1916 South American Championship

The 1916 South American Championship was the first continental championship for national association football teams in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2 July to 17 July during Argentina's Independence Centenary commemorations.[1][2] The tournament was won by Uruguay, who drew with Argentina in the last match of the tournament at Racing Club Stadium.[note 1][3][6]

1916 South American Championship
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Brazilian poster advertising the championship
Tournament details
Host countryArgentina
Dates2–17 July
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Uruguay (1st title)
Runners-up Argentina
Third place Brazil
Fourth place Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored18 (3 per match)
Top scorer(s)Uruguay Isabelino Gradín
(3 goals)


Uruguay, the first South American Champion

For a complete list of participating squads see: 1916 South American Championship squads


There was no qualifying for the tournament. The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. The teams played a single round-robin tournament, earning two points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.


Buenos Aires Avellaneda
Gimnasia y Esgrima Racing
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 30,000

Final roundEdit

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
  Uruguay 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
  Argentina 3 1 2 0 7 2 +5 4
  Brazil 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
  Chile 3 0 1 2 2 11 −9 1
Uruguay  4–0  Chile
Piendibene   44'75'
Gradín   55'70'

Argentina  6–1  Chile
Ohaco   2'75'
J.D. Brown   60' (pen.)62' (pen.)
Marcovecchio   67'81'
Baez   44'

Brazil  1–1  Chile
Demósthenes   29' Salazar   85'
Referee: León Peyrou (Uruguay)

Argentina  1–1  Brazil
Laguna   10' Monte   23'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Carlos Fanta (Chile)

Uruguay  2–1  Brazil
Gradín   58'
Tognola   77'
Friedenreich   8'
Referee: Carlos Fanta (Chile)

Argentina  0–0[1]  Uruguay
Referee: Carlos Fanta (Chile)


 1916 South American Championship winners 
1st title


Isabelino Gradín, topscorer

There were 18 goals scored in 6 matches, for an average of 3 goals per match.

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Source: RSSSF


  1. ^ The match between Argentina and Uruguay played on 16 July had to be abandoned at 0–0 after only 5 minutes due to a riot among the spectators. The riot spilled over onto the field and the clash finished with the wooden tribunes on fire. As the match couldn't be rescheduled in the Gimnasia y Esgrima Stadium, it was replayed at Racing Club Stadium. The partial result of the match in GEBA was declared void and superseded by the one from Avellaneda.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Historia de la selección argentina en la Copa América Archived 2019-07-12 at the Wayback Machine on Stub Hub magazine, 8 Apr 2019
  2. ^ Copa América: ¿Creación Argentina? Archived 2019-07-12 at the Wayback Machine by Nicolás Martins Barriga on UNLP website, 2011
  3. ^ a b Chau tablón by Gustavo Ronzano and Oscar Barnade on Clarín, 23 Jul 2005 (archived, 6 Nov 2013)
  4. ^ 1916: once policías para 30 mil hinchas en el primer escándalo del fútbol by Daniel Balmaceda on La Nación, 27 Nov 2018
  5. ^ "Triste epílogo del Campeonato Sudamericano" on La Vanguardia newspaper, 17 Jul 1916
  6. ^ South American Championship 1916 by Martín Tabeira on the RSSSF