1985 Intercontinental Cup

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1985 Intercontinental Cup
Intercontinental 1985 program.jpg
Official program
EventIntercontinental Cup
After extra time
Juventus won 4–2 on penalties
Date8 December 1985
VenueNational Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the MatchMichel Platini (Juventus)
RefereeVolker Roth (West Germany)

The 1985 Intercontinental Cup was an Association football match played on 8 December 1985, between Juventus, winners of the 1984–85 European Cup, and Argentinos Juniors, winners of the 1985 Copa Libertadores. Recognised as the best edition in the history of the tournament for technical and agonistic level,[1] the match was played at the National Stadium in Tokyo. It was Juventus' second appearance into the competition, after replacing Ajax in 1973.


Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, hosted the final



Claudio Borghi carrying the ball during the match

The final is regarded as the best of Copa Intercontinental ever played, due to the technical virtues of both teams.[2] Despite of Juventus arrived in Tokyo as the favorite team to win the match, Argentinos Juniors' performance surprised everyone due to its style of play,[3] efficacy and the outstanding performance of 20-year old forward Claudio Borghi, the most notable player of his team.[2] Thirty years after the final, Borghi himself admitted that Argentinos Juniors lost the final because its players relayed excessively in their conditions.[4]

After their triumph in the competition, Juventus became the first football team ever—remain the only one at present—to have won all official continental competitions and the world title.[5][6][7]

Also, Italian defenders Gaetano Scirea and Antonio Cabrini became the first European footballers to have won all international club competitions and Giovanni Trapattoni, the first European manager in association football history to do so.[8]

French midfielder Michel Platini was awarded as man of the match.[9]

We had a very important rival, in times where there were not so many videos to analyze the rival as today. We stayed in the same hotel than Juventus and therefore we met their players all the time. It was a very nice experience

— Claudio Borghi, remembering the final during a radio interview in 2015, ESPN [4]


Juventus Italy2–2 (a.e.t.)Argentina Argentinos Juniors
Platini Goal 63' (pen.)
Laudrup Goal 82'
Report Ereros Goal 55'
Castro Goal 75'
Brio Penalty scored
Cabrini Penalty scored
Serena Penalty scored
Laudrup Penalty missed
Platini Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty scored Olguín
Penalty missed Batista
Penalty scored López
Penalty missed Pavoni
Attendance: 62,000
Argentinos Juniors

Man of the Match:
Michel Platini (Juventus)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aldo Proieto (10 December 1985). "Juventus-Argentinos: Un partido inolvidable". El Gráfico (in Spanish). 3453.
  2. ^ a b Se jugó la mejor final Intercontinental de todas, Infobae, 2012
  3. ^ A 30 años de una de las mejores finales, TN, 8 Dec 2015
  4. ^ a b Claudio Borghi: "Argentinos perdió la final con Juventus por confiar en su jerarquía", ESPN, 8 Dec 2015
  5. ^ In addition, Juventus F.C. were the first club in association football history to have won all possible confederation competitions (e.g. the international tournaments organised by UEFA) and remain tied with Tunisia's Étoile Sportive du Sahel as the only in the world to achieve this. Cf. "Legend: List of UEFA club competitions". Union des Associations Européennes de Football. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2006.
    "ES du Sahel: Étoile Sahel, an African institution". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  6. ^ "La primera final italiana" (PDF) (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 15 May 2003. p. 55. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  7. ^ "We are the champions". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 1 December 2005. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Il presidente Tessone ce l'ha con l'arbitro" (in Italian). La Stampa. 9 December 1985. p. 16. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Toyota Cup - Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009.