Chapter Three: 1970-1978

Words by: Alex Stewart & Paul Ansorge Produced by: Joe Devine & Alex Baker
November 17, 2017


The 1970s saw three World Cups, broadcast for the first time around the world in colour via satellite. As if spurred on by the technological advances that made football globally available and in vibrant splashes of colour, the 1970s’ three World Cups produced some of the most exciting attacking sides ever seen on football’s biggest stage.


"The more one knows about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the more obvious it becomes: the tournament should never have been played." David Winner

A decade and a half of Brazilian dominance of the World Cup must have been tough to take for Argentina. Having never won the big one, La Albiceleste had to watch enviously on as a Pele-led side won three of four trophies between 1958 and 1970.

But their time would come, and it would begin not with the arrival of Diego Maradona, but with the first tournament they hosted. Unfortunately, the controversy in which it was mired in was of a much more serious variety than Diego’s hand-of-God goal in Mexico ’86.


Carlos Alberto’s goal in the finale of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup win is still celebrated as one of the finest moments in football.


Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to talk about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the controversy surrounding the tournament, and within that context, how we might look forward and think about the Qatar tournament in 2022.


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