Naipes Opacos Copa de Oro 1980
The 1980 Mundialito (“little World Cup”), or Copa de Oro de Campeones Mundiales (“World Champions’ Gold Cup”), was an international football tournament held in Montevideo from December 30, 1980 to January 10, 1981, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup tournament, which had been celebrated in 1930 at the same venue.
The mascot (right), which appears on the box and the backs of the cards, depicts a Charrúa indian, an indigenous people of Southern South America who became extinct following European conquest and colonisation. Uruguayans refer to themselves as “charrúas” when in the context of a competition or battle against a foreign contingent.
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