1997 Copa América

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1997 Copa América
1997 Copa América logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Bolivia
Dates June 11 – 29
Teams 12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (5th title)
Runners-up  Bolivia
Third place  Mexico
Fourth place  Peru
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 67 (2.58 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mexico Luis Hernández
(6 goals)
Best player Brazil Ronaldo
1995
1999

Bolivia hosted the Copa América for the second time in its 38th edition. It was held from June 11 to 29. It was organised by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body.

There is no qualifying for the final tournament. All South American countries (10 countries) participate, along with two more invited countries, making a total of twelve teams competing in the tournament.

In the 1997 edition, Costa Rica and Mexico were the invitees.

The tournament was won by Brazil, who became the first team to hold the Copa America and the World Cup at the same time, a feat they would repeat in 2004.

Venues[edit]

Sucre Cochabamba
Estadio Olímpico Patria Estadio Félix Capriles
Capacity: 29,000 Capacity: 36,000
La Paz Santa Cruz
Estadio Hernando Siles Estadio Ramón Aguilera
Capacity: 51,000 Capacity: 42,000
Hernando Siles Stadium - La Paz.jpg TahuichiAguileraBlooming.jpg
Oruro
Estadio Jesús Bermúdez
Capacity: 28,000

Squads[edit]

For a complete list of participating squads: 1997 Copa América squads

Match officials[edit]

First round[edit]

The teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. The formation of the groups was made by CONMEBOL, in a public drawing of lots that took place on December 17, 1996.

Each team plays one match against each of the other teams within the same group. Three (3) points are awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a defeat.

First and second placed teams, in each group, advance to the quarter-finals. The best third placed team and the second best third placed team, also advance to the quarter-finals.

  • Tie-breaker
    • If teams finish leveled on points, the following tie-breakers are used:
    1. greater goal difference in all group games;
    2. greater number of goals scored in all group games;
    3. winner of the head-to-head match between the teams in question;
    4. drawing of lots.
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ecuador 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Argentina 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
 Chile 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0

June 11, 1997
Paraguay  1–0  Chile
Acuña Goal 28'

June 14, 1997
Argentina  2–0  Chile
Berti Goal 83'
Gallardo Goal 87'


June 17, 1997
Ecuador  2–1  Chile
Graziani Goal 32'
Gavica Goal 55'
Vergara Goal 52'

June 17, 1997
Paraguay  1–1  Argentina
Chilavert Goal 73' (pen.) Gallardo Goal 90' (pen.)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bolivia 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9
 Peru 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
 Uruguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
 Venezuela 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
June 12, 1997
Bolivia  1–0  Venezuela
Coimbra Goal 60'

June 12, 1997
Peru  1–0  Uruguay
Hidalgo Goal 75'

June 15, 1997
Uruguay  2–0  Venezuela
Recoba Goal 19'
Saralegui Goal 47'

June 15, 1997
Bolivia  2–0  Peru
Etcheverry Goal 45'
Baldivieso Goal 50'

June 18, 1997
Peru  2–0  Venezuela
Cominges Goal 13'59'

June 18, 1997
Bolivia  1–0  Uruguay
Baldivieso Goal 29'

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 9
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 10 −8 1
June 13, 1997
Brazil  5–0  Costa Rica
Djalminha Goal 20'
González Goal 34' (o.g.)
Ronaldo Goal 47'54'
Romário Goal 60'

June 13, 1997
Colombia  1–2  Mexico
Ricard Goal 58' Hernández Goal 7'11'

June 16, 1997
Brazil  3–2  Mexico
Aldair Goal 47'
Romero Goal 59' (o.g.)
Leonardo Goal 77'
Hernández Goal 13'31'

June 16, 1997
Colombia  4–1  Costa Rica
Morantes Goal 13'23'
Cabrera Goal 62' (pen.)
Aristizábal Goal 78'
Wright Goal 66'


Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third-placed teams of each group. The two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
A  Paraguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
C  Colombia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
B  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3

Quarter-finals[edit]

June 21, 1997
Peru  2–1  Argentina
Carazas Goal 30'
Hidalgo Goal 61'
Gallardo Goal 66' (pen.)

June 21, 1997
Bolivia  2–1  Colombia
Etcheverry Goal 3'
Sanchez Goal 24'
Gaviria Goal 57'


June 22, 1997
17:30
Brazil  2–0  Paraguay
Ronaldo Goal 9'34'

Semi-finals[edit]

June 25, 1997
Bolivia  3–1  Mexico
E. Sánchez Goal 27'
R. Castillo Goal 39'
Moreno Goal 79'
Ramírez Goal 8'

June 26, 1997
Peru  0–7  Brazil
Denilson Goal 1'
Flavio Conceição Goal 28'
Romário Goal 36'49'
Leonardo Goal 45'55'
Djalminha Goal 77'

Third-place match[edit]

June 28, 1997
19:00
Mexico  1–0  Peru
Hernández Goal 82'

Final[edit]

June 29, 1997
23:30
Bolivia  1–3  Brazil
E. Sánchez Goal 45' Edmundo Goal 40'
Ronaldo Goal 79'
Zé Roberto Goal 90'

Result[edit]

 1997 Copa América Champions 

Brazil
Fifth title

Goal scorers[edit]

With six goals, Luis Hernández is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 67 goals were scored by 42 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

6 goals

5 goals

3 Goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own Goals

Final positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1  Brazil 6 6 0 0 22 3 +18 18 100%
2  Bolivia 6 5 0 1 10 5 +5 15 83.5%
3  Peru 6 3 0 3 5 11 −5 9 50%
4  Mexico 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8 44.4%
Eliminated in the Quarterfinals
5  Ecuador 4 2 2 0 5 2 +2 8 66.7%
6  Argentina 4 1 2 1 4 3 +1 5 41.7%
7  Paraguay 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 4 33.3%
8  Colombia 4 1 0 2 6 7 −1 3 25%
Eliminated in the First Stage
9  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3 33.3%
10  Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 10 −8 1 11.1%
11  Chile 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0 0%
12  Venezuela 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0 0%

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