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1978 FIFA World Cup
Copa Mundial de Fútbol Argentina '78
1978 FIFA World Cup logo.svg.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Argentina.png Argentina
Dates1–25 June (25 days)
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 5 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Argentina.png Argentina
Runner-upNetherlands.png Netherlands
Third placeBrazil.png Brazil
Fourth placeFlag of Italy.gif Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played38
Goals scored102 (2.68 per match)
Attendance1,545,791 (40,679 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Argentina Mario Kempes (6 goals)
1974
1982

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.

The 1978 World Cup 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 fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany), to be both hosts and world champions. Argentina, the Netherlands and Brazil were the gold, silver and bronze medalists respectively. Iran and Tunisia made their first appearances in the finals.

The official match ball was the Adidas Tango.

Host selection

Argentina was chosen as the host nation by FIFA in London, England on 6 July 1966. Mexico withdrew from the bidding process after having been awarded the 1970 competition two years earlier.

Qualification

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification

England failed to qualify for the second World Cup in succession, losing out to Italy. European champions Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union also failed to qualify for the finals. Uruguay failed to qualify for the first time since 1958. Newcomers to the finals were Iran and Tunisia; Austria qualified for the first time since 1958, while France, Spain and Hungary were back for the first time since 1966. For the first time, more than 100 nations entered the competition.

Controversy

A controversial fact surrounding the 1978 World Cup was that Argentina had suffered a military coup only two years before the cup, a coup known as the National Reorganization Process. Less than a year before the World Cup, in September 1977, Interior Minister General Albano Harguindeguy, stated that 5,618 people had recently disappeared. The infamous Naval Mechanics School (known by its acronym ESMA) held concentration camp prisoners of the Dirty War and those held captive reportedly could hear the roars of the crowd during matches held at River Plate's Monumental Stadium, located only a mile away; prompting echoes of Hitler's manipulation of sports during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Because of the political turmoil, some countries, most notably the Netherlands, considered publicly whether they should participate in the event. Despite this, all teams eventually took part without restrictions. Allegations that Dutch star Johan Cruyff refused to participate because of political convictions were denied by him 30 years later. More controversy surrounded the host, Argentina, as all of their games in the first round kicked off at night, giving the Argentines the advantage of knowing where they stood in the group. This issue would arise again in Spain 1982, which prompted FIFA to change the rules so that the final two group games in subsequent World Cups would be played simultaneously.

Further accusations surround the game Argentina and Peru played in the second round of the tournament. Argentina needed to win by a margin of four goals to proceed to the final and did so by defeating Peru by 6–0. However, claims that the Argentine military dictatorship interfered to ensure Argentina would defeat Peru, were denied by the Peruvian captain and several Peruvian players. Some accusations originated in the Brazilian media and pointed to the fact that the Peruvian goalkeeper had been born in Argentina. There is also an alleged deal, reported by the British media as an anonymous rumour, that involved the delivery of a large grain shipment to Peru by Argentina and the unfreezing of a Peruvian bank account that was held by the Argentine Central Bank. Another alleged deal, published by a Colombian drug lord in a controversial book, involved the Peruvian team being bribed without any political implications. A third alleged deal, claimed by a Peruvian leftist politician, encompassed sending 13 Peruvian dissidents exiled in Argentina back to Peru. On top of the contradictions between stories, no evidence is shown in any case.

Three months before the World Cup, Argentina had beaten Peru 3–1 in Lima, head to head record was 15–3 in favour of the hosting nation and Peru had never beaten Argentina away from home. However, Peru had conceded only 6 goals in their previous 5 games in the World Cup. During the first half, Peru hit the post twice after two counters when the game was 0–0. Argentina managed to get ahead 2–0 before the end of the first 45 minutes. During the second half, Argentina was ahead 4–0 when Peru had another clear chance. Argentina kept attacking and scored twice more, making it 6–0 and surpassing the needed margin.

Format

The format of the competition stayed the same as in 1974: 16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Each group played a round-robin with two points for a win and one for a draw, and goal difference used to separate teams level on points. The 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 would play each other in the final, and the second place finishers in the third place match. For the 1978 World Cup, FIFA introduced the penalty shootout as a means of determining the winner in knockout stages should the match end on a draw after 120 minutes. The method, however, was not put in practice as both the third-place match and the final were decided before 120 minutes. The first World Cup to feature a penalty shootout was the 1982 World Cup, in the semifinal match between France and West Germany.

