1978 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1978 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Dates7 March 1976 – 11 December 1977
Teams107 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played252
Goals scored723 (2.87 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Bettega (9 goals)
1974
1982

A total of 107 teams entered the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, which began with the preliminary qualification draw on 20 November 1975 at Guatemala City. Argentina, as the hosts, and West Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

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The 16 places would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 95 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 252 qualifying matches were played, and 723 goals were scored (an average of 2.87 per match).

Continental Zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 - Poland qualified.
Group 2 - Italy qualified.
Group 3 - Austria qualified.
Group 4 - Netherlands qualified.
Group 5 - France qualified.
Group 6 - Sweden qualified.
Group 7 - Scotland qualified.
Group 8 - Spain qualified.
Group 9 - Hungary advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.
Brazil and Peru qualified.
Bolivia advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.
Mexico qualified.
Tunisia qualified.
Iran qualified.

Europe

UEFA Group 1

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg  Poland 6510174+1311
2Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 6411126+69
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 62041412+24
4Flag of Cyprus (1960-2006).svg  Cyprus 6006324210
Source: [ citation needed ]

Poland qualified.

UEFA Group 2

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 6501184+1410
2Flag of England.svg  England 6501154+1110
3Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 6204111654
4Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 6006222200
Source: [ citation needed ]

Italy qualified.

UEFA Group 3

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6420142+1210
2Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 6330154+119
3Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 621395+45
4Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 6006027270
Source: [ citation needed ]

Austria qualified.

UEFA Group 4

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 6510113+811
2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 630376+16
3Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 621376+15
4Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 6105212102
Source: [ citation needed ]

Netherlands qualified.

UEFA Group 5

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of France.svg  France 421174+35
2Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg  Bulgaria 41215614
3Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 41122423
Source: [ citation needed ]

France qualified.

UEFA Group 6

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 430174+36
2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 42023414
3Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 41033522
Source: [ citation needed ]

Sweden qualified.

UEFA Group 7

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg  Scotland 430163+36
2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 42024624
3Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 41033412
Source: [ citation needed ]

Scotland qualified.

UEFA Group 8

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Spain (1977-1981).svg  Spain 430141+36
2Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania 42027814
3Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 41036822
Source: [ citation needed ]

Spain qualified.

UEFA Group 9

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 421164+25
2Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 420253+24
3Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg  Greece 41122643
Source: [ citation needed ]

Hungary advanced to the UEFA–CONMEBOL play-off.

South America

CONMEBOL First round

Group 1

RankTeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
1Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil 6422081+7
2Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay 44121330
3Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 24022187
20 February 1977 Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg0 0Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil Bogota, Colombia
Referee: Comesaña (Argentina)

24 February 1977 Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg0 1Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay Bogota, Colombia
Jara Soccerball shade.svg 26'Referee: Orozco Guerrero (Peru)

6 March 1977 Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg1 1Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Asuncion, Paraguay
Jara Soccerball shade.svg 90' Vilarete Soccerball shade.svg 58'Referee: Cerullo Giuliano (Uruguay)

9 March 1977 Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg6 0Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto Soccerball shade.svg 15', 31'
Zico Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Marinho Soccerball shade.svg 41', 55'
Rivellino Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Referee: Coerezza (Argentina)

13 March 1977 Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg0 1Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil Asuncion, Paraguay
Insfrán Soccerball shade.svg 59' (o.g.)Referee: Pestarino (Argentina)

20 March 1977 Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg1 1Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto Soccerball shade.svg 6' (pen.) Báez Soccerball shade.svg 54'Referee: Barreto Ruiz (Uruguay)

Brazil advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2

RankTeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
1Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 7431083+5
2Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 4412154+1
3Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg  Venezuela 14013286
9 February 1977 Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg1 1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Caracas, Venezuela
Flores Soccerball shade.svg 88' Oliveira Soccerball shade.svg 5'Referee: Ramirez (Colombia)

