Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup

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.[1][2][3]

Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup
Organising bodyFootball Australia
Founded1988
Abolished1988; 34 years ago (1988)
RegionAustralia
Number of teams4
Related competitionsBrazil Independence Cup
Last champions Brazil
Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia Australia
Dates6–17 July 1988
Teams4
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up Australia
Third place Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored22 (2.75 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Charlie Yankos
Australia Frank Farina
Argentina Hernán Díaz
Brazil Romário
Brazil Geovani
Saudi Arabia 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.[4] Brazil were eventual winners, beating Australia 2–0 in the final.[5] Argentina took out 3rd place beating Saudi Arabia 2–0 in the third place match.

ParticipantsEdit

FormatEdit

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.[6]

SummaryEdit

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 5
  Australia 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 4
  Argentina 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
  Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
Argentina  2–2  Saudi Arabia
Díaz   27', 50' (pen.) Report Majed Abdullah   41'
Díaz   61' (o.g.)

Australia  0–1  Brazil
Report Romario   31'
Attendance: 11,214

Australia  3–0  Saudi Arabia
Ollerenshaw   6'
Farina   42', 81'
Report


Brazil  4–1  Saudi Arabia
Geovani   27' (pen.), 50' (pen.)
Jorginho   28'
Edmar   40'
Report Majed Abdullah   65'

Australia  4–1  Argentina
Wade   2'
Yankos   42', 67' (pen.)
Bozinovski   80'
Report Ruggeri   31'
Attendance: 18,985

Third placeEdit

Argentina  2–0  Saudi Arabia
Simeone   4'
Dertycia   23'
Report

FinalEdit

Australia  0–2  Brazil
Report Romario   56'
Müller   67'
Attendance: 28,161

AwardsEdit

 Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup 
 
Brazil
First title

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

There were 22 goals scored in 8 matches, for an average of 2.75 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Forgotten Story of ... Australia's defeat to Fiji - Vince Rugari". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  2. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technology news from Australia's leading newspaper". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Yankos vs Argentina 4-1 Best Ever Goal". Youtube. Retrieved 2020-04-21.[dead YouTube link]
  5. ^ "Socceroo 1988 Matches". Ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  6. ^ Miller, Toby; Lawrence, Geoffrey; McKay, Jim; Rowe, David (12 July 2001). Globalization and Sport. Google.com.au. ISBN 9780761959694. Retrieved 2015-07-09.

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