|Copa América Chile 2015|
|Dates||11 June – 4 July|
|Teams||12 (from 2 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 8 host cities)|
|Champions||Chile (1st title)|
|Goals scored||59 (2.27 per match)|
|Attendance||655,902 (25,227 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Eduardo Vargas
(4 goals each)
|Best player||Lionel Messi|
|Best young player||Jeison Murillo|
|Best goalkeeper||Claudio Bravo|
|Fair play award||Peru|
The 2015 Copa América was the 44th edition of the Copa América, the main international football tournament for national teams in South America, and took place in Chile between 11 June and 4 July 2015. The competition was organized by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body.
Twelve teams competed, the ten members of CONMEBOL and two guests from CONCACAF – Mexico and Jamaica, the latter of which competed in the Copa América for the first time. Uruguay were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Chile in the quarter-finals. Chile won their first title by defeating Argentina in the final on a penalty shootout after a goalless draw. As winners, they qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Originally, it was to be hosted by Brazil, as suggested by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in February 2011 due to CONMEBOL's rotation policy of tournaments being held in alphabetical order. However, due to the organization of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in that country, Brazil decided against also hosting the Copa América. CONMEBOL’s president Nicolas Leoz had mentioned the possibility of the tournament being organized in Mexico (despite this country not being a member of CONMEBOL) as part of the federation's centenary celebrations. Brazil and Chile's Football Federations discussed the idea of swapping around the order of being hosts of the 2015 and 2019 tournaments. The swap was made official in May 2012.
There were nine different stadiums in eight cities used for the tournament. Most stadiums were renovated or rebuilt for the contest.
|Estadio Regional de Antofagasta||Estadio La Portada|
|Capacity: 21,170||Capacity: 18,243|
|Viña del Mar||Valparaíso|
|Estadio Sausalito||Estadio Elías Figueroa|
|Capacity: 22,360||Capacity: 21,113|
|Estadio Nacional||Estadio Monumental David Arellano||Estadio El Teniente|
|Capacity: 48,745||Capacity: 47,347||Capacity: 13,849|
|Estadio Municipal de Concepción||Estadio Municipal Germán Becker|
|Capacity: 30,448||Capacity: 18,413|
Mexico and Japan were initially invited to join the 10 CONMEBOL nations in the tournament. Japan declined the invitation, and China was invited instead, but later withdrew due to the Asian sector of qualification for the 2018 World Cup being held at the same time. In May 2014, it was announced that the Jamaica Football Federation had accepted an invitation to participate. Thus making Jamaica the first Caribbean nation to compete in Copa America.
|Brazil||Jamaica (invited)||Uruguay (title holder)|
|Chile (host nation)||Mexico (invited)||Venezuela|
CONMEBOL announced the composition of the four pots on 10 November 2014. Pot 1 contained the hosts Chile (which has been automatically assigned to position A1), together with Argentina and Brazil. The remaining nine teams were allocated to the other three pots according to their FIFA World Rankings as of 23 October 2014 (shown in brackets), even though Colombia was rated higher than Brazil. On 23 November 2014, it was revealed by CONMEBOL that Argentina and Brazil had been assigned to positions B1 and C1, respectively.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
Each country had a final squad of 23 players (three of whom had to be goalkeepers) which had to be submitted before the deadline of 1 June 2015.
The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final date of 6 June caused problems for South American players for Barcelona and Juventus. FIFA international rules require clubs to release players 14 days prior to the start of an international tournament, but the players featured in the final, leaving them at most five days to acclimate. For example, Arturo Vidal arrived two days before Chile's first match against Ecuador, and played with little training with his national team.
Mexico manager Miguel Herrera decided to prioritize the upcoming 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, saying, "We have to win at all costs in order to face the United States in the playoffs that guarantee a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup." The Mexican squad was a team composed mostly from the local league with little international experience.
Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez was suspended for the whole tournament, as he served a nine-match ban in international football for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's final group stage match against Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
|Country||Referee||Assistant referees||Matches refereed|
|Argentina||Néstor Pitana||Hernan Maidana
Juan Pablo Belatti
|Chile-Ecuador (Group A)
Colombia-Peru (Group C)
|Bolivia||Raúl Orosco||Javier Bustillos
Juan P. Montaño
|Peru-Venezuela (Group C)
Peru-Paraguay (Third place playoff)
|Brazil||Sandro Ricci||Emerson de Carvalho
|Argentina-Uruguay (Group B)
Brazil-Colombia (Group C)
Argentina-Jamaica (Group B)
|Colombia||Wilmar Roldán||Alexander Guzmán
Cristian De La Cruz
|Argentina-Paraguay (Group B)
|Ecuador||Carlos Vera||Christian Lescano
|Paraguay-Jamaica (Group B)|
|Paraguay||Enrique Cáceres||Rodney Aquino
|Chile-Mexico (Group A)
Brazil-Venezuela (Group C)
|Peru||Víctor Hugo Carrillo||César Escano
|Mexico-Bolivia (Group A)|
|Uruguay||Andrés Cunha||Mauricio Espinosa
|Colombia-Venezuela (Group C)
Chile-Bolivia (Group A)
|Venezuela||José Argote||Jorge Urrego
|Uruguay-Jamaica (Group B)
Mexico-Ecuador (Group A)
|El Salvador||Joel Aguilar|| Garnet Page
|Ecuador-Bolivia (Group A)|
|Mexico||Roberto García Orozco||José Luis Camargo
|Brazil-Peru (Group C)
Uruguay-Paraguay (Group B)
The fixture schedule was announced on 11 November 2014.
