2011 Copa América

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2011 Copa América
Copa América Argentina 2011
Tournament details
Host country Argentina
Dates July 1–July 24
Teams 12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 8 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay (15th title)
Runners-up  Paraguay
Third place  Peru
Fourth place  Venezuela
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 54 (2.08 per match)
Attendance 882,621 (33,947 per match)
Top scorer(s) Peru Paolo Guerrero
(5 goals)
Best player Uruguay Luis Suárez
2007
2015

The 2011 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, better known as the 2011 Copa América or the Copa América Argentina 2011, was the 43rd edition of the Copa América, the main international football tournament for national teams in South America. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held in Argentina from July 1 to July 24, 2011. The draw for the tournament was held in La Plata on November 11, 2010.

Uruguay won the tournament after defeating Paraguay 3–0 in the final, giving them a record 15th Copa América title and their first since 1995. Paraguay, as the tournament runner-up, earned the Copa Bolivia; Paraguay's performance was noteworthy, as they were able to reach the finals without winning a single game in the tournament; their success in the final stages was achieved by the way of penalty shoot-outs. As the tournament champion, Uruguay earned the right to represent CONMEBOL in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Brazil. Peru finished third after defeating Venezuela 4–1 in the third-place match.

Competing nations[edit]

Both Japan and Mexico were invited to join the CONMEBOL nations in the tournament.[1] Following a proposal by UEFA regarding national teams competing in tournaments organised by confederations different from their own, it was reported on November 23, 2009 that the two countries might not be able to take part in the 2011 Copa América.[2] However, on March 31, 2010, CONCACAF confirmed that Mexico would be allowed to send their 2012 U-23 Olympic Team, supplemented with five over-age players.[3] In addition to Mexico sending a weaker team than those teams sent in previous participations, eight of the Mexican players originally called to play the Copa America 2011 were suspended because of indiscipline one week before the competition started.

Japan's participation was in doubt after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami,[4] but the Japan Football Association confirmed on March 16, 2011 that they would participate.[5] However, the Japanese FA later withdrew from the tournament on April 4, 2011 citing scheduling conflict with re-scheduled J. League matches.[6][7] Following a meeting with the leadership of the Argentine Football Association, the Japanese FA decided to hold off on their final decision until April 15.[8][9] The Japanese FA later announced on April 14 that they would compete in the competition using mainly European based players.[10] The Japanese FA withdrew their team again on May 16 citing difficulties with European clubs in releasing Japanese players.[11][12] On the next day, CONMEBOL sent a formal invitation letter to the Costa Rican Football Federation inviting Costa Rica as replacement.[13] Costa Rica accepted the invitation later that day.[14][15]

The following twelve teams, shown with pre-tournament FIFA World Rankings, played in the tournament:

Venues[edit]

A total of eight cities hosted the tournament. The opening game was played at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, and the final was played at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.[16]

Buenos Aires Mendoza
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
Capacity: 57,921 Capacity: 40,268
002.Buenos Aires desde el cielo (Estadio de River).JPG Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.JPG
Córdoba Salta
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
Capacity: 55,144 Capacity: 20,408
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Jujuy San Juan
Estadio 23 de Agosto Estadio del Bicentenario
Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 25,000
Estadio San Jua del Bicentenario, Pocito.JPG
La Plata Santa Fe
Estadio Único Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López
Capacity: 36,000 Capacity: 47,000
Estadio único de la plata - diciembre de 2010.JPG Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López.png

Draw[edit]

The draw for the competition took place on November 11, 2010 at 17:00 (UTC−03:00) in the Teatro Argentino de La Plata in La Plata, and was broadcast in Argentina by Canal Siete.[17][18][19] On October 18, 2010, CONMEBOL's The Executive Committee decided to place the teams in pots for the draw.[20]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Argentina
 Brazil
 Uruguay
 Chile
 Colombia
 Paraguay
 Bolivia
 Peru
 Venezuela
 Ecuador
 Costa Rica
 Mexico

Squads[edit]

