2011 Copa América
|Copa América Argentina 2011|
|Dates||July 1 – 24|
|Teams||12 (from 2 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 8 host cities)|
|Champions||Uruguay (15th title)|
|Goals scored||54 (2.08 per match)|
|Attendance||882,621 (33,947 per match)|
|Best player||Luis Suárez|
|Best young player||Sebastián Coates|
|Best goalkeeper||Justo Villar|
|Fair play award||Uruguay|
The 2011 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, better known as the 2011 Copa América or the Copa América 2011 Argentina, was the 43rd edition of the CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held in Argentina from July 1 to 24. The draw for the tournament was held in La Plata on November 11, 2010.
Uruguay won the tournament after defeating Paraguay 3–0 in the final, giving them a record 15th Copa América title and their first since 1995. Paraguay, as the tournament runner-up, earned the Copa Bolivia; Paraguay's performance was noteworthy, as they were able to reach the finals without winning a single game in the tournament; their success in the final stages was achieved by the way of penalty shoot-outs. As the tournament champion, Uruguay earned the right to represent CONMEBOL in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Brazil. Peru finished third after defeating Venezuela 4–1 in the third-place match.
- Competing nations 1
- Venues 2
- Draw 3
- Squads 4
- Match officials 5
First stage 6
- Group A 6.1
- Group B 6.2
- Group C 6.3
- Ranking of third-placed teams 6.4
Final stage 7
- Quarter-finals 7.1
- Semi-finals 7.2
- Third place play-off 7.3
- Final 7.4
- Result 8
- Goal scorers 9
- Assists 10
- Discipline 11.1
- Awards 11.2
- Final positions 11.3
- Sponsorship 12
- Media coverage 13
- Theme song 14
- References 15
- External links 16
- Copa América 2011 Official Site
- Official YouTube Channel
- Official regulations (Spanish)
- LG. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2001.2002)Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- MasterCard. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Santander. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Kia. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Claro. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Telcel. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Canon. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Budweiser. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Coca-Cola. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Petrobras. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Seara. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- UNICEF. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- UOL Host. Ca2011.com (July 22, 2002). Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
- Diego Torres presents official Copa América song at Obelisk. Buenos Aires Herald. May 27, 2011
- Home | Get In!. Getinpr.com. Retrieved on May 25, 2014.
"Creo en América" by Argentine singer Diego Torres was the official theme song for the tournament. Torres performed the song during the opening ceremonies. Secondary theme songs of the tournament included "Don't Wanna Go Home" by Jason Derulo, "Rabiosa" by Shakira and "Ready 2 Go" by Martin Solveig.
|Country / Region||Broadcaster|
|Arab World||Al Jazeera Sports|
|Argentina||TV Pública; Telefé; TyC Sports|
|Australia||Setanta Sports Australia|
|Brazil||TV Globo (Brazil matches only); ESPN Brasil; Sportv; BandSports|
|Canada||The Score Television Network; TLN en Español|
|Chile||Canal 13; TVN; VTR|
|Costa Rica||Teletica, Repretel|
|Czech Republic||Sport 1|
|Denmark||Canal+, Canal 9|
|Dominican Republic||Telecentro 13, RNN 27|
|El Salvador||Canal 4|
|Germany||Sport1 (selective and finals matches) ; Sport1+ (all matches)|
|Georgia||Global Media Group|
|Honduras||Canal 11; Dtv|
|Hong Kong||Cable TV Hong Kong|
|Iceland||Stöð 2 Sport 2|
|India||NEO Sports; Kolkata TV|
|Israel||Sport +5 LIVE|
|Japan||NHK (General and BS-1)|
|Malta||Melita (telecommunication company)|
|Mexico||Televisa (Mexico matches only); TV Azteca (selected matches)|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|Paraguay||Telefuturo and UnIcanal|
|Russia||NTV Plus Sport|
|South Korea||SBS ESPN|
|Ukraine||Football TV Сhannel|
|Venezuela||Meridiano TV; TVes|
YouTube streamed the tournament to over 50 countries worldwide.
- UOL Host
- Seara (Paty is the brand advertised.)
- Anheuser-Busch (Brahma, Budweiser, and Quilmes are the brands advertised.)
- The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola and Powerade are the brands advertised.)
- Petrobras (Lubrax is the brand advertised.)
Global Silver Sponsor:
- América Móvil (Claro, Telcel, Telmex, Embratel, and Comcel are the brands advertised.)
Global Gold Sponsor:
Global Platinum Sponsor:
|Eliminated in the Quarterfinals|
|Eliminated in the First Stage|
- Most Valuable Player: Luis Suárez
- Top Goalscorer: Paolo Guerrero
- Best Young Player: Sebastián Coates
- Best Goalkeeper: Justo Villar
- Fair Play Trophy: Uruguay
- Lionel Messi of Argentina delivered the most assists (3) in the 2011 Copa America edition. He provided 2 assists in the match against Costa Rica in the group stage, one to Aguero and another one to Di Maria. Messi also provided an assist to Higuain in the match against Uruguay in the quarter-finals.  
