1968 Intercontinental Cup

The 1968 Intercontinental Cup was a football tie held over two legs in 1968 between the winners of the 1967–68 European Cup, Manchester United, and Estudiantes de La Plata, winners of the 1968 Copa Libertadores.

The first leg was held on 25 September 1968 at Boca Juniors Stadium, as Estudiantes' ground was deemed unsuitable. Nevertheless, Estudiantes won the first leg 1–0, the winning goal awarded to Marcos Conigliaro in the 27th minute.

Old Trafford hosted the return leg three weeks later on 16 October 1968. The match finished up as a 1–1 draw, granting Estudiantes their first Intercontinental Cup title. Juan Ramón Verón opened the scoring in the 6th minute, but Willie Morgan equalised in the 90th minute.

Players were sent off in both legs of the tie, Nobby Stiles being dismissed for Manchester United in the 79th minute of the first leg. The second leg was marred by violence, and resulted in George Best and José Hugo Medina being sent off as a result of a large scuffle towards the end of the match.

1968 Intercontinental Cup
EventIntercontinental Cup
Estudiantes Manchester United
Argentina England
Estudiantes won 3–1 on points
First leg
Estudiantes Manchester United
1 0
Date25 September 1968
VenueLa Bombonera, Buenos Aires
RefereeHugo Sosa Miranda (Paraguay)
Attendance66,000
Second leg
Manchester United Estudiantes
1 1
Date16 October 1968
VenueOld Trafford, Manchester
RefereeKonstantin Zečević (Yugoslavia)
Attendance63,428

First leg

Pre-match

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La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors, was typically used as the home venue for Estudiantes in the Copa Libertadores, under manager Osvaldo Zubeldía

Upon their arrival in Buenos Aires, the Manchester United team might have expected a negative reception from the locals, given the violence that dogged the 1967 Intercontinental Cup between Celtic and Racing Club de Avellaneda.[1] On the contrary, the players were welcomed warmly, with parties and even a polo match organised in their honour.[1] An official reception was organised for the Manchester United team, which manager Matt Busby took his team along to with the intention of establishing good relations with their Argentine counterparts; however, the Estudiantes side pulled out at the last minute, causing Busby much irritation.[1]

Later, an interview with Benfica coach Otto Glória appeared in the press, in which he referred to Manchester United midfielder Nobby Stiles as "an assassin", which Busby found to be in bad taste.[1] An extension of the interview was published in the match programme, with Glória going on to call Stiles "brutal, badly intentioned and a bad sportsman".[1] Stiles had been in the England team that beat Argentina on the way to winning the 1966 World Cup; that match had also been bad-tempered, and England manager Alf Ramsey described the Argentines as "animals" after the game, so the Argentines no doubt viewed Glória's comments about Stiles as fair retribution, though it did nothing to temper the increasingly hostile atmosphere.[1]

Match summary

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Marcos Conigliaro scored the first goal of the series in Buenos Aires

Just prior to kick-off, a bomb that released red smoke was set off inside the stadium, and from that point, the Estudiantes team set about harrying their opposition. A particularly violent member of the Estudiantes side was their midfielder Carlos Bilardo, whose conduct caused Busby to later comment that "holding the ball out there put you in danger of your life".[1] In response to Otto Glória's comments, Nobby Stiles was targeted with particular violence by the Estudiantes players, receiving punches, kicks and headbutts for his trouble, yet each time he walked away without retaliating. However, even the referees seemed to be against Stiles; at one point, the linesman reported Stiles to the referee apparently for simply standing too close to Bilardo. After suffering incessant hounding by the Estudiantes players, Stiles finally retaliated and was immediately sent off in the 79th minute by referee Hugo Sosa Miranda, meaning that he would be suspended for the second leg.[1] Bobby Charlton also suffered a severe head wound and required stitches.[2]

The Estudiantes' players' constant pressure meant that the English side was unable to get into a rhythm, but they put up a resistant defensive effort and conceded only one goal in the game; Néstor Togneri headed home a corner from Felipe Ribaudo in the 27th minute to give Estudiantes the advantage going into the away leg at Old Trafford. However, the referee officially credited Marcos Conigliaro with the Argentinian goal.[1]

