Some Argentina-v-Brazil Copa History

Sunday’s games between South America’s two powerhouses will be the second Copa final in a row disputed between the two sides, after 2004’s 2-2 draw in Lima with Brazil winning the title on penalties.

For most of its history the Copa used a group format which in 1937 required a play-off between the two sides which Argentina won 2-0 in San Lorenzo’s mythic old stadium the Gasómetro in Buenos Aires.

In the early years of the competition Argentina held a clear advantage in victories over Brazil but the last 10 Copa meetings between them resulted in 5 wins for Brazil, 3 for Argentina and 2 draws.

Sunday’s match will be Brazil’s 5th final appearance since the Copa moved to a knock-out format in 1993. They won in 1997, 1999 and 2004 and lost to Uruguay in 1995.

It will be Argentina’s first appearance in a final since the first one in 1993 when they beat Mexico 2-1.

Highlights from the Copa finals since 1993 are here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrBlEXjEex8

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