- André Carrillo (for Chile)
- Own goal
- 1 goal
- 2 goals
- 3 goals
- 4 goals
- 5 goals
With five goals, Paolo Guerrero was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 54 goals were scored by 39 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.
|2011 Copa América Champions|
24 July 2011
Forlán 41', 89'
23 July 2011
Guerrero 63', 89', 90+2'
Third place play-off
20 July 2011
19 July 2011
|Report||Suárez 52', 57'|
17 July 2011
17 July 2011
16 July 2011
|Higuaín 17'||Report||Pérez 5'|
16 July 2011
|July 16 – Córdoba|
|July 19 – La Plata|
|July 16 – Santa Fe|
|July 24 – Buenos Aires|
|Uruguay (pen.)||1 (5)|
|July 17 – La Plata|
|July 20 – Mendoza|
|Paraguay (pen.)||0 (2)|
|Paraguay (pen.)||0 (5)||Third place play-off|
|July 17 – San Juan|
|July 23 – La Plata|
Different from previous tournaments, in the knockout stages, 30 minutes of extra time were played if any match finished tied after regulation (previously the match would go straight to a penalty shootout). This was the first time in the history of the tournament where the knockout stage did not include any invited teams, as both Mexico and Costa Rica were eliminated during the group stage. Paraguay reached the final despite not having won a single match in the competition.
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 quarterfinals.
Ranking of third-placed teams
|4 July 2011|
|Uruguay||1–1||Peru||Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan|
|Chile||2–1||Mexico||Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan|
|8 July 2011|
|Uruguay||1–1||Chile||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza|
|Peru||1–0||Mexico||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza|
|12 July 2011|
|Chile||1–0||Peru||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza|
|Uruguay||1–0||Mexico||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata|
|3 July 2011|
|Brazil||0–0||Venezuela||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata|
|Paraguay||0–0||Ecuador||Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe|
|9 July 2011|
|Brazil||2–2||Paraguay||Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba|
|Venezuela||1–0||Ecuador||Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta|
|13 July 2011|
|Paraguay||3–3||Venezuela||Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta|
|Brazil||4–2||Ecuador||Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba|
|1 July 2011|
|Argentina||1–1||Bolivia||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, La Plata|
|2 July 2011|
|Colombia||1–0||Costa Rica||Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy|
|6 July 2011|
|Argentina||0–0||Colombia||Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe|
|7 July 2011|
|Bolivia||0–2||Costa Rica||Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy|
|10 July 2011|
|Colombia||2–0||Bolivia||Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe|
|11 July 2011|
|Argentina||3–0||Costa Rica||Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba|
|Key to colors in group tables|
Teams that advanced to the quarter-finals
- 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. Penalties (Were to be taken before the final group match by two teams playing each other and tied by points 1–4. Only used as decider, if they then drew the final game.)
- 6. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee
Teams were ranked on the following criteria:
- Tie-breaking criteria
The first round, or group stage, saw the twelve teams divided into three groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin of three 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 and second in each group, and the two best-placed third teams, qualify for the quarterfinals.
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The list of twenty-four referees and two extra referees selected for the tournament were announced on June 6, 2011 by CONMEBOL's Referee Commission. Two referees were chosen from each participating association:
Each association presented a list of twenty-three players to compete in the tournament five days before their first match. On June 14, 2011, CONMEBOL allowed for the inscription of twenty-three players for the tournament, up one player from the previous allowed twenty-two. Of those twenty-three players, three must be goalkeepers.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti||Estadio Malvinas Argentinas|
|Capacity: 65,921||Capacity: 40,268|
|Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes||Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena|
|Capacity: 57,000||Capacity: 20,408|
|Estadio 23 de Agosto||Estadio del Bicentenario|
|Capacity: 23,000||Capacity: 25,000|
|La Plata||Santa Fe|
|Estadio Único||Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López|
|Capacity: 36,000||Capacity: 47,000|
Japan's participation was in doubt after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, but the Japan Football Association confirmed on March 16, 2011 that they would participate. However, the Japanese FA later withdrew from the tournament on April 4, 2011 citing scheduling conflict with re-scheduled J. League matches. Following a meeting with the leadership of the Argentine Football Association, the Japanese FA decided to hold off on their final decision until April 15. The Japanese FA later announced on April 14 that they would compete in the competition using mainly European based players. The Japanese FA withdrew their team again on May 16 citing difficulties with European clubs in releasing Japanese players. On the next day, CONMEBOL sent a formal invitation letter to the Costa Rican Football Federation inviting Costa Rica as replacement. Costa Rica accepted the invitation later that day.
In addition to Mexico sending a weaker team than those teams sent in previous participations, eight of the Mexican players originally called to play the Copa America 2011 were suspended because of indiscipline one week before the competition started.  confirmed that Mexico would be allowed to send their 2012 U-23 Olympic Team, supplemented with five over-age players.CONCACAF However, on March 31, 2010,