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Brazil Independence Cup

The Brazil Independence Cup was an international football tournament held in Brazil, from 11 June to 9 July 1972, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Brazilian Declaration of Independence. It was called the Minicopa by the Brazilians and the final was between Brazil and Portugal, in the Maracanã Stadium. Brazil won 1–0, with Jairzinho scoring in the 89th minute.

1972 Brazil Independence Cup
Taça Independência
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
DatesJune 11 – July 9
Teams20 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)15 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil
Runners-up Portugal
Third place Yugoslavia
Fourth place Argentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played44
Goals scored136 (3.09 per match)
Top scorer(s)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Bajević (13 goals)

Brazil no longer had Pelé but still had Tostão, Jairzinho and Rivelino, the later two also played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, in West Germany.

Despite Portugal's quality results and team, including Benfica players such as Eusébio, Jaime Graça, José Henrique, Humberto Coelho, Rui Jordão, and Toni, the team missed the World Cup 1974 and 1978 qualifying matches, so this tournament was their best result until the 1984 European Football Championship.

FormatEdit

20 teams competed; 18 national teams as well as 2 representative sides from Africa and CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean).

First roundEdit

15 teams competed in the first round, while 5 teams (Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Scotland, Soviet Union, Uruguay) received byes to the final stage.

The teams are drawn into three groups of 5 teams. Each team plays each other team in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. The three first-placed teams advance to the final stage.

Final stageEdit

The 8 teams are drawn into two groups of 4 teams. Each team plays each other team in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

The two group runners-up play each other in the third-place playoff.

The two group winners play each other in the final.

VenuesEdit

 
Host cities of the Taça Independência

The tournament was played in 12 cities: Aracaju, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.

Aracaju Belo Horizonte Campo Grande
Batistão Mineirão Estádio Independência Morenão
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 23,000 Capacity: 45,000
   
Curitiba Maceió Manaus Natal
Estádio Couto Pereira Estádio Rei Pelé Vivaldão Machadão
Capacity: 37,182 Capacity: 20,551 Capacity: 31,000 Capacity: 42,000
     
Porto Alegre Recife Rio de Janeiro Salvador
Estádio Beira-Rio Estádio do Arruda Maracanã Estádio Fonte Nova
Capacity: 106,000 Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 200,000 Capacity: 80,000
       
São Paulo
Estádio do Pacaembu Estádio do Morumbi
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 120,000
   

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Argentina (A) 4 3 1 0 13 1 +12 7
  France 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 7
Africa 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 3
  Colombia 4 1 0 3 7 13 −6 2
CONCACAF 4 0 1 3 3 16 −13 1
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round.
Argentina  2–0Africa
Fischer   40'
Mastrángelo   42'
Report
Attendance: 12,826
Referee: José Faville Neto (Brazil)

France  5–0CONCACAF
Bereta   7'
Revelli   15'21'69'
Bulnes   82' (o.g.)
Report

France  2–0Africa
Blanchet   35'
Floch   83'
Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: José Faville Neto (Brazil)

Colombia  4–3CONCACAF
Pineros   13'
Lugo   15'17'
Morón   77'
Report Reiner   38'59'
Désir   64'
Attendance: 7,642
Referee: Rafael Hormazábal (Chile)

Argentina  7–0CONCACAF
Fischer   26'68'81'86'
Más   12'65'
Bianchi   70'
Report
Attendance: 8,587
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)

Colombia  2–3  France
Piñeros   23' (pen.)
Mesa   82'
Report Loubet   30'72'
Molitor   33' (pen.)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ángel Pazos (Uruguay)

CONCACAF0–0Africa
Report
Attendance: 1,928
Referee: Édison Pérez (Peru)

Argentina  4–1  Colombia
Bianchi   17'49'62'
Vargas   60'
Report Morón   68'

Africa3–0  Colombia
Pokou   8'
Tokoto   39'55'
Report
Attendance: 10,579
Referee: José Romei Cañete (Paraguay)

Argentina  0–0  France
Report
Attendance: 6,587
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Portugal (A) 4 4 0 0 12 2 +10 8
  Chile 4 3 0 1 7 7 0 6
  Republic of Ireland 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 4
  Ecuador 4 0 1 3 4 9 −5 1
  Iran 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5 1
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round.
Portugal  3–0  Ecuador
Eusébio   36'
Dinis   59'
Nené   75'
Report
Referee: Ángel Coerezza (Argentina)

Republic of Ireland  2–1  Iran
Leech   57'
Givens   74'
Ghelichkhani   10'
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Aurelio Angonese (Italy)

