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'78 - How Scotland Lost the World Cup - Graham McColl (Book)

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No. of Pages
280
ISBN
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Author
Graham McColl
Release Date
April 2006
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Format
Hardback
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Description
Against the backdrop of nationalism, devolution and North Sea oil, Scotland were the only British team to qualify for the 1978 World Cup, and set off with genuine hopes of returning champions. But it all went horribly wrong.

Beaten by Peru, a country few could point to on a map, and drawing with Iran, Scotland faced Holland, needing to win by three goals. Incredibly, the Scots conjured up one of the greatest goals in World Cup history to give themselves a chancebut it wasnt to be. They won 3-2, but returned home empty handed.

Throughout this entertaining account, the cast of characters stands out: manager Ally McLeod, more a friendly uncle than world-class strategist; the monstrously permed, part-time goalkeeper Alan Rough, who many felt kept his place soley because of the potential for headlines ('Rough Justice' 'Rough and Ready' 'In the Rough'); and wide-boy Willie Johnstone (still a legend at the Albion - Ed), the first player to be sent home from a World Cup after failing a drugs test.

Yet despite the resounding failure and humiliation, Argentina 78 is still viewed with great affection. Perhaps for the last time, Scotland had a world-class team and after all, if you end up beating the runners-up, doesnt that mean you are the winners?



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