Argentina 1978 world cup

Argentina were almost definatly not the best side in the 1978 World Cup. Yet they had many advantages: the suffer of decades of under achievement was a big motivator than anything Cesar Luis Menotti their coach could say, the partisan crowds ensured the kind of environment in which sides lacking in confidence could fold and they had 2 world class players with a great supporting class. One of these players was Mario Kempes, and he regarded so greatly that Luis Menotti made him an exception to the rule that only home-based footballers were eligible to play for Argentina. Just a weeks short of his 24th birthday at the time of the World Cup, Kempes was the top scorer in the Argentine league in 1974, and the leading goal scorer in the Spanish league in 1977.

Osvaldo Ardiles was an another star in the side, workaholic midfielder for Argentina, who never let his comparatively small frame stop him from his determination to thread through the most impossible of passes. With a great sense of balance, Ardiles was able to twist and turn, and then set off at might to apply the most terrifying of passes to those in front of him.

The argentinians were incredible throughtout eventually defeating Holland in the final, to win their first ever world cup.


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