Portugal  3–0  Iran
Eusébio   13'
Dinis   31'
Coelho   72'
Report
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Guillermo Velásquez (Colombia)

Chile  2–1  Ecuador
Caszely   ??'
Crisosto   ??'
Report Lasso   ??'
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

Portugal  4–1  Chile
Coelho   14'
Dinis   54'66'
Eusébio   71'
Report Caszely   56'
Referee: Aurelio Angonese (Italy)

Republic of Ireland  3–2  Ecuador
Rogers   2'
Martin   61'
O'Connor   86'
Report Coronel   36'
Lasso   78'

Ecuador  1–1  Iran
Lasso   15' Report Ghelichkhani   36'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sebastião Rufino (Brazil)

Chile  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Caszely   16'
Fouilloux   25'
Report Rogers   79'
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)

Chile  2–1  Iran
Caszely   50'79' Report Halvaei   85'
Attendance: 15,000

Portugal  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Peres   35'
Nené   37'
Report Leech   38'
Referee: Ángel Coerezza (Argentina)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Yugoslavia (A) 4 3 1 0 15 3 +12 7
  Paraguay 4 3 0 1 12 4 +8 6
  Peru 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2 4
  Bolivia 4 0 2 2 4 12 −8 2
  Venezuela 4 0 1 3 3 17 −14 1
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round.
Peru  3–0  Bolivia
Gallardo   7' (pen.)
Castañeda   16'
Sotil   31'
Report
Referee: Edwin Keith Walker (England)

Paraguay  4–1  Venezuela
L. Jiménez   2'
Escobar   11'
Maldonado   13'37'
Report Olivares   26'
Referee: George Lamptey (Ghana)

Yugoslavia  10–0  Venezuela
Bajević   5'7'48'68'74'
Džajić   20'
Aćimović   37'
Popivoda   44'
Stepanović   51'
Katalinski   54'
Report
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ove Dahlberg (Sweden)

Paraguay  1–0  Peru
Godoy   89' Report

Yugoslavia  1–1  Bolivia
Katalinski   32' Report Pariente   78'
Attendance: 15,000

Peru  1–0  Venezuela
O. Ramírez   65' Report

Venezuela  2–2  Bolivia
Iriarte   15'
Mendoza   49'
Report Rimazza   5'
Blacutt   57'
Referee: Oei Poh Hwa (Malaysia)

Yugoslavia  2–1  Paraguay
Bajević   50'86' Report Escobar   17'
Attendance: 25,000

Paraguay  6–1  Bolivia
Maldonado   7'67'
Arrúa   57'59'67'
dos Santos   86'
Report Molinas   63' (o.g.)

Yugoslavia  2–1  Peru
Bajević   4'37' Report O. Ramírez   11'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Alfonso González Archundía (Mexico)

Final stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Brazil (A) 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 5
2   Yugoslavia (A) 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 3
3   Scotland 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4   Czechoslovakia 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round.
Brazil  0–0  Czechoslovakia
Report

Scotland  2–2  Yugoslavia
Macari   39'63' Report Bajević   60'
Buchan   87' (o.g.)
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Ángel Coerezza (Argentina)

Brazil  3–0  Yugoslavia
Leivinha   22'25'
Jairzinho   65'
Report
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Ove Dahlberg (Sweden)

Scotland  0–0  Czechoslovakia
Report
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)

Brazil  1–0  Scotland
Jairzinho   82' Report

Yugoslavia  2–1  Czechoslovakia
Bajević   19'
Džajić   77'
Report Hrušecký   37'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Portugal (A) 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
2   Argentina (A) 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 4
3   Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 2
4   Uruguay 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round.
Soviet Union  1–0  Uruguay
Onishchenko   59' Report
Attendance: 10,000

Portugal  3–1  Argentina
Calisto   36'
Eusébio   45'
Dinis   47'
Report Brindisi   29'
Referee: Edwin Keith Walker (England)

Uruguay  1–1  Portugal
Pavoni   20' Report Graça   46'

Argentina  1–0  Soviet Union
Pastoriza   75' Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Alfonso González Archundía (Mexico)

Portugal  1–0  Soviet Union
Jordão   46' Report

Argentina  1–0  Uruguay
Más   37' Report
Referee: Edwin Keith Walker (England)

Third place matchEdit

Yugoslavia  4–2  Argentina
Bajević   26'83'
Katalinski   37'
Džajić   64'
Report Brindisi   58' (pen.)87' (pen.)
Attendance: 170,000
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)

FinalEdit

Brazil  1–0  Portugal
Jairzinho   89' Report

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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