Who won the last Copa America and which country has the most titles?
Initially, the tournament was to be organized by Argentina and Colombia in a joint effort, but unfortunately, they had to step down last minute.
As the oldest soccer competition takes place in Brazil this summer, we look back at who are the countries with the most won titles. Copa America first began on July 2nd, 1916, and it ran till July 17th of the same year. The tournament was held to celebrate Argentina's one century of independence from Spain.
It wasn't till 1975, in their 30th edition, that the competition was officially named Copa America. The name change came with rule changes. The competition was played on a system of consecutive points, this was scrapped, and a new format was adopted. The cup would follow a format similar to that of the FIFA World Cup: a qualifying phase, with teams divided into groups, followed by knockout stages.
Who has won the most?
In the more than hundred years of history, Copa America has been dominated by just three teams, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. Given that they are the oldest federations in the continent, it seems normal to think they would have won the most.
9 - Brazil
The "Charruas" have won the most Copa Americas in history. They last won when Argentina hosted the tournament in 2011. On their way to the final of the tournament, they beat the team lead by Leo Messi. The 2011 cup was thought to be Messi's chance to win a tournament with the national team, but the they suffered an upset loss when they met the Uruguayan team lead by Luis Suarez in semis.
Last Copa America winner
Copa America was last held in Brazil. The host country was also the winner of that edition of the cup. It was the first big major trophy that Brazil star Neymar has won with his national team, aside from the Olympic gold won in 2016.
This edition is also being played in Brazil due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the tournament was to be organized by Argentina and Colombia in a joint effort, but unfortunately, they had to step down last minute.