Monday, January 27, 2020

Intercontinental /Toyota Cup-Part Six (1985, Juventus vs. Argentinos Juniors)

The 1985 Edition of the Intercontinental Cup was the sixth in Tokyo.
The participating teams were Italy’s Juventus and Argentina’s Argentinos Juniors.
Juventus had won the Champions Cup by defeating Liverpool (1-0) on May 29th, 1985 at Brussels. Unfortunately, this victory was tarnished due to the Heysel Tragedy that had claimed the lives of scores of their fans.

Photo From: Toyota Cup 1985 Programme
(Match Programme, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Argentinos Juniors had won the Copa Libertadoes just couple of months before in October. They had defeated Colombia’s Amercia Cali. They had lost the first leg (0-1) on October 17th, 1985 (1-0) and won the second leg by the same score on October 22nd.
This necessitated a play-off in Asuncion, Paraguay, two days later on October 24th. That match ended in a (1-1) tie and finally a penalty kick shoot-out was necessary to determine the winner and Argentinos Juniors won on (5-4) in the shoot-out.

Jose Antonio Yudica’s Argentinos Juniors had little history and were mostly known as Diego Maradona’s first club prior to their Copa Libertadores adventure. The side included 1978 World Cup Champion Jorge Olguin in defense as well as Daniel Batista who in turn would also become a World Cup Champion the following June.
However, the star of the side was the talented Claudio Borghi. Many were not only tipping him for a transfer abroad but also as a future star in the upcoming World Cup in Mexico.


Photo From: Onze Onze, Issue 125, May 1986
(Claudio Borghi, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Photo From: El Grafico, Issue 3453, 1985
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Photo From: El Grafico, Issue 3453, 1985
(Claudio Borghi and Miche Platini, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus were an experienced side led by the reigning double (soon a third) Ballon d’Or winner, the Frenchman Michel Platini.
The other experienced players included Gaetano Scirea, Antonio Cabrini (both 1982 World Cup winners), Sergio Brio and Massimo Bonini.
They were complemented with the youth of the front line of Aldo Serena and Danish star Michael Laudrup.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(Juventus squad with the flag of Japan, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Photo From: World Soccer, January 1986
(Michel Platini, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 70, December 1985
(Michel Platini, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


It was said that the local organizers were somewhat dismayed with Juventus’ participation. One reason was the lingering negative memory of Heysel. The other reason was Juventus’ affiliation with Fiat cars (owned by the Agnelli family).
The thought that a Juventus player could be chosen as the player of the match was rather awkward, as the player would win a Toyota car.

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 570 (Number 50), December 11-17, 1985
(Michel Platini, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Juventus had taken preparations seriously by arriving in Tokyo on the Tuesday, December 3rd.
It must be remembered this trophy was the only one missing in Juventus’ cabinet.
The previous encounters in Tokyo had been mostly defensive and low scoring affairs. This match would turn out to be a much more exciting and talked about match mostly due to the performance of Singapore Linesman Sebastian Yap Bonn Yong (more on that later…)
The match would be played on a soft pitch as it had rained in the previous day.
Argentinos Juniors had declared their intent to play an attacking match and would be more inspired in the first half. Juventus had difficulty to cope with the speed of Castro and Ereros upfront.

Photo From: El Grafico, Issue 3453, 1985
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Photo From: El Grafico, Issue 3453, 1985
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Juventus did however have a penalty claim waved off after a foul on Laudrup.
Juventus would improve in the second half, as would the match itself. Early on in the half, Laudrup would score but would be waved offside by the Singapore linesman Yap Bonn Yong (more to follow…)


Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(Juventus players protesting to match referee Roth, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2070, December 10, 1985
(Pavoni and Aldo Serena, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


