescoli on the field, Uruguay celebrated their title against Brazil, who boasted several 1994 World Cup champions, the likes of Taffarel, Jorginho, Aldair and Dunga. The final, which ended goal-less, was decided after a penalty shoot-out for the first time ever. With this title, the 14th in their history, Uruguay matched Argentina, the most successful winner up until then, in number of Cups lifted.
Besides being the greatest champion, Argentina has also most of the runner-up titles – total of 12. As the runner-up in 2004 and 2007, Argentina surpassed Brazil (11 runner-up titles). Uruguay held the title six times.