1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

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1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Tournament details
Dates22 August 1971 – 19 April 1972
Teams22 (from 12 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsMexico Cruz Azul (3rd title)
Runners-upCosta Rica Alajuelense
1970
1972
All statistics correct as of On 6 January 2012.

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.

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

North American Zone[edit]

3 October 1971 Elizabeth United States0–0Mexico Cruz Azul
  • Cruz Azul and Rochester Lancers advanced to the CONCACAF Final Tournament.

Central American Zone[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

29 August 1971 Comunicaciones Guatemala10–1
(15–1 agg.)
Nicaragua Diriangén
  • Comunicaciones advanced to the First Round.

First Round[edit]

29 August 1971 Atlético Marte El Salvador1–1
(2–3 agg.)
Guatemala Aurora
26 September 1971 Comunicaciones Guatemala5–2El Salvador FAS
3 October 1971 FAS El Salvador0–3
(2–8 agg.)
Guatemala Comunicaciones
26 September 1971 Olimpia Honduras0–0Costa Rica Alajuelense
12 October 1971 Alajuelense Costa Rica1–0
(1–0 agg.)
Honduras Olimpia
  • Aurora, Saprissa, Comunicaciones and Alajuelense advanced to the Second Round.

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Aurora Guatemala 1–3 Guatemala Comunicaciones 1–2 0 – 1
Deportivo Saprissa Costa Rica 4–5 Costa Rica 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
Comunicaciones Guatemala 7–0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
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
Comunicaciones Guatemala 3–1 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) SV Transvaal
Rochester Lancers United States 2–0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
Comunicaciones Guatemala 1–2 Costa Rica Alajuelense
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 Alajuelense
Comunicaciones Guatemala 3–1 United States Rochester Lancers
SV Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 1–0 Netherlands Antilles SV Estrella
Alajuelense Costa Rica 1–0 United States Rochester Lancers
Cruz Azul Mexico 3–1 Guatemala 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]

Cruz Azul Mexico5–1Costa Rica Alajuelense
Bustos Goal 16'
Vera Goal 25', 60'
Muciño Goal 70', 75' (pen.)
Villalobos Goal 43'

Champion[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1971 Champion
Mexico
Cruz Azul
Third Title

References[edit]