1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

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1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Tournament details
Dates August 22, 1971–April 19, 1972
Teams 22 (from 12 associations)
Final positions
Champions Mexico Cruz Azul (3rd title)
Runners-up Costa Rica Alajuelense
1970
1972

The 1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was the 7th edition of the annual international club football competition held in the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It determined that year's club champion of association football in the CONCACAF region.

It was played from 22 August 1971 till 19 April 1972 under the home/away match system.

The teams were split into 3 zones (North American, Central American and Caribbean), each one qualifying two teams to the final tournament, played for the first time in a group system. After the end of the group a playoff match had to be played because two teams ended with the same points in the lead of the group.

Club Deportivo Cruz Azul from Mexico won the final, and became for the third time in its history CONCACAF champion.

North American Zone[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
SC Elizabeth United States 0 - 2 Mexico Cruz Azul 0 - 0 0 - 2
Rochester Lancers United States 5 - 2 Bermuda Pembroke Hamilton 4 - 1 1 - 1
  • Cruz Azul advances to the final tournament.
  • Rochester Lancers advances to the final tournament.

Central American Zone[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Diriangén FC Nicaragua 1 - 15 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones 0 - 5 1 - 10
  • Comunicaciones advances to the first round.

First Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Aurora FC Guatemala 3 - 2 El Salvador Atlético Marte 2 - 1 1 - 1
CD Motagua Honduras 0 - 5 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa 0 - 3 0 - 2
CD Olimpia Honduras 0 - 1 Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 0 - 0 0 - 1
CSD Comunicaciones Guatemala 8 - 2 El Salvador FAS 5 - 2 3 - 0
  • Aurora FC, Saprissa, Alajuelense, Comunicaciones advance to the second round.

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Aurora FC Guatemala 1 - 3 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones 1 - 2 0 - 1
Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica 4 - 5 Costa Rica LD Alajuelense 1 - 5 3 - 0
  • Comunicaciones and Alajuelense advance to the final tournament.

Caribbean Zone[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
SV Estrella Netherlands Antilles x - x Haiti Aigle Noir AC w/o
SV Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 6 - 1 Guyana Thomas United 3 - 1 3 - 0
  • Aigle Noir A.C. withdrew, SV Estrella advances.
  • SV Transvaal advances to the final tournament.

CONCACAF Final Tournament[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cruz Azul 5 3 2 0 17 4 +13 8 Forced to a playoff
2 Alajuelense 5 4 0 1 8 4 +4 8
3 Comunicaciones 5 2 1 2 12 7 +5 5
4 Rochester Lancers 5 2 1 2 6 5 +1 5
5 Transvaal 5 1 2 2 3 6 −3 4
6 SV Estrella 5 0 0 5 1 21 −20 0
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Rochester Lancers United States 2 - 0 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) SV Transvaal
CSD Comunicaciones Guatemala 7 - 0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
LD Alajuelense Costa Rica 2 - 1 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
Cruz Azul Mexico 1 - 1 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) SV Transvaal
Cruz Azul Mexico 1 - 1 United States Rochester Lancers
CSD Comunicaciones Guatemala 3 - 1 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) SV Transvaal
Rochester Lancers United States 2 - 0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
CSD Comunicaciones Guatemala 1 - 2 Costa Rica LD Alajuelense
LD Alajuelense Costa Rica 2 - 0 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) SV Transvaal
Cruz Azul Mexico 9 - 0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
Cruz Azul Mexico 3 - 1 Costa Rica LD Alajuelense
CSD Comunicaciones Guatemala 3 - 1 United States Rochester Lancers
SV Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 1 - 0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
LD Alajuelense Costa Rica 1 - 0 United States Rochester Lancers
Cruz Azul Mexico 3 - 1 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones
  • After the end of the group stage a playoff match had to be played due to Cruz Azul and Alajuelense ended with the same points in the lead of the group.
  • The final tournament was played in Guatemala City.

Playoff[edit]

1972-04-19
Cruz Azul Mexico 5 – 1 Costa Rica Alajuelense
Bustos Goal 16'
Vera Goal 25', 60'
Muciño Goal 70', 75' (pen.)
Villalobos[disambiguation needed] Goal 43'

Champion[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1971 Champion
Mexico
Cruz Azul
Third Title

References[edit]