The story of the 1978 World Cup: violence, protests, controversy and a stunning home glory

May 04, 2020, 03:20 AM

In what might be the best Political Football podcast yet, it's difficult to imagine that any World Cup tournament before or since has been as politically-charged as Argentina 1978. Amid the carnage of a violent military junta, with talks of potential boycotts and campaigns across the world eventually failing to persuade FIFA to change venues, the 1978 World Cup was played out in the most febrile of atmospheres. Add in speculation about fixed results, historical antagonisms, heroic protests, and a home victory reinforcing the military authority, and this World Cup had everything.