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1916 South American Championship

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Host country  Argentina
Runners-up  Argentina
Dates  2 Jul 1916 – 17 Jul 1916
Goals scored  18
Venue(s)  2 (in 2 host cities)
Fourth place  Chile
Teams  4
Matches played  6
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Top scorer(s)  Isabelino Gradín (3 goals)
Champion  Uruguay national football team
Third place  Brazil national football team
Similar  1924 South American Championship, 1926 South American Championship, 1929 South American Championship, 1947 South American Championship, 1955 South American Championship

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 July 2 to July 17 during Argentina's independence centenary commemorations. The tournament was won by Uruguay, who drew with Argentina in the last match of the tournament.



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.

Final round

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.

Goal scorers

3 goals

  • Isabelino Gradín
  • 2 goals

    1 goal


    The match between Uruguay and Chile played on July 2 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".


    1916 South American Championship Wikipedia