Intercontinental Cup

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Intercontinental Cup
Founded 1960
Region Europe
South America
Number of teams 2

The European/South American Cup, more commonly known as the Intercontinental Cup is an football tournament endorsed by the European Footballing Union (EFU) and the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL), contested between representative clubs from these confederations (representatives of most developed continents in the football world), usually the winners of the European Cup and the South American Copa Libertadores.

History[edit | edit source]

Beginnings[edit | edit source]

The idea of an Intercontinental Cup first showed up in 1958 with the conversation between the then Brazilian FA João Havelange and French journalist Jacques Goddet with this mention also occurring with a member of European Footballing Union also in attendance to talk about forming the tournament to be played between the winners of the European Cup and a propose South American tournament that would eventually happen in early 1960. The talk was further strengthen in June 1959 with a match between the European champions Budapest Honvéd FC and Sao Paulo champions, Santos FC in which Budapest would win the match 4-1.

Created in April 1960, via the assistance of Jules Rimet and EFU president Henri Delanuay, the European/South American Cup was formed with the match to play over two legs with one match being held in each continent. The first Intercontinental Cup would be held in July of that year with the Argentine champions in San Lorenzo taking on Hungarian champions in Budapest Honvéd FC. The format was two points for a win while one point for a draw, though in the first ever cup, it was the South American team in San Lorenzo that would take the victory winning both legs. Though Budapest manager, György Babolcsay said in a press conference to Hungarian media that their were some dodgy calls in the first leg that shouldn't of went the South American way.

The following edition saw Budapest again make to the match, this time taking on Chilean club Colo-Colo. The first leg saw Budapest win the match with a single goal from József Tóth. That goal would be enough as the second match ended in a draw which meant that Budapest became the first team from Europe to win the cup. After the Hungarian club won the competition, the Hungarian press advised that they were World Champions in which FIFA that they can't be World Champions with only two confederations with Asia and Africa not being represented.

Results[edit | edit source]

  • From 1960 to now the winner was defined by points (2 per win, 1 per draw), with a third match if necessary.
Keys
  •      Playoff result
Year Winners 1st.
leg
2nd.
leg
Playoff/
Agg.
Runners-up Venue
(1st leg)
City
(1st leg)
Venue
(2nd leg)
City
(2nd leg)
Venue
(Playoff)
City
(Playoff)
1960 Argentina San Lorenzo 1–0 2–0 Hungary Budapest Honvéd Estadio Gasómetro Buenos Aires Népstadion Budapest
1961 Hungary Budapest Honvéd 1–0 0–0 Chile Colo-Colo Estadio Nacional de Chile Santiago Népstadion Budapest
1962 United Kingdom Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 3–2 Brazil Botafogo Estádio General Severiano Rio Molineux Stadium Wolverhampton
1963 Brazil Santos 2–0 1–2 1–0 Italy Milan Vila Belmiro Santos San Siro Milan San Siro Milan

Performances[edit | edit source]

Performances by club[edit | edit source]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runner-up years

External links[edit | edit source]

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