Football World Cup 1978

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1978 Football World Cup - Argentina
Argentina '78
1978 Football World Cup poster
Official 1978 Football World Cup poster
1978 Football World Cup logo
Official 1978 Football World Cup logo
Participant teams 101
(final tournament: 16)
Host Argentina
Champions Argentina (1st title)
Matches played 38
Goals scored 102
(2.68 per match)
Attendance 1,610,215
(42,374 per match)
Top scorer Mario Kempes (ARG)
6 goals

The 1978 Football World Cup was held in Argentina. It was won by Argentina who beat the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time in the final. This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina who became the sixth team (after Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and England) to be world champions.

The format of the competition stayed the same as in 1974: 16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Top two teams in each group would advance to the second round, where they would be split into two groups of four. The winners of each group will play each other in the finals, and the second place finishers in the third place match.

The Netherlands lost their second World Cup final in a row, both times to the host nation, after already bowing to Germany in 1974. Mario Kempes of Argentina lead the competition in scoring with six goals.

In a first-round game against the Netherlands, Scotland's Archie Gemmill scored a famous goal, which was later made a part of a memorable scene in the movie Trainspotting. Scotland needed to win the game by three goals to advance to the second round, and Gemmill made it 3-1 only for the Dutch to score and deny Scotland with a 3-2 result.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this World Cup, most notably dealing with Argentina's final game in the second round against Peru. Because of the goal difference criteria, Argentina needed to defeat the Peruvian side by at least four goals to qualify to the finals instead of Brazil, thanks to Brazil's 3-1 victory against Poland played a few hours earlier. The controversy lies with the fact that the Peruvian goalkeeper (Ramn Quiroga) at the time was actually born in Argentina and had, until that game, only let in six goals in five matches. Argentina, it should be noted, had only scored six goals in the competition up to this point; they put the same number past Peru, winning 6-0 and advancing to the final match. Nevertheless, players of boths sides still deny any agreement to favor Argentina.

Another controversial fact surrounding this world cup was that Argentina had suffered a military coup only two years before the cup. Because of this, some countries, most notably Holland, considered publicly if they should participate in the cup. Despite this, all teams eventually participated without restrictions.


Contents

First round

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Missing image
Flag_of_Italy.png


Italy
6330062
Argentina 4320143
France 2310255
Hungary 0300338
Italy2 - 1France
Argentina2 - 1Hungary
Italy3 - 1Hungary
Argentina2 - 1France
France3 - 1Hungary
Italy1 - 0Argentina

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Poland 5321041
West Germany 4312060
Tunisia 3311132
Missing image
Mexico_flag_large.png


Mexico
03003212
West Germany0 - 0Poland
Tunisia3 - 1Mexico
West Germany6 - 0Mexico
Poland1 - 0Tunisia
West Germany0 - 0Tunisia
Poland3 - 1Mexico

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Austria 4320132
Brazil 4312021
Spain 3311122
Sweden 1301113
Austria2 - 1Spain
Brazil1 - 1Sweden
Austria1 - 0Sweden
Brazil0 - 0Spain
Spain1 - 0Sweden
Brazil1 - 0Austria

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Peru 5321072
Netherlands 3311153
Scotland 3311156
Iran 1301228
Peru3 - 1Scotland
Netherlands3 - 0Iran
Scotland1 - 1Iran
Peru0 - 0Netherlands
Peru4 - 1Iran
Scotland3 - 2Netherlands

Second round

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Netherlands 5321094
Missing image
Flag_of_Italy.png


Italy
3311122
West Germany 2302145
Austria 2310248
Netherlands5 - 1Austria
Italy0 - 0West Germany
Netherlands2 - 2West Germany
Italy1 - 0Austria
Austria3 - 2West Germany
Netherlands2 - 1Italy

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 5321080
Brazil 5321061
Poland 2310225
Peru 03003010
Brazil3 - 0Peru
Argentina2 - 0Poland
Poland1 - 0Peru
Argentina0 - 0Brazil
Brazil3 - 1Poland
Argentina6 - 0Peru

Third place match

June 24, 1978

Brazil 2 - 1 Missing image
Flag_of_Italy.png


Italy

Final

June 25, 1978

Argentina 3 - 1 (AET) Netherlands



FIFA (Men's) World Cup

Uruguay 1930 | Italy 1934 | France 1938 | Brazil 1950 | Switzerland 1954 | Sweden 1958 | Chile 1962 | England 1966 | Mexico 1970 | West Germany 1974 | Argentina 1978 | Spain 1982 | Mexico 1986 | Italy 1990 | USA 1994 | France 1998 | Korea/Japan 2002 | Germany 2006 | South Africa 2010 | South America 2014

FIFA Women's World Cup

China 1991 | Sweden 1995 | USA 1999 | USA 2003 | China 2007

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