Sports Current Affairs – Copa America 2021

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Sports Current Affairs - Copa America 2021
Sports Current Affairs – Copa America 2021 

Current Affairs on Copa America 2021 football match. Check out the Sports CA section for  latest sports current Affairs. In this topic we cover a little bit information about Copa America , its Governing bodies  and  the latest Copa America Match. 

Table of Content 
        Copa America- Introduction
       Governing body of Copa America
       Number of Team Played
       Past Winning Fact
      Copa America 2021 Highlights 

✪ Copa America  

❒ Introduction

▶  Copa America is the main men’s football tournament contested among national  teams from South America.
▶ The event began in 1916 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Argentina’s  independence.

▶ The first final match (1916) was held between – Argentina and Uruguay. 

▶ The first inaugural title won by Uruguay.

▶ This is the oldest and third largest international football competition in the 

▶  The competition determines the champions of South America.

▶  Till 1975 Copa America known as  the South American Football Championship.

❒ Copa America Governing body  

CONMEBOL is the governing Body of Copa America or South American Football 

▶ CONMEBOL is the continental governing body of football in South America.

▶ Also, it is one of FIFA’s six continental confederations and the oldest continental 
Confederation in the world.

▶ Its headquarters is located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asuncion.

▶ CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South 
American football’s major international tournaments. 

President of CONMEBOL – Alejandro Dominguez (Paraguay)

❖ FIFA’s six continental confederations
1. Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
2. Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)
3. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association 
4. Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol (CONMEBOL)
5. Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
6. Union des associations européennes de football (UEFA)

six confederation of FIFA
6 Confederations of FIFA

❒ Copa America Number of Team  

▶ Prior to 1993, the tournament was held in the 10 member countries of 

▶ Since 1993, CONMEBOL has started to invite national teams from outside South 
America to participate in the Copa America. 

▶  The first two participated team outside South America were the United States  and Mexico.

▶ Mexico participated in every tournament between 1993 and 2016.
▶ In 2016, Copa America Centenario had an exceptional total of six guest teams. 
▶ The six guest teams were Costa Rica, the United States (host), Haiti, Jamaica, 
Mexico and Panama.

❖ 10 CONMEBOL teams
1. Argentina
2. Bolivia
3. Brazil
4. Chile
5. Colombia
6. Ecuador
7. Paraguay
8. Peru
9. Uruguay
10. Venezuela

❒ Winning Fact

▶ Eight of the ten national teams from CONMEBOL have won the tournament at least once in its 47 stages since the event opened in 1916.

▶ Only Ecuador and Venezuela never wins a Copa America title. 

▶ Argentina and Uruguay have the most championships in the tournament’s history, with 15 cups each. 

▶ Argentina, which hosted the inaugural edition in 1916, has hosted the tournament the most times (nine). 

✪ Copa America  2021 

Host country – Brazil
▶ Number of Teams – 10 
▶ Venues – 4 host cities
1. Brasília
2. Goiânia
3. Cuiabá
4. Rio de Janeiro (Capital of Brazil) 

▶ Final positions
• Champions –  Argentina (15th title)
• Runners-up – Brazil
• Third place – Colombia
• Fourth place – Peru

Copa America 2021 - Final
Copa America 2021 – Final (Image source – CONMEBOL Instagram Page)

▶ Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasília hosted the opening match. 
▶ The Final match was held at the Maracane stadium (Rio de Janeiro).
▶ Argentina won their fifteenth title by defeating Brazil, 1–0 in the final. 
▶ It was Argentina’s first senior title since 1993.
▶ Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute.
▶ The Next Copa America match will be held in 2024. 
▶ The 2024 Copa America is expected to be hosted by Ecuador

Some Important fact about Copa America 
▶ Greatest win – Argentina 12 to 0 Ecuador – (Uruguay, 1942).
▶ Most goals in all editions –  Argentina with 455 goals.
▶ Most goals in a single edition – Brazil with 46 goals (1949).
▶ Major goal scorer – Norberto Mendez (Argentina, in 3 editions) and Zizinho 
(Brazil, in 6 editions) -17 goals
▶ Country with the highest number of titles – Uruguay with 15 titles.
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