Ronaldo and Rivaldo lead Brazil to Back-to-Back Titles
In the first Copa América held in Paraguay, Brazil once again made short work of their rivals and lifted back-to-back titles, their sixth in this competition. After six matches, the team managed by Vanderlei Luxemburgo earned six wins, scored 17 goals and conceded just two. In the decisive match, the Brazilians beat Uruguay by a convincing 3-nil, staking a claim on their superiority. The Uruguayans, with a revamped squad, reached the finals after winning only one game, a record in the history of the tournament.
Strikers Ronaldo and Rivaldo, with 5 goals each, were the leading scorers of the Copa América, followed by another Brazilian player, Amoroso. Dida, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Émerson and Zé Roberto were instrumental for the victory. Once more, Mexico had to settle for third. Hosts Paraguay and Colombia flattered to deceive and were prematurely ousted. The 1999 Copa América also witnessed the debut of another country which isn’t a part of the American continent: Japan, who were also eliminated in the first phase.
The greatest champions of the Copa America are Argentina and Uruguay, which divide the maximum gains from the tournament: 14 cups each. Brazil is the third biggest winner with 8 titles, followed by Paraguay (2), Peru (2), Bolivia (1) and Colombia (1).