South American Youth Football Championship

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South American Youth Football Championship
Founded 1954
Region CONMEBOL
Number of teams 10
Current champions  Colombia
Most successful team(s)  Brazil (11 titles)
Website Official webpage
2013 South American Youth Football Championship

The South American Youth Football Championship, also known as U-20 South American Championship and Juventud de América (English: "America's Youth") is a South American association football tournament organized by the CONMEBOL (CONfederación SudaMEricana de FútBOL), for South American national teams of men under age of 20.

History[edit]

The first South American Youth Championship was hosted by Venezuela in 1954. Initially for men under age 19, this limit was maintained until the 7th championship, hosted by Peru in 1975. Since the 8th edition (1977), when the tournament took place in Venezuela for the second time, the age limit was raised to 20. This change was made in order to use the competition as South American qualification for the FIFA World Youth Championship (now renamed the FIFA U-20 World Cup), held every two years since 1977. The most recent edition (number 26) was hosted by Argentina and won by Colombia in 2013.

The Championship has had only five champions during its history (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay). However, since 1983 Brazil has largely dominated the tournament, sharing the trophy only on three occasions with Colombia and on three occasions with Argentina.

Format[edit]

All matches take place in the host country, and all ten U-20 national football teams of CONMEBOL compete in every edition (if none of the associations withdraw). They are separated in two groups of five, and each team plays four matches in a pure round-robin stage. The three top competitors advance to a single final group of six, wherein each team plays five matches. The results in this last pure round-robin stage determines the champion and the South American qualification to the next FIFA U-20 World Cup. Unlike most international tournaments, in South American Youth Championships there is neither final match nor third place match nor knockout stages.

Results[edit]

Year Host Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
1954
Details
 Venezuela
Uruguay

Brazil

Venezuela

Peru
1958
Details
 Chile
Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

Peru
1964
Details
 Colombia
Uruguay

Paraguay

Colombia

Chile
Year Host Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1967
Details
 Paraguay
Argentina
2–2[1]
Paraguay
Brazil Brazil
Peru Peru[2]
1971
Details
 Paraguay
Paraguay
1–1[3]
Uruguay
Argentina Argentina
Peru Peru[2]
1974
Details
 Chile
Brazil
2–1
Uruguay

Paraguay
1–0
Argentina
Year Host Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
1975
Details
 Peru
Uruguay
[4]

Chile

Argentina

Peru
1977
Details
 Venezuela
Uruguay

Brazil

Paraguay

Chile
1979
Details
 Uruguay
Uruguay

Argentina

Paraguay

Brazil
1981
Details
 Ecuador
Uruguay

Brazil

Argentina

Bolivia
1983
Details
 Bolivia
Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

Bolivia
1985
Details
 Paraguay
Brazil

Paraguay [5]

Colombia

Uruguay
1987
Details
 Colombia
Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay
1988
Details
 Argentina
Brazil

Colombia

Argentina

Paraguay
1991
Details
 Venezuela
Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay

Paraguay
1992
Details
 Colombia
Brazil

Uruguay

Colombia

Ecuador
1995
Details
 Bolivia
Brazil

Argentina

Chile

Ecuador
1997
Details
 Chile
Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

Uruguay
1999
Details
 Argentina
Argentina

Uruguay

Brazil

Paraguay
2001
Details
 Ecuador
Brazil

Argentina

Paraguay

Chile
2003
Details
 Uruguay
Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

Colombia
2005
Details
 Colombia
Colombia

Brazil

Argentina

Chile
2007
Details
 Paraguay
Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay

Chile
2009
Details
 Venezuela
Brazil

Paraguay

Uruguay

Venezuela
2011
Details
 Peru
Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

Ecuador
2013
Details
 Argentina
Colombia

Paraguay

Uruguay

Chile
2015
Details
 Uruguay

Past winning coaches[edit]

Year Winners Head coach/Manager
1954
Details
 Uruguay
1958
Details
 Uruguay
1964
Details
 Uruguay
1967
Details
 Argentina
1971
Details
 Paraguay
1974
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 Brazil
1975
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 Uruguay
1977
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 Uruguay
1979
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 Uruguay
1981
Details
 Uruguay
1983
Details
 Brazil Brazil Jair Pereira da Silva
1985
Details
 Brazil Brazil Gílson Nuñes
1987
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 Colombia Colombia Finot Castano
1988
Details
 Brazil
1991
Details
 Brazil Brazil Júlio Leal
1992
Details
 Brazil Brazil Júlio Leal
1995
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 Brazil
1997
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 Argentina Argentina José Pekerman
1999
Details
 Argentina Argentina José Pekerman
2001
Details
 Brazil Brazil Marcos Paquetá
2003
Details
 Argentina Argentina Hugo Tocalli
2005
Details
 Colombia Colombia Eduardo Lara
2007
Details
 Brazil Brazil Nélson Rodrigues
2009
Details
 Brazil Brazil Rogério Lourenço
2011
Details
 Brazil Brazil Ney Franco
2013
Details
 Colombia Colombia Carlos Restrepo

