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2007 Copa América

2007 Copa América
Copa América Venezuela 2007
2007 Copa América logo.svg
Copa América 2007 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryVenezuela
Dates26 June – 15 July
Teams12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (8th title)
Runners-up Argentina
Third place Mexico
Fourth place Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored86 (3.31 per match)
Attendance1,050,230 (40,393 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Robinho (6 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Robinho
Best young playerArgentina Lionel Messi
2004
2011

The 2007 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, known simply as the 2007 Copa América or 2007 Copa América Venezuela, was the 42nd edition of the Copa América, the South-American championship for international association football teams. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held between 26 June and 15 July in Venezuela, which hosted the tournament for the first time.

The competition was won by Brazil (they were also the defending champions), who beat Argentina 3–0 in the final. Mexico took third place by beating Uruguay 3–1 in the third-place match. Brazil thus won the right to represent CONMEBOL at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Competing nations

As with previous tournaments, all ten members of CONMEBOL participated in the competition. In order to bring the number of competing teams to twelve, CONMEBOL invited Mexico and the United States, the two highest ranking CONCACAF teams in the FIFA World Rankings. Just as in every tournament since 1993, Mexico accepted the invitation without reservation. The United States, on the other hand, rejected the invitation due to scheduling conflicts with the 2007 Major League Soccer season. CONMEBOL then proceeded to invite Costa Rica, the third highest CONCACAF team in FIFA's ranking. In the end, the United States accepted the invitation.

Venues

For this Copa América, the organizing committee decided to choose eight cities to hold the tournament. A total of 14 cities presented proposal before the committee, of which they rejected proposals from Barquisimeto, Maracay, Valencia, Valera, Portuguesa and Miranda for not meeting established requirements. The cities of Barinas, Caracas, Ciudad Guayana, Maracaibo, Maturín, Mérida, Puerto la Cruz and San Cristóbal were selected to host the tournament. Later on, the organizing committee reconsidered the candidacy of Barquisimeto, based on the proposal of a new stadium to be built for the city. With a final nine host cities, the 2007 edition broke the previous records for host cities set by the 2004 Copa América in Peru, which used seven.

Maturín Barquisimeto Mérida Ciudad Guayana
Estadio Monumental de Maturín Estadio Metropolitano de Lara Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida Estadio Polideportivo Cachamay
Capacity: 52,000 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 41,600
Maracaibo
Estadio José Pachencho Romero
Capacity: 40,000
San Cristóbal Puerto la Cruz Barinas Caracas
Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos Estadio Agustín Tovar Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 38,000 Capacity: 27,500 Capacity: 24,900

Officials

On 30 May 2007, CONMEBOL announced the list of match officials for the competition. The list included one match official from every country (except Paraguay, which had two). From these thirteen, six officiated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup: Carlos Simon, Óscar Ruiz, Carlos Amarilla, Jorge Larrionda, and Armando Archundia.

Draw

The draw for the competition took place on 14 February 2007 in the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Venezuela (hosts)
 Argentina
 Brazil
 Ecuador
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
 Chile
 Colombia
 Peru
 Bolivia
 Mexico (invitee)
 United States (invitee)

Squads

Each association had to present a list of twenty-three players to compete in the competition.

Group stage

The first round, or group stage, saw the twelve teams divided into three groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The teams finishing first, second and two best-placed third teams in each group qualified for the Quarter-finals.

Tie-breaking criteria

Teams were ranked on the following criteria:

1. Greater number of points in all group matches
2. Goal difference in all group matches
3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
4. Head-to-head results
5. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee
Key to colors in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarterfinals

All times are in Venezuela Standard Time (UTC–4).

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Peru 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
 Bolivia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
Source:[citation needed]


Uruguay 0–3 Peru
Report Villalta 27'
Mariño 70'
Guerrero 88'
Venezuela 2–2 Bolivia
Maldonado 20'
Páez 55'
Report Moreno 38'
Arce 84'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Mauricio Reinoso (Ecuador)

Venezuela 2–0 Peru
Cichero 48'
Arismendi 79'
Report

Peru 2–2 Bolivia
Pizarro 34', 85' Report Moreno 24'
Campos 45'
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
Venezuela 0–0 Uruguay
Report

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Chile 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
 Ecuador 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Source:[citation needed]


Ecuador 2–3 Chile
Valencia 16'
Benítez 23'
Report Suazo 20', 80'
Villanueva 86'
Brazil 0–2 Mexico
Report Castillo 23'
Morales 28'

Brazil 3–0 Chile
Robinho 36' (pen.), 84', 87' Report
Mexico 2–1 Ecuador
Castillo 21'
Bravo 79'
Report Méndez 84'

Mexico 0–0 Chile
Report
Brazil 1–0 Ecuador
Robinho 56' (pen.) Report

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9
 Paraguay 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
 United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Source:[citation needed]


Paraguay 5–0 Colombia
Santa Cruz 30', 46', 80'
Cabañas 84', 88'
Report
Argentina 4–1 United States
Crespo 11', 60'
Aimar 76'
Tevez 84'
Report Johnson 9' (pen.)
Attendance: 34,500
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)

