1980 Mundialito

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1980 World Champions' Gold Cup
Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales Uruguay '80
Mundialito charrua.png
Charrúa, the official mascot
Tournament details
Host countryUruguay
Dates30 December 1980 –
10 January 1981
Teams6 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Uruguay
Runners-up Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored19 (2.71 per match)
Attendance255,000 (36,429 per match)
Top scorer(s)Uruguay Waldemar Victorino
(3 goals)
Best player(s)Uruguay Ruben Paz

The 1980 Mundialito (Spanish for "little World Cup"), or Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales ("World Champions' Gold Cup"), was a special international football tournament held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 30 December 1980 to 10 January 1981, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup tournament, which had been celebrated in 1930 at the same venue. It was organised by FIFA,[1] although the body does not consider it an official competition.[2]

The national teams invited were Uruguay (hosts), Italy, West Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, and Argentina,[3] at the time the six former World Cup-winning nations except for the Netherlands – 1974 and 1978 World Cup runners-up – replacing England, who declined the invitation due to an already crowded fixture list. The Mundialito was held in the middle of the European football season (December/January) and the English league (as well as its clubs) were reluctant to release their players for a long journey to another continent.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Notes
 Uruguay Hosts, 1930 and 1950 FIFA World Cup champions
 Italy 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cup champions
 West Germany 1954 and 1974 FIFA World Cup champions
 Brazil 1958, 1962, and 1970 FIFA World Cup champions
 Argentina 1978 and reigning FIFA World Cup champions
 Netherlands 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup runners-up, replacing  England (1966 FIFA World Cup champions)

Format[edit]

Uruguayan goalkeeper Rodolfo Rodríguez raising the Mundialito trophy

The six teams were distributed in two groups of three: Group A was composed of the Netherlands, Italy, and Uruguay; Group B consisted of Argentina, Brazil, and West Germany. The winners of each group faced each other to decide the tournament winner.

Squads[edit]

Each team had a squad of 18 players (two of which had to be goalkeepers).

Outcome[edit]

Uruguay and Brazil won their respective groups and played the final, with Uruguay defeating Brazil 2–1 with a late goal, the same result that had occurred 30 years earlier between the two teams in the deciding match of the 1950 World Cup. Uruguay's coach during the Mundialito, Roque Máspoli, had also been Uruguay's goalkeeper in the 1950 match.

Dutch manager Jan Zwartkruis resigned from his position as soon as he returned to the Netherlands,[4] while Leopoldo Luque and Rainer Bonhof never represented their country again.[4]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 4 Final
2  Italy 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
3  Netherlands 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1
Source: [5]
Rules for classification:
  1. Points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Number of goals scored
  4. Drawing of lots
Uruguay 2–0 Netherlands
Ramos Goal 31'
Victorino Goal 45'
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Enrique Labo (Peru)

Uruguay 2–0 Italy
Morales Goal 67' (pen.)
Victorino Goal 81'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Emilio Guruceta (Spain)

Italy 1–1 Netherlands
Ancelotti Goal 7' Peters Goal 15'
Attendance: 15,000

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 3 Final
2  Argentina 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
3  West Germany 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0
Source: [5]
Rules for classification:
  1. Points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Number of goals scored
  4. Drawing of lots
Argentina 2–1 West Germany
Kaltz Goal 84' (o.g.)
Díaz Goal 88'
Hrubesch Goal 41'

Brazil 1–1 Argentina
Edevaldo Goal 47' Report Maradona Goal 30'

Brazil 4–1 West Germany
Júnior Goal 56'
Cerezo Goal 61'
Serginho Goal 76'
Zé Sérgio Goal 82'
Allofs Goal 54'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Juan Silvagno (Chile)

Final[edit]

Uruguay 2–1 Brazil
Barrios Goal 50'
Victorino Goal 80'
Sócrates Goal 62' (pen.)

Scorers[edit]

3 goals
1 goal
Own goals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El mundialito que sonrojó a la dictadura uruguaya"
  2. ^ La otra cara del Mundialito by Juan Ignacio Prevéndola on El Gráfico, 22 Feb 2011
  3. ^ Mundialito 1980 by Martín Tabeira on the RSSSF
  4. ^ a b Petrossian, Shahan. "Mundialito 1980 (Copa de Oro)". theantiquefootball.com. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Mundialito 1980". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 May 2017.