1919 South American Championship

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1919 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
DatesMay 11 – May 29
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up Uruguay
Third place Argentina
Fourth place Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored27 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Arthur Friedenreich
Brazil Neco
(4 goals each)
The Brazilian team that won its first championship.

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.[1]


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.


For a complete list of participating squads see: 1919 South American Championship squads


Rio de Janeiro
Estádio das Laranjeiras
Capacity: 20,000
Das laranjeiras stadium.jpg

Final round[edit]

Each team played one match against each of the other teams. Two (2) points were awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a defeat.

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

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

Uruguay 2–0 Chile
C. Scarone Goal 31'
J. Pérez Goal 43'
Referee: Adilton Ponteado (Brazil)

Brazil 3–1 Argentina
Héitor Goal 22'
Amílcar Goal 57'
Millón Goal 77'
Izaguirre Goal 65'

Argentina 4–1 Chile
Clarcke Goal 10'23'62'
Izaguirre Goal 13'
France Goal 33'
Referee: Joaquim de Castro (Brazil)

Uruguay 2–2 Brazil
Gradín Goal 13'
C. Scarone Goal 17'
Neco Goal 29'63'


Brazil 1–0
Friedenreich Goal 122'


 1919 South American Championship Champions 

First title

Goal scorers[edit]

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

  • Uruguay Manuel Varela (for Argentina)


The day after the final, Uruguayan goalkeeper Roberto Chery died of strangulated hernia in a hospital of Río de Janeiro. He had injured after he made a wrong move to stop an attack, during the match v Chile. Because of substitutions were not allowed by then, Chery had to play severely injured the rest of the match.[3]

Brazil and Uruguay teams had scheduled a friendly match ("Copa Rio Branco") for June 19, 1919. Due to the Uruguayan side declined to participate because of Chery's tragic death, Argentina offered to replace the Uruguayan side. After the Brazilian Federation accepted, the match (now named "Copa Roberto Chery" to honor the goalkeeper) was finally played. Argentina entered to the field wearing Uruguay's traditional light-blue jersey while Brazil wore the Peñarol jersey.[4]


  1. ^ South American Championship 1919 on the RSSSF
  2. ^ Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 551. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.
  3. ^ Una historia trágica en la Copa América on Prensa Libre, 13 Jun 2016
  4. ^ La más hermosa página de fraternidad, El Gráfico