The 1988 Australian Bicentennial Gold Cup was a one-off association football tournament to celebrate the bincentennial of first settlement at Port Jackson by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. It was contested by 1988 AFC Asian Cup winners Saudi Arabia, 1986 FIFA World Cup winners Argentina, world number one-ranked side Brazil and host nation Australia.
|Organising body||Football Australia|
|Number of teams||4|
|Related competitions||Brazil Independence Cup|
|Dates||6–17 July 1988|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Brazil (1st title)|
|Goals scored||22 (2.75 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Charlie Yankos|
Majed Abdullah (2 goals)
The tournament was particularly notable for Australian fans for a remarkable extreme-long range goal scored by Charlie Yankos in Australia's unexpected 4–1 win over then World Champions Argentina. Brazil were eventual winners, beating Australia 2–0 in the final. Argentina took out 3rd place beating Saudi Arabia 2–0 in the third place match.
Teams played each other once in a round robin group stage. Each team was awarded 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The top two teams from the group played in a final and the bottom two teams played in a 3rd place match.
|Díaz 27', 50' (pen.)||Report||Majed Abdullah 41'
Díaz 61' (o.g.)
|Geovani 27' (pen.), 50' (pen.)
|Report||Majed Abdullah 65'|
Yankos 42', 67' (pen.)
|Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup|
There were 22 goals scored in 8 matches, for an average of 2.75 goals per match.
1 own goal
- Hernán Díaz (against Saudi Arabia)
- "The Forgotten Story of ... Australia's defeat to Fiji - Vince Rugari". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- "The Sydney Morning Herald: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technology news from Australia's leading newspaper". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- [dead link]
- "Yankos vs Argentina 4-1 Best Ever Goal". Youtube. Retrieved 2020-04-21.[dead YouTube link]
- "Socceroo 1988 Matches". Ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- Miller, Toby; Lawrence, Geoffrey; McKay, Jim; Rowe, David (12 July 2001). Globalization and Sport. Google.com.au. ISBN 9780761959694. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup on the RSSSF