1955 Small Club World Cup

The 1955 Small Club World Cup was the fourth edition of the Small Club World Cup, a tournament held in Venezuela between 1952 and 1957, and in 1963 and in 1965. It was played by four participants, half from Europe and half from South America in double round robin format and featured players like Mario Coluna, José Águas, goalkeeper Costa Pereira for Benfica, Dino Sani, Nílton de Sordi for Sao Paulo, Dutch Faas Wilkes and Pasieguito for Valencia.

1955 Small Club World Cup
Tournament details
Host countryVenezuela
Dates7 July – 4 August
Teams4 (from 2 associations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil São Paulo (1st title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored40 (3.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Rubén Padín (10 goals)
1956

As Milan and Real Madrid declined to participate,[1] they were replaced by Spanish club Valencia and local team La Salle. On the other hand, Brazilian club São Paulo's participation was part of a tour that also included Colombia and Mexico, while Valencia became the third Spanish team to visit Venezuela, after Real Madrid and Barcelona.[2]

The tournament was organised by Spanish entrepreneurs Damián Gaubeka and Pedro Reyes, and named "Copa General de Brigada Marcos Pérez Jiménez" by the press, which never mentioned it as "Pequeña Copa del Mundo". Argentine striker Rubén Padín of La Salle (who had been loaned from Cúcuta Deportivo to play this tournament exclusively) was the topscorer with 10 goals.[2]

ParticipantsEdit

Team Quelification
  Benfica Champions of 1954–55 Primeira Divisão
  Valencia 5th. in 1954–55 La Liga
  São Paulo 4th. in 1954 Campeonato Paulista
  La Salle Champions of Venezuelan Primera División

MatchesEdit

Valencia  4–3  Benfica
Buque   3'
Pasieguito   43'
Wilkes   52'
Fuertes   69'
Report Arsenio   30'
Aguas   46', 80'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Benito Jackson (Venezuela)

La Salle  4–1  São Paulo
Alfredo   11' (o.g.)
Padín   31', 33', 56'
Report Thomas   43'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Dellow (England)

La Salle  1–1  Valencia
Padín   35' Report Mañó   58'
Referee: Dellow (England)

Benfica  0–0  São Paulo
Report
Referee: Héctor Osorio (Venezuela)

La Salle  1–4  Benfica
Padín   25' Report Arsenio   60'
Salvador   66'
Chano   65' (o.g.)
Calado   81'
Referee: Dellow (England)

São Paulo  2–0  Valencia
Dino Sani   5'
Gino   70'
Report
Referee: Benito Jackson (Venezuela)

São Paulo  4–2  Benfica
Dino Sani   23', 50'
Maurinho   55'
Teixeira   83'
Report Salvador   62'
Caiado   87'
Referee: Teo Hernández (Venezuela)

La Salle  0–4  Valencia
Report Fuertes   2'
Vila   9'
Seguí   55', 85'
Referee: Dellow (England)

Valencia  4–3  Benfica
Fuertes   4'
Pasieguito  
Wilkes   53'
Fuertes   67'
Report Coluna   21'
Zezini   46'
Aguas   80'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Benito Jackson (Venezuela)

La Salle  4–1  São Paulo
Alfredo   11' (o.g.)
Padín   31', 33', 56'
Report Thomas   43'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Dellow (England)

La Salle  1–1  Valencia
Padín   35' Report Mañó   58'
Referee: Dellow (England)

Benfica  0–0  São Paulo
Report
Referee: Héctor Osorio (Venezuela)

La Salle  1–4  Benfica
Padín   25' Report Arsenio   60'
Salvador   66'
Chano   65' (o.g.)
Calado   81'
Referee: Dellow (England)

São Paulo  2–0  Valencia
Dino Sani   5'
Gino   70'
Report
Referee: Benito Jackson (Venezuela)

São Paulo  4–2  Benfica
Dino Sani   23', 50'
Maurinho   55'
Teixeira   83'
Report Salvador   62'
Caiado   87'
Referee: Teo Hernández (Venezuela)

La Salle  1–3  São Paulo
Padín   87' Report Lanzoni   40'
Gino   57'
Dino Sani   62'
Referee: Dellow (England)

Benfica  2–1  Valencia
Aguas   11', 70' Report Pasieguito   32'
Referee: Héctor Osorio (Venezuela)

La Salle  0–0  Benfica
Report
Referee: Dellow (England)

São Paulo  1–1  Valencia
Lanzoni   18' Report Manó   50'
Referee: Benito Jackson (Venezuela)

Final standingsEdit

Team[3] Pts P W L D GF GA GD
  São Paulo 8 6 4 2 0 11 8 3
6 6 2 2 2 11 9 2
6 6 2 2 2 11 10 1
4 6 1 2 3 7 13 -4

TopscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1
  Rubén Padín   La Salle
10
2
  Dino Sani   São Paulo
7

ChampionEdit

1955 Small Club World Cup
 
São Paulo
1st. title

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] on Mundo Deportivo, 24 Apr 1955
  2. ^ a b 1955: 4ta. Pequeña Copa del Mundo by Elizier Pérez on Fútbol de Venezuela (archived, 8 Dec 2013)
  3. ^ Pequeña Copa del Mundo 1955 on the RSSSF