Football in Sun and Shadow

The Copa America started all the way back in 1916. A full century later, the tournament this year is being played in the United States of America, we look not only at the football played in sun and shadow (the line is taken from the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano's popular book) but also at the most colourful part of the game -- the fans.

Peru fans celebrate after winning their Group B match against Brazil at the Gillette Stadium on June 12, 2016.

Peru fans celebrate after winning their Group B match against Brazil at the Gillette Stadium on June 12, 2016. (Getty)

Brazil fans at the Group B match between Brazil and Ecuador at the Rose Bowl June 4, 2016, Pasadena, California.

Brazil fans at the Group B match between Brazil and Ecuador at the Rose Bowl June 4, 2016, Pasadena, California. (Getty)

A United States fan looks as his country takes on Costa Rica at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016.

A United States fan looks as his country takes on Costa Rica at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016. (Getty)

Mexico fans cheer during their team's Group C match against Uruguay at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 5, 2016.

Mexico fans cheer during their team's Group C match against Uruguay at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 5, 2016. (Getty)

Peru fans cheer during their team's Group B match against Ecuador at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 8, 2016.

Peru fans cheer during their team's Group B match against Ecuador at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 8, 2016. (Getty)

Uruguay fans display their country's flag prior to the start of the Uruguay vs Jamaica match at the Levi's Stadium on June 13, 2016.

Uruguay fans display their country's flag prior to the start of the Uruguay vs Jamaica match at the Levi's Stadium on June 13, 2016. (Getty)

Fans take part in a Mexican wave during the Group D Argentina-Chile match at the Levi's Stadium on June 6, 2016.

Fans take part in a Mexican wave during the Group D Argentina-Chile match at the Levi's Stadium on June 6, 2016. (Getty)

Excited fans of Mexico wait in the stands prior to the start of a group C match between Mexico and Venezuela at the NRG Stadium on June 13, 2016.

Excited fans of Mexico wait in the stands prior to the start of a group C match between Mexico and Venezuela at the NRG Stadium on June 13, 2016. (Getty)

United States fans support their team during the Group A match between the US and Costa Rica at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016.

United States fans support their team during the Group A match between the US and Costa Rica at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016. (Getty)