Football World Cup 1978 Europe Qualification - 8 berths + West Germany as Reigning World Champion
Play-Off Group 9 Europe - 3rd Group 10 South America
Hungary 9-2 Bolivia
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HT
Sat 29.10.77BudapestHungary6-0Bolivia5-0
1-0 Nilasi 12' 2-0 Torocsik 19' 3-0 Zombori 22' 4-0 Varadi 27' 5-0 Pinter 39' 6-0 Nagy 81' Referee: Barreto Ruiz, Uruguay.
Wed 30.11.77La PazBolivia2-3Hungary1-2
0-1 Torocsik 36' 0-2 Halasz 43' 1-2 Aragones 45'pen. 1-3 Del Llano 84'OG 2-3 Aragones 90' Referee: Corver, Netherlands.

Argentina World Cup 1978

9 Groups - 10 Berths. 4 groups with 4 teams and 5 groups with 3 teams.
Only Albania from all UEFA members did not take part. Eliminated: Reigning European Champion from EC 1976 - Czechoslovakia.
Goal difference tie-break was introduced. Italy was ahead of England by this criteria.
From 1974 Austria, France, Spain and Hungary replaced East Germany, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Chile (from Play-off).
ChampionWest Germany
Group 1Poland, Portugal, Denmark, Cyprus
Group 2Italy, England, Finland, Luxembourg
Group 3Austria, East Germany, Turkey, Malta
Group 4Netherlands, Belgium, Northern Ireland, Iceland
Group 5France, Bulgaria, Ireland
Group 6Sweden, Norway, Switzerland
Group 7Scotland, Czechoslovakia, Wales
Group 8Spain, Romania, Yugoslavia
Group 9Hungary, Soviet Union, Greece
Play-OffHungary, Bolivia
Group 1pwdlgfgag+-
1. Poland1151017:4+13
2. Portugal941112:6+6
3. Denmark420414:12+2
4. Cyprus00063:24-21
TeamPolaPortDenmCypr
Poland--- 1:1 4:15:0
Portugal0:2---1:0 4:0
Denmark1:2 2:4--- 5:0
Cyprus 1:31:21:5---
Poland qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in Second Groups Round.
Key match: 16.10.76 Portugal 0-2 Poland.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sun 23.05.76LimassolCyprus1-5Denmark1-3
Sat 16.10.76PortoPortugal0-2Poland0-0
Wed 27.10.76CopenhagenDenmark5-0Cyprus0-0
Sun 31.10.76WarszawaPoland5-0Cyprus3-0
Wed 17.11.76LisboaPortugal1-0Denmark0-0
Sun 05.12.76LimassolCyprus1-2Portugal0-1
Sun 01.05.77CopenhagenDenmark1-2Poland0-1
Sun 15.05.77LimassolCyprus1-3Poland1-2
Wed 21.09.77ChorzowPoland4-1Denmark2-0
Sun 09.10.77CopenhagenDenmark2-4Portugal1-2
Sat 29.10.77ChorzowPoland1-1Portugal1-0
Wed 16.11.77FaroPortugal4-0Cyprus2-0
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 2pwdlgfgag+-
1. Italy1050118:4+14
2. England1050115:4+11
3. Finland420411:16-5
4. Luxembourg00062:22-20
TeamItalEnglFinlLuxe
Italy---2:0 6:1 3:0
England 2:0--- 2:15:0
Finland0:31:4---7:1
Luxembourg1:4 0:2 0:1---
Italy qualified to World 1978 and lost Third Place Match.
Italy won with better goal difference.
Key match: 15.10.77 Italy 6-1 Finland.
For second consecutive World Cup England did not qualify.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sun 13.06.76HelsinkiFinland1-4England1-2
Wed 22.09.76HelsinkiFinland7-1Luxembourg3-0
Wed 13.10.76LondonEngland2-1Finland1-0
Sat 16.10.76LuxembourgLuxembourg1-4Italy0-2
Wed 17.11.76RomaItaly2-0England1-0
Wed 30.03.77LondonEngland5-0Luxembourg1-0
Thu 26.05.77LuxembourgLuxembourg0-1Finland0-1
Wed 08.06.77HelsinkiFinland0-3Italy0-1
Wed 12.10.77LuxembourgLuxembourg0-2England0-1
Sat 15.10.77TorinoItaly6-1Finland3-0
Wed 16.11.77LondonEngland2-0Italy1-0
Sat 03.12.77RomaItaly3-0Luxembourg2-0
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 3pwdlgfgag+-
1. Austria1042014:2+12
2. East Germany933015:4+11
3. Turkey52139:5+4
4. Malta00060:27-27
TeamAustEaGeTurkMalt
Austria---1:11:0 9:0
East Germany 1:1---1:1 9:0
Turkey 0:1 1:2---4:0
Malta0:10:1 0:3---
Austria qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in Second Groups Round.
