|Host country Ecuador|
Dates 5 Dec 1959 – 25 Dec 1959
Goals scored 40
|Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)|
Fourth place Ecuador
Matches played 10
|Top scorer(s) José Sanfilippo
Champion Uruguay national football team
Third place Brazil national football team
Similar 1929 South American Championship, 1947 South American Championship, 1924 South American Championship
The 1959 South American Championship held in Ecuador was an extra South American Championship for the year. The tournament was contested between five teams; Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Peru did not participate; Brazil attended with a team from Pernambuco. Uruguay won their 10th South American title.
The format was same as other tournaments; it was a round-robin tournament, awarding two points for a win, one for a draw, and nothing for a defeat. The team with the most points at the end was declared the tournament winner.
With six goals, José Sanfilippo of Argentina is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 40 goals were scored by 21 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.