Uruguay are on the quest of tasting continental glory again in Copa America 2021. The competition's winningest side is always a frontrunner candidate to claim the title, and this edition won't be the exception. The two-time world champions have been a South American force throughout history.
Oscar Washington Tabárez, who led La Celeste to their last Copa America success ten years ago, will try to guide his side to a deeper run than that of 2019 when Peru knocked Uruguay out on penalties in the quarterfinals.
La Celeste won't be lacking in talented players at all, which is why they can be confident of pushing for the title this year. Despite their last triumph didn't come a long ago, Uruguay are eager to win silverware again to protect their Copa America reign.
All the Copa America titles won by Uruguay
Argentina and Uruguay shared the first place for the most Copa America titles for a long time, until La Celeste's success in 2011 gave them the edge over La Albiceleste. Uruguay are the most successful national team in Copa America with 15 trophies, one ahead of Argentina and six clear of Brazil.
Their continental dominance began with the inaugural edition of the tournament, as they were crowned in 1916 and retained their title the following year. Until 1939, only Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay got their hands on the trophy.
However, La Celeste kept on proving their force on the region to amass 15 titles to date. Until 2011, they had 14 trophies on their cabinet, just like Argentina. La Albiceleste, though, have been giving a lot of advantage with a 28-year trophyless streak.
Uruguay lifted the Copa America trophy for the last time in 2011, after enduring 16 years without doing so. Since then, they've become the cup's winningest side. Unless Argentina wins this year, their kingdom seems to be safe for a while.