2007 Copa América


2007 Copa América
2007 Copa América
Copa América Venezuela 2007

Copa América 2007 official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Venezuela
Dates June 26 – July 15
Teams 12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (8th title)
Runners-up  Argentina
Third place  Mexico
Fourth place  Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 86 (3.31 per match)
Attendance 1,050,230 (40,393 per match)
Top scorer(s)

Brazil Robinho

(6 goals)
Best player Brazil Robinho
2004
2011

The 2007 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, known simply as the 2007 Copa América or 2007 Copa América Venezuela, was the 42nd edition of the Copa América, the South-American championship for international association football teams. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, and was held in Venezuela, who hosted the tournament for the first time, between June 26 and July 15, 2007. The defending champion was Brazil.

The competition was won by Brazil who went on to beat Argentina 3-0 in the final.[1] Mexico took third place by beating Uruguay 3-1 in the third-place match. Brazil thus won the right to represent CONMEBOL[2] at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.[3]

Contents

Competing nations

As with previous tournaments, all ten members of CONMEBOL participated in the competition. In order to bring the number of competing teams to twelve, CONMEBOL invited Mexico and the United States, the two highest ranking CONCACAF teams in the FIFA World Rankings. Just as in every tournament since 1993, Mexico accepted the invitation without reservation. The United States, on the other hand, rejected the invitation due to scheduling conflicts with the 2007 Major League Soccer season. CONMEBOL then proceeded to invite Costa Rica, the third highest CONCACAF team in FIFA's ranking.[4] In the end, the United States accepted the invitation.[5]

Venues

For this Copa América, the organizing committee decided to choose eight cities to hold the tournament. Before the selection of cities, at least 14 cities presented proposal before the committee, of which they rejected proposals from Barquisimeto, Maracay, Valencia, Valera, Portuguesa and Miranda for not meeting established requirements. The cities of Barinas, Caracas, Ciudad Guayana (Puerto Ordaz), Maracaibo, Maturín, Mérida, Puerto La Cruz and San Cristóbal were selected to host the tournament. Having selected eight cities, the organizing committee reconsidered the candidacy of Barquisimeto based on the proposed new stadium for the city. Because of that, Barquisimeto was selected as the ninth host city. With nine host cities, the 2007 edition broke the previous records for host cities set by the 2004 Copa América in Peru, which used seven.

Barinas Barquisimeto Caracas Maracaibo
Estadio Agustín Tovar Estadio Metropolitano de Lara Estadio Olímpico de la UCV Estadio José Pachencho Romero
Capacity: 27,500 Capacity: 42,000 Capacity: 43,000 Capacity: 40,000
Estadio Agustin Tovar la Carolina, Barinas.jpg Estadio metropolitano barquisimeto 2010 2.jpg 865427316 848ed3fa7c.jpg Maracaibo Stadium.jpg
Maturín Mérida
Estadio Monumental de Maturín Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Capacity: 52,000 Capacity: 42,000
Enelestadio 010.jpg Estadio metropolitana de merida.jpg
Puerto La Cruz Puerto Ordaz
Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos Estadio Polideportivo Cachamay
Capacity: 38,000 Capacity: 41,600
Stadium Puerto La Cruz.jpg CTE Chamay Aereo Cut.jpg
San Cristóbal
Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Capacity: 40,000
Inauguración Copa América 2007.jpg

Officials

On May 30, 2007, CONMEBOL announced the list of match officials for the competition. The list included one match official from every country (except Paraguay, which had two). From these thirteen, six officiated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup: Carlos Simon, Óscar Ruiz, Carlos Amarilla, Jorge Larrionda, and Armando Archundia.

Squads

Each association had to present a list of twenty-two players to compete in the competition.

Group stage

The first round, or group stage, saw the twelve teams divided into three groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin of six 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, second and two best-placed third teams in each group qualified for the Quarter-finals.

Tie-breaking criteria

Teams were ranked on the following criteria:

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. Drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee
Key to colors in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarterfinals

All times are in Venezuela Standard Time (UTC-04:00)

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Venezuela 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Peru 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
 Bolivia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
June 26, 2007
18:05
Uruguay  0 – 3  Peru Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)
(Report) Villalta Goal 27'
Mariño Goal 70'
Guerrero Goal 88'

June 26, 2007
20:50
Venezuela  2 – 2  Bolivia Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Mauricio Reinoso (Ecuador)
Maldonado Goal 20'
Páez Goal 55'
(Report) Moreno Goal 38'
Arce Goal 84'

