After eight editions of the Copa América, or 32 years, Argentina were back to celebrating another South-American title. Champions in 1959, the Argentineans were unable to win top honors in this competition for a lengthy period of time, but in Chile, in 1991, they won glory with a team of superstars who performed brilliantly. In seven matches, they managed six wins and a draw. Under the command of Alfio Basile, Argentina also boasted the top scorer of the competition, goal poacher supreme, Gabriel Batistuta, who scored 6 goals.
Brazil, still resenting their poor run of form in the 1990 World Cup Finals, were the runners-up. With a revamped squad, Brazil managed to disclose new talents, the likes of defender Márcio Santos and midfielder Mauro Silva, World Cup champions in 1994. Hosts Chile were third in the overall standings and offered a well-organized event, broadcast to 62 countries (ten more than in 1989), with the presence of 1800 journalists.
Initially, Copa América was conceived to be held in a yearly basis. The championship took place in this form in 1916 and 1917, but in the next year a flu epidemic broke out in Brazil – which would be the host country – and the competition was postponed to 1919.