1977 Intercontinental Cup

The 1977 Intercontinental Cup was an association football tie held over two legs in March and August 1978 between Boca Juniors, winners of the 1977 Copa Libertadores, and Borussia Mönchengladbach, runners-up of the 1976–77 European Cup. European Cup winners Liverpool declined to participate.[1]

1977 Intercontinental Cup
on aggregate
First leg
Date21 March 1978
VenueLa Bombonera, Buenos Aires
RefereeNikola Milanov Doudine (Bulgaria)
Attendance60,000
Second leg
Date1 August 1978
VenueWildparkstadion, Karlsruhe
RefereeRoque Cerullo (Uruguay)
Attendance38,000
1976
1979

BackgroundEdit

As Liverpool declined to participate, Borussia Mönchengladbach was the team appointed to play the series. Due to schedule problems, the Cup was not played until 1978, with the second leg having been held more than four months after the first game in Buenos Aires.

Previously to those series, Borussia had won the Bundesliga three consecutive times (1974–77) with notable players such as Berti Vogts and Danish forward Allan Simonsen, awarded with Ballon d'Or in 1977.

As part of the preparation for the series, Boca Juniors manager, Juan Carlos Lorenzo, sent a friend of him to Borussia's training camp (pretending to be a local journalist due to his knowledge of German language) to watch the team in action. The envoy then sent Lorenzo a detailed report about Borussia's players, their technical characteristics and skills on the field.[2]

First legEdit

The first game was held in La Bombonera, with Boca Juniors taking advantage with a goal by Ernesto Mastrángelo, but Borussia scored two goals for a partial 2–1 win until Jorge Ribolzi scored for the 2–2 that would be the final result.[3][4]

Match detailsEdit

Boca Juniors  2–2  Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Mastrángelo   16'
  • Ribolzi   51'
Report
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Nikola Milanov Doudine (Bulgaria)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boca Juniors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach
GK 12   Osvaldo Santos
DF 4   Vicente Pernía
DF 2   Francisco Sá
DF 6   Roberto Mouzo
DF 3   Miguel Ángel Bordón
MF 8   Jorge José Benítez   46'
MF 5   Rubén Suñé (c)
MF 18   Mario Zanabria
FW 7   Ernesto Mastrángelo
FW 21   Daniel Severino Pavón   64'
MF 17   Carlos Horacio Salinas
Substitutes:
MF   Jorge Ribolzi   46'
FW   Carlos Alberto Álvarez   64'
Manager:
  Juan Carlos Lorenzo
 
GK 1   Wolfgang Kleff
DF 2   Horst Wohlers (c)
DF 3   Wilfried Hannes
DF 4   Herbert Wimmer   56'
DF 5   Berti Vogts
MF 6   Winfried Schäfer
MF 7   Rainer Bonhof
MF 8   Christian Kulik
FW 9   Karl Del'Haye
FW 10   Carsten Nielsen
FW 11   Ewald Lienen
Substitutes:
MF   Dietmar Danner   56'
Manager:
  Udo Lattek

Second legEdit

 
Ernesto Mastrángelo scoring the second goal for Boca Juniors in Wildparkstadion

In October, Boca Juniors travelled to Germany to play the second leg, with the media being sceptical about a victory there. As Borussia's stadium was being refurbished, the match played at Wildparkstadion, which was remarkable for being the stadium with the best lighting throughout Germany by then.[2]

Coach Juan Carlos Lorenzo surprised everyone when he decided to replace Francisco Sa, an experienced but slow player (with 33 years old) by younger and faster José Luis Tesare. He also put three attacking players (resulting in a 4–3–3 formation), something infrequent by those times.

The plan designed by Lorenzo was a real aim so Boca Juniors scored three goals for a 3–0 (Felman, Mastrángelo and Salinas) at the end of first half.[5] Nevertheless, during the first 15 minutes of the match Borussia played much better than Boca Juniors but the German match could not score a goal in despite of their dominance over the rival.[2]

One of the key players of the match was Darío Felman, who also scored a goal. Felman, on loan to Valencia CF by then, had not attend the first game in La Bombonera but Alberto J. Armando convinced him to play the second leg. Felman gave Ernesto Mastrangelo a precise pass to score the second goal of the match.[2]

At the end of the match, Borussia manager, Udo Lattek stated that "Boca Juniors was a more mature and intelligent team than us".[2]

Match detailsEdit

Borussia Mönchengladbach  0–3  Boca Juniors
Report
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Roque Cerullo (Uruguay)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borussia Mönchengladbach
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boca Juniors
GK 1   Wolfgang Kneib
DF 2   Norbert Ringels
DF 3   Wilfried Hannes
DF 4   Horst Wohlers (c)   46'
DF 5   Berti Vogts
MF 6   Carsten Nielsen
MF 7   Hans-Günter Bruns
MF 8   Christian Kulik
FW 9   Allan Simonsen
FW 10   Helmut Lausen   72'
FW 11   Rudi Gores
Substitutes:
MF   Winfried Schäfer   46'
MF   Ewald Lienen   72'
Manager:
  Udo Lattek
 
GK 1   Hugo Gatti
DF 4   Vicente Pernía
DF   José Luis Tesare
DF 3   Miguel Ángel Bordón
DF   José María Suárez
MF 17   Carlos Horacio Salinas
MF 5   Rubén Suñé (c)
MF 18   Mario Zanabria
FW 7   Ernesto Mastrángelo
FW 9   José Luis Saldaño   46'
FW 11   Darío Felman
Substitutes:
FW   Carlos Veglio   46'
Manager:
  Juan Carlos Lorenzo

AftermathEdit

 
Boca Juniors' captain, Rubén Suñé, raising the trophy. At his left, president of the club, Alberto J. Armando

Boca Juniors's victory was acclaimed throughout Argentina, even by supporters of rival clubs. It was the first intercontinental title for the club and the third for a big five club of Argentina after the victories of Racing and Independiente in 1967 and 1973 respectively.

After their return from Germany, Boca Juniors players went directly to the club so they had to play Newell's Old Boys in the Metropolitano tournament, which would be finally won by Quilmes.[2]

Nobody believed in us. I sent an assistant to spy on Borussia's preseason and that helped me draw conclusions. I knew they were going to be tough and that I had to put a fast team on the field

— Juan Carlos Lorenzo, after winning the Cup.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Intercontinental Cup 1977 by Osvaldo Gorgazzi at the RSSSF
  2. ^ a b c d e f El primer Boca campeón del mundo, Página/12, 1 Jul 2018
  3. ^ Lo que pasó la primera vez... by Ramiro Scandolo, Olé, 21 Mar 2018
  4. ^ La inolvidable visita a la Bombonera, Fox Sports, 17 Feb 2017
  5. ^ a b A 40 años del día que Boca conquistó la cima del mundo por primera vez by Pablo Lisotto, La Nación, 31 Aug 2018