1980 Mundialito

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1980 World Champions' Gold Cup
Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales
Uruguay '80
1980 Mundialito official poster
Tournament details
Host country Uruguay
Dates December 30, 1980 –
January 10, 1981
Teams (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay
Runners-up  Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played 7
Goals scored 19 (2.71 per match)
Attendance 255,000 (36,429 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Victorino (3 goals)

The 1980 Mundialito (Spanish for "little World Cup"), or Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales ("World Champions' Gold Cup"), was an international football tournament held in Montevideo, Uruguay from December 30, 1980 to January 10, 1981, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup tournament, which had been celebrated in 1930 at the same venue. The national teams invited were Uruguay, Italy, West Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, and Argentina, at the time the six former World Cup winning nations except for the Netherlands – 1974 and 1978 World Cup runners-up – replacing England, who declined the invitation.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Notes
 Uruguay Hosts, 1930 and 1950 FIFA World Cup Champions
 Italy 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cup Champions
 West Germany 1954 and 1974 FIFA World Cup Champions
 Brazil 1958, 1962 and 1970 FIFA World Cup Champions
 Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup Champions
 Netherlands 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup Runners-up, replacing  England


England, the 1966 FIFA World Cup champions, declined to participate.

Format[edit]

The six teams were distributed in two groups of three: Group "A" was composed of Netherlands, Italy, and Uruguay; Group B, of Argentina, Brazil, and West Germany. The winners of each group faced each other to decide the tournament winner.

Squads[edit]

For a list of all the rosters of the tournament, read 1980 Mundialito squads.

Outcome[edit]

Uruguay and Brazil won their respective groups and played the final, with Uruguay defeating Brazil 2-1 with a late goal, the same result that had occurred 30 years earlier between the two teams in the deciding match of the 1950 World Cup. Uruguay's coach during the Mundialito, Roque Máspoli, had also been Uruguay's goalkeeper in the 1950 match.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 4
 Italy 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
 Netherlands 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
30 December 1980
Uruguay  2 – 0  Netherlands
Venancio Ramos Goal 31'
Victorino Goal 45'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Enrique Labo (Peru)

3 January 1981
Uruguay  2 – 0  Italy
Julio Morales Goal 67' (pen.)
Victorino Goal 81'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Emilio Guruceta (Spain)

6 January 1981
Italy  1 – 1  Netherlands
Ancelotti Goal 7' Jan Peters Goal 15'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Franz Wöhrer (Austria)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 3
 Argentina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
 West Germany 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0
1 January 1981
Argentina  2 – 1  West Germany
Kaltz Goal 84' (o.g.)
Ramón Díaz Goal 88'
Hrubesch Goal 41'

4 January 1981
Brazil  1 – 1  Argentina
Edevaldo Goal 47' Maradona Goal 30'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)

7 January 1981
Brazil  4 – 1  West Germany
Júnior Goal 56'
Toninho Cerezo Goal 61'
Serginho Chulapa Goal 76'
Zé Sérgio Goal 82'
Allofs Goal 54'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Juan Silvagno (Chile)

Final[edit]

10 January 1981
Uruguay  2 – 1  Brazil
Barrios Goal 50'
Victorino Goal 80'
Sócrates Goal 62' (pen.)
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 71,250
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)

Scorers[edit]

3 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Final ranking[edit]

  1.  Uruguay
  2.  Brazil
  3.  Argentina
  4.  Netherlands,  Italy (same rank)
  5.  West Germany

See also[edit]

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