Monday, June 17, 2013

World Cup 1978 - Day Seventeen

Saturday 17 June

Another football free day, but much anticipation about the second set of games coming up – especially West Germany v Holland, a rematch of the 1974 final, and the showdown between Brazil and Argentina.

The problem with the second group stage, and the fact that only the winners went through, was to dull the excitement early – one loss would be curtains. Many commented on the advantage of having semi-finals in for the top two – but the counter argument is that the 1978 winners (as in 1974 and every world cup since) would be playing seven games - whereas in 1966 and 1970 it was six – and that eight games would be too much.

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