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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



Cosmos Video


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



July 22, 1984 – New York Cosmos vs. World All-Stars

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New York Cosmos vs. World All-Stars
July 22, 1984
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 37,318

North American Soccer League Programs
8 pages


From the 1970’s through their demise in 1985, the New York Cosmos always played a great parallel schedule of international exhibitions alongside their regular commitments in the North American Soccer League.  In fact, even their final forlorn appearances at Giants Stadium in the summer of 1985 were against imported European opponents.

The Cosmos’ vast number of international friendlies pose a challenging quest for collectors, whether it’s the search for rare match programs or bootleg videos.  And we ship them all over the world through our store – this one, a deathbed friendly from July 1984 between the struggling post-Time Warner Cosmos and a collection of  “World All-Stars” – was bought by a collector in Germany today, so I figured I’d write it up before it’s gone.

The Cosmos were built on star power during the Time Warner years, but they’d pretty much run out of stars by 1984.  For the first time since Pele’s arrival in 1975, their lineup was basically indistinguishable from ho-hum NASL clubs like the Minnesota Strikers or the Tulsa Roughnecks.  Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia had retired the previous year.  Their biggest remaining names were guys like Vladislav Bogicevic of Yugoslavia and Johan Neeskens of Holland (who would score the Cosmos’ only goal of this night, on a penalty).

In fact, the visiting World All-Stars had more Cosmos star power than the Cosmos did.  The All-Stars featured the 38-year old Beckenbauer (who played the full 90) and the Cosmos’ former American phenom Ricky Davis.  The fact that Davis could now make more money playing indoor soccer for the St. Louis Steamers showed how far the outdoor game (and the Cosmos) had slipped in America by the mid-1980’s.  The All-Stars coach was Professor Julio Mazzei, a friend of Pele and Zelig-type figure for the Cosmos, who coached the team intermittently, including leading the club to their final Soccer Bowl title in 1982.

The rest of the World All-Stars?  Well, they were pretty damn legit.  The line-up included:

  • Two-time European Football-of-the-Year Kevin Keegan
  • 1978 Argentine World Cup hero Mario Kempes
  • Former Ajax & Dutch National Team defender Rudi Krol
  • Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez
  • English National Team stalwart goalkeeper Peter Shilton

French legend Michel Platini was pictured in the All-Stars publicity photo (above left), but does not appear to have been part of the game.  The All-Stars dominated the Cosmos 3-1 before a crowd of 37,318, the Cosmos’ second largest of the year at Giants Stadium.

For the rest of the All-Stars & Cosmos’ rosters, download the original Game Notes & Rosters here.





June 1984 New York Cosmos vs. World All-Stars Fan Ballot

July 22, 1984 New York Cosmos vs. World All-Stars Game Notes

1984 New York Cosmos vs. World All-Stars Event Itinerary


Written by AC

March 14th, 2013 at 1:17 am

September 24, 1980 – New York Cosmos Franz Beckenbauer Farewell Game

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Franz Beckenbauer Farewell MatchNew York Cosmos vs. NASL Select Team
September 24, 1980
Giants Stadium
Attendance: 71,413

North American Soccer League Programs
20 pages


A massive crowd of 71,413 turned out at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium for Franz Beckenbauer’s farewell match with the New York Cosmos on September 24, 1980. The captain of West Germany’s 1974 World Cup championship squad, “The Kaiser” helped propel the Cosmos to global popularity after his arrival in New York in 1977.  Now he was headed back  to the German Bundesliga, set to join SV Hamburg in November 1980.

Just three days earlier, the Cosmos whipped the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-0 to win Soccer Bowl ’80 before 50,768 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.  It was the Cosmos’ third Soccer Bowl title in Beckenbauer’s four seasons with the club.

The Cosmos and the North American Soccer League pulled out all the stops for this tribute match.  Pele, now 40 years old, came out of retirement to suit up for the Cosmos for the first time since his own farewell match three years earlier.

New York faced an NASL Select Team made up of 21 foreign stars who represented 16 of the NASL’s 24 clubs.  The roster chosen included George Best, Gerd Mueller, Oscar Fabbiani, Phil Parkes, Karl-Heinz Granitza and Teofilo Cubillas.  (Best and Mueller did not make the trip, however).  Rinus Michels,whose Dutch National Team were runners up to Beckenbauer’s West Germans in the 1974 World Cup, managed the All-Stars.  A Cosmos’ press release stated that the Select Team was chosen by Cosmos fans from a ballot of nominees chosen by Beckenbauer himself.  The match was broadcast nationwide cable on the USA Network.

Winning and losing is largely beside the point in these tribute matches, but the Select Team did get the best of the Cosmos this night by a margin of 3-2.  Jomo Sono, Cubillas and Granitza scored for the All-Stars.  Pele thrilled the local fans with a first half goal and the Cosmos emerging young Paraguayan star Roberto Cabanas added a second half goal for the locals.


Pele was the original Cosmos international superstar.  Beckenbauer replaced him, in a sense – the two only shared the field for one season (1977).  After Beckenbauer left in 1980, club owner Time-Warner Communications experienced its own troubles and the fortunes of the Cosmos began to fade.  Unlike with Pele, the Cosmos failed to replace Beckenbauer with an international signing of similar stature.   The days of 70,000+ crowds at Giants Stadium were over after Beckenbauer’s final season in 1980.

Aside from a victory in Soccer Bowl ’82, the Eighties saw the Cosmos in a state of decay.  Beckenbauer was lured back to New York for the 1983 season to try and restore some of the lost lustre, but by that point it was too late.  Time-Warner unloaded the club in 1984 as Beckenbauer returned once and for all to West Germany.  The NASL folded after the 1984 season and the Cosmos went out of business in July 1985 after a poorly attended international exhibition series at Giants Stadium.



8-31-1980 – Pele To Don #10 Again in Beckenbauer Farewell – Press Release 

New York Cosmos Game Notes Package – Franz Beckenbauer Farewell Match – 9-24-1980

New York Cosmos Roster – Franz Beckenbauer Farewell Match

NASL Select Team Roster – Franz Beckenbauer Farewell Match




Written by AC

December 23rd, 2012 at 3:43 am


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