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2015 Copa América
Copa América 2015
2015 Copa América.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Chile.png Chile
Dates11 June–4 July 2015
Teams12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)8 (in 8 host cities)
Third placeFlag of Peru.png Peru
Fourth placeFlag of Paraguay.png Paraguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored59 (2.27 per match)
Attendance655,902 (25,227 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Peru Paolo Guerrero
Flag of CHI Eduardo Vargas
(4 goals each)
2011
2016

The 2015 Copa América was the 44th edition of the Copa América, the main international football tournament for national teams in South America, and took place in Chile between 11 June and 4 July 2015. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body.

Twelve teams competed, the ten members of CONMEBOL and two guests from CONCACAFMexico and Jamaica, the latter of which competed in the Copa América for the first time. Uruguay were the defending champions, but were eliminated by the hosts in the quarter-finals. Chile won their first title by defeating Argentina in the final on a penalty shootout after a goalless draw. As winners, they qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Host country

Originally, it was to be hosted by Brazil, as suggested by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in February 2011 due to CONMEBOL's rotation policy of tournaments being held in alphabetical order. However, due to the organization of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in that country, Brazil decided against also hosting the Copa América. CONMEBOL’s president Nicolas Leoz had mentioned the possibility of the tournament being organized in Mexico (despite this country not being a member of CONMEBOL) as part of the federation's centenary celebrations. Brazil and Chile's Football Federations discussed the idea of swapping around the order of being hosts of the 2015 and 2019 tournaments. The swap was made official in May 2012.

Venues

There were nine different stadiums in eight cities used for the tournament. Most stadiums were renovated or rebuilt for the contest.

Antofagasta La Serena
Estadio Regional de Antofagasta Estadio La Portada
Capacity: 21,170 Capacity: 18,243
Estadio Regional de Antofagasta La Portada La Serena
Viña del Mar Valparaíso
Estadio Sausalito Estadio Elías Figueroa
Capacity: 22,360 Capacity: 21,113
colspan=2 Estadio Elías Figueroa Brander - Valparaíso,Chile
Santiago Rancagua
Estadio Nacional Estadio Monumental David Arellano Estadio El Teniente
Capacity: 48,745 Capacity: 47,347 Capacity: 13,849
Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos.1 Estadio Monumental 2009 ElTeniente2014
Concepción Temuco
Estadio Municipal de Concepción Estadio Municipal Germán Becker
Capacity: 30,448 Capacity: 18,413
Estadio Ester Roa Rebolledo Germán Becker Stadium - Temuco - Interior Panoramic View

Teams

Mexico and Japan were initially invited to join the 10 CONMEBOL nations in the tournament. Japan declined the invitation, and China was invited instead, but later withdrew due to the Asian sector of qualification for the 2018 World Cup being held at the same time. In May 2014, it was announced that the Jamaica Football Federation had accepted an invitation to participate.

Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Flag of Peru.png Peru
Brazil.png Brazil Flag of Jamaica.png Jamaica (invited) Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (title holder)
Flag of CHI.png Chile (host nation) Flag of Mexico.png Mexico (invited) Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela

Draw

The draw of the tournament was originally to be held on 27 October 2014 in Viña del Mar, but was postponed to 24 November. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four.

CONMEBOL announced the composition of the four pots on 10 November 2014. Pot 1 contained the hosts Chile (which has been automatically assigned to position A1), together with Argentina and Brazil. The remaining nine teams were allocated to the other three pots according to their FIFA World Rankings as of 23 October 2014 (shown in brackets). On 23 November 2014, it was revealed by CONMEBOL that Argentina and Brazil had been assigned to positions B1 and C1, respectively.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Flag of CHI.png Chile (13) (hosts)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina (2)
Brazil.png Brazil (6)

Flag of Colombia.png Colombia (3)
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (8)
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico (17)

Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador (27)
Flag of Peru.png Peru (54)
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay (76)

Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela (85)
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia (103)
Flag of Jamaica.png Jamaica (113)

Squads

Main article: 2015 Copa América squads

Each country had a final squad of 23 players (three of whom had to be goalkeepers) which had to be submitted before the deadline of 1 June 2015.

