1969 Intercontinental Cup


The 1969 Intercontinental Cup was a two-legged association football match contested between 1968–69 European Cup champions Milan and 1969 Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes. It was the 10th edition of the competition.

1969 Intercontinental Cup
EventIntercontinental Cup
on aggregate
First leg
Date8 October 1969 (1969-10-08)
VenueSan Siro, Milan
RefereeRoger Machin (France)
Attendance60,675
Second leg
Date22 October 1969 (1969-10-22)
VenueLa Bombonera, Buenos Aires
RefereeDomingo Massaro (Chile)
Attendance45,000
1968
1970

The first leg was played at the San Siro in Milan, on 8 October 1969. Milan won the home game 3–0. The return leg was held two weeks later, on 22 October, at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires. Despite suffering a 2–1 defeat, Milan won the title on aggregate.

Violence on pitch


A bleeding Nestor Combin attended by doctors after being stuck in the face by Ramón Aguirre Suárez

Amongst other things, the tie became infamous for the violent on-pitch conduct and dirty tactics employed by Estudiantes' players in the second leg of the fixture.[1]

Estudiantes' players used violence from the beginning, with Alberto Poletti and Ramón Aguirre Suárez throwing balls to a group of Milan players that were practising on the field prior to the match. With the game already in progress, Eduardo Manera pushed around goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini, then he bit Saul Malatrasi. Aguirre Suárez (one of the most violent players) injured Nestor Combin and Pierino Prati, although he would not be expelled until another violent action against Gianni Rivera.[2]

After a match which saw two Italian players badly assaulted, events took a turn for the surreal when stretcher-bound Milan striker Néstor Combin was arrested by Argentine police for draft dodging (Combin had been born in Argentina but had represented France at international level, having moved to Europe for his professional career). The match had immediate political ramifications, partly due to Argentina's bid for the World Cup in 1978. Many of the team's players were arrested and goalkeeper Alberto Poletti, who had punched Milan's "golden boy" playmaker Gianni Rivera, kicked Combin and had clashed with supporters after the match, was handed a life ban. Ramon Suárez, who had broken the nose of Combin, was banned from international fixtures for five years. The match is also partly to blame for a subsequent boycott of the tournament by European teams.

No, Estudiantes ... that was not manhood, it was not temperament, it was not a claw ... this was an apology for brutality and madness ... this embarrassed us all and should shame those responsible. If we really want to rescue something to continue believing in the future, let's start by repudiating this unfortunate episode.

Journalist Julio César Pasquato blaming players of Estudiantes for the violence against their rivals[2]

First leg


Match details

Milan 3–0 Estudiantes
Report
Attendance: 60,675
Referee: Roger Machin (France)
Milan
Estudiantes
GK Fabio Cudicini
DF Saul Malatrasi
DF Angelo Anquilletti
DF Roberto Rosato
DF Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
MF Giovanni Lodetti
MF Gianni Rivera (c)
MF Romano Fogli
FW Angelo Sormani
FW Nestor Combin 65'
FW Pierino Prati
Substitutes:
MF Giorgio Rognoni 65'
Manager:
Nereo Rocco
GK Alberto José Poletti
DF Ramón Aguirre Suárez
DF José Hugo Medina
DF Raúl Madero
DF Oscar Malbernat
MF Carlos Bilardo
MF Néstor Togneri
MF Juan Miguel Echecopar 60'
MF Eduardo Flores
FW Marcos Conigliaro
FW Juan Ramón Verón
Substitutes:
MF Felipe Ribaudo 60'
Manager:
Osvaldo Zubeldía

Second leg


Match details

Estudiantes 2–1 Milan
Report
Attendance: 45,000
Estudiantes
Milan
GK Alberto José Poletti
DF Eduardo Luján Manera
DF Ramón Aguirre Suárez
DF Raúl Madero
DF Oscar Malbernat
MF Carlos Bilardo 55'
MF Daniel Romeo
MF Néstor Togneri
FW Marcos Conigliaro
MF Juan Alberto Taverna
FW Juan Ramón Verón
Substitutes:
MF Juan Miguel Echecopar 55'
Manager:
Osvaldo Zubeldía
GK Fabio Cudicini
DF Saul Malatrasi 54'
DF Angelo Anquilletti
DF Roberto Rosato
DF Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
MF Giovanni Lodetti
MF Gianni Rivera (c)
MF Romano Fogli
FW Angelo Sormani
FW Nestor Combin
FW Pierino Prati 37'
Substitutes:
DF Luigi Maldera 54'
MF Giorgio Rognoni 37'
Manager:
Nereo Rocco

See also


References


  1. Adams, Tony. "Rewind to 1969: Estudiantes Leave Their Mark". ESPN. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  2. La página más negra del fútbol argentino on El Gráfico, 1969