FC Bayern Munich, even as European champions, didn't find compatible schedule together with South-American champions, Club Atlético Independiente, to play the 1975 Intercontinental Cup. This time, however, had no problems and the German club disputed the world title against the 1976 South-American champions, the Brazilian Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.
The first leg was held on 23 November 1976 at the Munich Olympic Stadium, home of Bayern. The match finished up as a 2–0 victory for the home side, in a game with the pitch covered by snow. The goals was scored by Gerd Müller and Jupp Kapellmann.
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, known as Mineirão, hosted the return leg on 21 December 1976. The match finished drawn by 0–0.