Top Stories Argentina World Cup 1978

Top Stories Argentina World Cup 1978
Kempes celebrating the goal against Holland in the final of 1978. El Matador is one of the best center forwards in history. PHOTO: Getty Images

The World Cup in Argentina 1978 marked a before and after in the country. Until that moment, Argentina could hardly boast of having a World Cup final as the best guarantee in the most important tournaments of football. But nevertheless, this year, one of the countries that most loves the beautiful game was going to win a very special edition at home marked by the political regime of the time in Argentina and by the heyday of Mario Kempes, the Albiceleste striker proved to be instrumental in the Argentina victory.

The World Cup in Argentina 1978, a tournament marked by politics and social conflicts

It was not easy the World of 1978 by several factors. Argentina had to spend 520 million in the construction of three stadiums (Mendoza, Cordoba and Mar de Plata) and remodeling of Monumental (the Bombonera left out), host the final. A huge expense that was met in part as political propaganda by Videla's dictatorship that gladly proposed a championship and a country open to any citizen while social reality and human rights organizations drew a government based on illegal repression that included, among other things, kidnapping, torture and forced disappearance of persons.

Politics aside or not such a margin because of the enormous influence that the tournament, the World 1978 what they wrote 16 selections, as four years earlier it had happened, including Spain were, Brazil, Italy, Hungary (who came as consideration of giving an electronic scoreboard to Bolivia in the Hernando Siles and avoid a play-off) or the Netherlands, who came without Johan Cruyff, faced with fearful Argentine political regime as a result of violations of rights and a possible kidnapping.

The 16 Selections were fitted in four groups of four where two first passed to a second phase that is disputed in two groups of four reaching the champions to reach the final. So, and as had happened in 1974, the semifinals were removed, quarters or eighths.

The highlight of the first phase was the elimination of France in the group 1 and in Spain 3. Especially painful was the national team, He losing to Austria and tied with Brazil 0 in the famous ruling Cardeñosa that so many times has been defined as one of the gravest errors of football history.

Best tournament wine, definitely, in the second phase. Netherlands proved to be the strongest in Group A ahead of Italy, Germany and Austria and qualified for the final, second consecutive. Argentina would rival after beating Brazil, Poland and Peru in a somewhat suspiciously. And it was particularly striking his match against Peru combined. Argentines should win by four or more goals to pass and leave out Brazil and finally beat 6-0 in a disputed encounter, as were many voices that spoke of a game rigged by the government of Videla in the Condor Plan. Passivity in the Peruvian defense and scored five goals in the second half gave vidilla a matter for which it was said that Argentina helped economically to Peru in exchange for a victory on the pitch.

Out and out, the case is that the end the disputed Netherlands and Argentina and possibly, this was the best game of the championship. A party dog ​​face resolved in overtime and where the figure of Mario Alberto Kempes was decisive with two goals vital that besides serving to be the top scorer and best man served to crown a convulsive Argentina where Maradona even he had entered the call by decision of César Luis Menoti.

Total 25 intense days also marked by the goal of lack of Teofilo Cubillas against Scotland (recognized as one of the best beatings of history), the appearance of the ball Adidas Tango, a revolutionary leather would be present in four editions and so many things as the first doping penalty in a World Cup Scottish Willie Johnston, The goal 1000 World of work of Dutch Robert Rensenbrink or mascot Gauchito.


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Julio Muñoz

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2 thoughts on “Top Stories Argentina World Cup 1978

  1. Found a number of inaccuracies in this note:
    a) I do not know where they got it from “Hungarian consideration”. They played 2 European parties and won 6-0 (L) Y 3-2 (V)in the play-offs
    b) Cruyff had already announced in 1974 it would not contest the World 78. The dictatorship began in 1976
    c) Plan Condor was an agreement to destroy insurgent movements, the world has nothing to do with it
    d) In Argentina-Peru there was 4 goals in the second half, no 5.
    e) The title of the text is Top Stories”. I did not read any story, only a summary of the World
    f) World mascot was not called Gauchito, but Mundialito.
    Good luck

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