World Cup Tales: When The World Cup Legitimised A Dictatorship – Argentina, 1978


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. ejh says:

    I’m not sure who “Los Marconeros” were. A Google search struggles to locate them (well, mine does anyway).

  2. Roy Ebsary says:

    “Unsurprisingly, the match itself was a bad-tempered one, weakly refereed by Gonella to the extent that the only question mark over his performance was whether he was insipidly weak or had been bought by the home team”

    Argentinian players Bertoni & Galvan spent more time handling the ball than their goalkeeper did, & were never booked for it. One of these handballs cut out a dangerous through ball from the Dutch midfield. But the Dutch themselves committed some shocking fouls (one as early as the 2nd minute) & got away with it.

    As to Rensenbrink hitting the post in the last minute, if he had scored instead, it wouldn’t have been the last minute. The referee would probably have added enough “injury time” to let Argentina equalise.

  3. men says:

    Re ejh comment — Not “Marconeros”, but Montoneros. An urban guerrilla faction of the Peronist Party, You can find more info on the Montoneros in the Wikipedia

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