Copa América Winners by Year (1916 – 2021)

The Copa América is one of the toughest international competitions to win in soccer.

Just ask Lionel Messi!

It took him multiple attempts before he and his Argentina teammates were able to get their hands on the Copa América title, which they finally won in 2021 after a 28-year wait for a major trophy.

This competition involves teams from the South American Football Confederation who battle it out against each other in an initial group stage and eventual knockout format.

When it comes to how often this tournament is played, it used to be contested every year when it was launched back in 1916.

However, its schedule was later changed to take place every other year.

Now, for the information you’ve been looking for!

Here’s the list which details all the past Copa América winners by year:

YearWinnerRunner-up
2021ArgentinaBrazil
2019BrazilPeru
2016ChileArgentina
2015ChileArgentina
2011UruguayParaguay
2007BrazilArgentina
2004BrazilArgentina
2001ColombiaMexico
1999BrazilUruguay
1997BrazilBolivia
1995UruguayBrazil
1993ArgentinaMexico
1991ArgentinaBrazil
1989BrazilUruguay
1987UruguayChile
1983UruguayBrazil
1979ParaguayChile
1975PeruColombia
1967UruguayArgentina
1963BoliviaParaguay
1959UruguayArgentina
1959ArgentinaBrazil
1957ArgentinaBrazil
1956UruguayChile
1955ArgentinaChile
1953ParaguayBrazil
1949BrazilParaguay
1947ArgentinaParaguay
1946ArgentinaBrazil
1945ArgentinaBrazil
1942UruguayArgentina
1941ArgentinaUruguay
1939PeruUruguay
1937ArgentinaBrazil
1935UruguayArgentina
1929ArgentinaParaguay
1927ArgentinaUruguay
1926UruguayArgentina
1925ArgentinaBrazil
1924UruguayArgentina
1923UruguayArgentina
1922BrazilParaguay
1921ArgentinaBrazil
1920UruguayArgentina
1919BrazilUruguay
1917UruguayArgentina
1916UruguayArgentina

 

Which team has won Copa América the most times?

You’d typically expect South American soccer giants like Brazil to top the rankings when it comes to the number of Copa América wins.

But quite surprisingly, this actually isn’t the case!

Uruguay and Argentina both have the most Copa América tournament wins with a tally of 15 titles.

most frequent copa america winners - uruguay and argentina

Although you’d have to go as far back as 2011 for their most recent triumph in this competition.

Following closely behind Uruguay and Argentina’s tally of 15 wins is Brazil – who have 9 Copa América titles in their trophy cabinet.

Here’s a table which rounds out the other countries that have registered a significant number of wins in this tournament:

CountryWinsYear(s)Runnners-upRunner-up Year(s)
Argentina151921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993, 2021141916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1959, 1967, 2004, 2007, 2015, 2016
Uruguay151916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 201161919, 1927, 1939, 1941, 1989, 1999
Brazil91919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2019121921, 1925, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1983, 1991, 1995, 2021
Paraguay21953, 197961922, 1929, 1947, 1949, 1963, 2011
Chile22015, 201641955, 1956, 1979, 1987
Peru21939, 197512019
Bolivia1196311997
Colombia1200111975

 

Who won the 2021 edition of Copa América?

The most recent edition of the Copa América was won by Argentina.

Argentina managed to defeat Brazil by a solitary goal in the final to claim the title.

You can check out the highlights of this fixture in the video below:

 

Who was the best player at the 2021 Copa América?

The best player award at the 2021 Copa América was shared between Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar.

In the case of the former, he had a hand in nine of the 12 goals Argentina managed to score throughout the tournament.

Messi had a massive influence on the team’s attacking output and it was clear to see from the raw data.

On the other hand, Neymar found the back of the net twice and picked up three assists during the duration of time that his side was in the competition.

It was an unprecedented decision for CONMEBOL to announce joint winners, and they even released a public statement to that effect:

“It is not possible to choose only one player, because this competition has two best players.

Both are finalists with their national teams, they have performed at a high level, being key players in the goal scoring charts in this tournament.”

Source – MARCA

 

Closing thoughts

This article has concisely covered the winners of previous Copa América editions. 

It should have broadened your insight into which teams have performed well from a historical perspective in this competition, as well as shed more light on the winning tallies of the nations who have dominated the competition.

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