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1919 South American Championship

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1919 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
DatesMay 11 – May 29
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up  Uruguay
Third place  Argentina
Fourth place  Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored27 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s) Arthur Friedenreich
(4 goals each)
The Brazilian team that won its first championship.

The 1919 South American Championship of Nations was the third continental championship for South American national football teams. It was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May 11 to May 29, 1919.

The participating countries were Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the defending champion.

After finishing tied in the group standings on points, host Brazil beat Uruguay in the playoff match to win their first title.

The playoff was the longest match in the competition's history, and under current rules, will remain so indefinitely: with the scores tied 0-0 after 90 minutes had expired, both captains and the referee agreed to play an extra time period of two 30 minute periods, meaning the playoff match lasted 150 minutes.[1]

1919 South American Championship Intro articles: 5


There was no qualifying for the tournament. The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. All teams competed between each other in a single group. Two points were awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a defeat. If there was a tie of points at the top of the standings, a playoff match would be held to determine the champion.


For a complete list of participating squads see: 1919 South American Championship squads

Overview of "1919 South American Championship squads" article


Rio de Janeiro
Estádio das Laranjeiras
Capacity: 20,000

Final round

Each team played one match against each of the other teams. Two (2) points were awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a defeat.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 5
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 5
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 2
 Chile 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0
Brazil  6–0  Chile
Friedenreich  19'38'76'
Neco  21'83'
Haroldo  79'
Referee: Juan Pedro Barbera (Argentina)

Argentina  2–3  Uruguay
Izaguirre  34'
Varela  79' (o.g.)
C. Scarone  19'
H. Scarone  23'
Gradín  85'

Uruguay  2–0  Chile
C. Scarone  31'
J. Pérez  43'
Referee: Adilton Ponteado (Brazil)

Brazil  3–1  Argentina
Héitor  22'
Amílcar  57'
Millón  77'
Izaguirre  65'

Argentina  4–1  Chile
Clarcke  10'23'62'
Izaguirre  13'
France  33'
Referee: Joaquim de Castro (Brazil)

Uruguay  2–2  Brazil
Gradín  13'
C. Scarone  17'
Neco  29'63'

Play Off Match

Brazil  1–0
Friedenreich  122'

1919 South American Championship Venues articles: 13


 1919 South American Championship Champions 

First title

Goal scorers

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

  • Manuel Varela (for Argentina)

1919 South American Championship Result articles: 4


The day after the final, Uruguayan goalkeeper Roberto Chery died of strangulated hernia in a hospital of Río de Janeiro. He had injured after he made a wrong move to stop an attack, during the match v Chile. Because of substitutions were not allowed by then, Chery had to play severely injured the rest of the match.[3]

Brazil and Uruguay teams had scheduled a friendly match ("Copa Rio Branco") for June 19, 1919. Due to the Uruguayan side declined to participate because of Chery's tragic death, Argentina offered to replace the Uruguayan side. After the Brazilian Federation accepted, the match (now named "Copa Roberto Chery" to honor the goalkeeper) was finally played. Argentina entered to the field wearing Uruguay's traditional light-blue jersey while Brazil wore the Peñarol jersey.[4]

1919 South American Championship Aftermath articles: 2


  1. ^ La subyugante historia de la Copa América
  2. ^ Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 551. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.
  3. ^ Una historia trágica en la Copa América on Prensa Libre, 13 Jun 2016
  4. ^ La más hermosa página de fraternidad, El Gráfico