1999 Intercontinental Cup

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1999 Intercontinental Cup
Match programme cover
Date30 November 1999
VenueNational Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the MatchRyan Giggs
(Manchester United)
RefereeHellmut Krug (Germany)
12 °C (54 °F)
58% humidity[1]

The 1999 Intercontinental Cup was an association football match played on 30 November 1999 between Manchester United, winners of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, and Palmeiras, winners of the 1999 Copa Libertadores. The match was played at the neutral venue of the National Stadium in Tokyo in front of 53,372 spectators.

Manchester United won the match 1–0, the winning goal scored by their captain, Roy Keane. This was United's only Intercontinental Cup triumph, having been beaten by Estudiantes in the 1968 competition. This game was Palmeiras' only appearance in the Intercontinental Cup. Ryan Giggs was given the man of the match award.[2] Manchester United's victory made them the first and only team from England and also the British Isles to win the Intercontinental Cup.[3]


Team Qualification Previous participation (bold indicates winners)
England Manchester United 1998–99 UEFA Champions League winners 1968
Brazil Palmeiras 1999 Copa Libertadores winners None


The National Stadium in Tokyo hosted the final.

For the 20th season in a row, as a result of the competition's sponsorship by Toyota, the match was played at a neutral venue, the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.[4]



Manchester United England1–0Brazil Palmeiras
Keane Goal 35' Report
Attendance: 53,372
Manchester United
GK 1 Australia Mark Bosnich
RB 2 England Gary Neville
CB 27 France Mikaël Silvestre Yellow card 79'
CB 6 Netherlands Jaap Stam
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
RM 7 England David Beckham
CM 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane (c)
CM 8 England Nicky Butt
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 20 Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær Substituted off 46'
CF 18 England Paul Scholes Substituted off 75'
GK 26 Italy Massimo Taibi
DF 12 England Phil Neville
DF 28 England Danny Higginbotham
DF 30 England Ronnie Wallwork
MF 25 South Africa Quinton Fortune
FW 10 England Teddy Sheringham Substituted in 75'
FW 19 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Substituted in 46'
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Palmeiras 1999-11-30.svg
GK 1 Brazil Marcos
RB 2 Paraguay Francisco Arce
CB 3 Brazil Júnior Baiano
CB 4 Brazil Roque Júnior
LB 6 Brazil Júnior
DM 5 Brazil César Sampaio (c)
DM 15 Brazil Galeano Substituted off 54'
AM 10 Brazil Alex Yellow card 28'
AM 11 Brazil Zinho
CF 20 Colombia Faustino Asprilla Substituted off 56'
CF 7 Brazil Paulo Nunes Substituted off 77'
GK 12 Brazil Sérgio
DF 18 Brazil Cléber
DF 13 Brazil Tiago Silva
MF 8 Brazil Rogério
FW 9 Brazil Oséas Substituted in 56'
FW 19 Brazil Euller Substituted in 77'
FW 17 Brazil Evair Substituted in 54'
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Wales Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)[5]

Assistant referees:
South Korea Jeon Young-Hyun (South Korea)
Japan Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan)
Fourth official:
Japan Masayoshi Okada (Japan)