Argentina '78

1978 FIFA World Cup official logo

Tournament details

Host country Argentina

Dates 1 – 25 June (25 days)

Teams 16 (from 5 confederations)

Venue(s) 6 (in 5 host cities)

Final positions

Champions Argentina (1st title)

Runners-up Netherlands

Third place Brazil

Fourth place Italy

Tournament statistics

Matches played 38

Goals scored 102 (2.68 per match)

Attendance 1,546,151 (40,688 per match)

Top scorer(s) Mario Kempes (6 goals)

Best player Mario Kempes

← 1974 1982 →

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, 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. The official match ball was the Adidas Tango.

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