World of Soccer Cup

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The World of Soccer Cup, a football (soccer) friendly tournament, took place in the summer of 1977, hosted by Singapore and Australia.

Overview[edit]

The tournament was the idea of English entrepreneur Reg Lambourne, Strata Travel owner Tom Lawrence and Red Star Belgrade FC Secretary General Dr Miroljub Stojkovic and consisted of two competitions. The first (also known as Metro 20th Anniversary Tournament) was a straight knock-out tournament in Singapore, and the second was a mini-league in which the top two teams would play in the final. The first trophy was won by Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena zvezda) and the second by Celtic, and was the last ever trophy Jock Stein would ever lift for Celtic.

Teams that participated[edit]

  • Celtic FC Latchford, McGrain, Burns, Stanton, McDonald, Aitken, Wilson, Conn, Glavin, Edvaldsson, Lennox, Doyl, Kay (Manager Jock Stein)
  • Red Star Belgrade Stojanović, Jelikić, Jovanović, Muslin, Bogićević, Novković, Nikolić, Petrović, Savić, Sušić, Filipović, Šestić, Lukić (Manager Gojko Zec)
  • Arsenal Rimmer, Rice, Nelson, Powling, O'Leary, Young, Brady, Hudson, Macdonald, Stapleton, Armstrong, Rix, Mathews (Manager Terry Neill)
  • A select XI from the host nation
  • Australia Reilly, Harris, Wilson, Bennett, Williams, Harding, Barnes, Rooney, Kosmina, Ollerton, Sharne, Nyskohus, Maher, Abonyi (Manager Jimmy Shoulder)

Results[edit]

In Singapore[edit]

Semi-finals
12 July 1977
England Arsenal 1-3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Macdonald
National Stadium
Attendance: 50,000
13 July 1977
Scotland Celtic 5-0 Singapore Singapore XI
Conn (2), Burns, Lennox, Edvaldsson
National Stadium
Attendance: 45,000
Third place playoff
16 July 1977
England Arsenal 5-1 Singapore Singapore XI
Macdonald (3), Stapleton, Brady
National Stadium
Attendance: 45,000
Final
17 July 1977
Scotland Celtic 1-3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Lennox pen Petrović, Filipović (2)
National Stadium
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Jack Taylor

In Australia[edit]

Group stage
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Scotland Celtic 3 2 1 0 7 5 +2 7
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Australia Australia XI 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 3
England Arsenal 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3


20 July 1977
England Arsenal 1-3 Australia Australia XI
Armstrong Kosmina, Harding, Ollerton
21 July 1977
Scotland Celtic 1-1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
McDonald Savić
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Jack Taylor
24 July 1977
England Arsenal 2-3 Scotland Celtic
Rice, Macdonald Wilson (2), Glavin pen
SCG, Sydney
Attendance: 21,460
26 July 1977
England Arsenal 1-0 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Brady
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 12,000
26 July 1977
Australia Australia XI 2-3 Scotland Celtic
Barnes, Ollerton Glavin, Edvaldsson (2)
SCG, Sydney
Attendance: 12,742
Referee: Richard Lorenc
28 July 1977
Australia Australia XI 2-3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Kosmina, Harding Savić, Šestić, Filipović
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,100
Referee: Stewart Mellings
Final
31 July 1977
Scotland Celtic 2-0 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
McDonald, Edvaldsson
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Jack Taylor

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