Staged since 1916, Copa América is the oldest competition of soccer teams in the world. In 2011, the tournament will take place in Argentina and will count with the presence of 12 (twelve) teams. Of these, seven were in the 2010 World Cup's last eight: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, and Japan. The competition is equivalent to the UEFA European Football Championship, and is disputed in the same ways as the World Cup.
Since 1993, besides the ten South American countries, another two countries outside the continent have always from then on participated in the tournament as invitees. It is worth to remind that Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay take the scene of the world soccer, and altogether these three South American countries have won 9 (nine) World Cups.
The 2011 Copa América will have a special attraction for the first time: the 43rd edition of this tournament will be fully transmitted in the HD (High-Definition) format. 200 countries are estimated to watch the competition.
The last edition of Copa América was realized in July 2007, in Venezuela. New soccer aces such as Robinho, for Brazil, and Lionel Messi, for Argentina, received warm applauses at the Venezuelan stadiums. Brazil was hailed as a champion for the second consecutive time when it beat Argentina in the final match.
In 2011, the event shall count with the biggest world soccer stars, such as: Robinho, Kaká and Júlio César (Brazil); Messi, Tevez and Mascherano (Argentina); Valdivia and Suazo (Chile); Claudio Pizarro (Peru); Roque Santa Cruz and Cardozo (Paraguay);Forlán and Cavani (Uruguay); Chicharito Hernandez (Mexico) and Honda (Japan).