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2011 Copa America By The Numbers

June 27, 2011 by Steve Amoia

Copa América
The 43rd Copa América, or America's Cup, will take place in Argentina from 1 July to 24 July 2011. This quadrennial competition represents the continental championship of the Americas and remains one of the oldest football competitions in the world. The first Copa América was held in 1916 in Argentina and the winner was Uruguay.

Perhaps in this interconnected world at long last a football audience starved for action and competition will finally have reason to follow this highly underrated spectacle. There are always exciting matches, and the 2011 edition should be equally entertaining with a number of true superstars who play in top global leagues. South America is known as the prime exporter of football talent. And as you will discover in the team rosters, footballers at the Copa América ply their trades at the highest levels around the world.

The tournament itself has been dominated largely by Argentina and Uruguay, each with 14 titles. Brazil is second in the historic table with eight triumphs. Paraguay and Peru have won the competition twice, respectively. Bolivia and Colombia have won the Copa America once each. Argentina has finished second twelve times and Brazil has been runners-up on 11 occasions. Argentina has won the competition only twice since 1960 (last won in 1993). Brazil has won four out of the last five events. Colombia was the last host nation to win in 2001 and Uruguay has not won the Copa América since hosting the event in 1995.

It may be hard to believe, but neither the majestic Pelé nor the magical Diego Maradona have won this competition in their brilliant international careers. Defending champion Brazil has defeated Argentina in the last two Cup finals in 2004 and 2007.

Eight Playing Venues
Eight Playing Venues
Buenos Aires: Estadio Monumental.
Built in 1938. Capacity: 66,449. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

Cordoba: Estadio Mario A. Kempes.
Built in 1978. Capacity: 57,000. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

Jujuy: Estadio 23 de Agosto.
Built in 1973. Capacity: 23,000. Dimensions: 105 m x 78 m.

La Plata: Estadio Ciudad de la Plata.
Built in 2003. Capacity: 53,000. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

Mendoza: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.
Built in 1978. Capacity: 40,268. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

Salta: Estadio Padre Ernesto Marterena.
Built in 2001. Capacity: 20,408. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

Santa Fe: Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez.
Built in 1946. Capacity: 47,000. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

San Juan: Estadio del Bicentenario.
Built in 2010. Capacity: 25,000. Dimensions: 105 m x 70 m.

Trivia: The 1978 World Cup final between Argentina and The Netherlands was played at the Estadio Monumental. The ground in Cordoba, Estadio Mario A. Kempes, is named after a living former player of the 1978 Argentina World Cup winning team.

Download Copa America FactsheetWinter Competition Plus Altitude Factors
The month of July is winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Similar to last year's World Cup in South Africa, Copa America will be another start-to-finish winter international event with several venues (five out of the eight) at altitude.

Since the majority of the participating players have just finished long domestic seasons, physical recovery time might be a factor in a colder climate. Uruguay was the only South American team that went as far as the semi-final round at last year's World Cup in South Africa for comparative purposes. Bolivia, when playing at home at high altitudes, has enjoyed a significant advantage along with an impressive win over Argentina (6-1) during the last World Cup qualification cycle.

Let's take a look at average monthly temperatures, rainfall and altitude for each of the eight venues where matches will be contested:

Buenos Aires: Average July Temperatures: 46-58 F | 8-14 C |
Rainfall: 2.4" | 61 mm. Altitude: 120 feet | 37 m.

Cordoba: Average July Temperatures: 41-65 F | 5-18 C |
Rainfall: 0.5" | 12.7 mm. Altitude: 1555 feet | 474 m.

Jujuy: Average July Temperatures: 43-70 F | 6-21 C |
Rainfall: 0.1" | 3 mm. Altitude: 3198 feet | 975 m.

La Plata: Average July Temperatures: 47-59 F | 8-15 C |
Rainfall: 2.2" | 56 mm. Altitude: 21 feet | 6 m.

Mendoza: Average July Temperatures: 37-58 F | 3-14 C |
Rainfall: 0.3" | 7.6 mm. Altitude: 2310 feet | 704 m.

Salta: Average July Temperatures: 37-68 F | 3-20 C |
Rainfall: 0.1" | 2.5 mm. Altitude: 3990 feet | 1216 m.

Santa Fe: Average July Temperatures: 44-62 F | 7-17 C |
Rainfall: 1.30" | 33 mm. Altitude: 56 feet | 17 m.

San Juan: Average July Temperatures: 32-61 F | 0-16 C |
Rainfall: 0.2 " | 4 mm. Altitude: 1959 feet | 597 m.

