Without a stadium capable of hosting the Copa América, Paraguay once again lost the opportunity of organizing the tournament, which was held in Peru for a fourth time. This decision, however, didn’t dampen the spirits of the Paraguayans, who traveled to Lima in full force to lift their first title in history. Victory in the extra match couldn’t have had a better taste: a 3-2 win over Brazil, to whom they had lost the decisive match in the previous edition.
The standouts of the side from Paraguay were Berni, Fernández and defender Heriberto Herrera, who would come to shine subsequently as manager in Spanish and Italian football. On the Brazilian side, the stars were defender Djalma Santos and Nilton Santos, midfielder Didi, all World Cup champions, in 1958, besides striker Julinho, with 5 goals scored.
Once again, Argentina were absent from the competition. It’s important to recall that Venezuela, a country where the sport had little exposure, had no conditions to participate in the event. Uruguay, who didn’t boast their top players, were never in contention for the title.