1921 South American Championship

The 1921 South American Championship was the fifth continental championship for nations in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 2 to 30, 1921.

1921 South American Championship of Nations
Copa América (since 1975)
Tournament details
Host countryArgentina
DatesOctober 2 – 30
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Argentina (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Uruguay
Fourth place Paraguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored14 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Julio Libonatti
(3 goals)

The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay (which debuted in this edition)[1] and Uruguay. Chile was also invited but withdrew due to internal problems in the team.[2]

Argentina won the tournament, being also its first official title.[3]


For a complete list of participating squads see: 1921 South American Championship squads


Buenos Aires
Sportivo Barracas
Capacity: 30,000


The Argentina team that beat Uruguay in the last game

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.[3]

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.[3]

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 GardelJosé Razzano were performing at Teatro Esmeralda, not far from the hotel.[3]

Final positionsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Argentina 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 6
  Brazil 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 2
  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 2
  Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 2
Argentina  1–0  Brazil
Libonatti   27'
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)

Paraguay  2–1  Uruguay
Rivas   9'
López   66'
Piendibene   83'
Referee: Gerónimo Rapossi (Argentina)

Paraguay  0–3  Brazil
Machado   21'44'
Candiota   46'
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)

Argentina  3–0  Paraguay
Libonatti   1'
Saruppo   71'
Echeverría   76'
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)

Uruguay  2–1  Brazil
Romano   1'8' Zezé I   53'
Referee: Víctor Cabañas Saguier (Paraguay)

Argentina  1–0  Uruguay
Libonatti   57'
Referee: Pedro Santos (Brazil)

Argentina: Tesoriere; Celli, Bearzotti; J. López, Dellavalle, E. Solari; Calomino, Libonatti, Saruppo, Echeverría, González [4]


 1921 South American Championship Champions 
First title

Goal scorersEdit

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


  1. ^ Historia de la Copa América (1921): La primera vez de Paraguay, Goal.com, 20 Feb 2019
  2. ^ South American Championship 1921 by Martín Tabeira at the RSSSF
  3. ^ a b c d Sudamericano 1921. La Primera Copa América que ganó Argentina, from Héroes de Tiento, book by Carlos Aira on Xenen, 25 June 2016
  4. ^ 1921. Los primeros criollos campeones, El Gráfico, 14 Jun 2019