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]

1980 World Champions' Gold Cup
Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales Uruguay '80
Mundialito charrua.png
Charrúa, the official emblem of the tournament
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)

The national teams invited were Uruguay (hosts), Italy, West Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, and Argentina,[2] 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 teamsEdit

 
Uruguayan goalkeeper Rodolfo Rodríguez raising the Mundialito trophy
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 FIFA World Cup Champions
  Netherlands 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup Runners-up, replacing   England

England, the 1966 FIFA World Cup winners, declined to participate.

FormatEdit

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

SquadsEdit

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

OutcomeEdit

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,[3] while Leopoldo Luque and Rainer Bonhof never represented their country again.[3]

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

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: [4]
Rules for classification:
  1. Points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Number of goals scored
  4. Drawing of lots
Uruguay  2–0  Netherlands
Venancio Ramos   31'
Victorino   45'
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Enrique Labo (Peru)

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

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

Group BEdit

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: [4]
Rules for classification:
  1. Points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Number of goals scored
  4. Drawing of lots
Argentina  2–1  West Germany
Kaltz   84' (o.g.)
Ramón Díaz   88'
Hrubesch   41'

Brazil  1–1  Argentina
Edevaldo   47' Maradona   30'

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

FinalEdit

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

ScorersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "El mundialito que sonrojó a la dictadura uruguaya".
  2. ^ Mundialito 1980 by Martín Tabeira on the RSSSF
  3. ^ a b Petrossian, Shahan. "Mundialito 1980 (Copa de Oro)". theantiquefootball.com. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Mundialito 1980". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 May 2017.