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                  Participating countries   107    Total matches             252
                  Total goals               721    Goals per game average   2.86
    
    
    
    

    Europe

    (UEFA Group 1)
    23.May 76 Limassol Cyprus 1-5 Denmark 16.Oct 76 Porto Portugal 0-2 Poland 27.Oct 76 Copenhagen Denmark 5-0 Cyprus 31.Oct 76 Warsaw Poland 5-0 Cyprus 17.Nov 76 Lisbon Portugal 1-0 Denmark 05.Dec 76 Limassol Cyprus 1-2 Portugal 01.May 77 Copenhagen Denmark 1-2 Poland 15.May 77 Limassol Cyprus 1-3 Poland 21.Sep 77 Chorzów Poland 4-1 Denmark 09.Oct 77 Copenhagen Denmark 2-4 Portugal 29.Oct 77 Chorzów Poland 1-1 Portugal 16.Nov 77 Faro Portugal 4-0 Cyprus
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Poland 6 5 1 0 17- 4 11 2.Portugal 6 4 1 1 12- 6 9 3.Denmark 6 2 0 4 14-12 4 4.Cyprus 6 0 0 6 3-24 0
    (UEFA Group 2)
    13.Jun 76 Helsinki Finland 1-4 England 22.Sep 76 Helsinki Finland 7-1 Luxembourg 13.Oct 76 London England 2-1 Finland 16.Oct 76 Luxembourg Luxembourg 1-4 Italy 17.Nov 76 Rome Italy 2-0 England 30.Mar 77 London England 5-0 Luxembourg 26.May 77 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-1 Finland 08.Jun 77 Helsinki Finland 0-3 Italy 12.Oct 77 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-2 England 15.Oct 77 Turin Italy 6-1 Finland 16.Nov 77 London England 2-0 Italy 03.Dec 77 Rome Italy 3-0 Luxembourg
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Italy 6 5 0 1 18- 4 10 2.England 6 5 0 1 15- 4 10 3.Finland 6 2 0 4 11-16 4 4.Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 2-22 0
    (UEFA Group 3)
    31.Oct 76 Izmir Turkey 4-0 Malta 17.Nov 76 Dresden East Germany 1-1 Turkey 05.Dec 76 La Valletta Malta 0-1 Austria 02.Apr 77 La Valletta Malta 0-1 East Germany 17.Apr 77 Vienna Austria 1-0 Turkey 30.Apr 77 Salzburg Austria 9-0 Malta 24.Sep 77 Vienna Austria 1-1 East Germany 12.Oct 77 Leipzig East Germany 1-1 Austria 29.Oct 77 Potsdam East Germany 9-0 Malta 30.Oct 77 Izmir Turkey 0-1 Austria 16.Nov 77 Izmir Turkey 1-2 East Germany 27.Nov 77 La Valletta Malta 0-3 Turkey
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Austria 6 4 2 0 14- 2 10 2.East Germany 6 3 3 0 15- 4 9 3.Turkey 6 2 1 3 9- 5 5 4.Malta 6 0 0 6 0-27 0
    (UEFA Group 4)
    05.Sep 76 Reykjavik Iceland 0-1 Belgium 08.Sep 76 Reykjavik Iceland 0-1 Netherlands 13.Oct 76 Rotterdam Netherlands 2-2 Northern Ireland 10.Nov 76 Ličge Belgium 2-0 Northern Ireland 26.Mar 77 Antwerpen Belgium 0-2 Netherlands 11.Jun 77 Reykjavik Iceland 1-0 Northern Ireland 31.Aug 77 Nijmegen Netherlands 4-1 Iceland 03.Sep 77 Brussels Belgium 4-0 Iceland 21.Sep 77 Belfast Northern Ireland 2-0 Iceland 12.Oct 77 Belfast Northern Ireland 0-1 Netherlands 26.Oct 77 Amsterdam Netherlands 1-0 Belgium 16.Nov 77 Belfast Northern Ireland 3-0 Belgium
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Netherlands 6 5 1 0 11- 3 11 2.Belgium 6 3 0 3 7- 6 6 3.Northern Ireland 6 2 1 3 7- 6 5 4.Iceland 6 1 0 5 2-12 2
    (UEFA Group 5)
    09.Oct 76 Sofia Bulgaria 2-2 France 17.Nov 76 Paris France 2-0 Rep. of Ireland 30.Mar 77 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 1-0 France 01.Jun 77 Sofia Bulgaria 2-1 Rep. of Ireland 12.Oct 77 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 0-0 Bulgaria 16.Nov 77 Paris France 3-1 Bulgaria
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.France 4 2 1 1 7- 4 5 2.Bulgaria 4 1 2 1 5- 6 4 3.Rep. of Ireland 4 1 1 2 2- 4 3
    (UEFA Group 6)
    16.Jun 76 Stockholm Sweden 2-0 Norway 08.Sep 76 Oslo Norway 1-0 Switzerland 09.Oct 76 Basel Switzerland 1-2 Sweden 08.Jun 77 Stockholm Sweden 2-1 Switzerland 07.Sep 77 Oslo Norway 2-1 Sweden 30.Oct 77 Berne Switzerland 1-0 Norway
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Sweden 4 3 0 1 7- 4 6 2.Norway 4 2 0 2 3- 4 4 3.Switzerland 4 1 0 3 3- 5 2
    (UEFA Group 7)
    13.Oct 76 Prague Czechoslovakia 2-0 Scotland 17.Nov 76 Glasgow Scotland 1-0 Wales 30.Mar 77 Wrexham Wales 3-0 Czechoslovakia 21.Sep 77 Glasgow Scotland 3-1 Czechoslovakia 12.Oct 77 Liverpool Wales 0-2 Scotland 16.Nov 77 Prague Czechoslovakia 1-0 Wales
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Scotland 4 3 0 1 6- 3 6 2.Czechoslovakia 4 2 0 2 4- 6 4 3.Wales 4 1 0 3 3- 4 2
    (UEFA Group 8)
    10.Oct 76 Seville Spain 1-0 Yugoslavia 16.Apr 77 Bucharest Romania 1-0 Spain 08.May 77 Zagreb Yugoslavia 0-2 Romania 26.Oct 77 Madrid Spain 2-0 Romania 13.Nov 77 Bucharest Romania 4-6 Yugoslavia 30.Nov 77 Belgrade Yugoslavia 0-1 Spain
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Spain 4 3 0 1 4- 1 6 2.Romania 4 2 0 2 7- 8 4 3.Yugoslavia 4 1 0 3 6- 8 2
    (UEFA Group 9)
    09.Oct 76 Athens Greece 1-1 Hungary 24.Apr 77 Moscow Soviet Union 2-0 Greece 30.Apr 77 Budapest Hungary 2-1 Soviet Union 10.May 77 Thessaloniki Greece 1-0 Soviet Union 18.May 77 Tbilisi Soviet Union 2-0 Hungary 25.May 77 Budapest Hungary 3-0 Greece
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Hungary 4 2 1 1 6- 4 5 2.Soviet Union 4 2 0 2 5- 3 4 3.Greece 4 1 1 2 2- 6 3
    Hungary required to play off against the bottom team of South America's final group for one spot in the World Cup. 29.Oct 77 Budapest Hungary 6-0 Bolivia 30.Nov 77 La Paz Bolivia 2-3 Hungary QUALIFIED FROM EUROPE: Poland, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Scotland, Spain and Hungary + West Germany as defending champions.

