Brazil Independence Cup

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1972 Brazil Independence Cup
Taça Independência
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates June 11 – July 9
Teams 20 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 15 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil
Runners-up  Portugal
Third place  Yugoslavia
Fourth place  Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played 44
Goals scored 136 (3.09 per match)
Top scorer(s) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Bajević (13 goals)

The Brazil Independence Cup was an international football tournament held in Brazil, from 11 June to 9 July 1972, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Brazilian Declaration of Independence. It was called the Minicopa by the Brazilians and the final was between Brazil and Portugal, in the Maracanã Stadium. Brazil won 1–0, with Jairzinho scoring in the 89th minute.

Brazil no longer had Pelé but still had Tostão, Jairzinho and Rivelino, the later two also played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, in West Germany.

Despite Portugal's quality results and team, including Benfica players such as Eusébio, Jaime Graça, José Henrique, Humberto Coelho, Rui Jordão, and Toni, the team missed the World Cup 1974 and 1978 qualifying matches, so this tournament was their best result until the 1984 European Football Championship.

Format[edit]

20 teams competed; 18 national teams as well as 2 representative sides from Africa and CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean).

First round[edit]

15 teams competed in the first round, while 5 teams (Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Scotland, Soviet Union, Uruguay) received byes to the final stage.

The teams are drawn into three groups of 5 teams. Each team plays each other team in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. The three first-placed teams advance to the final stage.

Final stage[edit]

The 8 teams are drawn into two groups of 4 teams. Each team plays each other team in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

The two group runners-up play each other in the third-place playoff.

The two group winners play each other in the final.

Venues[edit]

Host cities of the Taça Independência

The tournament was played in 12 cities: Aracaju, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.

Aracaju Belo Horizonte Belo Horizonte Campo Grande
Batistão Mineirão Estádio Independência Morenão
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 45,000
Arena Independência - Atlético x Fluminense.jpg Morenão Campo Grande2.jpg
Curitiba Maceió Manaus Natal
Estádio Couto Pereira Estádio Rei Pelé Vivaldão Machadão
Capacity: 37,182 Capacity: 20,551 Capacity: 31,000 Capacity: 42,000
CP2.jpg Rei Pelé.jpg Machadao.JPG
Porto Alegre Recife Rio de Janeiro Salvador
Estádio Beira-Rio Estádio do Arruda Maracanã Estádio Fonte Nova
Capacity: 106,000 Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 200,000 Capacity: 80,000
Portoalegre aerea arenabeirario.jpg Estádio Santa Cruz.jpg Maracana Stadium June 2013.jpg 2116RP037.jpg
São Paulo São Paulo
Estádio do Pacaembu Estádio do Morumbi
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 120,000
Pacaembu.jpg Cicero pompeu de toledo - inside - 03.jpg

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Argentina (A) 4 3 1 0 13 1 +12 7
 France 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 7
Africa 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 3
 Colombia 4 1 0 3 7 13 −6 2
CONCACAF 4 0 1 3 3 16 −13 1
Argentina  2–0 Africa
Fischer Goal 40'
Mastrángelo Goal 42'
Report
Attendance: 12,826
Referee: José Faville Neto (Brazil)

France  5–0 CONCACAF
Bereta Goal 7'
Revelli Goal 15'21'69'
Bulnes Goal 82' (o.g.)
Report

France  2–0 Africa
Blanchet Goal 35'
Floch Goal 83'
Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: José Faville Neto (Brazil)

Colombia  4–3 CONCACAF
Pineros Goal 13'
Lugo Goal 15'17'
Morón Goal 77'
Report Reiner Goal 38'59'
Désir Goal 64'
Attendance: 7,642
Referee: Rafael Hormazábal (Chile)

Argentina  7–0 CONCACAF
Fischer Goal 26'68'81'86'
Más Goal 12'65'
Bianchi Goal 70'
Report
Attendance: 8,587
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)

Colombia  2–3  France
Piñeros Goal 23' (pen.)
Mesa Goal 82'
Report Loubet Goal 30'72'
Molitor Goal 33' (pen.)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ángel Pazos (Uruguay)

CONCACAF 0–0 Africa
Report
Attendance: 1,928
Referee: Édison Pérez (Peru)

Argentina  4–1  Colombia
Bianchi Goal 17'49'62'
Vargas Goal 60'
Report Morón Goal 68'

Africa 3–0  Colombia
Pokou Goal 8'
Tokoto Goal 39'55'
Report
Attendance: 10,579
Referee: José Romei Cañete (Paraguay)

Argentina  0–0  France
Report
Attendance: 6,587
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Portugal (A) 4 4 0 0 12 2 +10 8
 Chile 4 3 0 1 7 7 0 6
 Republic of Ireland 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 4
 Ecuador 4 0 1 3 4 9 −5 1
 Iran 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5 1
Portugal  3–0  Ecuador
Eusébio Goal 36'
Dinis Goal 59'
Nené Goal 75'
Report
Referee: Ángel Coerezza (Argentina)

Republic of Ireland  2–1  Iran
Leech Goal 57'
Givens Goal 74'
Ghelichkhani Goal 10'
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Aurelio Angonese (Italy)