The South Americans Champions would start the scoring in the 55th minute. From the middle, Videla lobbed a ball to Ereros who in turn lobbed over the advancing Tacconi.
Seven minutes later, Argentinos Juniors scored through Castro but once more Linesman Yap Bonn Yong waved offside.
A minute later, Juventus tied the score through a Michel Platini penalty kick (after Olguin had fouled Serena in the box).
A minute later Juventus would lose Captain Scirea through injury. He would be replaced by Stefano Pioli (the current AC Milan Manager). Luciano Favero would move to cover Scirea’s position.
Five minutes later, Platini scored what would have been the best goal of the match and certainly one of his most memorable ones.
He controlled a pass with his right foot and with his left foot volleyed past Vidallé. However, once more Yap Bonn Yong waved offside.
In the 75th minute, Argentinos Juniors would take the lead. From the middle, Borghi sent a through ball on the right side to Castro who lobbed over Tacconi from a narrow angle.
Juventus would tie the match in the 82nd minute. Massimo Bonini gained possession and passed to Laudrup in the middle, the Dane did a one-two combination with Platini, who chipped the wall over the Argentine defense to the onrushing Laudrup who went around Vidallé and scored from a closed angle. It was certainly the goal of the match (…if not for Platini’s ruled out effort).

Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(Michael Laudrup scoring, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 570 (Number 50), December 11-17, 1985
(Michael Laudrup scoring, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)



Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 70, December 1985
(Michael Laudrup scoring, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


The match went into extra time but neither side was able to score again.
For the first since the Tournament’s move to Tokyo, the match would be decided in a penalty kick shoot-out.
Juventus would be victorious (4-2) in the shoot-out with Batista and Pavoni missing their attempts. Platini scored Juventus' decisive winner to cap off a memorable night for him and his team.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(Michel Platini scoring from the spot, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 570 (Number 50), December 11-17, 1985
(Platini scoring the decisive penalty kick, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Juventus goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi would credit Juventus Assistant Manager Romolo Bizzotto for his shoot-out heroics. Bizzotto had observed Argentinos Juniors penalty kicks in previous matches and it had been decided to dive mostly to the right on their attempts.
In victory, Juventus became the first European team to win every possible trophy (domestic and European).
Juventus duo Scirea and Cabrini became the first Italian players to have won every possible trophy at club-level.
Juventus’ win was not only the first European win in Tokyo but also the first European winner over-all since Bayern Munich winning in 1976.
This Final was regarded as the best Final at its Tokyo home, though Singapore Linesman Sebastian Yap Bonn Yong took the brunt of the criticisms after waving so many offside decisions.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)



Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Juventus’ Massimo Bonini praised the team’s fighting spirit, saying, “it shows quite a bit of character to come back twice like that”.
Juventus President Giampiero Boniperti stated, “We beat all the odds…the travel, the pitch, the linesman, the referee and the champions of south America”.
As could be expected Michel Platini was chosen as the player of the match and won the Toyota car.
In an unprecedented move, instead of claiming the car, Platini requested the cash value of the automobile and afterwards he divided that sum with his teammates.
After the match, Platini stated that this match had reconciled and rekindled his love of the game after depression following the Heysel Tragedy.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 121,  January 1986
(Michel Platini with the trophy with the exchanged jersey of Argentinos Juniors goalkeeper Vidallé, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 70, December 1985
(Michel Platini, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


His Juventus teammate, Massimo Bonini was asked about the choice of Platini as the player of the match. The San Marino player believed the decision was fair. He also stated that he does all of Platini’s running while the Frenchman sorts out all the problems on the field and that “It is not a bad arrangement.”
For the first time ever (after six tries), a European Nation won the Toyota Cup in Tokyo, breaking South American dominance of the trophy since its move there.


Photo From: World Soccer, January 1986
(Antonio Cabrini with the trophy, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 570 (Number 50), December 11-17, 1985
(Juventus players celebrating with exchanged jerseys, December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Photo From: Guerin Sportivo, Issue 570 (Number 50), December 11-17, 1985
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 70, December 1985
(December 8, 1985, Intercontinental Cup, Juventus 2-Argentinos Juniors 2)