June 30, 2007
16:05
Bolivia  0 – 1  Uruguay Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (United States)
(Report) Sánchez Goal 58'

June 30, 2007
18:20
Venezuela  2 – 0  Peru Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Cichero Goal 48'
Arismendi Goal 79'
(Report)

July 3, 2007
18:35
Peru  2 – 2  Bolivia Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
Pizarro Goal 34'85' (Report) Moreno Goal 24'
Campos Goal 45'

July 3, 2007
20:50
Venezuela  0 – 0  Uruguay Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
(Report)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Chile 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
 Ecuador 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
June 27, 2007
18:35
Ecuador  2 – 3  Chile Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)
Valencia Goal 16'
Benítez Goal 23'
(Report) Suazo Goal 20'80'
Villanueva Goal 86'

June 27, 2007
20:50
Brazil  0 – 2  Mexico Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Sergio Pezzotta (Argentina)
(Report) Castillo Goal 23'
Morales Goal 28'

July 1, 2007
16:05
Brazil  3 – 0  Chile Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturín
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Carlos Torres (Paraguay)
Robinho Goal 36' (pen.)84'87' (Report)

July 1, 2007
18:20
Mexico  2 – 1  Ecuador Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturín
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: René Ortube (Bolivia)
Castillo Goal 21'
Bravo Goal 79'
(Report) Méndez Goal 84'

July 4, 2007
18:35
Mexico  0 – 0  Chile Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Puerto la Cruz
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)
(Report)

July 4, 2007
20:50
Brazil  1 – 0  Ecuador Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Puerto la Cruz
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Sergio Pezzotta (Argentina)
Robinho Goal 56' (pen.) (Report)

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9
 Paraguay 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
 United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
June 28, 2007
18:35
Paraguay  5 – 0  Colombia Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Attendance: 34,500
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Santa Cruz Goal 30'46'80'
Cabañas Goal 84'88'
(Report)

June 28, 2007
20:50
Argentina  4 – 1  United States Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Attendance: 34,500
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
Crespo Goal 11'60'
Aimar Goal 76'
Tévez Goal 84'
(Report) Johnson Goal 9' (pen.)

July 2, 2007
18:35
United States  1 – 3  Paraguay Estadio Agustín Tovar, Barinas
Attendance: 28,200
Referee: Victor Rivera (Peru)
Clark Goal 35' (Report) Barreto Goal 29'
Cardozo Goal 56'
Cabañas Goal 90+2'

July 2, 2007
20:50
Argentina  4 – 2  Colombia Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
Crespo Goal 20' (pen.)
Riquelme Goal 34'45'
D. Milito Goal 90+1'
(Report) E. Perea Goal 10'
Castrillón Goal 76'

July 5, 2007
18:35
United States  0 – 1  Colombia Estadio Metropolitano de Fútbol de Lara, Barquisimeto
Attendance: 37,500
Referee: Manuel Andarcia (Venezuela)
(Report) Castrillón Goal 15'

July 5, 2007
20:50
Argentina  1 – 0  Paraguay Estadio Metropolitano de Fútbol de Lara, Barquisimeto
Attendance: 37,500
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Mascherano Goal 79' (Report)

Ranking of third-placed teams

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 quarter-finals.

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
B  Chile 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
A  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
C  Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3

Knockout stages

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
July 7 - San Cristóbal        
  Venezuela  1
July 10 - Maracaibo
  Uruguay  4  
  Uruguay  2 (4)
July 7 - Puerto La Cruz
    Brazil  2 (5)  
  Chile  1
July 15 - Maracaibo
  Brazil  6  
  Brazil  3
July 8 - Maturín
    Argentina  0
  Mexico  6
July 11 - Puerto Ordaz
  Paraguay  0  
  Mexico  0 Third place
July 8 - Barquisimeto
    Argentina  3  
  Argentina  4   Uruguay  1
  Peru  0     Mexico  3
July 14 - Caracas

Quarterfinals

July 7, 2007
18:05
Venezuela  1 – 4  Uruguay Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal
Attendance: 41,200
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
Arango Goal 41' (Report) Forlán Goal 38'90+1'
García Goal 64'
Rodríguez Goal 86'

July 7, 2007
20:50
Chile  1 – 6  Brazil Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos, Puerto la Cruz
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Suazo Goal 76' (Report) Juan Goal 16'
Baptista Goal 23'
Robinho Goal 27'50'
Josué Goal 68'
Vágner Love Goal 85'

