December 13, 1987, National Stadium, Tokyo: Fernando Gomes, the all-time top scorer of the Dragons, and Lima Pereira raised the Intercontinental Cup (and the secondary Toyota Cup, offered by the sponsor). The former players, who are still connected to FC Porto, raised the trophy again, at the Museum, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 2-1 victory over Peñarol after extra time (check the video below with the goals scored by Gomes and Madjer). FC Porto was then the first Portuguese club to become world champion (a title officially recognized by FIFA in October 2017) and remains the only one, a status reinforced by the new triumph in 2004.
“We made FC Porto immortal”, Fernando Gomes, the Two Golden Shoes, stated, talking to www.fcporto.pt and Porto Canal, who, like Lima Pereira, had missed the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup, against Bayern Munich in Vienna, which led to the fight for the Intercontinental Cup against the winner of Copa Libertadores. The match was played under almost unthinkable circumstances, under a strong blizzard, and, if one can speak of heroes in football, the winners of this match certainly fall into this category. “It was an adverse setting, but we had to fight for another trophy”, Lima Pereira stated.
Still, both admit that, at the time, neither realized the size of the feat and the epic moment. Those awake at dawn in Portugal to watch the match live will never forgot it. After that, the legend of the match in Tokyo grew like a snowball across generations.
“At that moment there was no human warmth, quite the contrary. It was very cold, people wouldn’t clap. This took some brilliance from the match, but what mattered, and still does today, is that it was the first time a Portuguese club won that cup. We are two-time champions of the world, there is no equal in Portugal and we feel privileged to have been part of that team”, Gomes admitted.
The former striker even recalled the previous Portuguese failures in the competition, exactly against Peñarol, in 1961, and against Santos, the following year. “In our way, we ended up avenging Benfica's defeat, who would later lose to Santos, in two legs”, he remembered. The Uruguayan team was even “a little arrogant”: “That match is the ultimate display of strength for the South Americans, as they give everything they have for it. We're more attached to the UEFA Champions League, but, even though we stayed in the same hotel, there were never any arguments”.
The blue and white team, with mythical names such as Mlynarczyk, João Pinto, André and Madjer, was a mix of “experienced players and some youngsters”, such as Rui Barros. “Above all there was a spirit of unity, beyond technical quality. It was a team in the true meaning of the word”, Fernando Gomes believes.
The original Intercontinental Cup is on display at the Museum, after FC Porto won the last edition, against Once Caldas, in 2004. The car offered to Madjer for being named man of the match is on exhibition at the FC Porto Store, at the entrance of the Museum. The Auditorium Fernando Sardoeira Pinto will be transmitting the match this Wednesday, at 11h00 and at 15h00, with free entrance.