1921 South American Championship

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1921 South American Championship of Nations
Copa América (since 1975)
Tournament details
Host countryArgentina
DatesOctober 2 – 30
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Argentina (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Uruguay
Fourth place Paraguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored14 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Julio Libonatti
(3 goals)

The 1921 South American Championship was the fifth continental championship for nations in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 2 to 30, 1921.

The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay (which debuted in this edition)[1] and Uruguay. Chile was also invited but withdrew due to internal problems in the team.[2]

Argentina won the tournament, being also its first official title.[3]


For a complete list of participating squads see: 1921 South American Championship squads


Buenos Aires
Sportivo Barracas
Capacity: 30,000
Stadio Sportivo Barracas.jpg


The Argentina team that beat Uruguay in the last game

There was great expectations for the final match between Argentina and Uruguay. Sebastián García, president of Liga Rosarina de Football, made the arrangements for people to attend the match travelling from Rosario to Buenos Aires, with tickets at low prices. Near 3,000 people from Rosario travelled to support fellow citizens Julio Libonatti, Blas Saruppo, Adolfo Celli and Florindo Bearzotti. The train departed at 6 a.m., returning to Rosario at 6 p.m.[3]

To take pressure off the players, Argentine executives carried them to a training camp in Tigre, Buenos Aires Province. Bocce, fishing and music were some of the activities during their time there.[3]

The Friday before the final, while the Uruguayan players played basketball in their camp in Vicente López, the Argentine executives moved the players from Tigre to a hotel in Buenos Aires downtown, where they were strictly controlled. No one could escape from there, although the duo Carlos GardelJosé Razzano were performing at Teatro Esmeralda, not far from the hotel.[3]

Final positions[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 6
 Brazil 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 2
 Uruguay 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 2
 Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 2
Argentina 1–0 Brazil
Libonatti Goal 27'
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)

Paraguay 2–1 Uruguay
Rivas Goal 9'
López Goal 66'
Piendibene Goal 83'
Referee: Gerónimo Rapossi (Argentina)

Paraguay 0–3 Brazil
Machado Goal 21'44'
Candiota Goal 46'
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)

Argentina 3–0 Paraguay
Libonatti Goal 1'
Saruppo Goal 71'
Echeverría Goal 76'
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)

Uruguay 2–1 Brazil
Romano Goal 1'8' Zezé I Goal 53'
Referee: Víctor Cabañas Saguier (Paraguay)

Argentina 1–0 Uruguay
Libonatti Goal 57'
Referee: Pedro Santos (Brazil)

Argentina: Tesoriere; Celli, Bearzotti; J. López, Dellavalle, E. Solari; Calomino, Libonatti, Saruppo, Echeverría, González [4]


 1921 South American Championship Champions 

First title

Goal scorers[edit]

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


  1. ^ Historia de la Copa América (1921): La primera vez de Paraguay, Goal.com, 20 Feb 2019
  2. ^ South American Championship 1921 by Martín Tabeira at the RSSSF
  3. ^ a b c d Sudamericano 1921. La Primera Copa América que ganó Argentina, from Héroes de Tiento, book by Carlos Aira on Xenen, 25 June 2016
  4. ^ 1921. Los primeros criollos campeones, El Gráfico, 14 Jun 2019