Tournament Details



Details:
Host country: Argentina
Dates: 01-June-1978 to 25-June-1978
Teams: 16

Stages:
Round 16 teams split in 4 groups of 4
Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4
Round 8 teams split in 2 groups of 4.
Group A | Group B
Round 2 Team Playoff
Playoffs

Qualification:
      Countries qualified       Country failed to qualify       Countries that did not enter       Country not a member
Notes:
  • 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 1978 World Cup marked the only occasion during which a national team did not wear its own kit to play a match. The incident happened during the game between France and Hungary. The worldwide television broadcast of the games was in colour, but Argentina only had black-and-white television equipment in place; the team's tops were indistinguishable on the black-and-white TV sets, resulting in the French side electing to wear the jerseys of a local team from Mar del Plata, Club Atletico Kimberley; the jerseys had vertical green and white stripes.

  • Team Placing:
    Placing Team Starting ELO Rating Current ELO Rating GF GA GD Region
    1 Argentina 1926 2218 (+292) 15 4 11 CONMEBOL
    2 Netherlands 2092 2090 (-2) 15 10 5 UEFA
    3 Brazil 2078 2199 (+121) 10 3 7 CONMEBOL
    4 Italy 1935 2013 (+78) 9 6 3 UEFA
    17 West Germany 2096 1995 (-101) 10 5 5 UEFA
    17 Spain 1959 1948 (-11) 2 2 0 UEFA
    17 Poland 1929 1918 (-11) 6 6 0 UEFA
    17 Scotland 1943 1901 (-42) 5 6 -1 UEFA
    17 France 1881 1885 (+4) 5 5 0 UEFA
    17 Austria 1860 1857 (-3) 7 10 -3 UEFA
    17 Tunisia 1680 1791 (+111) 3 2 1 CAF
    17 Peru 1755 1764 (+9) 7 12 -5 CONMEBOL
    17 Sweden 1791 1756 (-35) 1 3 -2 UEFA
    17 Hungary 1920 1741 (-179) 3 8 -5 UEFA
    17 Iran 1771 1695 (-76) 2 8 -6 AFC
    17 Mexico 1793 1638 (-155) 2 12 -10 CONCACAF
    Top goal scorers:

    6 goals Mario Kempes
    5 goals Rob Rensenbrink
    5 goals Teófilo Cubillas
    4 goals Hans Krankl
    4 goals Leopoldo Luque
    3 goals Dirceu
    3 goals Johnny Rep
    3 goals Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
    3 goals Paolo Rossi
    3 goals Roberto Dinamite
    2 goals Archie Gemmill
    2 goals Arie Haan
    2 goals Daniel Bertoni
    2 goals Dieter Müller
    2 goals Ernie Brandts
    2 goals Grzegorz Lato
    2 goals Heinz Flohe
    2 goals Nelinho
    2 goals René van de Kerkhof
    2 goals Roberto Bettega
    2 goals Zbigniew Boniek
    1 goal Alberto Tarantini
    1 goal Ali Kaabi
    1 goal András Tóth
    1 goal Andrzej Szarmach
    1 goal Arturo Vázquez Ayala
    1 goal Bernd Hölzenbein
    1 goal César Cueto
    1 goal Christian Lopez
    1 goal Dani
    1 goal Daniel Passarella
    1 goal Dick Nanninga
    1 goal Dominique Bathenay
    1 goal Dominique Rocheteau
    1 goal Erich Obermayer
    1 goal Franco Causio
    1 goal Hansi Müller
    1 goal Hassan Roshan
    1 goal Iraj Danaeifard
    1 goal Joe Jordan
    1 goal José Velásquez
    1 goal Juan Manuel Asensi
    1 goal Károly Csapó
    1 goal Kazimierz Deyna
    1 goal Kenny Dalglish
    1 goal Marc Berdoll
    1 goal Michel Platini
    1 goal Mokhtar Dhouib
    1 goal Néjib Ghommidh
    1 goal Reinaldo
    1 goal Renato Zaccarelli
    1 goal René Houseman
    1 goal Romeo Benetti
    1 goal Rüdiger Abramczik
    1 goal Sándor Zombori
    1 goal Thomas Sjöberg
    1 goal Víctor Rangel
    1 goal Walter Schachner
    1 goal Zico