Key match: 12.10.77 East Germany 1-1 Austria.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sun 31.10.76IzmirTurkey4-0Malta1-0
Wed 17.11.76DresdenEast Germany1-1Turkey1-0
1-0 Kotte 3'pen. 1-1 Cemil 31'pen. Referee: Partridge, England.
Sun 05.12.76La VallettaMalta0-1Austria0-0
Sat 02.04.77La VallettaMalta0-1East Germany0-0
Sun 17.04.77WienAustria1-0Turkey1-0
Sat 30.04.77SalzburgAustria9-0Malta5-0
Sat 24.09.77WienAustria1-1East Germany1-1
Wed 12.10.77LeipzigEast Germany1-1Austria0-1
0-1 Hattenberger 43' 1-1 Lowe 50'. Referee: Foote, Scotland.
Sat 29.10.77PotsdamEast Germany9-0Malta3-0
Sun 30.10.77IzmirTurkey0-1Austria0-0
Wed 16.11.77IzmirTurkey1-2East Germany0-1
Sun 27.11.77La VallettaMalta0-3Turkey0-2
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 4pwdlgfgag+-
1. Netherlands1151011:3+8
2. Belgium63037:6+1
3. Northern Ireland52137:6+1
4. Iceland21052:12-10
TeamNethBelgNoIrIcel
Netherlands--- 1:02:2 4:1
Belgium0:2---2:0 4:0
Northern Ireland 0:1 3:0--- 2:0
Iceland0:10:11:0---
Netherlands qualified to World 1978 and lost the Final against host - Argentina.
Key matches: 26.03.77 Belgium 0-2 Netherlands and 26.10.77 Netherlands 1-0 Belgium.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sun 05.09.76ReykjavikIceland0-1Belgium0-0
0-1 Van der elst 73' Referee: Carpenter, Ireland.
Wed 08.09.76ReykjavikIceland0-1Netherlands0-1
0-1 Geels. Referee: Mulhall, Ireland.
Wed 13.10.76RotterdamNetherlands2-2Northern Ireland0-156,000
0-1 Chris McGrath 4' 1-1 Ruud Krol 64' 2-1 Johan Cruyff 66' 2-2 Derek Spence 88' Referee: Franco Martinez, Spain.
Wed 10.11.76LiegeBelgium2-0Northern Ireland1-0
1-0 Van Gool 29' 2-0 Lambert 52' Referee: Prokop, East Germany.
Sat 26.03.77AntwerpenBelgium0-2Netherlands0-1
0-1 Rep 19' 0-2 Johan Cruyff 65' Referee: Gonella, Italy.
Sat 11.06.77ReykjavikIceland1-0Northern Ireland1-0
1-0 Albertsson. Referee: Glockner, East Germany.
Wed 31.08.77NijmegenNetherlands4-1Iceland3-0
1-0 Van Hanegem 15' 2-0 Geels 18' 3-0 Rep 35' 3-1 Sigurvinsson 68' 4-1 Geels 89' Referee: Hirviniemi, Finland.
Sat 03.09.77BrusslesBelgium4-0Iceland2-0
1-0 Van Binst 15' Martins 20' Courant 60' 4-0 Lambert 65' Referee: Thime, Norway.
Wed 21.09.77BelfastNorthern Ireland2-0Iceland0-0
1-0 Chris McGrath 67' 2-0 Sammy Mcllroy 76' Referee: Lund-Sorensen, Denmark.
Wed 12.10.77BelfastNorthern Ireland0-1Netherlands0-0
0-1 Willy van de Kerkhof 76' Referee: Garrido, Portugal.
Wed 26.10.77AmsterdamNetherlands1-0Belgium1-0
1-0 Rene van de Kerkhof 4' Referee: Partridge, England.
Wed 16.11.77BelfastNorthern Ireland3-0Belgium1-0
1-0 Armstrong 42' 2-0 Chris McGrath 58' 3-0 Armstrong 74' Referee: Konrath, France.
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 5pwdlgfgag+-
1. France52117:4+3
2. Bulgaria41215:6-1
3. Ireland31122:4-2
TeamFranBulgIrel
France--- 3:12:0
Bulgaria2:2---2:1
Ireland 1:0 0:0---
France qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in First Groups Round.
Key match: 16.11.77 France 3-1 Bulgaria.
Key moment: Penalty miss of Hristo Bonev after 83' in match - 09.10.76 Bulgaria 2-2 France.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sat 09.10.76SofiaBulgaria2-2France1-2
start at 16:00. 0-1 Michel Platini 37' 0-2 Bernard Lacombe 40' 1-2 Hristo Bonev 45' 2-2 Pavel Panov 68'. pen. miss: Hristo Bonev (Bul) 83' Referee: Foote, Scotland.