The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final date of 6 June caused problems for South American players for Barcelona and Juventus. FIFA international rules require clubs to release players 14 days prior to the start of an international tournament, but the players featured in the final, leaving them at most five days to acclimate.

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera decided to prioritize the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, saying "We have to win at all costs in order to face the United States in the playoffs that guarantee a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup". The Mexican squad was a team composed mostly from the local league with little international experience.

Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez was suspended for the whole tournament, as he served a nine-match ban in international football for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's final group stage match against Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Match officials

Source:

Country Referee Assistant referees Matches refereed
Flag of Argentina Argentina Néstor Pitana Hernan Maidana
Juan Pablo Belatti
Chile-Ecuador (Group A)
Colombia-Peru (Group C)
Flag of Bolivia Bolivia Raúl Orosco Javier Bustillos
Juan P. Montaño
Peru-Venezuela (Group C)
Peru-Paraguay (Third place playoff)
Brazil Brazil Sandro Ricci Emerson de Carvalho
Fábio Pereira
Argentina-Uruguay (Group B)
Chile-Uruguay (Quarter-finals)
Argentina-Paraguay (Semi-finals)
Flag of CHI Chile Enrique Osses
Jorge Osorio
Julio Bascuñán
Carlos Astroza
Marcelo Barraza
Raúl Orellana
Osses-Astroza-Barraza:
Brazil-Colombia (Group C)
Bascuñán-Astroza-Barraza:
Argentina-Jamaica (Group B)
Flag of Colombia Colombia Wilmar Roldán Alexander Guzmán
Cristian De La Cruz
Argentina-Paraguay (Group B)
Bolivia-Peru (Quarter-finals)
Chile-Argentina (Final)
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador Carlos Vera Christian Lescano
Byron Romero
Paraguay-Jamaica (Group B)
Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Enrique Cáceres Rodney Aquino
Carlos Cáceres
Chile-Mexico (Group A)
Brazil-Venezuela (Group C)
Flag of Peru Peru Víctor Hugo Carrillo César Escano
Johnny Bossio
Mexico-Bolivia (Group A)
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Andrés Cunha Mauricio Espinosa
Carlos Pastorino
Colombia-Venezuela (Group C)
Chile-Bolivia (Group A)
Brazil-Paraguay (Quarter-finals)
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela José Argote Jorge Urrego
Jairo Romero
Uruguay-Jamaica (Group B)
Mexico-Ecuador (Group A)
Chile-Peru (Semi-finals)
El Salvador El Salvador Joel Aguilar Flag of Jamaica Garnet Page
Flag of Jamaica Ricardo Morgan
Ecuador-Bolivia (Group A)
Flag of Mexico Mexico Roberto García Orozco José Luis Camargo
Marvin Torrentera
Brazil-Peru (Group C)
Uruguay-Paraguay (Group B)
Argentina-Colombia (Quarter-finals)

Group stage

The fixture schedule was announced on 11 November 2014.

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 result (between two teams only)
  5. Penalty shoot-out (if both teams are playing the last match of the group stage)
  6. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee

All times local, CLT (UTC−3).