Portugal  3–0  Iran
Eusébio Goal 13'
Dinis Goal 31'
Coelho Goal 72'
Report
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Guillermo Velásquez (Colombia)

Chile  2–1  Ecuador
Caszely Goal ??'
Crisosto Goal ??'
Report Lasso Goal ??'
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

Portugal  4–1  Chile
Coelho Goal 14'
Dinis Goal 54'66'
Eusébio Goal 71'
Report Caszely Goal 56'
Referee: Aurelio Angonese (Italy)

Republic of Ireland  3–2  Ecuador
Rogers Goal 2'
Martin Goal 61'
O'Connor Goal 86'
Report Coronel Goal 36'
Lasso Goal 78'

Ecuador  1–1  Iran
Lasso Goal 15' Report Ghelichkhani Goal 36'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sebastião Rufino (Brazil)

Chile  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Caszely Goal 16'
Fouilloux Goal 25'
Report Rogers Goal 79'
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

Chile  2–1  Iran
Caszely Goal 50'79' Report Halvaei Goal 85'
Attendance: 15,000

Portugal  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Peres Goal 35'
Nené Goal 37'
Report Leech Goal 38'
Referee: Ángel Coerezza (Argentina)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Yugoslavia (A) 4 3 1 0 15 3 +12 7
 Paraguay 4 3 0 1 12 4 +8 6
 Peru 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2 4
 Bolivia 4 0 2 2 4 12 −8 2
 Venezuela 4 0 1 3 3 17 −14 1
Peru  3–0  Bolivia
Gallardo Goal 7' (pen.)
Castañeda Goal 16'
Sotil Goal 31'
Report
Referee: Edwin Keith Walker (England)

Paraguay  4–1  Venezuela
L. Jiménez Goal 2'
Escobar Goal 11'
Maldonado Goal 13'37'
Report Olivares Goal 26'
Referee: George Lamptey (Ghana)

Yugoslavia  10–0  Venezuela
Bajević Goal 5'7'48'68'74'
Džajić Goal 20'
Aćimović Goal 37'
Popivoda Goal 44'
Stepanović Goal 51'
Katalinski Goal 54'
Report
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ove Dahlberg (Sweden)

Paraguay  1–0  Peru
Godoy Goal 89' Report

Yugoslavia  1–1  Bolivia
Katalinski Goal 32' Report Pariente Goal 78'
Attendance: 15,000

Peru  1–0  Venezuela
O. Ramírez Goal 65' Report

Venezuela  2–2  Bolivia
Iriarte Goal 15'
Mendoza Goal 49'
Report Rimazza Goal 5'
Blacutt Goal 57'
Referee: Oei Poh Hwa (Malaysia)

Yugoslavia  2–1  Paraguay
Bajević Goal 50'86' Report Escobar Goal 17'
Attendance: 25,000

Paraguay  6–1  Bolivia
Maldonado Goal 7'67'
Arrúa Goal 57'59'67'
dos Santos Goal 86'
Report Molinas Goal 63' (o.g.)

Yugoslavia  2–1  Peru
Bajević Goal 4'37' Report O. Ramírez Goal 11'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Alfonso González Archundía (Mexico)

Final stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Brazil (A) 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 5
 Yugoslavia (A) 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 3
 Scotland 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 Czechoslovakia 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Brazil  0–0  Czechoslovakia
Report

Scotland  2–2  Yugoslavia
Macari Goal 39'63' Report Bajević Goal 60'
Buchan Goal 87' (o.g.)
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Ángel Coerezza (Argentina)

Brazil  3–0  Yugoslavia
Leivinha Goal 22'25'
Jairzinho Goal 65'
Report
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Ove Dahlberg (Sweden)

Scotland  0–0  Czechoslovakia
Report
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)

Brazil  1–0  Scotland
Jairzinho Goal 82' Report

Yugoslavia  2–1  Czechoslovakia
Bajević Goal 19'
Džajić Goal 77'
Report Hrušecký Goal 37'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Portugal (A) 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
 Argentina (A) 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 4
 Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 2
 Uruguay 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Soviet Union  1–0  Uruguay
Onishchenko Goal 59' Report
Attendance: 10,000

Portugal  3–1  Argentina
Calisto Goal 36'
Eusébio Goal 45'
Dinis Goal 47'
Report Brindisi Goal 29'
Referee: Edwin Keith Walker (England)

Uruguay  1–1  Portugal
Pavoni Goal 20' Report Graça Goal 46'

Argentina  1–0  Soviet Union
Pastoriza Goal 75' Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Alfonso González Archundía (Mexico)

Portugal  1–0  Soviet Union
Jordão Goal 46' Report
Attendance: 12,000

Argentina  1–0  Uruguay
Más Goal 37' Report
Referee: Edwin Keith Walker (England)

Third place match[edit]

Yugoslavia  4–2  Argentina
Bajević Goal 26'83'
Katalinski Goal 37'
Džajić Goal 64'
Report Brindisi Goal 58' (pen.)87' (pen.)
Attendance: 170,000
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)

Final[edit]

Brazil  1–0  Portugal
Jairzinho Goal 89' Report

Goalscorers[edit]

13 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

References[edit]

External links[edit]