Argentina sealed their first World Cup win on home soil when they defeated the Netherlands in an exciting final that went to extra-time. For the Dutch it was their second successive World Cup final defeat following their loss to Germany in 1974, but for the South Americans it was a night of unbridled joy in Buenos Aires.
‘The Duck’ made a name for
himself with an impressive showing at the finals on home soil. Strangely, he wore the number 5 shirt as
the squad numbers were given out alphabetically.
He eventually retired from
the national team after more than a decade of service in 1985 - having competed
in the 1982 finals in Spain
- with a record 58 caps to his name. He enjoyed a further successful five years
with the likes of Flamengo, Atletico Madrid
and Racing Club before moving into management.
He then became
involved in coaching at various youth levels for the Argentine national team
set-up, but recently saw himself surplus to requirements when FA boss Julio
Grondona failed to renew his contract.
Olguin is considered one of Argentina’s
finest right-backs having amassed 60 caps and played in two World Cups. He played close to 250 games for San Lorenzo before moving to Independiente and Argentinos
Juniors and retired in 1988.
Club management followed with
stints in Argentina, Japan and Costa Rica.
(3) Luis Galvan
Centre back Galvan spent most
of his career at Talleres but did have a brief spell in Bolivia before
retiring in 1989 at the age of 41. He
now runs a soccer school in Cordoba.
The captain has had the most
interesting of careers following the 1978 triumph. In 1982 he left River Plate to join
Fiorentina in Italy
and also had a brief spell at Inter. He
returned to River Plate in 1988 for a season before hanging up his boots.
He moved up to coach River
Plate, winning the Apertura in both 1991 and 1993, before becoming the Argentine
national team manager in 1994. He took
the team to the World Cup finals in 1998 in France,
in a twist of fate saw his side eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Holland.
He resigned and then became coach
but left that post during qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. Since then, he has had brief spells with Parma, CF Monterrey and
Corinthians. In 2006 he took the reins
at his beloved River Plate but quit in November 2007 after a shock defeat in
the Copa Sudamerica to Arsenal de Sarandi.
The ‘Kaiser’ has recently
announced his intention to run for the office of president of River Plate in
succession to Dr.
Jose M. Aguilar.
The left-back was the
youngest member of the winning team and has had a colourful career since
then. He moved to England in 1978 with Birmingham City
in a less spectacular move than the one which saw Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa join
His time in the midlands however was marred by indiscipline and he left
after just one season and 18 games. He
was the precursor to Eric Cantona, as on one occasion he waded into the crowd
to punch a spectator!
Tarrantini also played in France with Toulouse
and Bastia before retiring in 1989 at St Gallen
in Switzerland. He is now apparently running a car-wash
business back in his native Argentina.
English fans will remember
Ardiles from his time at Tottenham following the 1978 World Cup win when, along
with Ricardo Villa, he started the ‘foreign invasion’ of English football. After ten years at White Hart Lane he had various short
spells at a host of clubs before retiring in 1991.
Since then he has managed 14
clubs over a period of 20 years with spells in England,
Mexico, Japan, Croatia,
Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Israel
Ossie was recently linked
with the manager vacancy at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and has also been tipped
with a move to Australia’s
El Tolo moved to the Argentine giants River
Plate three years after the World Cup victory and ended his career there in
1988. He turned to coaching and landed
the manager’s job at River Plate in 1994, taking Los Millionarios to the league
title with an unbeaten record.
His close friend Daniel
Passarella then made him his assistant with the national team during his
tenure, but he then returned to River winning another league title in
2000. Gallego also won the national
championship with Independiente and Newell’s Old Boys; making him only the
second man to win the league with three different clubs.
He has since had successful
spells in Mexico and is
currently a candidate to succeed Ramon Diaz as coach of America.
(8) Oscar Ortiz
Midfielder Ortiz was at River
Plate when Argentina
won the World Cup, but was sold to Huracan in 1981 after helping Los
Millionarios win three consecutive league titles. He later played for Independiente before
retiring in 1983.
He now runs a soccer school
in Buenos Aires.
(9) Daniel Bertoni
Bertoni scored the ‘other’
goal in the final against Holland and like
others in the squad, earned a move to Europe on
the back of the 1978 triumph. He moved to Sevilla in Spain. Bertoni then played 180 games in Italy for Fiorentina, Napoli
In 1989 he took over as coach
of Club Atletico Los Andes but lasted just four games. After several years away from coaching he
became involved in representing players and exploited his links with Fiorentina. The death of Independiente trainer Jose
Pastoriza in 2004 saw him take over but after some poor results he resigned
before he was fired.
Bertoni can now be seen as a
panellist on the FOX Sports program ‘The Last Word’.
It is the two goals from
Mario Kempes that everybody remembers from the 1978 final win. 'El Matador' was actually already playing
overseas, with Valencia, at the time of the World Cup,
before having further spells with less glamorous clubs such as Hercules, FC
Vienna, Saint Polten, Kremser FC as well as Fernandez Vial (Chile) and Pelita Jaya (Indonesia).
Like so many other pros he
went into management after retiring. After a spell as Hector Nunez’s assistant at Valencia
he went to his old club in Indonesia,
before going to Albania
and Lushjne. Since then he had spells in
Venezuela, Bolivia and lower league teams in both Italy and Spain.
He currently works as a football analyst for ESPN Deportes.
(11) Leopoldo Luque
Striker Luque scored four
goals in the 1978 tournament but his career faded somewhat after he left River
Plate in 1980, having played 176 games and scored 75 goals. He became a journeyman with spells at Jaibos,
Union, Racing Club, Chacarita Juniors and Santos
before retiring in 1985.
He became the secretary for
sport in Argentina’s Mendoza province, but
suffered a non-fatal heart attack in February 2007.
Coach: Cesar Luis Menotti
The chain smoking coach also
led Argentina to the 1982
World Cup in Spain but quit
after the holders were eliminated by Brazil in the second group
stage. Following the World Cup, he stayed
in Spain to manage Barcelona where he coached
Diego Maradona. However, failure to deliver the league saw him lose his job in
Since then, Menotti has had
various coaching positions including Penarol, Boca Juniors, Atletico Madrid, the Mexican
national side, Sampdoria and Independiente
to name but a few.
Now aged 70 he is still to be
found in Mexico
coaching, but is involved also in teaching and lecturing.
Mathew Burt, Goal.com