Date: December 8, 1985
Competition: Intercontinental Cup (Toyota Cup)
Result: Juventus Football Club-Torino (Italy) 2-Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors-Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2 (After Extra Time) (Juventus won 4-2 on penalty kick-shoot-out)
Venue: Tokyo, National Stadium
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Volker Roth (West Germany)
Linesmen: Sebastian Yap Bonn Yong (Singapore), Takada Shizuo (Japan)
Fourth Official: Okaya Yoshisato (Japan)
Goalscorers:
(Juventus): Michel Platini 63 pen, Michael Laudrup 82
(Argentinos Juniors): Carlos Adolfo Ereros 55, José Antonio Castro 75
Summary of goals:
1:0 (55th minute, Argentinos Juniors): From the middle, Videla lobbed a ball to Ereros who in turn lobbed over the advancing Tacconi.
1:1 (63rd minute, Juventus): Jorge Olguin fouled Aldo Serena in the box. Platini scored from the ensuing penalty kick.
2:1 (75th minute, Argentinos Juniors): From the middle, Borghi sent a through ball on the right side to Castro who lobbed over Tacconi from a narrow angle.
2:2 (82nd minute, Juventus): Massimo Bonini gained possession and passed to Laudrup in the middle, the Dane did a one-two combination with Platini, who chipped the wall over the Argentine defense to the onrushing Laudrup who went around Vidallé and scored from a closed angle
Penalty shoot-out sequence:
(Juventus): Brio (1-0), Cabrini (2-1), Serena (3-1), Laudrup (missed) (3-2), Platini (4-2)
(Argentinos Juniors): Olguin (1-1), Batista (missed) (2-1), Lopez (3-2), Pavoni (missed) (3-2)
Lineups:
Juventus:
1-Stefano Tacconi, 2-Luciano Favero, 3-Antonio Cabrini, 5-Sergio Brio, Gaetano Scirea (13-Stefano Pioli 64), 4-Massimo Bonini, 7-Massimo Mauro (16-Massimo Briaschi 78), 8-Lionello Manfredonia, 9-Aldo Serena, 10-Michel Platini (France), 11-Michael Laudrup (Denmark)

Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni
Booked: Massimo Mauro, Michel Platini
Other Substitutes: 12-Luciano Bodini, 14-Gabriele Pin, 15-Marco Pacione

Team Captain: Gaetano Scirea (Note: Cabrini assumed captaincy after Scirea’s substitution)
Shirt Sponsor: None (Ariston) were the shirt sponsors, but no shirt advertisements were allowed for this match)
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Kappa
Uniform Colors: White/Black Vertical striped shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Argentinos Juniors:
1-Enrique Bernardo Vidallé, 2-José Luis Pavoni, 3-Adrián Néstor Domenech, 4-Carmelo Daniel Villalba, 5-Sergio Daniel Batista, 6-Jorge Mario Olguín, 7-José Antonio Castro, 8-Mario Hernán Videla, 9-Claudio Daniel Borghi, 10-Emilio Nicolás Commisso (16-Renato Corsi (USA) 82), 11-Carlos Adolfo Ereros (14-Juan José López 117)

Coach: Jose Antonio Yudica
Booked: Mario Videla, Claudio Borghi, Renato Corsi
Other Substitutes: 12-Cesar Roberto Mendoza (Paraguay), 13-Jorge Pellegrini, 15-Miguel Lemme

Team Captain: Adrián Néstor Domenech
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Shirt Sponsor:  None (7-up) were the shirt sponsors, but no shirt advertisements were allowed for this match)
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks


Man of Match: Michel Platini (Juventus)




Juventus squad:

Goalkeepers:
Stefano Tacconi (May 13, 1957 (age 28 years at the time), Perugia)
Luciano Bodini (February 12, 1954 (age 31 years at the time), Leno)

Defenders:
Luciano Favero (October 11, 1957 (age 28 years at the time), Santa Maria di Sala)
Antonio Cabrini (October 8, 1957 (age 28 years at the time), Cremona)
Sergio Brio (August 19, 1956 (age 29 years at the time), Lecce)
Gaetano Scirea (May 25, 1953 (age 32 years at the time), Cermusco sul Naviglio-September 3, 1989)
Stefano Pioli (Octonber 20, 1965 (age 20 years at the time), Parma)

Midfielders:
Massimo Bonini (October 13, 1959 (age 26 years at the time), San Marino)
Massimo Mauro (May 24, 1962 (age 23 years at the time), Catanzaro)
Lionello Manfredonia (November 27, 1956 (age 29 years at the time), Rome)
Michel Platini (France) (June 21, 1955 (age 30 years at the time), Joeuf, France)
Gabriele Pin (January 21, 1962 (age 23 years at the time), Vittorio Veneto)

