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2011 Copa América

The 2011 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, better known as the 2011 Copa América or the Copa América 2011 Argentina, was the 43rd edition of the Copa América, the main international football tournament for national teams in South America. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held in Argentina from 1 to 24 July. The draw for the tournament was held in La Plata on 11 November 2010.

2011 Copa América
Copa América Argentina 2011
2011 Copa América logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryArgentina
Dates1–24 July
Teams12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)8 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Uruguay (15th title)
Runners-up Paraguay
Third place Peru
Fourth place Venezuela
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored54 (2.08 per match)
Attendance882,621 (33,947 per match)
Top scorer(s)Peru Paolo Guerrero
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Uruguay Luis Suárez
Best young playerUruguay Sebastián Coates
Best goalkeeperParaguay Justo Villar
Fair play award Uruguay
2007
2015

Uruguay won the tournament after defeating Paraguay 3–0 in the final, giving them a record 15th Copa América title and their first since 1995. Paraguay, as the tournament runner-up, earned the Copa Bolivia; Paraguay's performance was noteworthy, as they were able to reach the finals without winning a single game in the tournament; their success in the final stages was achieved by the way of penalty shoot-outs. Brazil were the defending champions who got knocked out by Paraguay in the quarter final after failing to convert any of the penalties.[1][2] As the tournament champion, Uruguay earned the right to represent CONMEBOL in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Brazil. Peru finished third after defeating Venezuela 4–1 in the third-place match.

Competing nationsEdit

 
Opening game: Argentina v. Bolivia.

Both Japan and Mexico were invited to join the CONMEBOL nations in the tournament.[3] Following a proposal by UEFA regarding national teams competing in tournaments organised by confederations different from their own, it was reported on 23 November 2009 that the two countries might not be able to take part in the 2011 Copa América.[4] However, on 31 March 2010, CONCACAF confirmed that Mexico would be allowed to send their 2012 U-23 Olympic Team, supplemented with five over-age players.[5] In addition to Mexico sending a weaker team than those teams sent in previous participations, eight of the Mexican players originally called to play the Copa America 2011 were suspended because of indiscipline one week before the competition started.

Japan's participation was in doubt after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami,[6] but the Japan Football Association confirmed on 16 March 2011 that they would participate.[7] However, the Japanese FA later withdrew from the tournament on 4 April 2011 citing scheduling conflict with rescheduled J. League matches.[8][9] Following a meeting with the leadership of the Argentine Football Association, the Japanese FA decided to hold off on their final decision until 15 April.[10][11] The Japanese FA later announced on 14 April that they would compete in the competition using mainly European based players.[12] The Japanese FA withdrew their team again on 16 May citing difficulties with European clubs in releasing Japanese players.[13][14] On the next day, CONMEBOL sent a formal invitation letter to the Costa Rican Football Federation inviting Costa Rica as replacement.[15] Costa Rica accepted the invitation later that day.[16][17]

The following twelve teams, shown with pre-tournament FIFA World Rankings, played in the tournament:

VenuesEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the competition took place on 11 November 2010 at 17:00 (UTC−03:00) in the Teatro Argentino de La Plata in La Plata, and was broadcast in Argentina by Canal Siete.[19][20][21] On 18 October 2010, CONMEBOL's The Executive Committee decided to place the teams in pots for the draw.[22]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  Argentina
  Brazil
  Uruguay
  Chile
  Colombia
  Paraguay
  Bolivia
  Peru
  Venezuela
  Ecuador
  Costa Rica
  Mexico

SquadsEdit

Each association presented a list of twenty-three players to compete in the tournament five days before their first match. On 14 June 2011, CONMEBOL allowed for the inscription of twenty-three players for the tournament, up one player from the previous allowed twenty-two. Of those twenty-three players, three must be goalkeepers.[23]

Match officialsEdit

The list of twenty-four referees and two extra referees selected for the tournament were announced on 6 June 2011 by CONMEBOL's Referee Commission. Two referees were chosen from each participating association:[24][25]

Extra assistants:   Diego Bonfa, Hernán Maidana

Notes
  1. ^ Amarilla replaced Antonio Arias, who originally replaced Carlos Torres

Group stageEdit

The first round, or group stage, saw the twelve teams divided into three groups of four teams.[27] Each group was a round-robin of three games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group, and the two best-placed third teams, qualified for the quarter-finals.[28]

Tie-breaking criteria

Teams were ranked on the following criteria:[29]

1. Greater number of points in all group matches
2. Goal difference in all group matches
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
4. Head-to-head results
5. Penalties (Were to be taken before the final group match by two teams playing each other and tied by points 1–4. Only used as decider, if they then drew the final game.)
6. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee
Key to colors in group tables
Teams that advanced to the quarter-finals

All times are in local, Argentina Time (UTC−03:00).