United States 1–3 Paraguay
Clark 35' Report Barreto 29'
Cardozo 56'
Cabañas 90+2'
Attendance: 28,200
Referee: Victor Rivera (Peru)
Argentina 4–2 Colombia
Crespo 20' (pen.)
Riquelme 34', 45'
D. Milito 90+1'
Report E. Perea 10'
Castrillón 76'

Colombia 1–0 United States
Castrillón 15' Report
Attendance: 37,500
Referee: Manuel Andarcia (Venezuela)

Ranking of third-placed teams

At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third-placed teams of each group. The two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
B  Chile 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
A  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
C  Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
Source:[citation needed]

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
7 July – San Cristóbal
 
 
 Venezuela 1
 
10 July – Maracaibo
 
 Uruguay 4
 
 Uruguay 2 (4)
 
7 July – Puerto la Cruz
 
 Brazil 2 (5)
 
 Chile 1
 
15 July – Maracaibo
 
 Brazil 6
 
 Brazil 3
 
8 July – Maturín
 
 Argentina 0
 
 Mexico 6
 
11 July – Ciudad Guayana
 
 Paraguay 0
 
 Mexico 0
 
8 July – Barquisimeto
 
 Argentina 3 Third place
 
 Argentina 4
 
14 July – Caracas
 
 Peru 0
 
 Uruguay 1
 
 
 Mexico 3
 

Quarter-finals

Venezuela 1–4 Uruguay
Arango 41' Report Forlán 38', 90+1'
García 64'
Rodríguez 86'
Attendance: 41,200
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)

Chile 1–6 Brazil
Suazo 76' Report Juan 16'
Baptista 23'
Robinho 27', 50'
Josué 68'
Vágner Love 85'

Mexico 6–0 Paraguay
Castillo 5' (pen.), 38'
Torrado 27'
Arce 79'
Blanco 87' (pen.)
Bravo 90+1'
Report

Argentina 4–0 Peru
Riquelme 47', 85'
Messi 61'
Mascherano 75'
Report

Semi-finals


Mexico 0–3 Argentina
Report Heinze 45'
Messi 61'
Riquelme 65' (pen.)
Attendance: 41,600
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)

Third-place match

Uruguay 1–3 Mexico
Abreu 22' Report Blanco 36' (pen.)
Bravo 68'
Guardado 76'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Mauricio Reinoso (Ecuador)

Final

Brazil 3–0 Argentina
Baptista 4'
Ayala 40' (o.g.)
Dani Alves 69'
Report

Result

 2007 Copa América Champions 

Brazil
Eighth title

Awards

Goalscorers

With six goals, Robinho was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 86 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as an own goal.

Robinho, top scorer
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Team of the Tournament

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Brazil Doni

Argentina Javier Zanetti
Mexico Jonny Magallón
Brazil Juan
Uruguay Jorge Fucile

Brazil Júlio Baptista
Argentina Javier Mascherano
Argentina Juan Román Riquelme

Brazil Robinho
Mexico Nery Castillo
Argentina Lionel Messi

Final positions

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1  Brazil 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 13 72.2%
2  Argentina 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15 83.3%
3  Mexico 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13 72.2%
4  Uruguay 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8 44.4%
Eliminated in the quarterfinals
5  Paraguay 4 2 0 2 8 8 0 6 50.0%
6  Venezuela 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 5 41.6%
7  Peru 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3 4 33.3%
8  Chile 4 1 1 2 4 11 −7 4 33.3%
Eliminated in the first round
9  Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3 33.3%
10  Bolivia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2 22.2%
11  Ecuador 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0 0.0%
12  United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0 0.0%

Mascot

Guaky suit manufactured by Fractal Studio, through the main cities of Venezuela

Guaky is a scarlet macaw, a bird representative of Venezuela. He wore the traditional jersey Venezuela national football team burgundy and football shoes. Under their wings the characteristic tricolor national flag, with its eight stars on their wings.

To choose the official mascot held a contest in which proposals received 4,500,000 of Venezuelan children and adolescents at a school. The winning draw corresponded to the 15-year-old Jhoyling Zabaleta. The final design was commissioned to Fractal Studio, bring life and a "strong personality, cheerful and sport" that accompanied the event during its realization. The name of the pet, Guaky was subsequently elected by an online survey, where that option was a 54.17% of preferences.

Sponsorship

Global Platinum Sponsor

Global Gold Sponsor

Global Silver Sponsor

Charitable Partner

Local Supplier

Match ball

The official match ball for the tournament was the Nike Mercurial Veloci. The ball was presented on 14 February 2007, prior to a friendly match played between Venezuela and New Zealand, by the president of the Venezuelan Football Federation, Rafael Esquivel, to the mayor of Maracaibo, Giancarlo Di Martino – head of the local organising committee.

Theme songs

  • "Gol" by Venezuelan singer Juan Carlos Luces, was the main theme song of the tournament, which was performed during the draw and the opening ceremonies.
  • "Baila la Copa" by Venezuelan singer Ose was an official anthem for the tournament.

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