Spain 1978 Retro Football Jacket

€ 79.95

Colour: Blue

Article # 894

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  • 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • 100% football
  • Packed in gift box
  • Made in Europe
  • Machine wash

adislao Kubala had been appointed as Spanish coach in 1969 but failed to take his charges to the finals of any major international tournament during his first seven years in charge. His federation had shown considerable patience with him and were finally rewarded when the national team eased through their qualifying group to reach the finals of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Kubala´s team was built in the same strong, aggressive and pragmatic mould of the Real Madrid midfielder Vicente del Bosque who, ironically, did not make the cut for the finals squad. Hopes were high that Spain´s considerable attacking talent could elevate the team above the ordinary. Real Madrid?s elegant centre forward Carlos Santillana was in his prime and his club teammate Juanito, that most explosive of wingers, was an ideal partner. Add in the opportunism of Sporting Gijon´s Quini and Athletic Bilbao´s powerful Dani and this looked a squad with goals in it. Drawn in a challenging group for what was their first World Cup finals appearance since 1966, Spain´s campaign started badly with a 2-1 defeat to the dark horses of Austria. A credible scoreless draw with Brazil followed, but Asensi´s goal that gave the Spanish a 1-0 win over Sweden in the third game was not enough to allow Spain to advance to the knock-out stages.