The Copa America Centenario in numbers
With the Copa America Centenario set to get under way this coming Friday in the USA, FIFA.com offers up some of the revealing statistics generated by the world’s oldest national-team competition.
** The number of years the competition has now been running for. The first tournament was held in Argentina in 1916 and the most recent one in Chile. It has been staged on 44 occasions to date, in all ten CONMEBOL member countries, with Uruguay having emerged champions 15 times, more than any other country.
**The number of minutes of normal time, followed by two periods of extra time lasting 30 minutes each, played in the longest game in the competition’s history, between Brazil and Uruguay in 1919, which lasted 150 minutes in total.
**The number of years since Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, the oldest venue at the Copa America Centenario, was built. The home of Orlando City SC, it was constructed in 1936 and has an actual capacity of 70,188, though it is approved to hold a maximum of 61,348 spectators on matchdays.
*The number of years since Argentina put together one of their most spectacular campaigns in the history of the competition. Held in Buenos Aires, the 1946 tournament saw La* Albiceleste lift the Copa after winning all their five games, scoring 17 goals in the process and conceding just three.
**The number of times Chile have won in the 171 matches they have played on their 37 appearances in the competition. The defending champions have lost 82 of those games, however, more than any other side.
**The number of Copa America matches that Colombia’s Leonel Alvarez and Uruguay’s Angel Romano played in total. Alvarez won a record 27 Copa caps, while Romano holds his country’s tournament appearance record with 23.
**The number of years Brazil had to wait before they won the trophy again after their 1949 conquest. It was not until 1989, a year in which they hosted the competition, that they emerged victorious once more.
*The number of times Peru have taken part in the Copa America. Two-time winners of the trophy, in 1939 and 1975, Los* Incaicos have recorded 52 wins and 59 defeats in their 144 matches to date.
*The year in which Uruguayan forward Jose Piendibene won his one and only player of the tournament award. Nicknamed Maestro*, the front man also had the honour of scoring the first ever goal in the history of the tournament, against Chile in 1916.
**The number of goals Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero has scored in the competition, putting him among its leading all-time marksmen. The only forward still playing to have reached double figures in the Copa, Guerrero was the top scorer at the last two competitions, hitting five at Argentina 2011 and four at Chile 2015.