Long history of Copa America starting from 1916. At that time, Argentina held a football tournament to celebrate the longevity of their independence to-100. The tournament which is the forerunner of the Copa America was named Campeonato Sudamericano de Selecciones by participants Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Uruguay came out a champion after defeating the ultimate party host.
Seeing the success of the tournament, one member of the Uruguayan Football Federation named Hector Rivadavia and then submit a proposal to combine all four nations into a single confederation was in the same year. Thus was born the CONMEBOL (Confederacion Sul-Americana de Futbol) or South American Football Federation.
Operation of this tournament was halted long enough since the convening of World Cup for the first time in 1930. New in 1939, the tournament rolled back to Peru to host.
Copa America itself the new name officially used starting in 1975. At that time there were only nine teams that competed with the defending champions who benefit directly qualify to the semifinals. Pause between each tournament within four years with the systems of the countries designated as the host. The format of this competition last until 1987.
Copa America since 1987 held every two years with a host of rotated from the ten CONMEBOL member countries. This year the live broadcast of the Copa America starting to get into television stations in North America to Europe. This format lasted until now.
For business champions, Argentina and Uruguay are in the forefront. Both have collected the trophy for the same amount, namely 14 championship trophy. Brazil followed in second place with eight titles, Paraguay and Peru, each of which new two-time champions and Bolivia and Colombia once the new champion.