2007 Copa América

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2007 Copa América
Copa América Venezuela 2007
2007 Copa América logo.svg
Copa América 2007 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryVenezuela
Dates26 June – 15 July
Teams12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (8th title)
Runners-up Argentina
Third place Mexico
Fourth place Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored86 (3.31 per match)
Attendance1,050,230 (40,393 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Robinho (6 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Robinho[1]
2004
2011

The 2007 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, known simply as the 2007 Copa América or 2007 Copa América Venezuela, was the 42nd edition of the Copa América, the South-American championship for international association football teams. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held between 26 June and 15 July in Venezuela, which hosted the tournament for the first time.

The competition was won by Brazil (they were also the defending champions), who beat Argentina 3–0 in the final.[2] Mexico took third place by beating Uruguay 3–1 in the third-place match. Brazil thus won the right to represent CONMEBOL[3] at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[4]

Competing nations[edit]

As with previous tournaments, all ten members of CONMEBOL participated in the competition. In order to bring the number of competing teams to twelve, CONMEBOL invited Mexico and the United States, the two highest ranking CONCACAF teams in the FIFA World Rankings. Just as in every tournament since 1993, Mexico accepted the invitation without reservation. The United States, on the other hand, rejected the invitation due to scheduling conflicts with the 2007 Major League Soccer season. CONMEBOL then proceeded to invite Costa Rica, the third highest CONCACAF team in FIFA's ranking.[5] In the end, the United States accepted the invitation.[6]

Venues[edit]

For this Copa América, the organizing committee decided to choose eight cities to hold the tournament. A total of 14 cities presented proposal before the committee, of which they rejected proposals from Barquisimeto, Maracay, Valencia, Valera, Portuguesa and Miranda for not meeting established requirements. The cities of Barinas, Caracas, Ciudad Guayana, Maracaibo, Maturín, Mérida, Puerto la Cruz and San Cristóbal were selected to host the tournament. Later on, the organizing committee reconsidered the candidacy of Barquisimeto, based on the proposal of a new stadium to be built for the city. With a final nine host cities, the 2007 edition broke the previous records for host cities set by the 2004 Copa América in Peru, which used seven.

Barinas Barquisimeto Caracas Ciudad Guayana
Estadio Agustín Tovar Estadio Metropolitano de Lara Estadio Olímpico de la UCV Estadio Polideportivo Cachamay
Capacity: 27,500 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 24,900 Capacity: 41,600
Estadio Metropolitano de Lara.jpg Estadio Olímpico (Caracas).jpg CTE Chamay Aereo Cut.jpg
Maracaibo Maturín
Estadio José Pachencho Romero Estadio Monumental de Maturín
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 52,000
Brazil vs. Uruguay Semifinals Copa América 2007 - 2.jpg Monumental de maturin 3.jpg
Mérida Puerto la Cruz
Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos
Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 38,000
Estadio metropolitana de merida.jpg Venarg3.jpg
San Cristóbal
Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Capacity: 40,000
Inauguración Copa América 2007.jpg

Officials[edit]

On 30 May 2007, CONMEBOL announced the list of match officials for the competition. The list included one match official from every country (except Paraguay, which had two). From these thirteen, six officiated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup: Carlos Simon, Óscar Ruiz, Carlos Amarilla, Jorge Larrionda, and Armando Archundia.

Squads[edit]

Each association had to present a list of twenty-three players to compete in the competition.

Group stage[edit]

The first round, or group stage, saw the twelve teams divided into three groups of four teams. 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, second and two best-placed third teams in each group qualified for the Quarter-finals.

Tie-breaking criteria

Teams were ranked on the following criteria:

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. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee
Key to colors in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarterfinals

All times are in Venezuela Standard Time (UTC-04:00).

