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1947 South American Championship
Tournament details
Host country Ecuador
Dates 2-26 December
Teams 6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay (5th title)
Runners-up Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Third place Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Fourth place Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 52 (3.47 per match)
Attendance 198,367 (13,224 per match)
1945
1949

The 1947 South American Championship was the thirteenth edition of the South America Championship. This was the first time that Ecuador held the competition and also saw a change to the format which included a qualifying round to get the teams down to six which would be a feature until the 1971 edition.

In the final round it was Uruguay who would take out the title for the fifth time as they won the competition on goal difference from Paraguay.

Background

In late 1946, CONMEBOL held a meeting to decided on a possible change in the format of the competition with the suggestion of having two groups instead of having one big group. This was after the lopsided results that affected the result as the champion was already revealed with matches still left. The change was that the lowest ranked teams would enter a qualifying event to claim the final spots in the six-team draw. The main reason was to keep the final round numbers even and in time they would be able to expand.

Qualifying Round

For the first time in the history of the South American Championship, a qualifying system was used to bring down the teams from 8 to 6. This was done by having the bottom four teams in the rankings. This rule was avoided for Ecuador as they had hosting rights for the championship. The results that came in the qualifying round came as no shock with the higher ranked teams of Chile and Paraguay winning into the final round.

4 May 1947
Chile Flag of Chile.svg 3-0 23x15px Bolivia
Saez Soccerball shade 26'57'
Riera Soccerball shade 4'
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago
Attendance: 27,255


5 May 1947
Colombia 23x15px 1-2 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
L González Soccerball shade 33' Marín Soccerball shade 15'
Villalba Soccerball shade 68'
Estadio Municipal, Barranquilla
Attendance: 14,612

Final Round

Standings

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 5311179+87
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay 5311105+57
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 522176+16
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 5212127+55
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg Peru 512258−34
23x15px Ecuador 5014119−181

Matches

2 December 1947
Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg 4-0 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 5,515


2 December 1947
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 4-1 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 13,158


5 December 1947
Peru Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 0-2 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 7,216


8 December 1947
Chile Flag of Chile.svg 1-1 Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg Peru
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 10,412


10 December 1947
Chile Flag of Chile.svg 3-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 17,651


10 December 1947
Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg 2-3 Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg Peru
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 14,133


12 December 1947
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg 4-1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 15,610


15 December 1947
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 8-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 19,133


15 December 1947
Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg 1-2 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 13,955


18 December 1947
Peru Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1-1 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 15,417


19 December 1947
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg 0-0 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 9,314


22 December 1947
Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg 3-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 14,415


22 December 1947
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 2-0 Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg Peru
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 8,316


26 December 1947
Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg 2-2 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 15,555


26 December 1947
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg 4-0 23x15px Ecuador
Estadio George Capwell, Guayaquil
Attendance: 18,567

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