1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™
June 01 - June 25

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

Final Tournament Standing


Kempes key as Argentina are crowned with confetti.

Losing finalists at the very first FIFA World Cup™, Argentina's footballers reached the pinnacle on home soil 48 years later, propelled by the goals of Golden Shoe winner Mario Kempes and the fervour of their impassioned followers, whose snowstorms of shredded blue and white paper, swirling inside the stadiums in Buenos Aires and Rosario, offered a defining image.

Amid Argentina's celebrations, there was sympathy for the Netherlands, runners-up for the second tournament running, following a 3-1 final defeat at the Estadio Monumental. After Dirk Nanninga's header had equalised Kempes's first-half opener, the Dutch came within a whisker of winning when Rob Rensenbrink struck a post in the dying seconds of normal time. Destiny beckoned a reprieved Argentina, however, and Kempes and Daniel Bertoni seized the glory with extra-time strikes.


Tournament News

Mario Kempes and Leopoldo Luque of Argentina celebrate a goal in the 1978 FIFA World Cup's Final

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

Mario Kempes visits FIFA Museum

30 Jan 2020

Daniel Passarella is seen after the FIFA World Cup Final in 1978. Getty Images

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

What made Argentina so ’78?

4 Jun 2018

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina Final Argentina Holland 3 1 Mario Kempes has just scored the 2 1 for Argentina and runs cheering to the corner flag in the final of the FIFA World Cup Argentina Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

One to Eleven: Mario Kempes

23 May 2018

Teofilo Cubillas of Peru

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

Cubillas, the Pele of Peru

26 Aug 2017

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France's World Cup 'Angel'

4 Sept 2016


Hans Krankl of Austria during the Scotland v Austria European Championship Qualifying match played at Hampden Park, Glasgow on the 17th October 1979. The match was drawn 1-1. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

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Krankl, Austria and the Miracle of Cordoba

Mario Kempes of Argentina and Johan Neeskens of Netherlands vie for the ball during 1978 FIFA World Cup Final

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

Mario Kempes: FIFA Classic Player

1982 World Cup Finals, Barcelona, Spain, 13th June, 1982, Argentina 0 v Belgium 1, Argentina's Osvaldo Ardiles is chased by Belgium's Alex Czerniatynski (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

World Cup Moments: Osvaldo Ardiles

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Herve Renard, Coach of Zambia looks on during the International Friendly match between Ghana and Zambia at Brisbane Road on August 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

World Cup Moments: Hervé Renard

COSTA DO SAUIPE, BAHIA - DECEMBER 05: Former Argentina footballer Mario Kempes attends the Draw Assistants Press Conference during a media day ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 5, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Kempes: Diego was a monster

The Netherlands and Argentina line up before the 1978 Final

1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™

The Final that almost didn't happen