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With the 43rd edition of the Copa America set to kick off on July 1, Goal.com takes a look at the champions of the tournament from years gone by

The Copa America was first organised by Argentina in 1916, and Brazil, Chile and Uruguay also took part in the inaugural tournament. The latter eventually emerged as winners, as the hosts had to settle for the runners-up spot.

That same year, Conmebol was founded and South America's football governing body ran the competition again one year later. As the years passed, more and more countries participated, with Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru all making their debuts before 1930.

However, problems between the various football associations prevented the event from being held on a regular basis in the 1930s and only three Copa Americas were held in the decade.

In 1975, the showpiece officially acquired the name Copa America, but the tournament had no fixed venue for several editions. By then, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela had already made their maiden appearances at South America's official championship for national sides.

In 1986, Conmebol decided to return to having one country host the tournament and to dispute it every other year. Since the 1987 Copa America, the event was hosted every two years in rotation by the 10 members of the confederation, which was then changed to every four years since the 2007 event.

The first rotation was completed following the 2007 Copa America which took place in Venezuela, and a second rotation has been agreed to begin in 2011, with host countries rotating in alphabetical order, starting with Argentina.

This year's tournament will be the 43rd edition, with Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as favourites to lift the trophy. Both Argentina and Uruguay have so far won the tournament 14 times, while Brazil have emered as victors on eight occasions.

Full list of past champions

Year

Host

Champion

Runners-up

Third

1

1916

Argentina

Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

2

1917

Uruguay

Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

3

1919

Brazil

Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

4

1920

Chile

Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

5

1921

Argentina

Argentina

Brazil

Uruguay

6

1922

Brazil

Brazil

Paraguay

Uruguay

7

1923

Uruguay

Uruguay

Argentina

Paraguay

8

1924

Uruguay

Uruguay

Argentina

Paraguay

9

1925

Argentina

Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

10

1926

Chile

Uruguay

Argentina

Chile

11

1927

Peru

Argentina

Uruguay

Peru

12

1929

Argentina

Argentina

Paraguay

Uruguay

13

1935

Peru

Uruguay

Argentina

Peru

14

1937

Argentina

Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

15

1939

Peru

Peru

Uruguay

Paraguay

16

1941

Chile

Argentina

Uruguay

Chile

17

1942

Uruguay

Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

18

1945

Chile

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

19

1946

Argentina

Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

20

1947

Ecuador

Argentina

Paraguay

Uruguay

21

1949

Brazil

Brazil

Paraguay

Peru

22

1953

Peru

Paraguay

Brazil

Uruguay

23

1955

Chile

Argentina

Chile

Peru

24

1956

Uruguay

Uruguay

Chile

Argentina

25

1957

Peru

Argentina

Brazil

Uruguay

26

1959

Argentina

Argentina

Brazil

Paraguay

27

1959

Ecuador

Uruguay

Argentina

Brazil

28

1963

Bolivia

Bolivia

Paraguay

Argentina

29

1967

Uruguay

Uruguay

Argentina

Chile

30

1975

No fixed venue

Peru

Colombia

Brazil

31

1979

No fixed venue

Paraguay

Chile

Brazil

32

1983

No fixed venue

Uruguay

Brazil

Paraguay

33

1987

Argentina

Uruguay

Chile

Colombia

34

1989

Brazil

Brazil

Uruguay

Argentina

35

1991

Chile

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

36

1993

Ecuador

Argentina

Mexico

Colombia

37

1995

Uruguay

Uruguay

Brazil

Colombia

38

1997

Bolivia

Brazil

Bolivia

Mexico

39

1999

Paraguay

Brazil

Uruguay

Mexico

40

2001

Colombia

Colombia

Mexico

Honduras

41

2004

Peru

Brazil

Argentina

Uruguay

42

2007

Venezuela

Brazil

Argentina

Mexico


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