USA gets the honor of hosting the biggest soccer tournament in South American history; the Copa America 2016. The history of Copa America extends back to 1916 however this is the first time the event has been hosted by a country outside South America. 2016 Copa America is the 45th edition of one of the most exciting summer footballing event. With 16 teams to compete for one of the most prestigious sports trophies in the world, Chile is the defending champions as they won the last tournament in 2015. Although normally the event gets its organization after a span of four years but this time it is going to be played after just one year. The reason for its early arrangement is also pretty much exciting. In fact the 2016 Copa America has been scheduled to be an honorary event, a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, to be more specific. As for the Copa America winners, Uruguay has won this competition the most times (15), with Argentina winning it 14 times. Brazil has been crowned eight times as the Copa America winners. Below is the full list of past Copa America Winners 1916-2016.
In Copa America 2015 final Chile won the their first Copa America title by beating Argentina in penalty shoot out becoming the host champions after 14 years. Before Chile, Colombia was the only host country to have won the event in 2001.
In 2016 history repeated itself. Once again Chile faced the same opponent in final. Once again both teams remain goalless in due time and also in extra time. In penalty shoots one again the result was same. Chile defeated the Argentina 2nd consecutive times in Copa America final. The full list of past Copa America winners from the date it started goes as under.
|30||1975||No fixed venue||Peru||Colombia||Brazil|
|31||1979||No fixed venue||Paraguay||Chile||Brazil|
|32||1983||No fixed venue||Uruguay||Brazil||Paraguay|