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Colombia 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7
  Argentina 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
  Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
  Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
1 July 2011
Argentina   1–1   Bolivia Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata
2 July 2011
Colombia   1–0   Costa Rica Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
6 July 2011
Argentina   0–0   Colombia Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe
7 July 2011
Bolivia   0–2   Costa Rica Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
10 July 2011
Colombia   2–0   Bolivia Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe
11 July 2011
Argentina   3–0   Costa Rica Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
  Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
  Paraguay 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
  Ecuador 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
3 July 2011
Brazil   0–0   Venezuela Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata
Paraguay   0–0   Ecuador Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe
9 July 2011
Brazil   2–2   Paraguay Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba
Venezuela   1–0   Ecuador Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
13 July 2011
Paraguay   3–3   Venezuela Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Brazil   4–2   Ecuador Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Chile 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
  Uruguay 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
  Peru 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
  Mexico 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
4 July 2011
Uruguay   1–1   Peru Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan
Chile   2–1   Mexico Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan
8 July 2011
Uruguay   1–1   Chile Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Peru   1–0   Mexico Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
12 July 2011
Chile   1–0   Peru Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Uruguay   1–0   Mexico Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third-placed teams of each group. The two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
C   Peru 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
B   Paraguay 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
A   Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3

Knockout stageEdit

Different from previous tournaments, in the knockout stages, 30 minutes of extra time were played if any match finished tied after regulation (previously the match would go straight to a penalty shootout).[30] This was the first time in the history of the tournament where the knockout stage did not include any invited teams, as both Mexico and Costa Rica were eliminated during the group stage. Paraguay reached the final despite not having won a single match in the competition.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
16 July – Córdoba
 
 
  Colombia 0
 
19 July – La Plata
 
  Peru (a.e.t.) 2
 
  Peru 0
 
16 July – Santa Fe
 
  Uruguay 2
 
  Argentina 1 (4)
 
24 July – Buenos Aires
 
  Uruguay (pen.) 1 (5)
 
  Uruguay 3
 
17 July – La Plata
 
  Paraguay 0
 
  Brazil 0 (0)
 
20 July – Mendoza
 
  Paraguay (pen.) 0 (2)
 
  Paraguay (pen.) 0 (5)
 
17 July – San Juan
 
  Venezuela 0 (3) Third place play-off
 
  Chile 1
 
23 July – La Plata
 
  Venezuela 2
 
  Peru 4
 
 
  Venezuela 1
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Colombia  0–2 (a.e.t.)  Peru
Report Lobatón   101'
Vargas   111'



Chile  1–2  Venezuela
Suazo   69' Report Vizcarrondo   34'
Cichero   80'

Semi-finalsEdit

Peru  0–2  Uruguay
Report Suárez   52'57'

Third place play-offEdit

Peru  4–1  Venezuela
Chiroque   41'
Guerrero   63'89'90+2'
Report Arango   77'

FinalEdit

Uruguay  3–0  Paraguay
Suárez   11'
Forlán   41'89'
Report

ResultEdit

 2011 Copa América Champions 
 
Uruguay
15th title

GoalscorersEdit

StatisticsEdit

DisciplineEdit

AwardsEdit

 
Uruguay player Luis Suárez, awarded as MVP of the tournament.
 
Uruguayan players celebrating their 15th Copa America title.

SponsorshipEdit

Global Platinum Sponsor:

Global Gold Sponsor:

Global Silver Sponsor:

Official Supplier:

Charitable Partner:

Local Supplier:

Web Hosting:

Theme songEdit

"Creo en América" by Argentine singer Diego Torres was the official theme song for the tournament.[44] Torres performed the song during the opening ceremonies. Secondary theme songs of the tournament included "Don't Wanna Go Home" by Jason Derulo, "Rabiosa" by Shakira, The Child (Inside) by Qkumba Zoo and "Ready 2 Go" by Martin Solveig.[45]

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