Striker Evaristo de Macedo holds the Brazilian record with five goals in a single match in Copa América. The match was played against Colombia, in 1957, and finished with a score of 9 x 0 for the Brazilian team.
Only once in Copa América’s history an Ecuadorian player was elected the competition’s best striker. In 1963, Carlos Alberto Raffo, accomplished the feat, having scored six goals.
Teodoro Fernández and Cornelio Heredia are the players with the greatest number of matches in Copa América for the Peruvian team, counting 24 matches each. Fernández played in the 1935, 1937, 1941, 1942, and 1947 editions. Heredia, in turn, played in 1947, 1949, 1953, 1955, and 1956.
In its very first participation, in 1993, the Mexican team reached the final. However, in the decisive match, the team was defeated by Argentina by 2 x 1.
Juan Marvezi and José Manuel Moreno are the Argentine players who scored the greatest number of goals (five goals) in a single match in Copa América. Marvezi made five goals in the high score of 6 x 1 over Ecuador, in 1941. Moreno scored five goals in the victory by 12 x 0 over Ecuador, in 1942.
The only Venezuelan best striker in Copa América’s history is José Luis Dolgetta, who scored four goals in 1993.
Richard Páez participated in five Copa América editions for Venezuela – two as player, in 1975 and 1979, and three as manager, in 2001, 2004, and 2007.
For six times, Peru was the host country for Copa América (1927, 1935, 1939, 1953, 1957, and 2004), but won only one edition, in 1939. In 2004, the last time the country organized the tournament, Peru was eliminated at the quarter-finals.
The best titles achieved by Chile in Copa América were the runner-up titles of 1955, 1956, 1979, and 1987.
Chile did not take part in seven editions: 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1959, and the extra 1959 Copa América.
The first goal in Copa América was scored by a Uruguayan player – José Piendibene scored his goal in the victory over Chile by 4 x 0, in 1916. “The Master,” as he was called, became famous playing for Peñarol.
Nacional stadium, located in the city of Santiago, Chile, is the stadium where most of the Copa América matches were held - 68 matches. In the second place is Centenário stadium, in Montevideo, Uruguay, counting 65 matches.
Coach Javier Aguirre, who led the Mexican team in 2002 and 2010 World Cups, was the runner-up in 2001 Copa América, hosted by Colombia.
Besides being the greatest champion, Argentina has also most of the runner-up titles – total of 12. As the runner-up in 2004 and 2007, Argentina surpassed Brazil (11 runner-up titles). Uruguay held the title six times.
Created together with South America Football Championship, the competition was called by this name until 1967. Since 1975, the tournament is called Copa América.
The referee who participated in most of the matches in Copa América’s history – 25 games in the ‘30s – is Argentine referee José Bartolomé Macías.