July 8, 2007
16:05
Mexico  6 – 0  Paraguay Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturín
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Sergio Pezzotta (Argentina)
Castillo Goal 5' (pen.)38'
Torrado Goal 27'
Arce Goal 79'
Blanco Goal 87' (pen.)
Bravo Goal 90+1'
(Report)

July 8, 2007
18:50
Argentina  4 – 0  Peru Estadio Metropolitano de Fútbol de Lara, Barquisimeto
Attendance: 38,800
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)
Riquelme Goal 47'85'
Messi Goal 61'
Mascherano Goal 75'
(Report)

Semifinals

July 10, 2007
20:50
Uruguay  2 – 2  Brazil Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Attendance: 38,100
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)
Forlán Goal 36'
Abreu Goal 69'
(Report) Maicon Goal 13'
Baptista Goal 41'
  Penalties  
Forlán Missed (saved)
Scotti Scored
González Scored
Rodríguez Scored
Abreu Scored
García Missed (hit the post)
Lugano Missed (saved)
4 – 5 Scored Robinho
Scored Juan
Scored Gilberto Silva
Missed (hit the post) Afonso
Scored Diego
Missed (hit the post) Fernando
Scored Gilberto

July 11, 2007
20:50
Mexico  0 – 3  Argentina Polideportivo Cachamay, Puerto Ordaz
Attendance: 41,600
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)
(Report) Heinze Goal 45'
Messi Goal 61'
Riquelme Goal 65' (pen.)

Third-place match

July 14, 2007
17:05
Mexico  3 – 1  Uruguay Estadio Olímpico, Caracas
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Mauricio Reinoso (Ecuador)
Blanco Goal 36' (pen.)
Bravo Goal 68'
Guardado Goal 76'
(Report) Abreu Goal 22'

Final

July 15, 2007
17:05
Brazil  3 – 0  Argentina Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)
Baptista Goal 4'
Ayala Goal 40' (o.g.)
Alves Goal 69'
(Report)
 2007 Copa América Champion 

Brazil
Eighth title

Goalscorers

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final positions

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1  Brazil 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 13 72.2%
2  Argentina 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15 83.3%
3  Mexico 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13 72.2%
4  Uruguay 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8 44.4%
Eliminated in the quarterfinals
5  Paraguay 4 2 0 2 8 8 0 6 50.0%
6  Venezuela 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 5 41.6%
7  Peru 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3 4 33.3%
8  Chile 4 1 1 2 4 11 −7 4 33.3%
Eliminated in the first round
9  Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3 33.3%
10  Bolivia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2 22.2%
11  Ecuador 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0 0.0%
12  United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0 0.0%

Mascot

The official mascot for the 2007 Copa América was Guaky, an anthropomorphised Guacamayo.


Guaki.jpg

Match ball

The official match ball for the tournament was the Nike Mercurial Veloci. The ball was presented on the 14 February 2007, prior to a friendly match played between Venezuela and New Zealand, by the president of the Venezuelan Football Federation, Rafael Esquivel, to the mayor of Maracaibo, Giancarlo Di Martino - head of the local organising committee.

Theme songs

  • "Baila la Copa" by Venezuelan singer Ose was the main theme song of the tournament, which was performed during the draw and the opening ceremonies
  • "Let's Dance" by American singer Vanessa Hudgens was used as a fight song for the U.S. National Team and was used as a secondary theme song of the tournament, as the song was featured extensively during TV coverage of the tournament, especially in the United States.
  • Another song, appropriately titled "Copa América", was an unofficial anthem for the tournament.

References

  1. ^ "Brazil victorious in Copa America". BBC Sport. 200-07-16. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/6899694.stm. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  2. ^ The South American champion, along with the European champion (the winner of Euro 2008), "will no longer be obliged to take part" in the Confederations Cup beginning with the 2009 edition FIFA.com - 2005/2006 season: final worldwide matchday to be 14 May 2006. Archived 16 January 2010 at WebCite
  3. ^ Mexico and the United States are members of CONCACAF, the governing body of North American football (which includes Central America and the Caribbean as well). Thus, they would not be allowed to represent CONMEBOL at the Confederations Cup. Had either team won the Copa América, the best-finishing South American team would have taken the place.
  4. ^ "Postergan sorteo de la Copa América 2007". Los Tiempos. October 4, 2006. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071114045820/http%3A//www.lostiempos.com/noticias/04-10-06/04_10_06_dep18.php. Retrieved June 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Estados Unidos y México tomarán parte en la Copa América 2007". Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol. May 29, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070929083037/http%3A//www.conmebol.com/articulos_ver.jsp%3Fid%3D59779%26slangab%3DS. Retrieved June 12, 2008. 

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