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The 1916 South American Championship of Nations was the first continental championship for national teams in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2 July to 17 July during Argentina's independence centenary commemorations. The tournament was won by Uruguay, who drew with Argentina in the last match of the tournament.

1916 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host countryArgentina
Dates2 July – 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 was 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 plays in a single round-robin tournament, earning two points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.


City Stadium Capacity
Avellaneda Estadio Racing Club 30,000
Buenos Aires Estadio G.E.B.A. 18,000

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'
Báez   44'

Brazil  1–1  Chile
Demósthenes   29' Salazar   85'

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

Uruguay  2–1  Brazil
Gradín   58'
Tognola   77'
Friedenreich   8'


 1916 South American Championship Champions 
1st title

Goal scorersEdit

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


The match between Uruguay and Chile played on 2 July was the first time in history a country fielded black players in an international tournament. Uruguay fielded Isabelino Gradín and Juan Delgado and their racial background became an issue with Chile. Chile complained before and after the match that the Uruguayans were unfairly selecting "Africans".


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 within the spectators. The riot spilled over into the field and the clash finished with the wooden tribunes on fire. The match couldn't be rescheduled in the Estadio G.E.B.A., and so the match was replayed at Estadio Racing Club. The partial result of the match in Estadio G.E.B.A. was declared null and overtaken by the one in Avellaneda.[1]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2008-06-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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