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. The tournament was won by Uruguay, who drew with Argentina in the last match of the tournament at Racing Club Stadium.[note 1]
|Teams||4 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Uruguay (1st title)|
|Goals scored||18 (3 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Isabelino Gradín |
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.
|Gimnasia y Esgrima||Racing|
|Capacity: 18,000||Capacity: 30,000|
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.
There were 18 goals scored in 6 matches, for an average of 3 goals per match.
- 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 The partial result of the match in GEBA was declared void and superseded by the one from Avellaneda.
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