Participating Teams and Ratings
The ten members of CONMEBOL, which is the South American football confederation:
- Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
- Two invitees from CONCACAF: Costa Rica and Mexico.
- The AFC Champion, Japan, was originally invited but had to withdraw due to the earthquake.

Team Ratings by ELO
Brazil (3), Argentina (5), Chile (7), Uruguay (11), Mexico (12), Paraguay (20), Colombia (26), Ecuador (35), Venezuela (36), Costa Rica (43), Peru (52), Bolivia (69).

Source: World Football ELO Ratings: 6 June 2011.
Please Note: ELO figures are used instead of FIFA because the former analyzes more comprehensive data.

Group A Fixtures
1 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Argentina v. Bolivia from La Plata.
2 July at 1530 and 1830 GMT: Colombia v. Costa Rica from Jujuy.
6 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Argentina v. Colombia from Santa Fe.
7 July at 1915 and 2215 GMT: Bolivia v. Costa Rica from Jujuy.
10 July at 1600 and 1900 GMT: Colombia v. Bolivia from Santa Fe.
11 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Argentina v. Costa Rica from Cordoba.

Group B Fixtures
3 July at 1600 and 1900 GMT: Brazil v. Venezuela from La Plata.
3 July at 1830 and 2130 GMT: Paraguay v. Ecuador from Santa Fe.
9 July at 1600 and 1900 GMT: Brazil v. Paraguay from Cordoba.
9 July at 1830 and 2130 GMT: Venezuela v. Ecuador from Salta.
13 July at 1915 and 2215 GMT: Paraguay v. Venezuela from Salta.
13 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Brazil v. Ecuador from Cordoba.

Group C Fixtures
4 July at 1915 and 2215 GMT: Uruguay v. Peru from San Juan.
4 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Chile v. Mexico from San Juan.
8 July at 1915 and 2215 GMT: Peru v. Mexico from Mendoza.
8 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Uruguay v. Chile from Mendoza.
12 July at 1915 and 2215 GMT: Chile v. Peru from Mendoza.
12 July at 2145 and 0045 GMT: Uruguay v. Mexico from La Plata.

Elimination Round Chart
Please Note: The first two teams in each group, along with the two best third place teams, will qualify for the elimination round. There will be 30 minutes of extra time and then spot kicks to determine the winner.
Elimination Chart
Quarterfinal Round on 16/17 July
Game 1: A1 v. Best 3rd place team (BT1) from Cordoba at 1600 and 1900 GMT.
Game 2: A2 v. C2 from Santa Fe at 1915 and 2215 GMT.
Game 3: B1 v. Second best 3rd place team (BT2) from La Plata at 1600 and 1900 GMT.
Game 4: C1 v. B2 from San Juan at 1915 and 2215 GMT.

Semi-Final Round on 19/20 July
Game 5: Game 1 Winner v. Game 2 Winner from La Plata at 2145 and 0045 GMT.
Game 6: Game 3 Winner v. Game 4 Winner from Mendoza at 2145 and 0045 GMT.

Third Place: 23 July from La Plata
Game 7: Loser of Game 5 v. Loser of Game 6 at 1600 and 1900 GMT.

Cup Final: 24 July from Buenos Aires

Match Officials
Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay), Francisco Chacon (Mexico), Sálvio Spínola Fagundes Filho (Brazil), Raul Orosco (Bolivia), Enrique Osses (Chile), Sergio Pezzotta (Argentina), Walter Quesada (Costa Rica), Víctor Rivera (Peru), Wilmar Roldan (Colombia), Roberto Silvera (Uruguay), Juan Ernesto Soto Arvalo (Venezuela), Carlos Vera (Ecuador).

Download Copa America FactsheetGlobal Television Coverage in HD
The tournament will be broadcast to 196 countries in High Definition (HD) for the first time according to the official Copa America 2011 Argentina website.

YouTube will live stream the entire event:
Live Soccer TV is a great resource that shows daily global broadcast schedules, channels and providers.

Broadcast Coverage in the US:
The Univision Network will provide live Spanish-language coverage of each match.
Contacto Deportivo (Telefutura), Fox Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV and Telemundo most likely will have highlights and news.

Who do you think will raise the Cup on 24 July? Who are your favorite players to watch and/or up-and-coming talents?

Please let us know in the comments section.

Preliminary Roster Information
At the time of this writing, all players were members of their indicated club teams. Final rosters will be released on 27 June 2011 and submitted to CONMEBOL and may deviate slightly from the ones provided in this guide.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, book reviewer and translator from Washington, D.C. He is the publisher of World Football Commentaries and The Soccer Translator. You can follow Steve @worldfootballcm on Twitter.

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