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The Official Songs of Copa América Through the Years

Two things that awaken great passions in Latin America are music and football. While the Conmebol Copa América United States 2024 is being played this summer, we present you the list of anthems from one of the most important continental men’s soccer tournaments in the world, over the years.

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Each song reflects the popular sound of the year the tournament took place. For example, in the early 2000s, pop music dominated the scene. Pop songs like Gian Marco’s “Más Allá de los Sueños” and Diego Torres’ “Creo en América” set the scene for the Copa América in Peru in 2004 and the Argentina edition in 2011, respectively. Over time, the sounds evolved towards tropical and urban rhythms, such as “La Gozadera” by Gente de Zona, perhaps one of the most remembered Copa América anthems. It is also common for artists from the host country to provide the official music for the tournament.

While it is true that we are talking about a sport, soccer in Latin America is much more than a game. It is an opportunity to unite from friends to families and entire countries with a common dream: taking home the title. This feat is not easy to achieve — especially with countries like Argentina and Uruguay, the top winners with 15 titles each — which raises the level of competition in South American football to great heights.

The tournament is organized by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), whose members are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In addition, each edition invites countries such as the six Concacaf teams this year, including the United States and Mexico. As a curious and revealing fact, none of the invited countries has won the cup in the tournament’s entire history.

The Conmebol Copa América, which was played for the first time in 1916 and refers to itself as “The oldest continental tournament in the world,” was held annually until 1929, when it adopted a format every two, three, or four years. Since 2007, it has been held every four years — with some exceptions due to circumstances such as the celebration of the tournament’s centenary, efforts to synchronize the event with the Euro Cup, and the Covid-19 pandemic, which have modified the dates. The official songs have been implemented since the beginning of the 21st century, except for Pájaro Canzani’s song “Todos Goleando,” for the 1995 Uruguay Cup.

Here are the official songs of the Copa América:

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