1919 South American Championship

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1919 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates May 11 – May 29
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up  Uruguay
Third place  Argentina
Fourth place  Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played 7
Goals scored 27 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Arthur Friedenreich
Brazil Neco
(4 goals each)
1917
1920

The 1919 South American Championship of Nations was the third continental championship for South American national football teams. It was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May 11 to May 29, 1919.

The participating countries were Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the defending champion.

After finishing tied in the group positions, host Brazil beat Uruguay in the playoff match and obtained their first title. This was the longest match in the competition, since it was needed an extra time, which oddly consisted of four periods of 15 minutes each, and not two of 15 as is still usual nowadays.

Format[edit]

There was no qualifying for the tournament. The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. All teams competed between each other in a single group. Two points were awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a defeat. If there was a tie of points at the top of the standings, a playoff match would be held to determine the champion.

Venues[edit]

Rio de Janeiro
Estadio das Laranjeiras
Capacity: 20,000
Fluminense - laranjeiras1919.jpg

Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 5
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 5
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 2
 Chile 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0

Matches[edit]

May 11, 1919
Brazil  6–0  Chile
Friedenreich Goal 19'38'76'
Neco Goal 21'83'
Haroldo Goal 79'

May 13, 1919
Argentina  2–3  Uruguay
Izaguirre Goal 34'
Varela Goal 79' (o.g.)
C. Scarone Goal 19'
H. Scarone Goal 23'
Gradín Goal 85'

May 17, 1919
Uruguay  2–0  Chile
C. Scarone Goal 31'
J. Pérez Goal 43'
Estádio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Adilton Ponteado (Brazil)

May 18, 1919
Brazil  3–1  Argentina
Héitor Goal 22'
Amílcar Goal 57'
Millón Goal 77'
Izaguirre Goal 65'

May 22, 1919
Argentina  4–1  Chile
Clarcke Goal 10'23'62'
Izaguirre Goal 13'
France Goal 33'
Estádio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Joaquim de Castro (Brazil)

May 26, 1919
Uruguay  2–2  Brazil
Gradín Goal 13'
C. Scarone Goal 17'
Neco Goal 29'63'

Playoff[edit]

(*) Four extra times of 15 minutes each were played. This made the match last 150 minutes, the longest in the tournament's history.

Result[edit]

 1919 South American Championship Champion 

Brazil
First title

Goal scorers[edit]

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

  • Uruguay Manuel Varela (for Argentina)

External links[edit]