Summary

First round

The first round produced several surprises. Poland won Group 2 ahead of world champions West Germany, after holding the Germans to a goalless draw and then beating Tunisia and Mexico. The Germans then thrashed Mexico 6–0, and finally played out a second goalless draw against Tunisia. Although they failed to qualify for the second round, Tunisia made history by beating Mexico 3–1 while losing 0–1 at half time. It was the first time that any African team had won a match at the World Cup finals.

Peru pushed the Netherlands into second place in Group 4, where Scotland missed out on goal difference for the second successive tournament. 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 Iran. Rob Rensenbrink of the Netherlands also scored three times against Iran, scoring all the goals as the Dutch won 3–0. Scotland drew with Iran 1–1 and the only highlight of their campaign was a 3–2 victory over the Netherlands in their final group game which was not enough to prevent elimination. Iran, the reigning Asian champions, went out of the tournament winless. Rensenbrink's goal against Scotland was the 1000th goal of World Cup history. Scotland's Willie Johnston was expelled from the World Cup after he was found to have taken a banned stimulant during the opening game against Peru.

The biggest surprise of all came in Group 3, where Austria finished ahead of Brazil. The Austrians beat Spain and Sweden, while Brazil were held to draws by the same two teams. The draw with Sweden was especially controversial; Welsh referee Clive Thomas awarded Brazil a very late corner kick and Zico directly headed the kick into the net but Thomas blew for time before Zico made contact with the ball and the goal was disallowed. The Brazilian players were not happy with the decision, but the final result remained a 1–1 draw. Brazil needed to beat Austria in their final group game to be sure of progressing to the second round, and managed a 1–0 win thanks to a goal from Roberto Dinamite. Brazil and Austria thus finished with the same number of points and the same goal difference, but Austria won the group by virtue of having scored more goals.

Group 1 had the strongest line-up of teams in the first round, featuring Italy, the host Argentina, France and Hungary. The two places in the second round were claimed before the final round of games, with Italy and Argentina both beating France and Hungary. The match between Italy and Argentina decided who topped the group, and a goal from Roberto Bettega midway through the second half was enough to give that honour to Italy. It also forced Argentina to move out of Buenos Aires and play in Rosario.

The 1978 World Cup marked the second and last occasion during which a national team did not wear its own kit to play a match (the first being in a 1958 World Cup first round match between West Germany and Argentina). The incident happened during the game between France and Hungary. Both teams arrived at the venue with only their white change kits, resulting in a delayed kickoff while officials went in search of the jerseys of a local team from Mar del Plata, Club Atlético Kimberley; the jerseys had vertical green and white stripes and were worn by France.

Second round

In the all-European Group A, the Netherlands got off to a flying start by thrashing Austria 5–1, Johnny Rep scoring two of their goals. In a rematch of the 1974 final, the Dutch then drew 2–2 with West Germany, who had previously shared a goalless game with Italy. The Italians beat Austria 1–0, and so the Netherlands faced Italy in their last group game knowing that the winners would reach the final. Ernie Brandts scored an 18th-minute own goal to put Italy ahead at half-time, but he made up for his mistake by scoring at the right end in the fifth minute of the second half. Arie Haan got the winner for the Dutch with 15 minutes remaining, and the Netherlands had reached their second successive World Cup Final. In the game known as the miracle of Cordoba, West Germany were surprisingly beaten by Austria 2–3 which marked their end as World Champions.

Group B was essentially a battle between Argentina and Brazil, and it was resolved in controversial circumstances. In the first round of group games, Brazil beat Peru 3–0 while Argentina saw Poland off by a score of 2–0. Brazil and Argentina then played out a tense and violent goalless draw, so both teams went into the last round of matches with three points. Argentina delayed the kick-off of its last match to await the result of the Brazil-Poland encounter. Brazil won by a 3–1 score, meaning Argentina had to beat Peru by four clear goals to reach the final but they managed to do it. Trailing 2–0 at half-time, Peru simply collapsed in the second half, and Argentina eventually won 6–0. As previously noted, rumors suggested that Peru might have been bribed or threatened into allowing Argentina to win the match by such a large margin. However, nothing could be proved, and Argentina met the Netherlands in the final. Brazil took third place from an enterprising Italian side with Nelinho scoring a memorable goal, and were dubbed "moral champions" by coach Cláudio Coutinho, because they did not win the tournament, but did not lose a single match.

