1985 Intercontinental Cup

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1985 Intercontinental 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 a football match played on December 8, 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 Amsterdam in 1973. In 2017 FIFA Council recognised all the trophy winners as club world champions with the same title to the FIFA Club World Cup winners, then as official[2][3] "world champions" FIFA.[4][5][6][7]


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.[8] 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,[9] efficacy and the outstanding performance of 20-year old forward Claudio Borghi, the most notable player of his team.[8] Thirty years after the final, Borghi himself admitted that Argentinos Juniors lost the final because its players relayed excessively in their conditions.[10]

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.[11][12][13] 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.[14]

French midfielder Michel Platini was awarded as man of the match.[15]

Match details[edit]

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
GK 1 Italy Stefano Tacconi
DF 2 Italy Luciano Favero
DF 5 Italy Sergio Brio
DF 6 Italy Gaetano Scirea Substituted off 64'
DF 3 Italy Antonio Cabrini
MF 7 Italy Massimo Mauro Yellow card Substituted off 78'
MF 4 San Marino Massimo Bonini
MF 8 Italy Lionello Manfredonia
MF 10 France Michel Platini Yellow card
FW 9 Italy Aldo Serena
FW 11 Denmark Michael Laudrup
GK 12 Italy Luciano Bodini
DF 13 Italy Stefano Pioli Substituted in 64'
MF Italy Gabriele Pin
FW Italy Marco Pacione
FW 16 Italy Massimo Briaschi Substituted in 78'
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Argentina Enrique Vidallé
DF 4 Argentina Carmelo Villalba
DF 2 Argentina José Luis Pavoni
MF 6 Argentina Jorge Olguín
DF 3 Argentina Adrián Domenech
MF 10 Argentina Emilio Commisso Substituted off 82'
MF 5 Argentina Sergio Batista
MF 8 Argentina Mario Videla Yellow card
FW 7 Argentina José Antonio Castro
FW 9 Argentina Claudio Borghi Yellow card
FW 11 Argentina Carlos Ereros Substituted off 117'
GK 12 Paraguay César Roberto Mendoza
DF 13 Argentina Jorge Pellegrini
MF 14 Argentina Juan José López Substituted in 117'
DF 15 Argentina Miguel Lemme
MF 16 United States Renato Corsi Yellow card Substituted in 82'
Argentina José Yudica

Man of the Match:
Michel Platini (Juventus)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aldo Proieto (1985-12-10). "Juventus-Argentinos: Un partido inolvidable". El Gráfico (in Spanish). 3453.
  2. ^ "Official (plural officials), from the Latin officiālis. 1. The official word is also used to refer to what is recognized or derives from an authority. cfr. dictionary.com. "Official, definition". 2. Approved by the government or someone in power. cfr. dictionary.cambridge.org. "official". It is synonymous with legal, legitimate, approved. cfr. thesaurus.com. "Synonyms for official".
  3. ^ For FIFA statute, official competitions are those for representative teams organized by FIFA or any confederation. Representative teams are usually national teams but also club teams that represent a confederation in the interconfederal competitions or a member association in a continental competition cfr. "FIFA Statutes, April 2016 edition" (PDF). p. 5. cfr. "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018: Statistical-kit" (PDF). 10 December 2018. p. 13. cfr. "2018/19 UEFA Champions League regulations" (PDF). p. 10.
  4. ^ “While it does not promote the statistical unification of tournaments, that is, has not absorbed to the Intercontinental Cup (merged with FIFA Club World Cup in 2005), FIFA is the only organization with worldwide jurisdiction over continental confederations and, then, the only one that can confer a title on that level, ergo the title assigned by FIFA with Official Document to the winners of the Intercontinental Cup is legally a FIFA world title." cfr. "FIFA Statutes, April 2016 edition" (PDF). p. 19. cfr.
  5. ^ "FIFA Council approves key organisational elements of the FIFA World Cup" (Press release). FIFA. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. ^ "FIFA acepta propuesta de CONMEBOL de reconocer títulos de copa intercontinental como mundiales de clubes" (in Spanish). conmebol.com. 29 October 2017.
  7. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018: Statistical-kit" (PDF). 10 December 2018. p. 13.
  8. ^ a b Se jugó la mejor final Intercontinental de todas, Infobae, 2012
  9. ^ A 30 años de una de las mejores finales, TN, 8 Dec 2015
  10. ^ a b Claudio Borghi: "Argentinos perdió la final con Juventus por confiar en su jerarquía", ESPN, 8 Dec 2015
  11. ^ 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 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
    "ES du Sahel: Étoile Sahel, an African institution". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  12. ^ "La primera final italiana" (PDF) (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 2003-05-15. p. 55. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  13. ^ "We are the champions". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2005-12-01. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  14. ^ "Il presidente Tessone ce l'ha con l'arbitro" (in Italian). La Stampa. 1985-12-09. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  15. ^ "Toyota Cup - Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-30.