The Copa América at Stake
For the second edition of the South-American National Team Competition, held in Uruguay, the Conmebol put the Copa América Trophy at stake for the first time. Bought for three thousand Swiss francs, the Cup was lifted by the Uruguayans, who became back-to-back continental champions. With the presence of the same countries who took part in the inaugural competition (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay), the 1917 tournament was held at the Parque Perreira Stadium, in Montevideo.
Situated a few meters away from the current Centenário Stadium, the Parque Perreira was built specifically to host the South-American competition, in 1917. With huge attendance, the tournament was considered a success in Uruguay and also by the South-American Confederation, who programmed a third edition, to be held the following year, in Brazil.
On the field of play, Uruguay confirmed their status as hot favorites, despite boasting a side which was totally different from the one who won the competition in 1916. Without superstar Gradín, the Uruguayan squad was marshaled by talented Héctor Scarone and prolific striker Romano. In the decisive match, against Argentina, the Uruguayans beat the Argentineans by the odd goal, scored by Héctor Scarone, and were also favored by the departure of several Argentineans, who returned to their country to work in their main jobs, since all of them were amateur players at the time.