Final

The final, Argentina vs Netherlands, was also controversial, as the Dutch accused the Argentines of using stalling tactics to delay the match. The host team came out late and questioned the legality of a plaster cast on René van de Kerkhof's wrist, which the Dutch claimed allowed tension to build in front of a hostile Buenos Aires crowd. During the game, the referees repeatedly ignored Argentine players running off side for up to 10 meters and catching the ball with their hands.

Mario Kempes opened the scoring for the hosts before Dick Nanninga equalized a few minutes from the end. Rob Rensenbrink had a glorious stoppage-time opportunity to win it for the Netherlands but his effort came back off the goal post. Argentina won the final 3–1 after extra time, after Daniel Bertoni scored and Kempes, who finished as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, added his second of the day. The Netherlands, because of the controversial game events, refused to attend the post-match ceremonies after the match ended. They had lost their second World Cup final in a row, both times to the host nation, after losing to West Germany in 1974. Argentina won 5 games but became the first team to win the World Cup after failing to win two matches (losing to Italy in the first round and drawing with Brazil in the second round). (Four years later, Italy would win the next World Cup despite failing to win three games.)

Mascot

The official mascot of this World Cup was Gauchito, a boy wearing an Argentina kit. His hat (with the words ARGENTINA '78), neckerchief, and whip are typical of gauchos.

Venues

Buenos Aires Córdoba
Estadio Monumental Estadio José Amalfitani Estadio Córdoba
Capacity: 76,000 Capacity: 49,540 Capacity: 46,083
Estadio Monumental Estadio José Amalfitani EstadioCordoba
Mar del Plata Rosario Mendoza
Estadio José María Minella Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza
Capacity: 43,542 Capacity: 41,654 Capacity: 34,875
PT ESTADIO2 Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Estadio Malvinas Argentinas

Match officials

AFC
CAF
CONCACAF
CONMEBOL

UEFA

Squads

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1978 FIFA World Cup squads.

Seeding

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Results

1978 world cup

  Champion
  Runner-up
  Third place
  Fourth place
  Second round
  First round

Group stage

Group 1

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Group 1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 330062+46
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 320143+14
Flag of France.png France 31025502
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 300338−50
2 June 1978
13:45 ART
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 2–1 Flag of France.png France Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata
Attendance: 42,373
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)
Rossi Soccerball 29'
Zaccarelli Soccerball 54'
Report Lacombe Soccerball 1'

2 June 1978
19:15 ART
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 2–1 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,615
Referee: Antonio Garrido (Portugal)
Luque Soccerball 15'
Bertoni Soccerball 83'
Report Csapó Soccerball 10'

6 June 1978
13:45 ART
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 3–1 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata
Attendance: 26,533
Referee: Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)
Rossi Soccerball 34'
Bettega Soccerball 36'
Benetti Soccerball 60'
Report A. Tóth Soccerball 81' (pen.)

6 June 1978
19:15 ART
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 2–1 Flag of France.png France Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,666
Referee: Jean Dubach (Switzerland)
Passarella Soccerball 45' (pen.)
Luque Soccerball 73'
Report Platini Soccerball 60'

10 June 1978
14:30 ART
France Flag of France.png 3–1 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata
Attendance: 23,127
Referee: Arnaldo Cézar Coelho (Brazil)
Lopez Soccerball 22'
Berdoll Soccerball 37'
Rocheteau Soccerball 42'
Report Zombori Soccerball 41'

10 June 1978
19:15 ART
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 0–1 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,712
Referee: Abraham Klein (Israel)
Report Bettega Soccerball 67'

Group 2

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Poland.png Poland 321041+35
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 312060+64
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia 311132+13
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 3003212−100
1 June 1978
15:00 ART
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 0–0 Flag of Poland.png Poland Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 67,579
Referee: Ángel Norberto Coerezza (Argentina)
Report

2 June 1978
16:45 ART
Tunisia Flag of Tunisia.png 3–1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Attendance: 17,396
Referee: John Gordon (Scotland)
Kaabi Soccerball 55'
Ghommidh Soccerball 79'
Dhouieb Soccerball 87'
Report Vázquez Ayala Soccerball 45' (pen.)