Match details

Estudiantes Argentina1–0England Manchester United
Conigliaro Goal 27'
Estudiantes
Manchester United
GK 1 Argentina Alberto José Poletti
DF 2 Argentina Oscar Malbernat (c)
DF 3 Argentina Ramón Aguirre Suárez
DF 4 Argentina Raúl Madero
DF 5 Argentina José Hugo Medina
MF 6 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
MF 7 Argentina Carlos Pachamé
MF 8 Argentina Néstor Togneri
FW 9 Argentina Felipe Ribaudo
FW 10 Argentina Marcos Conigliaro
FW 11 Argentina Juan Ramón Verón
Manager:
Argentina Osvaldo Zubeldía
GK 1 England Alex Stepney
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne
LB 3 Scotland Francis Burns
CM 4 Scotland Pat Crerand
CB 5 England Bill Foulkes
CM 6 England Nobby Stiles Red card 79'
OR 7 Scotland Willie Morgan
IR 8 England David Sadler
CF 9 England Bobby Charlton (c)
IL 10 Scotland Denis Law
OL 11 Northern Ireland George Best
Manager:
Scotland Sir Matt Busby

Second leg

Pre-match

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Old Trafford, home of Manchester and the venue for the second leg

The match was highly publicised around the world. Three-hundred Argentine fans made the trip to Manchester to see the match. The match generated over £50,000 (approximately £1.27 million in 2010), a record earning for any English club at the time. The most expensive tickets were priced at £3; the least expensive were at 10 shillings. The home crowd lined up outside the stadium to buy their tickets and waited up to five hours in the heavy rain. In the run-up, Estudiantes played a friendly against London side Arsenal.

Match summary

The match started with Manchester United looking for the goal that would level the tie; Pat Crerand created the first real chance, with a shot from 30 metres out that was defended by Estudiantes goalkeeper Alberto José Poletti. Despite the English pressure, Poletti made several saves, giving his team the confidence to step up their attacks. Estudiantes then surprised the crowd with a sixth-minute goal from Juan Ramón Verón; the goal came from the second free kick of the match, as Raúl Madero crossed for Verón to head the ball in Alex Stepney's net, silencing the crowd.

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Juan Ramón Verón headed a ball into the United net, which effectively decided the series

Manchester United now needed to score three goals to win and two to force a play-off. George Best forced Poletti into a spectacular save in the 12th minute. Moments later, Willie Morgan shot towards goal, and David Sadler headed the rebound to Bobby Charlton, whose shot was saved by Poletti. Sadler then gave away a free kick in the middle of the pitch for a foul on an Argentine player that forced the European referee to give him a warning. Verón retaliated for his team-mate with a foul on Crerand near the English team's penalty area and also received a warning. Best, Crerand and Brian Kidd starting combining with each other to create chances for Denis Law, and although the pressure from the home side forced the Estudiantes players into kicking the ball out of play and blocking any long-range shots, the English side was unable to score.

In the 34th minute, Law lost his marker and created enough space for a shot, only to find Poletti blocking the shot at the edge of the penalty area. Law picked up an injury four minutes later and was taken off the field for treatment, before being substituted by Carlo Sartori just before half-time. While Law was off the field, Estudiantes nearly scored their second goal when Marcos Conigliaro received a pass from Oscar Malbernat and hit the crossbar with Stepney at full stretch. The referee allowed three minutes of injury time before blowing his whistle for half-time.

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Estudiantes player José Medina retires from the field while the crowd throw objects at the team

Manchester United had a chance to equalise shortly after the start of the second half, but Kidd hit the crossbar. Estudiantes came out for the second half with a more tactical approach, and started a series of fast counter-attacks; three Estudiantes players took the ball towards the English side of the field, and attempted to pick out Verón with a high pass. However, Tony Dunne was able to intercept the cross and broke up the attack. Although the Estudiantes team continued with their conservative approach to prevent the home side from gathering any momentum, Morgan managed to break through the Argentine defence, but just as José Hugo Medina caught up with him, Morgan elbowed him in the face. Medina grabbed Morgan's jersey and threw him to the ground. The two players clashed again a minute later, and the Yugoslavian referee later gave Medina a warning for a foul on Dunne.

With 17 minutes left to play, Estudiantes brought on Juan Echecopar in place of Felipe Ribaudo. In the 89th minute, Best punched Medina in the face and pushed Néstor Togneri to the ground in the Argentine half of the field. The referee sent off Best and Medina, following which Best spat at Medina, resulting in the two having to be escorted to their respective changing rooms. However, the British crowd prevented Medina from going to his locker room by throwing coins. Manchester United eventually equalised in the 90th minute, when a shot from Morgan beat Poletti. Kidd scored for United in injury time but the referee disallowed it claiming that he had whistled the end of the game before the action and therefore the Argentinian goalkeeper and defenders didn't move to try to prevent the goal. Soon after the whistle, a Manchester player punched a player of Estudiantes in the face while running towards his team's locker room.

