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Rarely has the run-up to a FIFA World Cup been so filled with controversy as the 11th tournament, held in Argentina. Football, in fact, took a back seat as the powers that be debated whether or not to boycott the tournament in protest against General Videla's totalitarian regime and its violation of human rights. Finally, however, despite a widespread call to stay away, the world's footballing nations all made the trip to Argentina. All, that is, except those that had failed to qualify, such as England (for the second time running), Yugoslavia and the USSR. Other "minor" footballing nations such as Iran and Tunisia had their first outings and France was back in the world's top football competition after twelve years in the wilderness.
But for its reappearance at the highest level, the French team - coached by Michel Hidalgo - made an unexceptional comeback, beaten 2-1 by both Italy and Argentina. Michel Platini and his team-mates failed to reach the second round despite defeating Hungary 3-1 in their last game.
All the tournament favorites made short work of their first round opponents except the Netherlands, finalists in Germany four years before but now without Cruyff, who had bowed out of the competition. But the Dutch managed to survive and in the second round, led by a rejuvenated Robbie Rensenbrink, they began to show what they were capable of and reached the final by trouncing Austria 5-1, defeating Italy 2-1 and then drawing with the title-holders from West Germany (2-2), who never really got into their stride.
In the other second round group, meanwhile, there was a much tougher struggle between Argentina and Brazil. With the host nation needing to beat Peru in its last game by at least four clear goals, the Brazilians, for a time at least, seemed to have booked their berth in the final. But contrary to all expectations, Passarella and his team-mates put no less than six goals past the Peruvians, including two by Mario Kempes.
This goal avalanche raised eyebrows among even the most casual of observers.
Recorded from SKY Sports as part of their series which featured World Cup Films from 1954 to 1990.
=== File Information ===
File Name: World Cup 1978.avi
Duration: 01:30:15 (135,367 fr)
File Size: 748 MB (or 766,252 KB or 784,642,048 bytes)
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1026 kb/s
Resolution: 608x464 (1.31:1) [=38:29]
frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
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