1978 FIFA World Cup

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The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.wikipedia
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Argentina national football team

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The Cup was won by the Argentine hosts, who defeated the Netherlands 3–1 in the final, after extra time.
Argentina won in their next final appearance in 1978, beating the Netherlands at extra time, 3–1.

Netherlands national football team

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The Cup was won by the Argentine hosts, who defeated the Netherlands 3–1 in the final, after extra time. Peru pushed the Netherlands into second place in Group 4, where Scotland missed out on goal difference for the second successive tournament.
The Netherlands has competed in ten FIFA World Cups, appearing in the finals three times (in 1974, 1978 and 2010).

Buenos Aires

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The final was held at River Plate's home stadium, Estadio Monumental, in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires held the 1st Pan American Games in 1951 as well as hosting two venues in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

Italy national football team

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This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina, who became the fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany) to be both hosts and world champions.
Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the history of the World Cup, having won four titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) and appearing in two other finals (1970, 1994), reaching a third place (1990) and a fourth place (1978).

Uruguay national football team

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This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina, who became the fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany) to be both hosts and world champions.
The second-smallest country, by population, to have won the World Cup is Argentina with a population of nearly 28 million people in 1978.

1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian and Oceanian zone (AFC and OFC).

1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF).

Iran national football team

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Teófilo Cubillas was outstanding for Peru, scoring twice against Scotland in Peru's 3–1 win and hitting a hat-trick in their 4–1 victory over newcomers Iran.
Iran has qualified for the World Cup five times (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, and 2018) but has never advanced past the group stage.

Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti

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The final was held at River Plate's home stadium, Estadio Monumental, in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
The stadium was remodelled and finally completed to meet the original project after Argentina was awarded the right to host the 1978 World Cup.

Tunisia national football team

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Poland won Group 2 ahead of world champions West Germany, after holding the Germans to a goalless draw and then beating Tunisia and Mexico.
Nevertheless, they created history in that 1978 tournament in Argentina by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup match, beating Mexico 3–1.

1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the South American Zone (CONMEBOL).

1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the qualification to the 1978 FIFA World Cup rounds for the European zone (UEFA) in association football.

FIFA World Cup

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The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.
In the tournaments between 1934 and 1978, 16 teams competed in each tournament, except in 1938, when Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, leaving the tournament with 15 teams, and in 1950, when India, Scotland, and Turkey withdrew, leaving the tournament with 13 teams.

1977 CONCACAF Championship

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Mexico, as the host nation, easily secured a third title and a place in Argentina '78 since the tournament also served as qualification to the World Cup.

Adidas Tango

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The official match ball was the Adidas Tango.
The Adidas Tango is a successful family and brand of association football balls originally introduced as the Tango Durlast in 1978, specifically for the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

Mexico national football team

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Poland won Group 2 ahead of world champions West Germany, after holding the Germans to a goalless draw and then beating Tunisia and Mexico.
Mexico failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, but did make it into the 1978 finals.

England national football team

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This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina, who became the fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany) to be both hosts and world champions.
Ramsey was succeeded by Don Revie between 1974 and 1977, but the team failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1976 and the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

César Luis Menotti

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There was also some domestic controversy as well, as Argentine manager César Luis Menotti did not call up the then-17-year-old Argentinos Juniors local star Diego Maradona, as Menotti felt Maradona was too young to handle the pressures of such an important tournament on home soil and that the expectations of the team's performance would probably revolve around the Buenos Aires-born youngster.
César Luis Menotti (born 5 November 1938), known as El Flaco ("the slim one"), is an Argentine football coach and former player who won the 1978 FIFA World Cup as the head coach of the Argentina national team.

Daniel Passarella

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After France was denied what looked to be a clear penalty in the first half, an anonymous French player claimed to have heard the referee tell Daniel Passarella (the player who committed the foul), "Don't do that again please, or I might have to actually give it next time."
He was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup.

Brazil national football team

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The biggest surprise of all came in Group 3, where Austria finished ahead of Brazil.
In the second group stage of the 1978 World Cup, Brazil competed with tournament hosts Argentina for top spot and a place in the finals.

1982 FIFA World Cup

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The first World Cup to feature a penalty shoot-out was the 1982 World Cup, in the semifinal match between France and West Germany.
Teams absent from the finals were 1974 and 1978 runners-up Netherlands (eliminated by Belgium and France), Mexico (eliminated by Honduras and El Salvador), and the three times 1970s participants Sweden (eliminated by Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Mario Kempes

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In addition, Maradona's traditional position of number 10 (play-making attacking mid-fielder) was taken by Mario Kempes, who ended up as the Best Player and Top Goal Scorer.
At international level, Kempes was the focal point of Argentina's 1978 World Cup win where he scored twice in the final, and received the Golden Boot as top goalscorer.

Germany national football team

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This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina, who became the fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany) to be both hosts and world champions. Poland won Group 2 ahead of world champions West Germany, after holding the Germans to a goalless draw and then beating Tunisia and Mexico.
In the 1978 World Cup, Germany was eliminated in the second group stage after losing 3–2 to Austria.

Austria national football team

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The biggest surprise of all came in Group 3, where Austria finished ahead of Brazil.
In the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, they had lost two matches and would almost surely finish last in their second round group of four teams, but they put in a special effort for their last game in Córdoba against West Germany, which had still chances of qualifying for the final.

Scotland national football team

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Peru pushed the Netherlands into second place in Group 4, where Scotland missed out on goal difference for the second successive tournament.
Archie Gemmill scored what has been described as one of the greatest World Cup goals ever in a 3–2 win during the 1978 World Cup against the Netherlands, who reached the final of the tournament.