The Estudiantes team attempted to run a lap of honour, but the home fans continued to throw objects onto the pitch, cutting the lap of honour short.[3]

Match details

Manchester United England1–1Argentina Estudiantes
Morgan Goal 90' Verón Goal 6'
Manchester United
Estudiantes
GK 1 England Alex Stepney
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Shay Brennan
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne
CM 4 Scotland Pat Crerand
CB 5 England Bill Foulkes
CM 6 England David Sadler
OR 7 Scotland Willie Morgan
IR 8 England Brian Kidd
CF 9 England Bobby Charlton (c)
IL 10 Scotland Denis Law Substituted off 44'
OL 11 Northern Ireland George Best Red card 89'
Substitutes:
FW 12 Italy Carlo Sartori Substituted in 44'
Manager:
Scotland Sir Matt Busby
GK 1 Argentina Alberto José Poletti
DF 2 Argentina Oscar Malbernat (c)
DF 3 Argentina Ramón Aguirre Suárez
DF 4 Argentina Raúl Madero
DF 5 Argentina José Hugo Medina Red card 89'
MF 6 Argentina Carlos Bilardo
MF 7 Argentina Carlos Pachamé
MF 8 Argentina Néstor Togneri
FW 9 Argentina Felipe Ribaudo Substituted off 70'
FW 10 Argentina Marcos Conigliaro
FW 11 Argentina Juan Ramón Verón
Substitutes:
FW Argentina Juan Echecopar Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Argentina Osvaldo Zubeldía

Aftermath

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Osvaldo Zubeldía and Mariano Mangano (coach and president of Estudiantes respectively) holding the trophy at their return to Argentina

Estudiantes' victory was acclaimed throughout Argentina, with a width coverage by the local media.[4] Estudiantes was also the first Argentine team to win the Cup as visitor so Racing Club had won the competition one year before but in a neutral venue.[5]

Estudiantes was also the first club out of the big five of Argentine football to win an Intercontinental competition.[4] (Rosario Athletic Club had won the South American Tie Cup at the beginning of the XX Century).

Osvaldo (Zubeldía) taught us that we had to win and it remained engraved in me. He could be practising a corner kick or a free kick for two hours. He stood in the area, raised a hand and said: "the ball must come here" and we should shot the ball pointing at his hand. The practise did not end until the ball touched his hand.[6]
— Carlos Bilardo in an interview, September 2017

The philosophy of coach Osvaldo Zubeldía (a tacticist that introduced some concepts that were revolucionary by then)[4] would be later continued by player and disciple Carlos Bilardo,[6] winning manager of Estudiantes in the 1980s and then the Argentina national team at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

See also

Bibliography

  • Tyrrell, Tom; Meek, David (1996) [1988]. The Hamlyn Illustrated History of Manchester United 1878-1996 (5th ed.). London: Hamlyn. ISBN 0-600-59074-7.
  • Murphy, Alex (2006). The Official Illustrated History of Manchester United. London: Orion Books. ISBN 0-7528-7603-1.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tyrrell, Meek (1996), p. 81
  2. ^ Murphy (2006), p. 123
  3. ^ Macchiavello, Martin (18 December 2009). "Nostalgia Alá vista" (in Spanish). Olé. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Estudiantes campeón del mundo: A la gloria no se llega por un camino de rosas by Matías Rodríguez, El Gráfico, 16 Oct 2013
  5. ^ Histórico: cuando Estudiantes fue campeón del mundo en Inglaterra, La Nación, 15 Oct 2013
  6. ^ a b Interview to Carlos Bilardo, Diario Democracia, 4 Sep 2017

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At international level, Verón obtained 73 caps for Argentina between 1996 and 2010, scoring 9 goals. He represented his nation at three FIFA World Cups, and at the 2007 Copa América, where he won a runners-up medal.

In 2004, he was included in the FIFA 100 centenary list of the 125 greatest living footballers, selected by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. Verón has both Argentine and Italian citizenship. His nickname is La Brujita [la βɾuˈxita] (The Little Witch), a nod to his father Juan Ramón who was known as La Bruja (The Witch) and was also a championship winning player with Estudiantes.

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Nicknamed "The Theatre of Dreams" by Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford has been United's home ground since 1910, although from 1941 to 1949 the club shared Maine Road with local rivals Manchester City as a result of Second World War bomb damage. Old Trafford underwent several expansions in the 1990s, and 2000s, including the addition of extra tiers to the North, West and East Stands, almost returning the stadium to its original capacity of 80,000. Future expansion is likely to involve the addition of a second tier to the South Stand, which would raise the capacity to around 88,000. The stadium's record attendance was recorded in 1939, when 76,962 spectators watched the FA Cup semi-final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town.

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Pagnanini was part of the 1978 Argentine national football team that won that year's World Cup, though he did not play in any match during that tournament.

His nickname was el gato ('the cat').

In 2007, he worked as the coach of La Emilia, a club playing in the Torneo Argentino B league (4th division).

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