|Dates||December 5 – 25|
|Teams||5 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Uruguay (10th title)|
|Goals scored||40 (4 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| José Sanfilippo |
The 1959 South American Championship held in Ecuador was an extra South American Championship for the year. The tournament was contested between five teams; Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Peru did not participate; Brazil attended with a team from Pernambuco. Uruguay won their 10th South American title.
The format was same as other tournaments; it was a round-robin tournament, awarding two points for a win, one for a draw, and nothing for a defeat. The team with the most points at the end was declared the tournament winner.
|Paulo 25', 39'
Zé de Mello 55'
|Silveira 1' (pen.)
|Sanfilippo 8', 57', 89' (pen.)
|Raffo 20'||Sosa 62'|
|Silveira 9' (pen.), 55' (pen.)
Bergara 15', 64'
Zé de Mello 45'
Sanfilippo 27', 89', 90'
|Parodi 32'||Sasía 88'|
|Gómez 5' (o.g.)|
|1959 South American Championship Champions|
With six goals, José Sanfilippo of Argentina is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 40 goals were scored by 21 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.
- 6 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Rómulo Gómez (playing against Paraguay)