The Uruguayans are the team with the most South American trophies in the confederation’s history with 15. They lifted their first one in 1916 and their last one in 2011.
Uruguay has won the Copa America, formerly known as the South American Championship, 15 times in total.
And the Uruguayans are hoping they can continue to be the continent’s most successful team in the competition as they will lead Group C of the 2019 Copa America set to be played in Brazil.
The tournament will take place from June 14th to July 7th in five different cities in Brazil.
The last time the team won the Copa America was all the way back to 2011 in Argentina.
Since then they have only reached the Quarterfinals in Chile 2015 and failed to advance from the Group Stage in the 2016 United States edition.
Meanwhile, Ecuador is yet to win an edition of the Copa America, with their best result being reaching Fourth Place in 1993, and 1959.
Ecuador has reached at least the Quarterfinals in three of the last ten editions of the competition, failing to qualify from Group Stage in seven occasions.
Chile is the team to beat too, as they are the current back-to-back champions of the competition.
La Roja won the 2015 edition in Chile and the 2016 Copa America Centenario special edition in the United States.
But then lost the final in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and failed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
This is the second time the Japanese national team has accepted the CONMEBOL’s invitation to participate in the Copa America.
The Samurai Blue couldn’t qualify from the Group Stage in the 1999 edition in Paraguay, losing twice and drawing one match.
They are currently playing in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals.