1980 World Champions’ Gold Cup

The 1980 World Champions’ Gold Cup (Spanish for “Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales”), also known as Mundialito (“Little World Cup), was a special international football tournament organized by FIFA in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first FIFA World Cup, which had been celebrated in 1930 at the same venue. It was held at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 30 December 1980 to 10 January 1981.

1980 World Champions’ Gold Cup
Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales Uruguay ’80

Charrúa, the official mascot
Tournament details
Host country Uruguay
Dates 30 December 1980 –
10 January 1981
Teams 6 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay
Runners-up  Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played 7
Goals scored 19 (2.71 per match)
Attendance 255,000 (36,429 per match)
Top scorer(s) Waldemar Victorino
(3 goals)
Best player(s) Ruben Paz
International football competition

The tournament gathered the national teams of Uruguay, Italy, West Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, and Argentina,[1] the six World Cup-winning nations at the time, with the exception of the Netherlands –1974 and 1978 World Cup runners-up– who had been invited to replace England, who declined the invitation due to an already crowded fixture list. The Gold Cup was held in the middle of the European football season (December/January) and the English league (as well as its clubs) were reluctant to release their players for a long journey to another continent.

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Team Notes
 Uruguay Hosts, 1930 and 1950 FIFA World Cup champions
 Italy 1934 and 1938 FIFA World Cup champions
 West Germany 1954 and 1974 FIFA World Cup champions
 Brazil 1958, 1962, and 1970 FIFA World Cup champions
 Argentina 1978 and reigning FIFA World Cup champions
 Netherlands 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup runners-up, replacing  England (1966 FIFA World Cup champions)

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