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1981 Intercontinental Cup

Match programme cover, depicting Kenny Dalglish and Zico
Date 13 December 1981
Venue National Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the Match Zico (Flamengo)[1]
Referee Rubio Vázquez (Mexico)
Attendance 62,000

The 1981 Intercontinental Cup was an association football match between Liverpool of England and Flamengo of Brazil on 13 December 1981 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the annual Intercontinental Cup contested between the winners of the European Cup and Copa Libertadores. Liverpool were appearing in their first Intercontinental Cup having declined to take part in 1977 and 1978 after they won the European Cup.

The teams had qualified for the competition by winning their continent's primary cup competition. Liverpool qualified by winning the primary European cup competition, the European Cup. They won the 1980–81 European Cup defeating Spanish team Real Madrid 1–0 in the final. Flamengo qualified by winning the primary South American cup competition, the Copa Libertadores. They beat Chilean team Cobreloa 2–0 in a playoff after the previous ties finished 2–2 on points to win the 1981 Copa Libertadores.

Match details

13 December 1981
12:00 JST
Liverpool 0–3
Report Nunes Goal 12' Goal 41'
Adílio Goal 34'
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Rubio Vásquez (Mexico)
GK 1 Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Phil Neal
CB 4 Phil Thompson (c)
CB 6 Alan Hansen
LB 3 Mark Lawrenson
RM 14 Sammy Lee
CM 10 Terry McDermott Substituted off 51'
CM 11 Graeme Souness
LM 5 Ray Kennedy
SS 7 Kenny Dalglish
CF 16 Craig Johnston
GK 13 Steve Ogrizovic
DF 15 Alan Kennedy
MF 17 Kevin Sheedy
MF 8 Ronnie Whelan
FW 12 David Johnson Substituted in 51'
Bob Paisley
GK 1 Raul
RB 2 Leandro
CB 13 Marinho
CB 4 Mozer
LB 5 Júnior
DM 6 Andrade
MF 8 Adílio
AM 10 Zico (c)
FW 7 Tita
CF 9 Nunes
FW 11 Lico
GK 12 Cantarele
DF 3 Figueiredo
FW 15 Peu
FW 16 Baroninho
DF 17 Nei Dias
Paulo Carpegiani


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  2. ^ "Liverpool in Europe – 1981/82 European / South American Cup Final". Liverpool in Europe. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
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