Throughout the history of the tournament, Uruguay has been the most successful team. They have won the Copa America fifteen times. They are closely followed by Argentina with fourteen wins. Brazil ranks at the third spot, having won Copa America eight times. Get Copa America tickets and find out if Uruguay will be able to defend their title successfully in the 2015 edition of one of the oldest Football tournaments.
CONMEBOL or the South American Confederation is one of the six confederations recognized by FIFA, and is one of the strongest confederations with teams such as Brazil and Argentina. The international FIFA World Cup has been won most times by teams in CONMEBOL than any other confederation. Since the confederation has ten members, and twelve teams compete in the tournament, two teams from outside the confederation are invited to participate in the event. Four teams namely US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica competed for berths in Copa America from the CONCACAF region. Out of the four teams, Mexico and Jamaica have made it into the competition.
US, Costa Rica and Mexico have been regular members in the past years. Mexico has featured in nine editions, Costa Rica in four and the US has featured three times. Mexico has consistently performed well in the Cup with three, third place finishes and two, second place finishes. The winner of the tournament is awarded a silver trophy called the Copa America trophy, while the runner up is awarded the Copa Bolivia.
The Copa America follows a group stage process and then moves into the knock out stage. The group stage consists of three groups with four teams each. Teams are assigned according to the tournament seeding. In each group teams play three games against the other teams. For each win that a team gets, it is awarded three points. Similarly for each draw a point is awarded to the two teams, but no points are awarded if a team loses. Two teams with the highest points qualify to the next stage from each group. While two, third-best ranked teams are also selected.
In the knockout stage, teams play together and the losing team gets knocked out of the tournament. The quarter finals feature eight teams, which are then narrowed down to four teams in the Semifinals. Two teams from the semis compete for the silver trophy, while the losing two teams from the semis play for the third and fourth place.
Some attacking superstars of football that we need to be on the lookout for include James Rodriguez from Colombia, Edison Cavani from Uruguay, the exciting Brazilian youngster Neymar and the terrific Argentinian trio consisting of Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. There is no doubt that many other players will make their presence felt but these established names are certainly going to cause a lot of buzz. The stats racked up by these players are nothing short of amazing; Lionel Messi has scored fifty six goals in his fifty seven matches (including La Liga, Champion League, International and Copa Del Rey). The swan song of the club Manchester City, Sergio Aguero has twenty five goals from thirty one appearances in the English Premiere League. On the other hand Edison Cavani has twenty nine goals from fifty one appearances. Get Copa America tickets and watch all these stars give it their best in the coveted international competition.