1916 South American Championship

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1916 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Argentina
Dates 2 July – 17 July
Teams 4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay (1st title)
Runners-up  Argentina
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Chile
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 18 (3 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Isabelino Gradín
(3 goals)

The 1916 South American Championship of Nations was the first continental championship for national teams in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2 July to 17 July during Argentina's independence centenary commemorations. The tournament was won by Uruguay, who drew with Argentina in the last match of the tournament.


Uruguay was the first South American champion

For a complete list of participating squads see: 1916 South American Championship squads


There was no qualifying for the tournament. The participating countries were Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. The teams plays in a single round-robin tournament, earning two points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.


City Stadium Capacity
Avellaneda Estadio Racing Club 30,000
Buenos Aires Estadio G.E.B.A. 18,000

Final round[edit]

Each team played one match against each of the other teams. Two (2) points were awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a defeat.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Argentina 3 1 2 0 7 2 +5 4
 Brazil 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
 Chile 3 0 1 2 2 11 −9 1
Uruguay  4–0  Chile
Piendibene Goal 44'75'
Gradín Goal 55'70'

Argentina  6–1  Chile
Ohaco Goal 2'75'
J.D. Brown Goal 60' (pen.)62' (pen.)
Marcovecchio Goal 67'81'
Báez Goal 44'

Brazil  1–1  Chile
Demósthenes Goal 29' Salazar Goal 85'

Argentina  1–1  Brazil
Laguna Goal 10' Alencar Goal 23'

Uruguay  2–1  Brazil
Gradín Goal 58'
Tognola Goal 77'
Friedenreich Goal 8'


 1916 South American Championship Champions 

1st title

Goal scorers[edit]

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


The match between Uruguay and Chile played on 2 July was the first time in history a country fielded black players in an international tournament. Uruguay fielded Isabelino Gradín and Juan Delgado and their racial background became an issue with Chile. Chile complained before and after the match that the Uruguayans were unfairly selecting "Africans".


1.^ The match between Argentina and Uruguay played on 16 July had to be abandoned at 0–0 after only 5 minutes due to a riot within the spectators. The riot spilled over into the field and the clash finished with the wooden tribunes on fire. The match couldn't be rescheduled in the Estadio G.E.B.A., and so the match was replayed at Estadio Racing Club. The partial result of the match in Estadio G.E.B.A. was declared null and overtaken by the one in Avellaneda.[1]


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