Summary

  • Copa America Centenario 2016 celebrates 100 years of the tournament.
  • Event being staged outside South America for the first time.
  • Chile enter the tournament as holders.

Numerous Bundesliga stars will be participating in the Copa America Centenario 2016 this summer, but what exactly is the American continent's biggest footballing event?

bundesliga.com brings you everything you need to know about the Copa, and why you cannot afford to miss it this summer.

1) Originally called the Campeonato Sudamericano de Futbol, the Copa America, since 1993, has featured ten CONMEBOL teams plus six invited nations.

2) Usually held every four years, this year's 'Copa America Centenario' is being staged out of sync in order to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the competition.

3) For the first time ever, the event will be staged outside of South America, with the USA the tournament hosts this time around.

4) The final will be held in the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, 26 June. The 82,566-capacity arena is home to NFL teams the New York Jets and the New York Giants. Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi have played at the stadium which has also hosted the Super Bowl and WrestleMania.

The MetLife stadium in New Jersey will host the final.

5) Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Javier 'Chicharito ' Hernandez has 44 goals in 82 Mexico appearances. The striker needs just three more goals to overtake Jared Borgetti as El Tri's all-time leading scorer.

6) Chile are the current holders after FC Bayern München's Arturo Vidal, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim inspired them to victory just one year ago.

7) It was the first time Chile, who hosted the event, had lifted the trophy. Vidal was named man-of-the-match and he scored in the decisive penalty shoot-out, while Vargas was the tournament's joint top-scorer with four goals.

8) Chile's 2015 victory was only the third time since 1993 the host nation had triumphed. As well as the three Bundesliga stars who lifted the trophy in Santiago last year, former Uruguay and Borussia Dortmund forward Ruben Sosa won on home soil in 1995 before helping BVB to the German title the following season.

Bayern's Arturo Vidal scored a penalty in the final as Chile beat Argentina in 2015.

9) BVB starlet Christian Pulisic will be 17 years, eight months and 17 days old when the USMNT kick-off the tournament against Colombia in Santa Clara where he could become the youngest American scorer at a major finals tournament.

10) There are four Bundesliga-based players in Jürgen Klinsmann's current USMNT squad: Pulisic is joined by Hertha Berlin's John Brooks, Borussia Mönchengladbach's Fabian Johnson and new Hamburger SV signing Bobby Wood.

11) This is the USMNT's fourth Copa America. They featured six Germany-based players when they came third in Uruguay in 1995: Leverkusen pair Claudio Reyna and Tom Dooley, VfL Bochum 1848's Eric Wynalda, VfL Wolfsburg's Mike Lapper, FC Saarbrücken's Joe-Max Moore and FC Carl Zeiss Jena's Brian Bliss.

12) MSV Duisburg's Rolf Feltscher only has six caps for Venezuela. Former Mönchengladbach midfielder Juan Arango retired last September with a national record 129, a Venezuelan record 20 of which came in the Copa America.

Juan Arango's efforts at the BORUSSIA-PARK mean he will always be remembered fondly in Mönchengladbach.

13) Mexico have finished second twice and third three times since 1993. Pavel Pardo, a 2006/07 Bundesliga winner with VfB Stuttgart, was in the side that finished third in 1997 and 1999. Another Stuttgart man, Francisco 'Maza' Rodríguez, and one-time Leverkusen winger Andres Guardado came third in 2007.

14) Uruguay have won the event 15 times - one more than Argentina - making La Celeste the most successful nation in Copa America history.

15) Former Wolfsburg captain Josue was in the Brazil team with former Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen playmaker Diego and Leverkusen defender Juan which won the 2004 edition by beating Argentina 3-0 in the final in the tournament’s most-played fixture.

16) Three sides have won every single game on the way to lifting the title since the 1993 restructuring: Brazil (1997, 1999) and Colombia (2001). Current Brazil coach and former Stuttgart midfielder Dunga was in the 1997 side, alongside former Borussia Dortmund man Flavio Conceicao and Bundesliga stalwart Ze Roberto. The latter returned two years later to claim the title with then-Leverkusen team-mate Emerson and Dortmund wing-back Evanilson.

Bremen's Claudio Pizarro has scored four goals in previous Copa Americas. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin/Bongarts

17) FC Bayern's Douglas Costa, Bremen's Claudio Pizarro and Dortmund's Adrian Ramos are the current Bundesliga players, in addition to Vidal and Vargas, who have already scored a goal in the Copa America.

18) Former Dortmund man Marcio Amoroso is the only player to have both won the Copa America (1999) and top-scored in the Bundesliga (2001/02).

19) Only two players who have played at least ten games at the Copa have won 100 per cent of those fixtures. Brazil legend Ronaldo is one. The other? Former Dortmund man Flavio Conceicao!

20) Paraguay were knocked out in the semi-finals in Chile last year, but double Bundesliga winner and former Dortmund forward Lucas Barrios still managed to score three goals from four shots in just 233 minutes played (a goal every 78 minutes).