1973 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

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1973 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Copa de Campeones Concacaf
Tournament details
Dates1 June till 3 August 1973
Teams16 (from 9 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsTransvaal
1972
1974

The 1973 CONCACAF Champions' Cup was the 9th edition of the annual international club football competition held in the CONCACAF region (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It determined that year's club champion of association football in the CONCACAF region.

The tournament was played by 16 teams of 9 countries from 1 June till 3 August 1973 with the matches in the tournament played under the home/away match.

The teams were split in 3 zones (North American, Central American and Caribbean), each one qualifying the winner to the final tournament; as no clubs entered in the North American section, the winner of the two remaining zones gained the qualification to the final, but both Central American teams withdrew; therefore the final was scratched and the Caribbean winner, Transvaal from Suriname, won the tournament, and became for the first time CONCACAF champion.

North American Zone[edit]

The zone was cancelled as no clubs entered.

Central American Zone[edit]

First Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Vida Honduras 0–3 Costa Rica Saprissa 0–2 0 – 1
Municipal Guatemala 1 – 01 Honduras Olimpia 0–0 1 – 0
Alajuelense Costa Rica 4–0 El Salvador Águila 3–0 1 – 02
Comunicaciones Guatemala 1–0 El Salvador Juventud Olímpica 0–0 1 – 0

Saprissa, Alajuelense and Comunicaciones advanced to the Central American Zone second round.
1 CSD Municipal later withdrew.
2 The match was abandoned in the 68th minute with Alajuelense leading 1–0 due to torrential rain which flooded the pitch; the result was allowed to stand.

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Deportivo Santa Cecilia1 Nicaragua 3–5 Costa Rica Alajuelense 3–0 0 – 5
Comunicaciones Guatemala 1–4 Costa Rica Saprissa 1–0 0 – 4

1Deportivo Santa Cecilia replaced Municipal, who withdrew.
Saprissa and Alajuelense advance to the Central American Zone third round.

Third Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alajuelense Costa Rica 1 Costa Rica Saprissa

1Both Alajuelense and Saprissa withdrew; the tie was scratched.

Caribbean Zone[edit]

First Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Robinhood Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 2–4 Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia 2–3 0 – 1
Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 14–0 Dominican Republic Universidad Católica 8–0 6 – 0
Devonshire Colts Bermuda 6–5 Bermuda North Village CC 3–1 3 – 4

Bye: S.V. SUBT

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
SUBT Netherlands Antilles 3–9 Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) Transvaal 2–5 1 – 4
Jong Colombia Netherlands Antilles w/o1 Bermuda Devonshire Colts

1 Devonshire Colts withdrew.

Third Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 4–2 Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia 2–1 2 – 1

Fourth Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Transvaal Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 4–2 Bermuda Devonshire Colts 4–2

1apparently Devonshire Colts were reinstated; as meanwhile all clubs from the Northern and Central section had withdrawn,

  • Transvaal were declared champion as winners of the Caribbean section

CONCACAF Final Round[edit]

The final was scratched and Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands) Transvaal were declared CONCACAF champions as both Central American finalists, Saprissa and Alajuelense, withdrew.

Champion[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1973 Champions
Suriname (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Transvaal
First Title

References[edit]