1921 South American Championship
|Copa América (since 1975)|
|Dates||October 2 – 30|
|Teams||4 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Argentina (1st title)|
|Goals scored||14 (2.33 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Julio Libonatti |
Argentina won the tournament, being also its first official title.
For a complete list of participating squads see: 1921 South American Championship squads
There was great expectations for the final match between Argentina and Uruguay. Sebastián García, president of Liga Rosarina de Football, made the arrangements for people to attend the match travelling from Rosario to Buenos Aires, with tickets at low prices. Near 3,000 people from Rosario travelled to support fellow citizens Julio Libonatti, Blas Saruppo, Adolfo Celli and Florindo Bearzotti. The train departed at 6 a.m., returning to Rosario at 6 p.m.
To take pressure off the players, Argentine executives carried them to a training camp in Tigre, Buenos Aires Province. Bocce, fishing and music were some of the activities during their time there.
The Friday before the final, while the Uruguayan players played basketball in their camp in Vicente López, the Argentine executives moved the players from Tigre to a hotel in Buenos Aires downtown, where they were strictly controlled. No one could escape from there, although the duo Carlos Gardel–José Razzano were performing at Teatro Esmeralda, not far from the hotel.
|Machado 21', 44'
|Romano 1', 8'||Zezé I 53'|
|1921 South American Championship Champions|
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- 1921. Los primeros criollos campeones, El Gráfico, 14 Jun 2019
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