1919 South American Championship

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1919 South American Championship of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates May 11 – May 29
Teams 4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (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) Brazil Arthur Friedenreich
Brazil Neco
(4 goals each)
The Brazilian team that won its first championship.

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.

In the match against Chile, Uruguayan goalkeeper Roberto Chery collapsed and died on pitch.


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.


For a complete list of participating squads see: 1919 South American Championship squads


Rio de Janeiro
Estádio das Laranjeiras
Capacity: 20,000
Das laranjeiras stadium.jpg

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
 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
Brazil  6–0  Chile
Friedenreich Goal 19'38'76'
Neco Goal 21'83'
Haroldo Goal 79'

Argentina  2–3  Uruguay
Izaguirre Goal 34'
Varela Goal 79' (o.g.)
C. Scarone Goal 19'
H. Scarone Goal 23'
Gradín Goal 85'

Uruguay  2–0  Chile
C. Scarone Goal 31'
J. Pérez Goal 43'
Referee: Adilton Ponteado (Brazil)

Brazil  3–1  Argentina
Héitor Goal 22'
Amílcar Goal 57'
Millón Goal 77'
Izaguirre Goal 65'

Argentina  4–1  Chile
Clarcke Goal 10'23'62'
Izaguirre Goal 13'
France Goal 33'
Referee: Joaquim de Castro (Brazil)

Uruguay  2–2  Brazil
Gradín Goal 13'
C. Scarone Goal 17'
Neco Goal 29'63'


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

GK Marcos
DF Pindaro
DF Bianco
MF Sérgio
MF Fortes
FW Amílcar
FW Millon
FW Neco
FW Friedenreich
FW Heitor Dominguez
FW Arnaldo
Brazil Haroldo
GK Cayetano Saporiti
DF Varela
DF Alfredo Foglino
DF Rogelio Naguil
DF Alfredo Zibechi
MF José Vanzzino
MF José Pérez
FW Héctor Scarone
FW Ángel Romano
FW Isabelino Gradín
FW Rodolfo Marán
Uruguay Severino Castillo


 1919 South American Championship Champions 

First title

Goal scorers[edit]

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

  • Uruguay Manuel Varela (for Argentina)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Oliver, Guy (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness publishing. p. 551. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.