The Intercontinental Cup, otherwise known as the Europe - South America Cup, was a yearly competition played between 1960 and 2004 between the winner of the European Cup, now UEFA Chapions League, and the winner of the Copa Libertadores in South America.
Tokyo, November 26, 1996. Juve, who just won its second Champions League against Ajax after penalties in Rome, challenges the South American champions of River Plate.
It is a Juventus at the top of the international ranking. After winning the Champions League, in fact, Lippi's team was further strengthened with the purchase of champions like Zinedine Zidane, Alen Boksic, Attilio Lombardo and the young Christian Vieri.
The path, in championship and in the preliminary round of the new Champions, confirms the goodness of the team. Among other things, before landing in Tokyo, the Bianconeri went in Manchester where they gave a good lesson to the United, defeated (for the first time) at home with a goal of Alex Del Piero.
But let's get to the challenge with River Plate. Lippi sent on: Peruzzi, Ferrara, Torricelli, Montero, Porrini, Di Livio, Deschamps, Jugovic, Zidane, Boksic, Del Piero. The Argentines oppose players like Francescoli, Ortega Ayala and Salas. Brazilian referee De Freitas.
The game proves difficult start for the Bianconeri, who suffer the technique and the good tactic disposition of the opponents, but in the second half the match changes face and Juventus, slowly, assumes command of operations. A great goal by Del Piero, man of the match, sealsthe victory of Juventus for the second Intercontinental Cup, 11 years later the first. In the end, Tacchinardi replaces an exhausted Zidane.