1971 Intercontinental Cup

The 1971 Intercontinental Cup was an association football tie held over two legs in December 1971 between the runners-up of the 1970–71 European Cup, Panathinaikos, replacing European Cup winners Ajax which declined to participate, and Nacional, winners of the 1971 Copa Libertadores.[1]

1971 Intercontinental Cup
EventIntercontinental Cup
on aggregate
First leg
Date15 December 1971
VenueKaraiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
RefereeFavilli Neto (Brazil)
Second leg
Date28 December 1971
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeWilliam Mullan (Scotland)

The first leg was held on 15 December 1971 at the Karaiskakis Stadium, home of Olympiacos, as Panathinaikos ground was deemed unsuitable. The match finished up as a 1–1 draw. The goals came from Totis Filakouris in the 48th minute and Luis Artime in the 50th minute. Julio Morales broke the leg of Yiannis Tomaras and was sent off. Estadio Centenario hosted the return leg 13 days later on 28 December 1971.[2] In the second leg, Nacional beat Panathinaikos 2–1, therefore the Uruguayan club won the series 3–2 on aggregate to achieve their first Intercontinental Cup trophy.[3] Argentine striker Luis Artime was the keyplayer of the series after scoring three goals on both matches.[4]

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualification Previous finals app.
  Nacional 1971 Copa Libertadores champion None
  Panathinaikos 1970–71 European Cup runner-up None
  • Bold indicates winning years


Karaiskakis Stadium (left) and Estadio Centenario, venues for the series

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

First leg
Panathinaikos  1–1  Nacional
  • Filakouris   48'
Attendance: 35,000 [5]
Referee: Favilli Neto (Brazil)

Second legEdit

Second leg
Nacional  2–1  Panathinaikos
Report Filakouris   89'
Attendance: 63,000
Referee: William Mullan (Scotland)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ La campaña de 1971 on Decano.com, 23 Jun 2013
  2. ^ Match report on FIFA (archived, 18 Oct 2007)
  3. ^ Match details and lineups on the RSSSF
  4. ^ Artime, figura en la Intercontinental 1971 by Osvaldo Ardizzone on El Gráfico (originally published in 1971)
  5. ^ "Panathinaikos v Nacional, 15 December 1971" (JSON). Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 22 November 2020.