Performances by countries[edit]

Team Titles Runner-up Third place Fourth place
 Brazil 11 (1974, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011) 7 (1954, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1997, 2003, 2005) 3 (1958, 1967, 1999) 1 (1979)
 Uruguay 7 (1954, 1958, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981) 6 (1971, 1974, 1983, 1992, 1999, 2011) 4 (1991, 2007, 2009, 2013) 3 (1985, 1987, 1997)
 Argentina 4 (1967, 1997, 1999, 2003) 6 (1958, 1979, 1991, 1995, 2001, 2007) 8 (1971, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2011) 1 (1974)
 Colombia 3 (1987, 2005, 2013) 1 (1988) 3 (1964, 1985, 1992) 1 (2003)
 Paraguay 1 (1971) 5 (1964, 1967, 1985, 2009, 2013) 6 (1974, 1977, 1979, 1997, 2001, 2003) 3 (1988, 1991, 1999)
 Chile 1 (1975) 1 (1995) 6 (1964, 1977, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2013)
 Peru 2 (1967, 1971) 3 (1954, 1958, 1975)
 Venezuela 1 (1954) 1 (2009)
 Ecuador 3 (1992, 1995, 2011)
 Bolivia 2 (1981, 1983)

Distribution of hosts[edit]

Hosts Nation Year(s)
4 times  Colombia 1964,1987,1992,2005
4 times  Paraguay 1967,1971,1985,2007
4 times  Venezuela 1954,1977,1991,2009
3 times  Chile 1958,1974,1997
3 times  Argentina 1988,1999,2013
2 times  Bolivia 1983,1995
2 times  Ecuador 1981,2001
2 times  Uruguay 1979,2003
2 times  Peru 1975, 2011

Overall statistics[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 149 92 32 25 312 113 +199 308
2  Argentina 141 72 41 28 237 127 +110 257
3  Uruguay 144 70 46 28 241 147 +94 256
4  Paraguay 127 58 31 38 213 160 +53 205
5  Colombia 114 43 29 42 143 152 −9 158
6  Chile 123 39 29 55 180 205 −25 146
7  Peru 99 23 22 54 115 200 −85 91
8  Ecuador 79 15 15 49 71 155 −84 60
9  Venezuela 83 12 16 55 77 205 −128 52
10  Bolivia 76 10 12 54 70 169 −99 42
11  Israel 5 3 0 2 6 4 +2 9
12  Panama 3 0 0 3 4 20 −16 0

Top goalscorers[edit]

Competition Nation Player Number of goals
1954  Paraguay Juan Bautista Agüero 7
1958  Argentina Norberto Raffo 5
1964  Chile Jaime Bravo 5
1967 Unknown
1971  Uruguay Ricardo Islas 4
 Paraguay Cristóbal Maldonado 4
1974  Uruguay Hebert Revetria 4
1975  Uruguay Hebert Revetria 4
 Brazil Toninho Cerezo 4
1977  Uruguay Amaro Nadal 4
 Brazil Aguinaldo Roberto Gallon 4
1979  Uruguay Arsenio Luzardo 4
1981  Uruguay Enzo Francescoli 5
 Brazil Reinaldo "Lela" Felisbino 5
1983  Uruguay Carlos Aguilera 7
1985  Brazil Romário 5
1987  Argentina Alejandro Russo 4
1988  Brazil Roberto de Assis Moreira 5
 Paraguay Francisco Ferreira 5
1991  Argentina Juan Esnaider 7
1992  Uruguay Fernando Correa 5
1995  Argentina Leonardo Biagini 4
1997  Brazil Adaílton Martins Bolzan 8
1999  Argentina Luciano Galletti 9
2001  Brazil Adriano 6
 Brazil Ewerthon 6
2003  Argentina Fernando Cavenaghi 8
2005  Colombia Hugo Rodallega 11
2007  Uruguay Edinson Cavani 7
2009  Paraguay Hernán Pérez 5
 Uruguay Abel Hernández 5
 Brazil Walter Henrique da Silva 5
2011  Brazil Neymar 9
2013  Uruguay Nicolás López 6

Source: [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argentina won by drawing.
  2. ^ a b There was no match for the third place in this edition after the semifinals.
  3. ^ Paraguay won because of better goal difference in semifinals.
  4. ^ Replay match after finishing with same points and goal difference at final stage. Match was 1–1 draw. Uruguay won 3–1 in a penalty shooutout
  5. ^ Paraguay finished as runner-up because of better position in first round than Colombia.
  6. ^ "Neymar fue el máximo goleador". ESPN. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 

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