Facts that marked the Copa América
Argentina is the country that organized most of the editions in Copa América’s history – eight editions in the tango country (1916, 1921, 1925, 1929, 1937, 1959, 1987, and 2011). Buenos Aires and Montevideo are the cities with the greatest number of matches – 83 in total.
The Argentine team has the best performance among the 15 countries that have participated in the tournament. Argentina won 70% of the points. Brazil is the runner-up (63%), followed by Uruguay (61%).
The 1947 edition of Copa América was marked by democracy. AFA (Asociación del Fútbol Argentino) conducted a polling in order to determine which strikers would defend the team in the competition.
Norberto Méndez scored 17 goals for Argentina and is known as the country’s greatest best striker in all Copa América editions, along with Brazilian player Zizinho.
The highest score in a match in Copa América’s history was performed by Argentina – in 1942, the Argentine team defeated Ecuador by 12 x 0. The second highest score was also by Argentina – 11 x 0 against Venezuela, in 1975.
Juan Marvezi and José Manuel Moreno are the Argentine players who scored the greatest number of goals (five goals) in a single match in Copa América. Marvezi made five goals in the high score of 6 x 1 over Ecuador, in 1941. Moreno scored five goals in the victory by 12 x 0 over Ecuador, in 1942.