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.
Teams were ranked on the following criteria:
|1||Chile (H)||3||2||1||0||10||3||+7||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|11 June 2015|
|Chile||2–0||Ecuador||Estadio Nacional, Santiago|
|12 June 2015|
|Mexico||0–0||Bolivia||Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar|
|15 June 2015|
|Ecuador||2–3||Bolivia||Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso|
|Chile||3–3||Mexico||Estadio Nacional, Santiago|
|19 June 2015|
|Mexico||1–2||Ecuador||Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua|
|Chile||5–0||Bolivia||Estadio Nacional, Santiago|
|1||Argentina||3||2||1||0||4||2||+2||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|13 June 2015|
|Uruguay||1–0||Jamaica||Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta|
|Argentina||2–2||Paraguay||Estadio La Portada, La Serena|
|16 June 2015|
|Paraguay||1–0||Jamaica||Estadio Regional de Antofagasta, Antofagasta|
|Argentina||1–0||Uruguay||Estadio La Portada, La Serena|
|20 June 2015|
|Uruguay||1–1||Paraguay||Estadio La Portada, La Serena|
|Argentina||1–0||Jamaica||Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar|
|1||Brazil||3||2||0||1||4||3||+1||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|14 June 2015|
|Colombia||0–1||Venezuela||Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua|
|Brazil||2–1||Peru||Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco|
|17 June 2015|
|Brazil||0–1||Colombia||Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago|
|18 June 2015|
|Peru||1–0||Venezuela||Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso|
|21 June 2015|
|Colombia||0–0||Peru||Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco|
|Brazil||2–1||Venezuela||Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago|
|1||B||Uruguay||3||1||1||1||2||2||0||4||Advance to knockout stage|
|24 June – Santiago|
|29 June – Santiago|
|25 June – Temuco|
|4 July – Santiago|
|Chile (pen.)||0 (4)|
|26 June – Viña del Mar|
|Argentina (pen.)||0 (5)|
|30 June – Concepción|
|27 June – Concepción|
|3 July – Concepción|
|Paraguay (pen.)||1 (4)|
24 June 2015
25 June 2015
|Martins Moreno 83' (pen.)||Report||Guerrero 19', 22', 73'|
26 June 2015
27 June 2015
|Robinho 14'||Report||González 71' (pen.)|
29 June 2015
|Vargas 41', 63'||Report||Medel 60' (o.g.)|
30 June 2015
Di María 46', 52'
3 July 2015
4 July 2015
|2015 Copa América champions|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
|Worldwide||Xbox Live||Live streaming all matches of Copa América. Blocked in certain territories including the UK. Xbox Live stream available via various third party apps (e.g. Sling TV app in the United States).|
|Arab world||beIN Sports Arabia|
|Latin America||DirecTV Sports and ESPN||DirecTV broadcast live all matches of Copa America (vía Channels 610, 612 and 615). ESPN broadcast highlights.|
|Argentina||TyC Sports, TV Pública||50 matches live on TyC Sports. Some matches Live on TV Pública.|
|Bolivia||Unitel, Red Uno , Cotas Cable TV, Tigo Star||Unitel and Red Uno will only broadcast Bolivia matches. Cotas Cable TV, Tigo Star and others with license from Sport TV Rights will broadcast all matches.|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Arena Sport|
|Brazil||Rede Globo, SporTV||Rede Globo will only broadcast Brazil matches. SporTV will broadcast all matches.|
|Canada||beIN Sports Canada, Radio-Canada||Radio Broadcast on Radio One.|
|Chile||CDF, Canal 13 and TVN||Broadcast 50 matches live on CDF Básic signal or CDF Premium signal. Broadcast live Canal 13 and TVN with some matches.|
|China||LeTV, Youku||All matches live.|
|Colombia||Caracol Televisión||Broadcast live on Caracol Television with all matches.|
|Costa Rica||Repretel, Teletica||All matches live.|
|Croatia||Arenasport||All matches live.|
|Czech Republic||Sport 1/2|
|Ecuador||Gama TV and TC Televisión||All matches live on Gama TV and TC Televisión.|
|Finland||VeikkausTV||Live streaming all matches.|
|France||beIN Sports||All matches live.|
|Greece||Skai TV||All matches live.|
|Honduras||R-Media, Canal 11 (Honduras)|
|India||Sony SIX, Sony KIX, SONY SIX HD||All matches live on Sony SIX, Sony KIX and SONY SIX HD.|
|Iran||IRIB 3 – IRIB Varzesh – IRIB HD|
|Ireland||Setanta Sports||All matches live.|
|Italy||Gazzetta TV||All matches live.|
|Jamaica||CVM TV, Sportsmax||CVM TV(free-to-air) will broadcast Jamaica's matches only. Sportsmax(cable channel) will broadcast all matches except those involving Jamaica.|
|Kosovo||RTK||All matches live on RTK.|
|Mexico||Televisa, TV Azteca|
|Netherlands||Sport 1||All matches live.|
|Paraguay||Tigo Sports and Telefuturo||50 matches live on Tigo Sports.