Each association presented a list of twenty-three players to compete in the tournament five days before their first match. On June 14, 2011, CONMEBOL allowed for the inscription of twenty-three players for the tournament, up one player from the previous allowed twenty-two. Of those twenty-three players, three must be goalkeepers.[21]

Match officials[edit]

The list of twenty-four referees and two extra referees selected for the tournament were announced on June 6, 2011 by CONMEBOL's Referee Commission. Two referees were chosen from each participating association:[22][23]

Extra assistants: Argentina Diego Bonfa, Hernán Maidana

Notes
  1. ^ Amarilla replaced Antonio Arias, who originally replaced Carlos Torres

First stage[edit]

The first round, or group stage, saw the twelve teams divided into three groups of four teams.[25] Each group was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group, and the two best-placed third teams, qualify for the quarterfinals.[26]

Tie-breaking criteria

Teams were ranked on the following criteria:[27]

1. Greater number of points in all group matches
2. Goal difference in all group matches
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
4. Head-to-head results
5. Penalties (Were to be taken before the final group match by two teams playing each other and tied by points 1-4. Only used as decider, if they then drew the final game.)
6. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee
Key to colors in group tables
Teams that advanced to the quarter-finals

All times are in local, Argentina Time (UTC−03:00).

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Colombia 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7
 Argentina 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
 Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
July 1, 2011
21:45
Argentina  1–1  Bolivia
Agüero Goal 75' Report Edivaldo Goal 47'

July 2, 2011
15:30
Colombia  1–0  Costa Rica
A. Ramos Goal 44' Report
Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
Attendance: 23,500
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)


July 7, 2011
19:15
Bolivia  0–2  Costa Rica
Report Martínez Goal 59'
Campbell Goal 78'
Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

July 10, 2011
16:00
Colombia  2–0  Bolivia
Falcao Goal 14'28' (pen.) Report

July 11, 2011
21:45
Argentina  3–0  Costa Rica
Agüero Goal 45+1'52'
Di María Goal 63'
Report

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 Paraguay 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
 Ecuador 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
July 3, 2011
16:00
Brazil  0–0  Venezuela
Report


July 9, 2011
16:00
Brazil  2–2  Paraguay
Jádson Goal 38'
Fred Goal 89'
Report Santa Cruz Goal 54'
Haedo Valdez Goal 66'

July 9, 2011
18:30
Venezuela  1–0  Ecuador
C. González Goal 61' Report

July 13, 2011
19:15
Paraguay  3–3  Venezuela
Alcaraz Goal 32'
Barrios Goal 62'
Riveros Goal 85'
Report Rondón Goal 5'
Miku Goal 89'
Perozo Goal 90+2'

July 13, 2011
21:45
Brazil  4–2  Ecuador
Pato Goal 28'61'
Neymar Goal 48'71'
Report Caicedo Goal 36'58'

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Chile 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Uruguay 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Peru 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Mexico 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
July 4, 2011
19:15
Uruguay  1–1  Peru
Suárez Goal 45' Report Guerrero Goal 23'

July 4, 2011
21:45
Chile  2–1  Mexico
Paredes Goal 66'
Vidal Goal 72'
Report Araujo Goal 40'
Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Juan Soto (Venezuela)

July 8, 2011
19:15[28]
Uruguay  1–1  Chile
Á. Pereira Goal 53' Report Sánchez Goal 64'

July 8, 2011
21:45[28]
Peru  1–0  Mexico
Guerrero Goal 82' Report

July 12, 2011
19:15
Chile  1–0  Peru
Carrillo Goal 90+2' (o.g.) Report

July 12, 2011
21:45
Uruguay  1–0  Mexico
Á. Pereira Goal 14' Report

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 quarterfinals.

