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The 1985 Intercontinental Cup was a football match played on December 8, 1985, between Juventus, winners of the 1984–85 European Cup, and Argentinos Juniors, winners of the 1985 Copa Libertadores. Recognised as the best edition in the history of the tournament for technical and agonistic level,[1] the match was played at the National Stadium in Tokyo. It was Juventus' second appearance into the competition, after replacing Ajax Amsterdam in 1973.

1985 Intercontinental Cup
After extra time
Juventus won 4–2 on penalties
Date8 December 1985
VenueNational Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the MatchMichel Platini (Juventus)
RefereeVolker Roth (West Germany)



Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, hosted the final


Claudio Borghi carrying the ball during the match

The final is regarded as the best of Copa Intercontinental ever played, due to the technical virtues of both teams.[2] Despite of Juventus arrived in Tokyo as the favorite team to win the match, Argentinos Juniors' performance surprised everyone due to its style of play,[3] efficacy and the outstanding performance of 20-year old forward Claudio Borghi, the most notable player of his team.[2] Thirty years after the final, Borghi himself admitted that Argentinos Juniors lost the final because its players relayed excessively in their conditions.[4]

After their triumph in the competition, Juventus became the first football team ever—remain the only one at present—to have won all official continental competitions and the world title.[5][6][7] Also, Italian defenders Gaetano Scirea and Antonio Cabrini became the first European footballers to have won all international club competitions and Giovanni Trapattoni, the first European manager in association football history to do so.[8]

French midfielder Michel Platini was awarded as man of the match.[9]

Match detailsEdit

Juventus  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Argentinos Juniors
Platini   63' (pen.)
Laudrup   82'
Report Ereros   55'
Castro   75'
4–2   Olguín
Attendance: 62,000
GK 1   Stefano Tacconi
DF 2   Luciano Favero
DF 5   Sergio Brio
DF 6   Gaetano Scirea   64'
DF 3   Antonio Cabrini
MF 7   Massimo Mauro     78'
MF 4   Massimo Bonini
MF 8   Lionello Manfredonia
MF 10   Michel Platini  
FW 9   Aldo Serena
FW 11   Michael Laudrup
GK 12   Luciano Bodini
DF 13   Stefano Pioli   64'
MF   Gabriele Pin
FW   Marco Pacione
FW 16   Massimo Briaschi   78'
  Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1   Enrique Vidallé
DF 4   Carmelo Villalba
DF 2   José Luis Pavoni
MF 6   Jorge Olguín
DF 3   Adrián Domenech
MF 10   Emilio Commisso   82'
MF 5   Sergio Batista
MF 8   Mario Videla  
FW 7   José Antonio Castro
FW 9   Claudio Borghi  
FW 11   Carlos Ereros   117'
GK 12   César Roberto Mendoza
DF 13   Jorge Pellegrini
MF 14   Juan José López   117'
DF 15   Miguel Lemme
MF 16   Renato Corsi     82'
  José Yudica

Man of the Match:
Michel Platini (Juventus)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Aldo Proieto (1985-12-10). "Juventus-Argentinos: Un partido inolvidable". El Gráfico (in Spanish). 3453.
  2. ^ a b Se jugó la mejor final Intercontinental de todas, Infobae, 2012
  3. ^ A 30 años de una de las mejores finales, TN, 8 Dec 2015
  4. ^ a b Claudio Borghi: "Argentinos perdió la final con Juventus por confiar en su jerarquía", ESPN, 8 Dec 2015
  5. ^ In addition, Juventus F.C. were the first club in association football history to have won all possible confederation competitions (e.g. the international tournaments organised by UEFA) and remain tied with Tunisia's Étoile Sportive du Sahel as the only in the world to achieve this. Cf. "Legend: List of UEFA club competitions". Union des Associations Européennes de Football. Archived from the original on 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
    "ES du Sahel: Étoile Sahel, an African institution". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  6. ^ "La primera final italiana" (PDF) (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 2003-05-15. p. 55. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
  7. ^ "We are the champions". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2005-12-01. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  8. ^ "Il presidente Tessone ce l'ha con l'arbitro" (in Italian). La Stampa. 1985-12-09. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  9. ^ "Toyota Cup - Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-30.