Until 1993, only South American countries could participate in Copa América. For the 1993 competition, Conmebol invited other two teams: Mexico and USA. From that year on, the practice became common.
Chile had the best striker in five Copa América editions: David Arellano (7 goals, in 1926), Raúl Toro (7 goals, in 1937), Francisco Molina (8 goals, in 1953), Enrique Hormazábal (4 goals, in 1956), and Jorge Peredo (4 goals, in 1979).
King Pelé played in only one Copa América edition, the 1959 competition. In that year, Pelé was elected the tournament’s best striker, having scored eight goals, but wound up as runner-up, since Argentina won the championship.
The Colombian player who scored the greatest number of goals in Copa América’s history was Arnoldo Iguarán, scoring 10 goals in the 1979, 1983, 1987, 1989, and 1991 editions.
Manuel Gavilán is the Paraguayan player with the greatest number of matches in Copa América, having played in the 1947, 1949, and 1953 editions.
Chilean Enrique Hormazábal was the player who scored the historic Copa América’s goal number 1,000 in the victory by 7 x 1 over Ecuador, in 1955.
Claudio Suárez is the Mexican player with the greatest number of matches in Copa América. He played 22 matches in the 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2004 editions.
Even though it hosted only three Copa América editions, George Capwell stadium, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, ranks fifth among those that held the greatest number of matches in the competition (30 matches).
The Paraguayan players with the highest scores in Copa América are Aurelio González, with nine goals in the 1929 and 1937 editions, and Juan Bautista Villalba, who also scored nine goals in the 1946 and 1947 editions.
Venezuela was the last among Conmebol countries to host Copa América. The country organized the last Copa América, in 2007.
From the teams that will play the Copa America in 2011, Costa Rica did not face only Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Argentina. The last will be the Costa Rican opponent this year.
Ecuador competed 24 times in Copa América, but never was able to win a single title. The country’s best result was a 4th place.
En 11 partidos jugados, Costa Rica nunca sufrió una expulsión.
In the two Copa América editions organized by the country, Bolivia qualified for the final. In 1963, the country won the championship. Recently, in 1997, the team reached the decisive match, but wound up losing the final to Brazil, at a high altitude in La Paz (3,600 meters above sea level).
Chile did not take part in seven editions: 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1959, and the extra 1959 Copa América.
In the only Copa América edition hosted by the country, in 2007, Venezuela managed to reach its second best rank – a sixth place. However, 12 countries played in the tournament, twice as much participants as in 1967, when the team ranked fifth.