Venezuela is the Conmebol country that has fewer participations in Copa América, having played only in 14 of the 42 editions. Among guests, Honduras and Japan played only once.
The 1947 edition of Copa América was marked by democracy. AFA (Asociación del Fútbol Argentino) conducted a polling in order to determine which strikers would defend the team in the competition.
Bolivia was defeated in the third highest score in Copa América – 10 x 1, against Brazil, in 1949. In 1927, the Bolivian team took other historic high score from Uruguay (9 x 0).
Playing abroad, the Bolivian team had as its best result a 4th place in the 1949 edition. In 1927, Bolivia also ranked at fourth. However, in that year, only four teams played in Copa América.
The highest score by Paraguay in a match was 7 x 0 against Bolivia, in 1949. The greatest score against Paraguay was 8 x 0 for Argentina, in 1926.
Colombia se tornó, en 2001, el séptimo país a conquistar la Copa América. La competición no tenía un campeón inédito desde 1963 (Bolivia), 38 años antes.
Although Japan’s flag is red and white, the Japanese players wear a blue uniform, as the flag’s colors are prohibited. Thus, the blue color, the predominant color in the local federation of football, was adopted.
Besides Mexico, other four countries were invited to participate in Copa América: Costa Rica, Honduras, USA, and Japan.
Uruguay, al lado de Argentina, es el mayor campeón de la Copa América, con 14 conquistas. Celeste fue aún seis veces vicecampeona.
From 1997 to 2007, Peru always qualified for the quarter-finals in Copa América, having reached the semi-final in 1997.
The Venezuelan team plays wearing a crimson T-shirt, which explains its moniker “Red Wine.” However, the country’s flag (which is yellow, blue and red) has no crimson color.
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.
Besides being the Bolivian record-holder for matches and goals in Copa América, Ugarte has yet another feat – he is the only player who was part of the Bolivian team in the 1950 World Cup and the Copa América edition of 1963, the year of the title.
Paraguay had two best strikers in Copa América – Aurelio González, in 1929, with five goals, and Eugenio Morel, in 1979 (the year of Paraguay’s second title), scoring four goals.
Copa América trophy, made of silver and a wooden base, was purchased in a jewel store in Buenos Aires, in 1917. It is 75-cm high, 30-cm wide and weighs 9 kg. At that time, its price was 3,000 francs.
In direct confrontations, Bolivia has an advantage only over México among the adversaries that will compete in 2011 Copa América. However, the Bolivian team shows the same performance as that of adversaries as Colombia, Ecuador, Japan, and Venezuela.