For the first and only time in history, the Copa América was held twice in the same year. In 1959, after taking place in Argentina, in March and April, the competition was organized by Ecuador, in the month of December. The Ecuadorians requested Conmebol to host an extra edition of the tournament in order to celebrate the inauguration of the Modelo Stadium, in Guayaquil, with capacity for 55 thousand spectators, the greatest in the country until then.
Besides Ecuador, four other countries participated in this special edition of the Copa América. However, Brazil were the only ones not to show up with their first-choice players, preferring to be represented by a team from the state of Pernambuco. Despite calling up players from Boca, San Lorenzo and Racing, Argentina were unable to repeat the fine performance of the start of the year. Therefore, Uruguay, with Juan Carlos Corazzo at the helm, capitalized on the opportunity and won their tenth Copa América. After kicking-off with a crushing win over Ecuador (4-nil), the side with defender Alcides Silvera and striker José Sacía, beat Brazil 3-nil and bitter rivals Argentina 5-nil to clinch the title in anticipation.