Forwards:
Aldo Serena (June 25, 1960 (age 25 years at the time), Montebelluna)
Michael Laudrup (Denmark) (June 15, 1964 (age 21 years at the time), Frederiksberg)
Massimo Briaschi (May 12, 1958 (age 27 years at the time), Lugo di Vicenza)
Marco Pacione (July 27, 1963 (age 22 years at the time), Pescara)

Coach: Giovanni Trapattoni (March 17, 1939 (age 46 years at the time), Cusano Milanino)
Team Captain: Gaetano Scirea
Shirt Sponsor: None (Ariston) were the shirt sponsors, but no shirt advertisements were allowed for this match)
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Kappa

Note:
Some information for unused substitutes may not be available, therefore these are the players on and off the field that are verified to have been present).


Photo From: 1985-86 Calciatori Panini
(Juventus Logo)

Photo From: 1985-86 Calciatori Panini
(Juventus squad)

Photo From: 1985-86 Calciatori Panini
(Juventus squad)


Photo From: Toyota Cup 1985 Programme
(Giovanni Trappatoni)





Argentinos Juniors squad:

Goalkeepers:
Enrique Bernardo Vidallé (May 7, 1952 (age 33 years at the time), Canals, Cordoba)
Cesar Roberto Mendoza (Paraguay) (December 8, 1956 (age 29 years at the time), Asuncion, Paraguay)

Defenders:
José Luis Pavoni (May 23, 1954 (age 31 years at the time), Rosario)
Adrián Néstor Domenech (March 25, 1959 (age 26 years at the time), Buenos Aires)
Carmelo Daniel Villalba (June 30, 1960 (age 25 years at the time), Buenos Aires)
Jorge Mario Olguín (May 17, 1952 (age 33 years at the time), Dolores)
Jorge Pellegrini (July 12, 1956 (age 29 years at the time), Santa Fe)
Miguel Lemme (April 4, 1953 (age 32 years at the time), Buenos Aires)

Midfielders:
Sergio Daniel Batista (November 9, 1962 (age 23 years at the time), Buenos Aires)
Mario Hernán Videla (January 28, 1962 (age 23 years at the time), Mendoza)
Claudio Daniel Borghi (September 28, 1964 (age 21 years at the time), Castelar)
Emilio Nicolás Commisso (November 5, 1956 (age 29 years at the time), Cordoba)
Juan José López (October 31, 1950 (age 35 years at the time), Guernica, Buenos Aires)

Forwards:
José Antonio Castro (October 15, 1955 (age 28 years at the time), Buenos Aires)
Renato Corsi (USA) (January 24, 1963 (age 22 years at the time), Manhattan, New York City, USA)
Carlos Adolfo Ereros (March 6, 1960 (age 25 years at the time), Buenos Aires)


Coach: Jose Antonio Yudica (February 26, 1936 (age 49 years at the time), Rosario, Santa Fe)
Team Captain: Adrián Néstor Domenech
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Shirt Sponsor:  None (7-up) were the shirt sponsors, but no shirt advertisements were allowed for this match)

Note:
Some information for unused substitutes may not be available, therefore these are the players on and off the field that are verified to have been present).


Photo From: Toyota Cup 1985 Programme
(Argentinos Juniors Logo)


Photo From: Toyota Cup 1985 Programme
(Argentinos Juniors squad)


Photo From: Toyota Cup 1985 Programme
(Argentinos Juniors squad)


Photo From: Toyota Cup 1985 Programme
(Jose Antonio Yudica)


Match Referee:
Volker Roth (February 1, 1942 (age 43 years at the time), Salzgitter, Germany)

Photo From: kicker_WM-Sonderheft_1986
(Match Referee Volker Roth)



References:
France Football, Issue 2070, December 10, 1985
El Grafico, Issue 3453, 1985
Onze, Issue 121, January 1986
Mondial, new series, issue 70, December 1985
Guerin Sportivo, Issue 570 (Number 50), December 11-17, 1985
World Soccer, January 1986

Toyota Cup 1985 Programme

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