After a long period of time without being held, the Copa América took place in Lima, Peru. After the 1930 World Cup Finals, in Uruguay, runners-up Argentina parted company with the Uruguayans. Believing they had been pressured and insulted during the World Cup, Argentina only agreed to compete again in the South-American Championship six years later, in 1935.
Uruguay, six-time winners of the Copa América, two-time gold medalists at the Olympics and champions of the first edition of the World Cup finals, confirmed their supremacy in the 13th edition of the Copa America. They claimed three wins in three matches: 1-nil before hosts Peru, 2-1 against Chile and 3-nil against bitter rivals Argentina, in the decisive match.
In the 1935 Copa América, it was permitted for the first time in the history of the tournament to substitute players. The entrance of Chilean Enrique Sorrel, replacing Arturo Carmona, in the match against Argentina, on the 6th of January, established the first substitution in a Copa America.