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"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.

'Gauchito' the FIFA World Cup 78 MascotAmid 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.

Kempes, the only foreign-based player in Argentina's squad, entered the tournament as the leading scorer in Spain with Valencia, and ended it with six goals – this despite his failure to find the net in the first round. He was not alone in a stuttering start: Cesar Luis Menotti's hosts defeated Hungary but were then fortunate to overcome France 2-1 before surrendering top spot in the section by losing 1-0 to Italy. Yet Menotti, who had omitted the 17-year-old Diego Maradona from his squad, would eventually earn the optimum reward for a philosophy of skilful, attacking football embodied by graceful little midfielder Osvaldo Ardiles."


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Panini 1978 FIFA World Cup Mexico Sticker Album

  • Season: 1978Panini World Cup 78 Argentina Album Cover
  • League: World Cup
  • Publisher: Panini
  • Pages: 48
  • Stickers: 400
  • Shinys: None!
  • Signature Edition: No
  • Star Ratings: No
  • 3D: No
  • Album Available: No. Try eBay?
  • Hardcover Binder: No
  • Sticker Dimensions: 50mm x 70mm

Panini World Cup 78 Argentina Sticker Packet

The Panini Argentina 78 World Cup Sticker Album opens with the tournament programme, a whole page to track progress of the teams through the finals and fill in the scores. From here, the album take a quick look back at the Rimet Cup, then has pages of sticker for the past tournaments (like the previous two year's albums). Stickers here are a photo of the winning team, a star player photo and the tournament logo. Over the page are stickers for 5 of the stadiums - with a photo sticker of the city and a colourful sticker of the stadium alongside.

Panini World Cup 78 Argentina No.144 ( still hadn't introduced shiny club badges for the 78 World Cup album, so these appear as regular stickers, alongside the team phot and 6 squad football sticker on the first page of the team section, the facing page has an additional 10 players. This format continues until the 'Excluded Teams' pages, which have 2 non-qualifying national teams to a page. Stickers here are the team badge and 4 players.

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