6 June 1978
16:45 ART
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 6–0 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 35,258
Referee: Farouk Bouzo (Syria)
D. Müller Soccerball 15'
H. Müller Soccerball 30'
Rummenigge Soccerball 38'73'
Flohe Soccerball 44'89'
Report

6 June 1978
16:45 ART
Poland Flag of Poland.png 1–0 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Attendance: 9,624
Referee: Ángel Franco Martínez (Spain)
Lato Soccerball 43' Report

10 June 1978
16:45 ART
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 0–0 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 30,667
Referee: César Guerrero Orosco (Peru)
Report

10 June 1978
16:45 ART
Poland Flag of Poland.png 3–1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Attendance: 22,651
Referee: Jafar Namdar (Iran)
Boniek Soccerball 43'84'
Deyna Soccerball 56'
Report Rangel Soccerball 52'

Group 3

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Group 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Austria.png Austria 320132+14
Brazil.png Brazil 312021+14
Flag of Spain.png Spain 31112203
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 301213−21
3 June 1978
13:45 ART
Austria Flag of Austria.png 2–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 40,841
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)
Schachner Soccerball 10'
Krankl Soccerball 76'
Report Dani Soccerball 21'

3 June 1978
13:45 ART
Brazil Brazil.png 1–1 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Estadio José Maria Minella, Mar del Plata
Attendance: 32,569
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)
Reinaldo Soccerball 45' Report Sjöberg Soccerball 37'

7 June 1978
13:45 ART
Austria Flag of Austria.png 1–0 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 41,424
Referee: Charles Corver (Netherlands)
Krankl Soccerball 42' (pen.) Report

7 June 1978
13:45 ART
Brazil Brazil.png 0–0 Flag of Spain.png Spain Estadio José Maria Minella, Mar del Plata
Attendance: 34,771
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Report

11 June 1978
13:45 ART
Spain Flag of Spain.png 1–0 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 42,132
Referee: Ferdinand Biwersi (West Germany)
Asensi Soccerball 75' Report

11 June 1978
13:45 ART
Brazil Brazil.png 1–0 Flag of Austria.png Austria Estadio José Maria Minella, Mar del Plata
Attendance: 35,221
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)
Roberto Dinamite Soccerball 40' Report

Group 4

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Group 4
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Peru.png Peru 321072+55
Netherlands.png Netherlands 311153+23
Scotland.png Scotland 311156−13
Iran.png Iran 301228−61
3 June 1978
16:45 ART
Peru Flag of Peru.png 3–1 Scotland.png Scotland Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 37,927
Referee: Ulf Eriksson (Sweden)
Cueto Soccerball 43'
Cubillas Soccerball 70'76'
Report Jordan Soccerball 19'

3 June 1978
16:45 ART
Netherlands Netherlands.png 3–0 Iran.png Iran Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Attendance: 33,431
Referee: Alfonso González Archundia (Mexico)
Rensenbrink Soccerball 40' (pen.)62'78' (pen.) Report

7 June 1978
16:45 ART
Scotland Scotland.png 1–1 Iran.png Iran Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 7,938
Referee: Youssou N'Diaye (Senegal)
Eskandarian Soccerball 43' (o.g.) Report Danaeifard Soccerball 60'

7 June 1978
16:45 ART
Netherlands Netherlands.png 0–0 Flag of Peru.png Peru Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Attendance: 28,125
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)
Report

11 June 1978
16:45 ART
Peru Flag of Peru.png 4–1 Iran.png Iran Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 21,262
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)
Velásquez Soccerball 2'
Cubillas Soccerball 36' (pen.)39' (pen.)79'
Report Rowshan Soccerball 41'

11 June 1978
16:45 ART
Scotland Scotland.png 3–2 Netherlands.png Netherlands Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Attendance: 35,130
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)
Dalglish Soccerball 44'
Gemmill Soccerball 46' (pen.)68'
Report Rensenbrink Soccerball 34' (pen.)
Rep Soccerball 71'

Second round

Group A

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands.png Netherlands 321094+55
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 31112203
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 302145−12
Flag of Austria.png Austria 310248−42
14 June 1978
13:45 ART
Austria Flag of Austria.png 1–5 Netherlands.png Netherlands Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 25,050
Referee: John Gordon (Scotland)
Obermayer Soccerball 80' Report Brandts Soccerball 6'
Rensenbrink Soccerball 35' (pen.)
Rep Soccerball 36'53'
W. van de Kerkhof Soccerball 82'

14 June 1978
13:45 ART
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 0–0 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 67,547
Referee: Dušan Maksimović (Yugoslavia)
Report

