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USA Bicentennial Cup - Final Placings

Team

P W D L F A GD Pts
Brazil 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 6
England 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 4
Italy 3 1 0 2 7 7 =0 2
Team America 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0

 

USA Bicentennial Cup - Matches

1 23 May 1976 - Team America 0 Italy 4 [0-2]
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C. (33,455)
Capello, Pulici (pen), Graziani, Rocca
2 23 May 1976 - Brazil 1 England 0 [1-0]
The LA Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, Los Angeles (32,495)
Roberto NL
3 28 May 1976 - Team America 0 Brazil 2 [nk]
King County Domed Stadium, Seattle, Washington (nk)
Gil (2)
4 28 May 1976 - England 3 Italy 2 [0-2]
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City (40,650)
Channon (2), Thompson
Graziani (2)
NW
5 31 May 1976 - Team America 1 England 3 [0-2]
John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16,239)
Scullion
Keegan (2), G.Francis
AW
6 31 May 1976 - Brazil 4 Italy 1 [1-1]
Yale Bowl, New Haven, Connecticut (36,096)
Gil (2), Zico, Roberto Dinamite
Capello

Notes

This tournament celebrated the 200th anniversary of the USA’s Declaration of Independence. The USA team of the time was not strong enough to compete against sides as powerful as Brazil, Italy and England, and hence Team America, consisting of players of various nationalities drawn from North American Soccer League clubs, carried the USA banner in the tournament.   Team America included players who had performed for other national teams, among them Pel�, Ramon Mifflin, Mike England, Giorgio Chinaglia and Bobby Moore.  

The day after England played Team America, the Football Association, asked about the match's status, said it was regarded as "a training game" and that caps would not be awarded to the participating players.  Accordingly, the F.A. did not include the match in its list of full internationals.  The associations of both Brazil and Italy, on the other hand, listed their national sides' matches against Team America as full internationals.  Matches against Team America would not meet the new standard FIFA set down in January, 2001 for official full internationals because they were not played between the selections of two FIFA country members.  FIFA has retroactively removed the official status of matches involving other multinational all-star selections, including England's matches against the Rest of Europe and the Rest of the World (although the F.A. continues to recognise these as official internationals).  

Ron Hockings & Keir Radnedge, Nations of Europe, vol. 2, p. 24 (1993), has the Team America vs. Italy match played at Yankee Stadium in New York City, but the official Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio website, the Rete! website and Libreria dello Sport, Maglie Azzurre: Nomi, cifre e date delle nazionali italiane, p. 99 (1996), all have it played at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Maglie Azzurre, p. 99, has the attendance at the England vs. Italy match as 47,000, while Nations of Europe, p. 194, has it as 40,650, and Mike Payne, England: The Complete Post-War Record, pp. 197-98 (1993), as 40,750.

Sources

Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio [Italian football federation official website]

Hockings, Ron & Keir Radnedge, Nations of Europe, vol. 1, p. 194, vol. 2, p. 24 (Articulate, Ernsworth, Hampshire, U.K., 1993)

Libreria dello Sport, Maglie Azzurre: Nomi, cifre e date delle nazionali italiane, pp. 99-100 (Datasport, Milan, 1996)

Litterer, Dave The US Soccer History Archives

Payne, Mike, England: The Complete Post-War Record, pp. 197-98 (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)

Warsop, Keith, ed., British and Irish Special and Intermediate Internationals (SoccerData, Nottingham, U.K., 2002)

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