Some matches live on Telefuturo.
|Peru||América Televisión||All the matches live.|
|Philippines||ABS-CBN Corporation and CNN Philippines|
|Poland||TVP||All matches Live on TVP Sport and sport.tvp.pl(region blocked), some matches on TVP 1.|
|Portugal||TVI||Eight matches live on TVI (including the final). The remaining on TVI24.|
|Russia||Sport-1||All matches live on Sport-1.|
|Singapore||Mio TV, StarHub TV|
|Slovenia||Šport TV (Slovenia)|
|South Korea||SBS Sports|
|Taiwan||China Television||All matches live on CTV.|
|Thailand||TrueVisions||All matches live on TrueVisions.|
|United States||beIN Sports||Radio broadcast on Futbol de Primera.|
|United Kingdom||Premier Sports, Bet365 (online streaming)||Exclusive coverage of all 26 matches via SKY, Virgin, TalkTalk and the Premier Player.|
|Uruguay||VTV Sports, VTV, Channel 10, Teledoce and Channel 10||Broadcast live on Equital's Pay TV with all matches. Broadcast live on VTV Sports with 50 matches. Some matches Live on Teledoce and C10.|
|Venezuela||Venevisión, DirecTV Sports|
|Vietnam||SCTV||Broadcast live on SCTV's cable network with all matches.|
On 16 November 2014, the official match ball (OMB) was unveiled at the Estadio Nacional. The name of the ball is Nike Cachaña, which is a Chilean slang term for a successful feint or dribble. During its launch, the Chilean international Arturo Vidal was present. The ball is mainly designed with white as main appearance featured with blue and red applications, representing host nation Chile. The colors of Chilean flag make a statement in the design of this ball: the red representing the people, the blue symbolizing the Chilean sky, and the white for the Andes that so strongly define the geography of this country.
The official mascot of the tournament, a young culpeo fox, was unveiled on 17 November 2014. The name of the mascot, "Zincha" (from Zorro (fox) and hINCHA (fan)), was chosen by the public over two other options, "Andi" and "Kul".
"Al Sur del Mundo" by Chilean group Noche de Brujas served as the official song of the tournament. It was performed during the opening ceremony of the competition on 11 June. It features the different cultures of the twelve competing nations.
The day after Chile's draw 3–3 against México in their second group match, Jorge Sampaoli decided to give the players a day off training. The players had to be at Juan Pinto Durán by 9 PM, and everyone arrived on time, except Arturo Vidal. Later, it was discovered that he was involved in a traffic accident on his way back to the training ground and put under arrest by driving under alcohol influence. Vidal spent the night in jail, and went to trial the morning after. Vidal's driver license was revoked, and sentenced to pay the damage done. Later, both Sampaoli and Vidal spoke to press, as Vidal returned to the training ground. Despite contrary reports, Sampaoli opted to keep him on the team.
An on-pitch brawl broke out following Colombia's 1–0 win over Brazil in their second group match; Brazilian captain Neymar deliberately kicked the ball at opponent Pablo Armero and attempted to headbutt Colombian matchwinner Jeison Murillo, earning a red card. As a result, Colombian forward Carlos Bacca retaliated by pushing Neymar over, and was himself sent off. CONMEBOL fined Neymar $10,000 and suspended him for four matches, ruling him out for the remainder of the tournament, while Bacca was suspended for two matches.
In Chile's quarter-final victory over Uruguay, full-back Gonzalo Jara poked Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani in the anus, and then fell when Cavani slapped him in retaliation. Both Cavani and Jara received a yellow card for the incident, which resulted in Cavani being sent off because he had previously received another yellow card for insulting one of the referees' assistants. Jara was later suspended for two games, which made him miss the rest of the tournament. His club, Mainz 05 of Germany, criticised Jara for the incident and stated that he would be sold. However he would remain with the club until January 16, 2016 when he agreed to terminate his contract with them.
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