The Copa América is the oldest international soccer competition contested between men's national teams in the world and is approaching its 100th anniversary.
The tournament had its beginnings when it was organized in 1916 in Buenos Aires. Argentina wanted to have a tournament to celebrate their 100th anniversary of independence. It was decided that the tournament would be held between Argentina and the then existing associations (Chile, Uruguay, Brazil).
The four associations all responded affirmatively and set about preparing for the tournament. This tournament started an enthusiasm in soccer pioneers in other countries. From then on the Copa América was contested annually and then later in different years.
The Copa América has been a hugely successful tournament since its beginning and is in the hearts of all of its fans having even influenced customs so that it is a tool for progress and integration.
The 2015 edition host will be Chile for the seventh time. The stadiums are already prepared for this 44th edition and there is a palpable expectation among the South American fans for this great tradition.