Copa America 2015 Facts

The 2015 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América or the Copa America as we all know it, is the third most popular football tournament when it comes to continental tournaments. Teams like Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay impressed in the 2014 World Cup, so many people would love to see the teams and their star players again. The tournament started for the first time in 1916, making it the oldest international continental football competition in the world. Hosted every 4 years, the 2015 edition will kick-off on June 11 and the Final is played on July 4. So, did you know about Copa America 2015:

Brazil Was Originally Chosen to Host the 2015 Copa America

CONMEBOL has a rotation policy for the Copa America to select the host country. It’s pretty simple,  the tournament is hosted in alphabetical order. Since Argentina (A) hosted the 2011 Copa America, it was Brazil (B) that should be the next host nation. But as we all know, Brazil organised the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Therefore the country decided against hosting the Copa América as well. After Brazil it is Chile (C) to host the Copa America of that. So what happened was they swapped their host duties in May 2012, meaning Chile hosts the 2015 Copa America and Brazil the 2019 Copa America.

8 Host Cities and 9 Stadiums Will be used for the Matches

2 stadiums will be used in 1 host city, which is of course the capital city Santiago. The Estadio Nacional and the Estadio Monumental David Arellano will be used. The other 8 host cities and 8 stadiums that will be used are:

  • Antofagasta – Estadio Regional de Antofagasta
  • Viña del Mar – Estadio Sausalito
  • Concepción – Estadio Municipal de Concepción
  • La Serena – Estadio La Portada
  • Valparaíso – Estadio Elías Figueroa
  • Rancagua – Estadio El Teniente
  • Temuco – Estadio Municipal Germán Becker

Luis Suárez is Not Allowed to Participate in the Tournament

Who doesn’t remember Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage? Although he is having success in Spanish club FC Barcelona, he is still suspended as he serves a nine-match ban. He can’t play a single match for Uruguay in the 2015 Copa America.

Japan, China and Spain Were Initially Invited to Participate

To have 12 teams in the tournament, 2 nations outside the CONMEBOL (only 10 members) will have to participate. CONCACAF initially invited Mexico and Japan but Japen declined quickly. Afterwards it was China that was approached, but they had to decline as well due to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification for Asia that will be held at the same time. Even UEFA member Spain received an invitation to participate, however Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Jorge Carretero declined the invitation due to “organizational problems”.

Only then in May 2014 it was announced that the Jamaica Football Federation accepted the invitation to participate in the Copa America. Mexico participated 8 times before in a Copa America, they participated in every Copa America since 1993. For Jamaica it’s going to be the very first time, they will be the first Caribbean country to participate in the Copa America. Japan participated only 1 time in the Copa America back in 1999, Spain and China never played the tournament (yet).

Argentina Can Become Most Succesful CONMEBOL Country Together With Uruguay

Uruguay that won the last Copa America in 2011, is currently the most succeful CONMEBOL country by winning the Copa America a record of 15 times: 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 2011! Argentina has won the tournament 14 times: 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991 and 1993. If Argentina wins the 2015 Copa America they will share the record of 15 wins with Uruguay. Brazil won the tournament 8 times, Paraguay and Peru 2 times and Colombia and Bolivia 1 time. Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela never won the Copa America yet.

The Nike Cachaña is the Official 2015 Copa America Match Ball

The Nike Cachaña was officially announced on November 16 2014 at the Estadio National stadium, Chile’s biggest stadium with the presence of Chilean football star Arturo Vidal. Cachaña is a Chilean slang term for a successful feint or dribble. The ball is white with the colours of the Chilean flag, representing the host country of course. The red colour represents the people, the blue symbolizes the Chilean sky, and the white refers to the Andes that defines the geography of the country.

Copa America 2015 match ball

Zincha is the Official 2015 Copa America Mascot

Zincha was announced as the official 2015 Copa America mascot on November 17 2014. He is a young culpeo fox, which is is a South American species of a wild dog. There were initially 3 names for the mascot: Andi, Kul or Zincha. The public was allowed to choose their favourite name. The name Andi refers to the Andes mountains and Kul comes from “culpeo”, the family from which the Chilean fox comes. The winning name Zincha is a mix of the words “fox” and “fan” in Spanish. The winning name won by a large margin over the others getting 47.1% of the votes, being followed by Kul with 25.7%, and Andi with 27.2%. Zincha has his official Twitter account which is @Zincha_ca2015.

“Contigo” is the Official 2015 Copa America Song

Not many tournaments have their own song! The FIFA World Cup is one of the few tournaments that really emphasize on their own theme song and anthem! The Copa America knows they are hosted every 4 years, so to make it more special, they introduced not one, but selected a few songs as the official Copa America songs!

“Contigo” by Spanish DJ Juan Magán featuring Chilean musicians Denise Rosenthal and Zaturno is the official song of the tournament. “Pura Vida” by Don Omar, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Neon Jungle, “Come with Me Now” by Kongos, “Jungle” by X Ambassadors and “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid'” by The Offspring are unofficial theme songs for the 2015 Copa America.

2015 Logo May be the Best Copa America Logo Ever

Yes it’s a serious statement, but let’s be honest, this logo is awesome. You can tell there was a lot of thought during the design and creation process.  Before the 2015 Copa America, the logos were still nice, but pretty similar in comparison with the previous Copa America logos. The unique typography matches the symbols visible on the logo. The star is the same one used on the Chilean flag and the 8 point star represents the 8 2015 Copa America host cities. The 4 human figures from folk culture represent 4 values: Celebration, Passion, Surpass and Triumph: a fan (or “hincha”, in spanish), a heart, two contenders and a footballer performing a bicycle kick.

Champions Will Qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup

As is the case with the 2015 Asian Cup, the champions of the 2015 Copa America will immediately qualify for the 2017 Confederations hosted in Russia.  The 2015 Copa America champions will be the 4th team that will qualify for the “mini World-Cup” in 2017 after Russia (hosts), Germany (World champion) and Australia (Asian champion).

Panini Released an Official Sticker Album

Who doesn’t know Panini! Panini became part of a famous FIFA World Cup tradition, the World Cup experience is just not the same without those addictive stickers containing the best players of the world! Even I collect those stickers since the FIFA 1994 World Cup! You know the Copa America is pretty popular when Panini releases a sticker album! They don’t do this for the AFC Asian Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations for example. Panini released their 2015 Copa America edition on March 24 2015. The collection includes 47 page softcover sticker album and 348 self-adhesive stickers. Stickers will be available in boxes of 50, which means each box will contain 250 stickers. The Copa America collection will be distributed in South America and possibly in some other countries as well. This is not the first Copa America Panini album by the way, Panini introduced their first Copa America version in 2007.

Copa America Panini

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