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

Final stages[edit]

Different from previous tournaments, in the knockout stages, 30 minutes of extra time were played if any match finished tied after regulation (previously the match would go straight to a penalty shootout).[29] This was the first time in the history of the tournament where the knockout stage did not include any invited teams, as both Mexico and Costa Rica were eliminated during the group stage. Paraguay reached the final despite not having won a single match in the competition.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                   
July 16 - Córdoba        
  Colombia  0
July 19 - La Plata
  Peru (a.e.t.)  2  
  Peru  0
July 16 - Santa Fe
    Uruguay  2  
  Argentina  1 (4)
July 24 - Buenos Aires
  Uruguay (pen.)  1 (5)  
  Uruguay  3
July 17 - La Plata
    Paraguay  0
  Brazil  0 (0)
July 20 - Mendoza
  Paraguay (pen.)  0 (2)  
  Paraguay (pen.)  0 (5) Third Place
July 17 - San Juan
    Venezuela  0 (3)  
  Chile  1   Peru  4
  Venezuela  2     Venezuela  1
July 23 - La Plata

Quarterfinals[edit]

July 16, 2011
16:00
Colombia  0–2 (a.e.t.)  Peru
Report Lobatón Goal 101'
Vargas Goal 111'



July 17, 2011
19:15
Chile  1–2  Venezuela
Suazo Goal 69' Report Vizcarrondo Goal 34'
Cichero Goal 80'
Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Semifinals[edit]

July 19, 2011
21:45
Peru  0–2  Uruguay
Report Suárez Goal 52'57'

Third-place match[edit]

July 23, 2011
16:00
Peru  4–1  Venezuela
Chiroque Goal 41'
Guerrero Goal 63'89'90+2'
Report Arango Goal 77'

Final[edit]

July 24, 2011
16:00
Uruguay  3–0  Paraguay
Suárez Goal 11'
Forlán Goal 41'89'
Report


 2011 Copa América Champion 

Uruguay
15th title

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Statistics[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Awards[edit]

Final positions[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1  Uruguay 6 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12 66.7%
2  Paraguay 6 0 5 1 5 8 −3 5 27.8%
3  Peru 6 3 1 2 8 5 +3 10 55.6%
4  Venezuela 6 2 3 1 7 8 −1 9 50.0%
Eliminated in the Quarterfinals
5  Chile 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7 58.3%
6  Colombia 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 7 58.3%
7  Argentina 4 1 3 0 5 2 +3 6 50.0%
8  Brazil 4 1 3 0 6 4 +2 6 50.0%
Eliminated in the First Stage
9  Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3 33.3%
10  Ecuador 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1 11.1%
11  Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1 11.1%
12  Mexico 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0 0.0%

Sponsorship[edit]

Global Platinum Sponsor:

Global Gold Sponsor:

Global Silver Sponsor:

Official Supplier:

Charitable Partner:

Local Supplier:

Web Hosting:

Media coverage[edit]

YouTube streamed the tournament to over 50 countries worldwide.[43]

Theme song[edit]

"Creo en América" by Argentine singer Diego Torres was the official theme song for the tournament.[44] Torres performed the song during the opening ceremonies. Secondary theme songs of the tournament included "Don't Wanna Go Home" by Jason Derulo, "Rabiosa" by Shakira and "Ready 2 Go" by Martin Solveig.[45]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ Official regulations (Spanish)
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  28. ^ a b Sequence of matches inverted from original schedule. "Two 2011 Copa America’s match times were inverted on July 8". CA2011.com. June 15, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Announced the official regulations of 2011 Copa América". CA2011.com. November 11, 2010. 
  30. ^ LG
  31. ^ MasterCard
  32. ^ Santander
  33. ^ Kia
  34. ^ Claro
  35. ^ Telcel
  36. ^ Canon
  37. ^ Budweiser
  38. ^ Coca-Cola
  39. ^ Petrobras
  40. ^ Seara
  41. ^ UNICEF
  42. ^ UOL Host
  43. ^ "Google partners with Traffic Sports to Live stream all Copa America matches on YouTube". CA2011.com. June 15, 2011. 
  44. ^ http://m24digital.com/.../diego-torres-presented-the-official-song-of-the-copa-america
  45. ^ http://getinpr.com/index.php/2011/07/copa-america-designates-martin-solveigs-ready-2-go-as-official-club-anthem-for-2011-tournament/

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