Group A

Main article: 2015 Copa América Group A

2015 Copa América Group A

11 June 2015
Chile Flag of CHI.png2–0Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Estadio Nacional, Santiago
12 June 2015
Mexico Flag of Mexico.png0–0Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar
15 June 2015
Ecuador Flag of Ecuador.png2–3Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso
Chile Flag of CHI.png3–3Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Estadio Nacional, Santiago
19 June 2015
Mexico Flag of Mexico.png1–2Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua
Chile Flag of CHI.png5–0 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia Estadio Nacional, Santiago

Group B

Main article: 2015 Copa América Group B

2015 Copa América Group B

13 June 2015
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif1–0Flag of Jamaica.png Jamaica Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png2–2Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Estadio La Portada, La Serena
16 June 2015
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.png1–0Flag of Jamaica.png Jamaica Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png1–0Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Estadio La Portada, La Serena
20 June 2015
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif1–1Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Estadio La Portada, La Serena
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png1–0 Flag of Jamaica.png Jamaica Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar

Group C

Main article: 2015 Copa América Group C

2015 Copa América Group C

14 June 2015
Colombia Flag of Colombia.png0–1Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua
Brazil Brazil.png2–1Flag of Peru.png Peru Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco
17 June 2015
Brazil Brazil.png0–1Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago
18 June 2015
Peru Flag of Peru.png1–0Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso
21 June 2015
Colombia Flag of Colombia.png0–0Flag of Peru.png Peru Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco
Brazil Brazil.png2–1 Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago

Ranking of third placed teams

Knockout stage

Main article: 2015 Copa América knockout stage
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                           
   Chile 1  
 Uruguay 0  
   Chile 2  
   Peru 1  
 Bolivia 1
   Peru 3  
     Chile (pen.) 0 (4)
   Argentina 0 (1)
   Argentina (pen.) 0 (5)  
 Colombia 0 (4)  
   Argentina 6
   Paraguay 1  
 Brazil 1 (3)
   Paraguay (pen.) 1 (4)  

Scores after extra time are indicated by (a.e.t.), and penalty shoot-out are indicated by (pen.).

All times local, CLT (UTC−3).

Quarter-finals

24 June 2015 (2015-06-24)
20:30
Chile Flag of CHI.png 1–0 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 45,304
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Isla Soccerball 81' Report

25 June 2015 (2015-06-25)
20:30
Bolivia Flag of Bolivia.png 1–3 Flag of Peru.png Peru Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco
Attendance: 16,872
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Martins Moreno Soccerball 84' (pen.) Report Guerrero Soccerball 20'23'74'

26 June 2015 (2015-06-26)
20:30
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 0–0 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar
Attendance: 21,508
Referee: Roberto García Orozco (Mexico)
Report
  Penalties  
Messi Soccerball shad check
Garay Soccerball shad check
Banega Soccerball shad check
Lavezzi Soccerball shad check
Biglia -Soccerball shade cross
Rojo -Soccerball shade cross
Tevez Soccerball shad check
5–4 Soccerball shad check Rodríguez
Soccerball shad check Falcao
Soccerball shad check Cuadrado
-Soccerball shade cross Muriel
Soccerball shad check Cardona
-Soccerball shade cross Zúñiga
-Soccerball shade cross Murillo

27 June 2015 (2015-06-27)
18:30
Brazil Brazil.png 1–1 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Estadio Municipal de Concepción, Concepción
Attendance: 29,276
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Robinho Soccerball 15' Report González Soccerball 72' (pen.)
  Penalties  
Fernandinho Soccerball shad check
Everton Ribeiro -Soccerball shade cross
Miranda Soccerball shad check
Douglas Costa -Soccerball shade cross
Coutinho Soccerball shad check
3–4 Soccerball shad check Martínez
Soccerball shad check V. Cáceres
Soccerball shad check Bobadilla
-Soccerball shade cross Santa Cruz
Soccerball shad check González

Semi-finals

29 June 2015 (2015-06-29)
20:30
Chile Flag of CHI.png 2–1 Flag of Peru.png Peru Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 45,651
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)
Vargas Soccerball 42'64' Report Medel Soccerball 61' (o.g.)