Wed 17.11.76ParisFrance2-0Ireland0-0
1-0 Michel Platini 47' 2-0 Bathenay 88' Referee: Maksimivic, Yugoslavia.
Wed 30.03.77DublinIreland1-0France1-0
1-0 Liam Brady 11' Referee: Linemayr, Austria.
Wed 01.06.77SofiaBulgaria2-1Ireland1-0
Referee: 1-0 Pavel Panov 14' 1-1 Givens 47' 2-1 Andrey Zhelyazkov 76' Referee: Zlatanos, Greece.
Wed 12.10.77DublinIreland0-0Bulgaria0-0
Referee: Gonella, Italy.
Wed 16.11.77ParisFrance3-1Bulgaria1-0
1-0 Rocheteau 38' 2-0 Michel Platini 63' 2-1 Chavdar Tsvetkov 85' 3-1 Dalger 89' Referee: Corver, Netherlands.
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 6pwdlgfgag+-
1. Sweden63017:4+3
2. Norway42023:4-1
3. Switzerland21033:5-2
TeamSwedNorwSwit
Sweden---2:0 2:1
Norway 2:1---1:0
Switzerland1:2 1:0---
Sweden qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in First Groups Round.
Key match: 09.10.76 Switzerland 1-2 Sweden.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Wed 16.06.76StockholmSweden2-0Norway2-0
Wed 08.09.76OsloNorway1-0Switzerland0-0
Sat 09.10.76BaselSwitzerland1-2Sweden1-1
Wed 08.06.77StockholmSweden2-1Switzerland0-0
Wed 07.09.77OsloNorway2-1Sweden1-0
Sun 30.10.77BerneSwitzerland1-0Norway1-0
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 7pwdlgfgag+-
1. Scotland63016:3+3
2. Czechoslovakia42024:6-2
3. Wales21033:4-1
TeamScotCzecWale
Scotland--- 3:11:0
Czechoslovakia2:0--- 1:0
Wales 0:23:0---
Scotland qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in First Groups Round.
Key match: 12.10.77 Wales 0-2 Scotland.
European champion Czechoslovakia was eliminated.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Wed 13.10.76PragueCzechoslovakia2-0Scotland0-0
Wed 17.11.76GlasgowScotland1-0Wales1-0
Wed 30.03.77WrexhamWales3-0Czechoslovakia1-0
Wed 21.09.77GlasgowScotland3-1Czechoslovakia2-0
Wed 12.10.77Liverpool(ENG)Wales0-2Scotland0-0
Wed 16.11.77PragueCzechoslovakia1-0Wales1-0
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 8pwdlgfgag+-
1. Spain63014:1+3
2. Romania42027:8-1
3. Yugoslavia21036:8-2
TeamSpaiRomaYugo
Spain--- 2:01:0
Romania1:0--- 4:6
Yugoslavia 0:10:2---
Spain qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in First Groups Round.
Key matches: 13.11.77 Romania 4-6 Yugoslavia and 30.11.77 Yugoslavia 0-1 Spain.
In 1 match were scored 10 goals. In all other 5 the goals were only 7.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sun 10.10.76SevillaSpain1-0Yugoslavia0-0
Sat 16.04.77BucurestiRomania1-0Spain1-0
Sun 08.05.77ZagrebYugoslavia0-2Romania0-2
Wed 26.10.77MadridSpain2-0Romania0-0
Sun 13.11.77BucurestiRomania4-6Yugoslavia3-2
Wed 30.11.77BeogradYugoslavia0-1Spain0-0
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
Group 9pwdlgfgag+-
1. Hungary52116:4+2
2. Soviet Union42025:3+2
3. Greece31122:6-4
TeamHungSoviGree
Hungary---2:1 3:0
Soviet Union 2:0---2:0
Greece1:1 1:0---
Winner of this Group required a Play-Off against a South American team.
Hungary qualified to World 1978 and was eliminated in First Groups Round.
Key match: 09.10.76 Greece 1-1 Hungary.
Even Group and the only away draw was decisive.
For second consecutive World Cup Soviet Union did not qualify.
datevenueteam 1scoreteam 2HTatt.
Sat 09.10.76AthensGreece1-1Hungary0-0
Sun 24.04.77MoskvaSoviet Union2-0Greece1-0
Sat 30.04.77BudapestHungary2-1Soviet Union1-0
Tue 10.05.77ThessalonikiGreece1-0Soviet Union0-0
Wed 18.05.77TbilisiSoviet Union2-0Hungary2-0
Sat 28.05.77BudapestHungary3-0Greece2-0
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8Group 9Play-Off
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