18 June 1978
16:45 ART
Netherlands Netherlands.png 2–2 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 40,750
Referee: Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)
Haan Soccerball 27'
R. van de Kerkhof Soccerball 82'
Report Abramczik Soccerball 3'
D. Müller Soccerball 70'

18 June 1978
16:45 ART
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 1–0 Flag of Austria.png Austria Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 66,695
Referee: Francis Rion (Belgium)
Rossi Soccerball 13' Report

Main article: Miracle of Córdoba
21 June 1978
13:45 ART
Austria Flag of Austria.png 3–2 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Attendance: 38,318
Referee: Abraham Klein (Israel)
Vogts Soccerball 59' (o.g.)
Krankl Soccerball 66'87'
Report Rummenigge Soccerball 19'
Hölzenbein Soccerball 72'

21 June 1978
13:45 ART
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 1–2 Netherlands.png Netherlands Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 67,433
Referee: Angel Franco Martínez (Spain)
Brandts Soccerball 19' (o.g.) Report Brandts Soccerball 49'
Haan Soccerball 76'

Group B

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Group B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 321080+85
Brazil.png Brazil 321061+55
Flag of Poland.png Poland 310225−32
Flag of Peru.png Peru 3003010−100
14 June 1978
16:45 ART
Peru Flag of Peru.png 0–3 Brazil.png Brazil Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Attendance: 31,278
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)
Report Dirceu Soccerball 15'27'
Zico Soccerball 72' (pen.)

14 June 1978
19:15 ART
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 2–0 Flag of Poland.png Poland Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Attendance: 37,091
Referee: Ulf Eriksson (Sweden)
Kempes Soccerball 16'72' Report

18 June 1978
13:45 ART
Peru Flag of Peru.png 0–1 Flag of Poland.png Poland Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Attendance: 35,288
Referee: Pat Partridge (England)
Report Szarmach Soccerball 64'

18 June 1978
19:15 ART
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 0–0 Brazil.png Brazil Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Attendance: 37,326
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)
Report

21 June 1978
16:45 ART
Poland Flag of Poland.png 1–3 Brazil.png Brazil Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Attendance: 39,586
Referee: Juan Silvagno Cavanna (Chile)
Lato Soccerball 45' Report Nelinho Soccerball 13'
Roberto Dinamite Soccerball 58'63'

21 June 1978
19:15 ART
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 6–0 Flag of Peru.png Peru Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Attendance: 37,315
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)
Kempes Soccerball 21'49'
Tarantini Soccerball 43'
Luque Soccerball 50'72'
Houseman Soccerball 67'
Report

Third place match

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup third place play-off
24 June 1978
15:00 ART
Brazil Brazil.png 2–1 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 69,659
Referee: Abraham Klein (Israel)
Nelinho Soccerball 64'
Dirceu Soccerball 71'
Report Causio Soccerball 38'

Final

Main article: 1978 FIFA World Cup Final
25 June 1978
15:00 ART
Netherlands Netherlands.png 1–3
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 71,483
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Nanninga Soccerball 82' Report Kempes Soccerball 37'104'
Bertoni Soccerball 115'

Awards

Golden Boot Winner Best Young Player FIFA Fair Play Trophy
Flag of Argentina Mario Kempes Flag of Italy Antonio Cabrini Flag of Argentina.png Argentina

Goalscorers

With six goals, Mario Kempes is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 102 goals were scored by 63 different players, with three of them credited as own goals.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals
3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Players who were red-carded during the tournament

FIFA retrospective ranking

In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition. The rankings for the 1978 tournament were as follows:

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1/B 7 5 1 1 15 4 +11 11
2 Netherlands.png Netherlands 4/A 7 3 2 2 15 10 +5 8
3 Brazil.png Brazil 3/B 7 4 3 0 10 3 +7 11
4 Flag of Italy.gif Italy 1/A 7 4 1 2 9 6 +3 9
Eliminated in the second group stage
5 Flag of Poland.png Poland 2/B 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 7
6 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 2/A 6 1 4 1 10 5 +5 6
7 Flag of Austria.png Austria 3/A 6 3 0 3 7 10 −3 6
8 Flag of Peru.png Peru 4/B 6 2 1 3 7 12 −5 5
Eliminated in the first group stage
9 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia 2 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
10 Flag of Spain.png Spain 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
11 Scotland.png Scotland 4 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 3
12 Flag of France.png France 1 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
13 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 3 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
14 Iran.png Iran 4 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
15 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 1 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
16 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 2 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0

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