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The 1999 Intercontinental Cup was a football match played on 30 November 1999 between Manchester United, winners of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, and Palmeiras, winners of the 1999 Copa Libertadores. The match was played at the neutral venue of the National Stadium in Tokyo in front of 53,372 spectators.

1999 Intercontinental Cup
Match programme cover
Date30 November 1999
VenueNational Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the MatchRyan Giggs
(Manchester United)
RefereeHellmut Krug (Germany)
12 °C (54 °F)
58% humidity[1]

Manchester United won the match 1–0, the winning goal scored by their captain, Roy Keane. This was United's only Intercontinental Cup triumph, having been beaten by Estudiantes in the 1968 competition. This game was Palmeiras' only appearance in the Intercontinental Cup. Ryan Giggs was given the man of the match award.[2] Manchester United's victory made them the first and only team from England and also the British Isles to win the Intercontinental Cup.[3]



Team Qualification Previous participation (bold indicates winners)
  Manchester United 1998–99 UEFA Champions League winners 1968
  Palmeiras 1999 Copa Libertadores winners None


The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo hosted the final.

For the 20th season in a row, as a result of the competition's sponsorship by Toyota, the match was played at a neutral venue, the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.[4]



Manchester United  1–0  Palmeiras
Keane   35' Report
Attendance: 53,372
Manchester United
GK 1   Mark Bosnich
RB 2   Gary Neville
CB 27   Mikaël Silvestre   79'
CB 6   Jaap Stam
LB 3   Denis Irwin
RM 7   David Beckham
CM 16   Roy Keane (c)
CM 8   Nicky Butt
LM 11   Ryan Giggs
CF 20   Ole Gunnar Solskjær   46'
CF 18   Paul Scholes   75'
GK 26   Massimo Taibi
DF 12   Phil Neville
DF 28   Danny Higginbotham
DF 30   Ronnie Wallwork
MF 25   Quinton Fortune
FW 10   Teddy Sheringham   75'
FW 19   Dwight Yorke   46'
  Sir Alex Ferguson
GK 1   Marcos
RB 2   Francisco Arce
CB 3   Júnior Baiano
CB 4   Roque Júnior
LB 6   Júnior
DM 5   César Sampaio (c)
DM 15   Galeano   54'
AM 10   Alex   28'
AM 11   Zinho
CF 20   Faustino Asprilla   56'
CF 7   Paulo Nunes   77'
GK 12   Sérgio
DF 18   Cléber
DF 13   Tiago Silva
MF 8   Rogério
FW 9   Oséas   56'
FW 19   Euller   77'
FW 17   Evair   54'
  Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
  Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

Assistant referees:
  Jeon Young-Hyun (South Korea)
  Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan)
Fourth official:
  Masayoshi Okada (Japan)