The torrential rain, the goals of Mario Kempes, the unmistakeable cold of the Buenos Aires winter, Rob Rensenbrink's late shot against the post and the resulting sound of 70,000 petrified fans in the Estadio Monumental breathing an enormous sigh of relief - just some of the countless sights and sounds that made the 1978 FIFA World Cup™ in Argentina so memorable. However, the most significant and abiding image of all is that of Daniel Alberto Passarella, Argentina's Gran Capitán, becoming the first Albiceleste player to lift the most coveted trophy in world football.
Click on the options on the right to see FIFA.com's exclusive video interviews with the protagonists of Argentina 1978
"When you're handed the Cup you feel numb, it's like a never-ending orgasm. That might sound vulgar but it's true. You have to experience it to understand. That's the only way I can explain it." The phrase, expressed by Passarella himself to FIFA.com, summed up the ecstasy felt by Cesar Luis Menotti's squad after their win. And nor was the captain the only one reaching for the superlatives to articulate how much victory meant.
A torrent of emotions
Thirty years to the day after that unforgettable victory, FIFA.com invites you to relive the tournament with exclusive video interviews with some of the leading figures in that Albiceleste side: Daniel Passarella, Alberto Tarantini, Daniel Bertoni, Leopoldo Luque and Mario Kempes himself. All these legends, older now but as emotional about the occasion as ever, shared their memories and favourite anecdotes of a campaign that will forever be enshrined in the history of this football-loving nation.
Now you too can share the experience. With just a couple of clicks on your mouse, you can hear El Matador Kempes reveal the connection between his goal drought early in the tournament and his moustache, and a host of other fascinating asides: "I've received many gifts from people who have not forgotten that title. Once I was sent a replica World Cup made of chocolate. Superb!"
Or Bertoni, who talks us through his goal in the Final, the importance of Menotti in steering the team to glory, and reminisces about the trophy presentation. Alberto Tarantini, another pillar of the defence, recounts the mini-battles that shaped the deciding game - and which cost him a tooth!
Still hungry for more? Then see how these Albiceleste greats reacted when they were reacquainted with the Trophy almost three decades later. We have captured these emotional reunions and the reactions they provoked in our exclusive videos, and now you can enjoy them too. "It's heavy isn't it? Even though I was in good shape back then, during the lap of honour I had to keep shifting the Cup from hand to hand to keep my arm from getting tired," recalls Passarella.
"Daniel didn't want to let go of it," adds Kempes. "He had his elbows up in typical Passarella style and didn't want to give it to anyone. I never got to touch it once." Each and every protagonist has his story to tell.
FIFA.com invites you to peruse these wonderful
souvenirs of a spectacular campaign: Argentina's anguished
qualification for the second phase that followed their defeat to
Italy, the subsequent move to Rosario, their rout of Peru and
finally the thrilling extra-time victory of the Netherlands in the
Thirty years on, the emotions are as palpable as ever - and they are all just a click or two away.