|Copa América Venezuela 2007|
Copa América 2007 official logo
|Dates||26 June – 15 July|
|Teams||12 (from 2 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||Brazil (8th title)|
|Goals scored||86 (3.31 per match)|
|Attendance||1,050,230 (40,393 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Robinho (6 goals)|
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 competition was won by Brazil (they were also the defending champions), who beat Argentina 3–0 in the final. 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.
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. In the end, the United States accepted the invitation.
For this Copa América, the organizing committee decided to choose eight cities to hold the tournament. A total of 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, Maracaibo, Maturín, Mérida, Puerto la Cruz and San Cristóbal were selected to host the tournament. Later on, the organizing committee reconsidered the candidacy of Barquisimeto, based on the proposal of a new stadium to be built for the city. With a final 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 Tovar||Estadio Metropolitano de Lara||Estadio Olímpico de la UCV||Estadio Polideportivo Cachamay|
|Capacity: 27,500||Capacity: 42,000||Capacity: 24,900||Capacity: 41,600|
|Estadio José Pachencho Romero||Estadio Monumental de Maturín|
|Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 52,000|
|Mérida||Puerto la Cruz|
|Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida||Estadio Olímpico Luis Ramos|
|Capacity: 42,000||Capacity: 38,000|
|Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo|
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.
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:
|Key to colors in group tables|
|Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarterfinals|
|Pizarro 34', 85'||(Report)||Moreno 24'
|(Report)||Suazo 20', 80'
|Robinho 36' (pen.), 84', 87'||(Report)|
|Robinho 56' (pen.)||(Report)|
|Santa Cruz 30', 46', 80'
Cabañas 84', 88'
|Crespo 11', 60'
|(Report)||Johnson 9' (pen.)|
|Clark 35'||(Report)||Barreto 29'
|Crespo 20' (pen.)
Riquelme 34', 45'
D. Milito 90+1'
|(Report)||E. Perea 10'
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.
|7 July – San Cristóbal|
|10 July – Maracaibo|
|7 July – Puerto la Cruz|
|15 July – Maracaibo|
|8 July – Maturín|
|11 July – Ciudad Guayana|
|8 July – Barquisimeto|
|14 July – Caracas|
|Arango 41'||(Report)||Forlán 38', 90+1'
|Suazo 76'||(Report)||Juan 16'
Robinho 27', 50'
Vágner Love 85'
|Castillo 5' (pen.), 38'
Blanco 87' (pen.)
|Riquelme 47', 85'
Riquelme 65' (pen.)
|Abreu 22'||(Report)||Blanco 36' (pen.)
Ayala 40' (o.g.)
Dani Alves 69'
|2007 Copa América Champions|
With six goals, Robinho was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 86 goals were scored by 53 different players, with only one of them credited as an own goal.
Guaky is a scarlet macaw, a bird representative of Venezuela. He wore the traditional jersey Venezuela national football team burgundy and football shoes. Under their wings the characteristic tricolor national flag, with its eight stars on their wings.
To choose the official mascot held a contest in which proposals received 4,500,000 of Venezuelan children and adolescents at a school. The winning draw corresponded to the 15-year-old Jhoyling Zabaleta. The final design was commissioned to Fractal Studio, bring life and a "strong personality, cheerful and sport" that accompanied the event during its realization. The name of the pet, Guaky was subsequently elected by an online survey, where that option was a 54.17% of preferences.
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The official match ball for the tournament was the Nike Mercurial Veloci. The ball was presented on 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.