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 between 26 June and 15 July in Venezuela, which hosted the tournament for the first time. The defending champions were Brazil.

The competition was won by Brazil who went on to beat Argentina 3–0 in the final.[18] Mexico took third place by beating Uruguay 3–1 in the third-place match. Brazil thus won the right to represent CONMEBOL at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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.[8] In the end, the United States accepted the invitation.[10]


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 Maracay, Valencia, Valera, Portuguesa and Miranda for not meeting established requirements. The cities of Barquisimeto, 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.

Estadio Agustín TovarEstadio Metropolitano de LaraEstadio Olímpico de la UCVEstadio José Pachencho Romero
Capacity: 27,500Capacity: 42,000Capacity: 24,900Capacity: 40,000
Estadio Monumental de MaturínEstadio Metropolitano de Mérida
Capacity: 52,000Capacity: 42,000
Puerto la CruzPuerto Ordaz
Estadio Olímpico Luis RamosEstadio Polideportivo Cachamay
Capacity: 38,000Capacity: 41,600
San Cristóbal
Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Capacity: 40,000


On 30 May 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.


Each association had to present a list of twenty-three 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 advance to the quarterfinals

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

Group A


26 June 2007
Uruguay 0–3 Peru
Villalta Goal 27'
Mariño Goal 70'
Guerrero Goal 88'

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

30 June 2007
Venezuela 2–0 Peru
Cichero Goal 48'
Arismendi Goal 79'

3 July 2007
Peru 2–2 Bolivia
Pizarro Goal 34'85'Moreno Goal 24'
Campos Goal 45'

3 July 2007
Venezuela 0–0 Uruguay

Group B


27 June 2007
Ecuador 2–3 Chile
Valencia Goal 16'
Benítez Goal 23'
Suazo Goal 20'80'
Villanueva Goal 86'

27 June 2007
Brazil 0–2 Mexico
Castillo Goal 23'
Morales Goal 28'

1 July 2007
Brazil 3–0 Chile
Robinho Goal 36' (pen.)84'87'

1 July 2007
Mexico 2–1 Ecuador
Castillo Goal 21'
Bravo Goal 79'
Méndez Goal 84'

4 July 2007
Mexico 0–0 Chile

4 July 2007
Brazil 1–0 Ecuador
Robinho Goal 56' (pen.)

Group C

 United States300328−60

28 June 2007
Paraguay 5–0 Colombia
Santa Cruz Goal 30'46'80'
Cabañas Goal 84'88'

28 June 2007
Argentina 4–1 United States
Crespo Goal 11'60'
Aimar Goal 76'
Tevez Goal 84'
Johnson Goal 9' (pen.)

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

2 July 2007
Argentina 4–2 Colombia
Crespo Goal 20' (pen.)
Riquelme Goal 34'45'
D. Milito Goal 90+1'
E. Perea Goal 10'
Castrillón Goal 76'

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

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.


Knockout stage

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


7 July 2007
Venezuela 1–4 Uruguay
Arango Goal 41'Forlán Goal 38'90+1'
García Goal 64'
Rodríguez Goal 86'

7 July 2007
Chile 1–6 Brazil
Suazo Goal 76'Juan Goal 16'
Baptista Goal 23'
Robinho Goal 27'50'
Josué Goal 68'
Vágner Love Goal 85'

8 July 2007
Mexico 6–0 Paraguay
Castillo Goal 5' (pen.)38'
Torrado Goal 27'
Arce Goal 79'
Blanco Goal 87' (pen.)
Bravo Goal 90+1'

8 July 2007
Argentina 4–0 Peru
Riquelme Goal 47'85'
Messi Goal 61'
Mascherano Goal 75'


11 July 2007
Mexico 0–3 Argentina
Heinze Goal 45'
Messi Goal 61'
Riquelme Goal 65' (pen.)

Third-place match

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


15 July 2007
Brazil 3–0 Argentina
Baptista Goal 4'
Ayala Goal 40' (o.g.)
Dani Alves Goal 69'


 2007 Copa América Champions 

Eighth title



With six goals, Robinho is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 86 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.