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1971-1985 New York Cosmos

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New York Cosmos YearbookNorth American Soccer League (1971-1984)
Major Indoor Soccer League (1984-1985)

Born: December 10, 1970 – NASL expansion franchise.
Folded: Summer 1985.



Team Colors:

  • 1974: Green, Yellow & Blue
  • 1977: Green & White


  • 1971-1984: Warner Communications (Steve Ross, et al.)
  • 1984-1985: Giorgio Chinaglia, et al.

Soccer Bowl Champions: 1977, 1978, 1980 & 1982


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New York Cosmos Memorabilia



New York Cosmos Video

Trailer for Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos



In Memoriam

Former Cosmos head coach Hennes Weisweiler, who managed the club from 1980-1982, passed away on July 5, 1983.  He was 63.

Cosmos founder/owner & Warner Communications CEO Steve Ross passed away on December 20, 1992 from prostate cancer at 65.

Julio Mazzei, who helped bring Pele to America in 1975 and later coached the Cosmos in the 1980’s, died on May 10, 2009 at age 78.

Ex-Cosmos player/owner Giorgio Chinaglia, the NASL’s all-time leading scorer, died on April 1, 2012 at age 65.




1973 New York Cosmos Season Ticket Brochure

June 1978 New York Cosmos Travel Itinerary – Minnesota

March 25, 1979 Cosmos vs. Estudiantes Tecos Game Program

June 11, 1979 – Cosmos Sign Dutch Star Johan Neeskens Press Release

August 31, 1980 – Pele to Don #10 Again in Beckenbauer Farewell Press Release

1982 New York Cosmos Soccer Bowl Press Kit

November 20, 1983 Cosmos Sign Dan Canter Press Release



North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

Major Indoor Soccer League Media Guides

Major Indoor Soccer League Programs



June 1, 1977 – New York Cosmos vs. Lazio

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New York Cosmos vs. Lazio
June 1, 1977
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 25,803

North American Soccer League Programs


Giorgio Chinaglia, the flamboyant Italian star of the New York Cosmos in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, died today after reportedly suffering his second heart attack in a week. He was 65.

Chinaglia arrived in New York in 1976, one year after the arrival of international superstar Pele. He would play in Pele’s shadow to some degree for two seasons until the great Brazilian’s retirement in 1977. But it was Chinaglia who would become the North American Soccer League’s greatest scorer, scoring nearly one goal per game for the Cosmos in 254 matches between 1976 and his first retirement in 1983. In the summer of 1984, Chinaglia acquired ownership of a suddenly floundering Cosmos franchise from Time Warner. Over the next year he presided over the sad decline and final demise of the once proud super club, watching as the NASL folded, the Cosmos entered – and then withdrew from – the Major Indoor Soccer League, and a last gasp effort to stage an exhibition series at Giants Stadium in the summer of 1985 sputtered and died.

This program is from the glory days of the Cosmos in the summer of 1977 when the club packed 70,000 plus into Giants Stadium for several games. This June 1st match was an international friendly against Lazio of Italy, Chinaglia’s former club before coming to New York. The Cosmos triumphed 3-2 before 25,803 at the Meadowlands.

The 2006 documentary Once In A Lifetime told the story of the Cosmos and Chinaglia and introduced the controversial and charismatic star to a new, younger generation of American soccer fans. The film portrayed Chinaglia as a Svengali-like figure who wielded undue influence in the Cosmos front office during his playing days and a pet of Time Warner CEO Steve Ross, but also recognized his undeniable star power and single-minded determination as a competitor.





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New York Cosmos Home Page



Written by AC

April 1st, 2012 at 11:48 pm


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