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1919 South American Championship

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1919 South American Championship

1919 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates May 11 – May 29
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up Uruguay
Third place Argentina
Fourth place Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played 7
Goals scored 27 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s) Arthur Friedenreich
(4 goals each)

The 1919 South American Championship of Nations was the third continental championship for South American national football teams. It was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May 11 to May 29, 1919.

The participating countries were Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the defending champion.

After finishing tied in the group positions, host Brazil beat Uruguay in the playoff match and obtained their first title. This was the longest match in the competition, since it was needed an extra time, which oddly consisted of four periods of 15 minutes each, and not two of 15 as is still usual nowadays.


There was no qualifying for the tournament. The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. All teams competed between each other in a single group. Two points were awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a defeat. If there was a tie of points at the top of the standings, a playoff match would be held to determine the champion.


Rio de Janeiro
Estadio das Laranjeiras
Capacity: 20,000


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 5
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 5
Argentina 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 2
Chile 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0


May 11, 1919
6–0 Chile

May 13, 1919
2–3 Uruguay

May 17, 1919
2–0 Chile
Estádio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Adilton Ponteado (Brazil)

May 18, 1919
3–1 Argentina

May 22, 1919
4–1 Chile
Estádio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: Joaquim de Castro (Brazil)

May 26, 1919
2–2 Brazil


May 29, 1919
1–0 (a.e.t.)* Uruguay

(*) Four extra times of 15 minutes each were played. This made the match last 150 minutes, the longest in the tournament's history.


 1919 South American Championship Champions 

First title

Goal scorers

4 goals 3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

  • Manuel Varela (for Argentina)

External links

  • South American Championship 1919 at RSSSF
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