1981 Intercontinental Cup

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1981 Intercontinental Cup
Match programme cover, depicting Kenny Dalglish and Zico
Date13 December 1981
VenueNational Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the MatchZico (Flamengo)[1]
RefereeRubio Vázquez (Mexico)

The 1981 Intercontinental Cup was an association football match between Liverpool of England and Flamengo of Brazil on 13 December 1981 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the annual Intercontinental Cup contested between the winners of the European Cup and Copa Libertadores. Flamengo went on to play the Intercontinental Cup after having won the first ever Libertadores Cup they played. Liverpool were also appearing in their first Intercontinental Cup, having declined to take part in 1977 and 1978 after they won the European Cup.

The teams had qualified for the competition by winning their continent's primary cup competition. Liverpool qualified by winning the primary European cup competition, the European Cup. They won the 1980–81 European Cup defeating Spanish team Real Madrid 1–0 in the final. Flamengo qualified by winning the primary South American cup competition, the Copa Libertadores. They beat Chilean team Cobreloa 2–0 in a playoff after the previous ties finished 2–2 on points to win the 1981 Copa Libertadores.


Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, hosted the final

Match details[edit]

Liverpool England0–3
Brazil Flamengo
Report Nunes Goal 12' Goal 41'
Adílio Goal 34'
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Rubio Vásquez (Mexico)
GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 England Phil Neal
CB 4 England Phil Thompson (c)
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Mark Lawrenson
RM 14 England Sammy Lee
CM 10 England Terry McDermott Substituted off 51'
CM 11 Scotland Graeme Souness
LM 5 England Ray Kennedy
SS 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
CF 16 England Craig Johnston
GK 13 England Steve Ogrizovic
DF 15 England Alan Kennedy
MF 17 Republic of Ireland Kevin Sheedy
MF 8 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
FW 12 England David Johnson Substituted in 51'
England Bob Paisley
GK 1 Brazil Raul
RB 2 Brazil Leandro
CB 13 Brazil Marinho
CB 4 Brazil Mozer
LB 5 Brazil Júnior
DM 6 Brazil Andrade
MF 8 Brazil Adílio
AM 10 Brazil Zico (c)
FW 7 Brazil Tita
CF 9 Brazil Nunes
FW 11 Brazil Lico
GK 12 Brazil Cantarele
DF 3 Brazil Figueiredo
FW 15 Brazil Peu
FW 16 Brazil Baroninho
DF 17 Brazil Nei Dias
Brazil Paulo Carpegiani

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Toyota Cup – Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Liverpool in Europe – 1981/82 European / South American Cup Final". Liverpool in Europe. Retrieved 1 December 2010.