27 February 1977 Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg1 0Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay La Paz, Bolivia
Jiménez Soccerball shade.svg 48'Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)

6 March 1977 Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg1 3Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Caracas, Venezuela
Iriarte Soccerball shade.svg 86' Mezza Soccerball shade.svg 5'
Jiménez Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Aguilar Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Referee: Silvagno Cavanna (Chile)

13 March 1977 Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg2 0Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg  Venezuela La Paz, Bolivia
Jiménez Soccerball shade.svg 17'
Aragonés Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Referee: Pérez Nuñez (Peru)

17 March 1977 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg2 0Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg  Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
Pizzani Soccerball shade.svg 11', 83'Referee: Marques (Brazil)

27 March 1977 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg2 2Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
Pereyra Soccerball shade.svg 23', 49' Aguilar Soccerball shade.svg 25', 59'Referee: Ithurralde (Argentina)

Bolivia advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3

RankTeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
1Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 6422082+6
2Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 5421153+2
3Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 14013198
20 February 1977 Ecuador  Flag of Ecuador.svg1 1Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Quito, Ecuador
Paz y Miño Soccerball shade.svg 81' Oblitas Soccerball shade.svg 43'Referee: Rohrig (Brazil)

27 February 1977 Ecuador  Flag of Ecuador.svg0 1Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Guayaquil, Ecuador
Gamboa Soccerball shade.svg 33'Referee: Romero (Argentina)

6 March 1977 Chile  Flag of Chile.svg1 1Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Santiago, Chile
Ahumada Soccerball shade.svg 42' Muñante Soccerball shade.svg 70'Referee: Faville Neto (Brazil)

12 March 1977 Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svg4 0Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Lima, Peru
José Velásquez] Soccerball shade.svg 19'
Oblitas Soccerball shade.svg 48', 50'
Luces Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Referee: Barrancos Alvarez (Bolivia)

20 March 1977 Chile  Flag of Chile.svg3 0Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Santiago, Chile
Figueroa Soccerball shade.svg 29', 55'
Castro Soccerball shade.svg 40'
Referee: Llobregat Vicedo (Venezuela)

26 March 1977 Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svg2 0Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Lima, Peru
Sotil Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Oblitas Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Referee: Coelho (Brazil)

Peru advanced to the Final Round.

CONMEBOL Final round

RankTeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
1Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil 4220090+9
2Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 2210151+4
3Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 0200201313
10 July 1977 Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg1 0Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Cali, Colombia
Gil Soccerball shade.svg 53'Referee: Comesana (Argentina)

14 July 1977 Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg8 0Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Cali, Colombia
Zico Soccerball shade.svg 5', 10', 27' (pen.), 60'
Roberto Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Gil Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Cerezo Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Marcelo Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Referee: Cavanna (Chile)

17 July 1977 Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svg5 0Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Cali, Colombia
Cubillas Soccerball shade.svg 31', 44'
José Velásquez Soccerball shade.svg 65', 89'
Rojas Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Referee: Barreto Ruiz (Uruguay)

Brazil and Peru qualified. Bolivia advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

North, Central America and Caribbean

Decided by 1977 CONCACAF Championship.

Inter-confederation play-offs: UEFA v CONMEBOL

The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg9–2Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 6–0 3–2

Qualified teams

Final qualification status
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Country qualified for World Cup
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Final qualification status
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  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1978 FIFA World Cup:

TeamFinals AppearanceStreakLast Appearance
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg  Argentina (h)7th2 1974
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 4th1 1958
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil 11th11 1974
Flag of France.svg  France 7th1 1966
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 7th1 1966
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg  Iran 1st1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 9th5 1974
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 8th1 1970
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 4th2 1974
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 3rd1 1970
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3rd2 1974
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 4th2 1974
Flag of Spain (1977-1981).svg  Spain 5th1 1966
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 7th3 1974
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg  Tunisia 1st1
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany (c)9th7 1974

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

5 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1982 finals: Iran, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden and Tunisia.

Top goalscorers

9 goals
7 goals
6 goals

Notes

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