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Peru 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
 Bolivia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
Uruguay 0–3 Peru
(Report) Villalta Goal 27'
Mariño Goal 70'
Guerrero Goal 88'

Venezuela 2–2 Bolivia
Maldonado Goal 20'
Páez Goal 55'
(Report) Moreno Goal 38'
Arce Goal 84'


Venezuela 2–0 Peru
Cichero Goal 48'
Arismendi Goal 79'
(Report)

Peru 2–2 Bolivia
Pizarro Goal 34'85' (Report) Moreno Goal 24'
Campos Goal 45'

Venezuela 0–0 Uruguay
(Report)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Chile 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
 Ecuador 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Ecuador 2–3 Chile
Valencia Goal 16'
Benítez Goal 23'
(Report) Suazo Goal 20'80'
Villanueva Goal 86'

Brazil 0–2 Mexico
(Report) Castillo Goal 23'
Morales Goal 28'

Brazil 3–0 Chile
Robinho Goal 36' (pen.)84'87' (Report)

Mexico 2–1 Ecuador
Castillo Goal 21'
Bravo Goal 79'
(Report) Méndez Goal 84'

Mexico 0–0 Chile
(Report)

Brazil 1–0 Ecuador
Robinho Goal 56' (pen.) (Report)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9
 Paraguay 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
 United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Paraguay 5–0 Colombia
Santa Cruz Goal 30'46'80'
Cabañas Goal 84'88'
(Report)

Argentina 4–1 United States
Crespo Goal 11'60'
Aimar Goal 76'
Tevez Goal 84'
(Report) Johnson Goal 9' (pen.)

United States 1–3 Paraguay
Clark Goal 35' (Report) Barreto Goal 29'
Cardozo Goal 56'
Cabañas Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 28,200
Referee: Victor Rivera (Peru)

Argentina 4–2 Colombia
Crespo Goal 20' (pen.)
Riquelme Goal 34'45'
D. Milito Goal 90+1'
(Report) E. Perea Goal 10'
Castrillón Goal 76'


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
B  Chile 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
A  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
C  Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
7 July – San Cristóbal
 
 
 Venezuela 1
 
10 July – Maracaibo
 
 Uruguay 4
 
 Uruguay 2 (4)
 
7 July – Puerto la Cruz
 
 Brazil 2 (5)
 
 Chile 1
 
15 July – Maracaibo
 
 Brazil 6
 
 Brazil 3
 
8 July – Maturín
 
 Argentina 0
 
 Mexico 6
 
11 July – Ciudad Guayana
 
 Paraguay 0
 
 Mexico 0
 
8 July – Barquisimeto
 
 Argentina 3 Third place
 
 Argentina 4
 
14 July – Caracas
 
 Peru 0
 
 Uruguay 1
 
 
 Mexico 3
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

Venezuela 1–4 Uruguay
Arango Goal 41' (Report) Forlán Goal 38'90+1'
García Goal 64'
Rodríguez Goal 86'

Chile 1–6 Brazil
Suazo Goal 76' (Report) Juan Goal 16'
Baptista Goal 23'
Robinho Goal 27'50'
Josué Goal 68'
Vágner Love Goal 85'

Mexico 6–0 Paraguay
Castillo Goal 5' (pen.)38'
Torrado Goal 27'
Arce Goal 79'
Blanco Goal 87' (pen.)
Bravo Goal 90+1'
(Report)

Argentina 4–0 Peru
Riquelme Goal 47'85'
Messi Goal 61'
Mascherano Goal 75'
(Report)

Semifinals[edit]


Mexico 0–3 Argentina
(Report) Heinze Goal 45'
Messi Goal 61'
Riquelme Goal 65' (pen.)

Third-place match[edit]

Uruguay 1–3 Mexico
Abreu Goal 22' (Report) Blanco Goal 36' (pen.)
Bravo Goal 68'
Guardado Goal 76'
Attendance: 25,000

Final[edit]

Brazil 3–0 Argentina
Baptista Goal 4'
Ayala Goal 40' (o.g.)
Dani Alves Goal 69'
(Report)

Result[edit]

 2007 Copa América Champions 

Brazil
Eighth title

Awards[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

With six goals, Robinho is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 86 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.