30 June 2015 (2015-06-30)
20:30
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 6–1 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Estadio Municipal de Concepción, Concepción
Attendance: 29,205
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Rojo Soccerball 15'
Pastore Soccerball 27'
Di María Soccerball 47'53'
Agüero Soccerball 80'
Higuaín Soccerball 83'
Report Barrios Soccerball 43'

Third place playoff

3 July 2015 (2015-07-03)
20:30
Peru Flag of Peru.png 2–0 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Estadio Municipal de Concepción, Concepción
Attendance: 29,143
Referee: Raúl Orosco (Bolivia)
Carrillo Soccerball 48'
Guerrero Soccerball 89'
Report

Final

Main article: 2015 Copa América Final
4 July 2015 (2015-07-04)
17:00
Chile Flag of CHI.png 0–0
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 45,693
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Report
  Penalties  
Fernández Soccerball shad check
Vidal Soccerball shad check
Aránguiz Soccerball shad check
Sánchez Soccerball shad check
4–1 Soccerball shad check Messi
-Soccerball shade cross Higuaín
-Soccerball shade cross Banega


 2015 Copa América Champions 
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1st title

Goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Source: CONMEBOL.com

Statistics

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.

Team of the tournament

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager

Flag of CHI CClaudio Bravo (Chile)

Flag of Colombia Jeison Murillo (Colombia)
Flag of CHI Gary Medel (Chile)
Flag of Argentina Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina)

Flag of Peru Christian Cueva (Peru)
Flag of CHI Marcelo Díaz (Chile)
Flag of Argentina Javier Mascherano (Argentina)
Flag of CHI Arturo Vidal (Chile)

Flag of CHI Eduardo Vargas (Chile)
Flag of Peru Paolo Guerrero (Peru)
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Flag of CHI Jorge Sampaoli (Chile)

Tournament ranking

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

Broadcasting rights

Marketing

Sponsorship

  • Mastercard
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Banco Santander
  • America Móvil (Claro Americas and Telcel are the brands Adversited)
  • LAN-TAM
  • Doggis

Match ball

On 16 November 2014, the official match ball (OMB) was unveiled at the Estadio Nacional. The name of the ball is Nike Cachaña, which is a Chilean slang term for a successful feint or dribble. During its launch, the Chilean international Arturo Vidal was present. The ball is mainly designed with white as main appearance featured with blue and red applications, representing host nation Chile. The colors of Chilean flag make a statement in the design of this ball: the red representing the people, the blue symbolizing the Chilean sky, and the white for the Andes that so strongly define the geography of this country.

Mascot

The official mascot of the tournament, a young culpeo fox, was unveiled on 17 November 2014. The name of the mascot, "Zincha" (from Zorro (fox) and hINCHA (fan)), was chosen by the public over two other options, "Andi" and "Kul".

Official song

"Al Sur del Mundo" by Chilean group Noche de Brujas served as the official song of the tournament. It was performed during the opening ceremony of the competition on 11 June. It features the different cultures of the twelve competing nations.

Incidents and controversies

An on-pitch brawl broke out following Colombia's 1–0 win over Brazil in their second group match; Brazilian captain Neymar deliberately kicked the ball at opponent Pablo Armero and attempted to headbutt Colombian matchwinner Jeison Murillo, earning a red card. As a result, Colombian forward Carlos Bacca retaliated by pushing Neymar over, and was himself sent off. CONMEBOL fined Neymar $10,000 and suspended him for four-matches, ruling him out for the remainder of the tournament, while Bacca was suspended for two games.

In Chile's quarter-final victory over Uruguay, full-back Gonzalo Jara poked Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani in the anus, and then fell when Cavani slapped him in retaliation. Both Cavani and Jara received a yellow card for the incident, which resulted in Cavani being sent off because he had previously received another yellow card for insulting one of the referees asistants. Jara was later suspended for two games, which made him miss the rest of the tournament. His club, 1. FSV Mainz 05 of Germany, criticised Jara for the incident and stated that he would be sold.

External links

2015 Copa América
Stages

Group A · Group B · Group C · Knockout stage · Final

General information

Discipline · Squads

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