The 29th edition of the Copa América saw some novelties, establishing a trend for the following editions. For the first time ever, the competition boasted a preliminary phase, during which Chile took on Colombia and Ecuador clashed with Paraguay. The matches were held without a fixed venue, the same happening in the 1975, 1979 and 1983 Cups.
In the final phase, held for the sixth time in Montevideo, Uruguay, the greatest surprise was the debut of Venezuela. The country was the last member of Conmebol to participate in the Copa América, 51 years after the inaugural tournament. Confirming their tradition, Uruguay were unbeatable at home and made sure that the title wouldn’t leave Montevideo. At the Centenário Stadium, the Uruguayans won four matches and tied one en route to their eleventh Copa América victory. In the last and decisive encounter, against Argentina, young striker Pedro Virgílio Rocha scored the title-clincher. Still in 1967, two other fine players took the spotlight in the tournament, defender Elias Figueroa, considered by many the best Chilean player of all time, and Argentinean striker Luis Artime, top scorer of the competition with 5 goals.
The edition with the highest goal average was held in 1937, in Peru. In six matches, 37 goals were scored, an average of 6.17 goals per match. In that year, Argentina wound up as champion, and Uruguayan player Norberto Figueroa was the best striker with four goals.