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2011 Copa América
Copa América Argentina 2011
Tournament details
Host country Argentina
Dates July 1 – 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 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]

Opening game: Argentina v. Bolivia.

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
Estadio Córdoba (Arg vs Ghana) 2.jpg
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]

For more details on this topic, see 2011 Copa América squads.

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 three 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 4 2 +2 7
 Argentina 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
 Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
1 July 2011
Argentina  1–1  Bolivia Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata
2 July 2011
Colombia  1–0  Costa Rica Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
6 July 2011
Argentina  0–0  Colombia Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe
7 July 2011
Bolivia  0–2  Costa Rica Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
10 July 2011
Colombia  2–0  Bolivia Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe
11 July 2011
Argentina  3–0  Costa Rica Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba

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
3 July 2011
Brazil  0–0  Venezuela Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata
Paraguay  0–0  Ecuador Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe
9 July 2011
Brazil  2–2  Paraguay Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba
Venezuela  1–0  Ecuador Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
13 July 2011
Paraguay  3–3  Venezuela Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Brazil  4–2  Ecuador Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba

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


4 July 2011
Uruguay  1–1  Peru Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan
Chile  2–1  Mexico Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan
8 July 2011
Uruguay  1–1  Chile Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Peru  1–0  Mexico Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
12 July 2011
Chile  1–0  Peru Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Uruguay  1–0  Mexico Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata

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 stage[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).[28] 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.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals 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 play-off
July 17 – San Juan
    Venezuela  0 (3)  
  Chile  1   Peru  4
  Venezuela  2     Venezuela  1
July 23 – La Plata

Quarter-finals[edit]

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



17 July 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)

Semi-finals[edit]

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

Third place play-off[edit]

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

Final[edit]

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

Result[edit]

 2011 Copa América Champion 

Uruguay
15th title

Goalscorers[edit]

With five goals, Paolo Guerrero is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 54 goals were scored by 39 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

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

Statistics[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Awards[edit]

Uruguay player Luis Suárez, awarded as MVP of the tournament.

Final positions[edit]

The Uruguayan players celebrating their 15th. title.

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.[42]

Theme song[edit]

"Creo en América" by Argentine singer Diego Torres was the official theme song for the tournament.[43] 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.[44]

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