    South America

    (CONMEBOL First round)
    Sub-group A 20.Feb 77 Bogotá Colombia 0-0 Brazil 24.Feb 77 Bogotá Colombia 0-1 Paraguay 06.Mar 77 Asunción Paraguay 1-1 Colombia 09.Mar 77 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 6-0 Colombia 13.Mar 77 Asunción Paraguay 0-1 Brazil 20.Mar 77 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1-1 Paraguay
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Brazil 4 2 2 0 8- 1 6 2.Paraguay 4 1 2 1 3- 3 4 3.Colombia 4 0 2 2 1- 8 2
    Sub-group B 09.Feb 77 Caracas Venezuela 1-1 Uruguay 27.Feb 77 La Paz Bolivia 1-0 Uruguay 06.Mar 77 Caracas Venezuela 1-3 Bolivia 13.Mar 77 La Paz Bolivia 2-0 Venezuela 17.Mar 77 Montevideo Uruguay 2-0 Venezuela 27.Mar 77 Montevideo Uruguay 2-2 Bolivia
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Bolivia 4 3 1 0 8- 3 7 2.Uruguay 4 1 2 1 5- 4 4 3.Venezuela 4 0 1 3 2- 8 1
    Sub-group C 20.Feb 77 Quito Ecuador 1-1 Peru 27.Feb 77 Guayaquil Ecuador 0-1 Chile 06.Mar 77 Santiago Chile 1-1 Peru 12.Mar 77 Lima Peru 4-0 Ecuador 20.Mar 77 Santiago Chile 3-0 Ecuador 26.Mar 77 Lima Peru 2-0 Chile
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Peru 4 2 2 0 8- 2 6 2.Chile 4 2 1 1 5- 3 5 3.Ecuador 4 0 1 3 1- 9 1
    (CONMEBOL Final round)
    10.Jul 77 Cali Brazil 1-0 Peru 14.Jul 77 Cali Brazil 8-0 Bolivia 17.Jul 77 Cali Peru 5-0 Bolivia
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Brazil 2 2 0 0 9- 0 4 2.Peru 2 1 0 1 5- 1 2 3.Bolivia 2 0 0 2 0-13 0
    Bolivia required to play off with winner of European Group 9 for one spot in the World Cup. 29.Oct 77 Budapest Hungary 6-0 Bolivia 30.Nov 77 La Paz Bolivia 2-3 Hungary QUALIFIED FROM SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil and Peru + Argentina as host nation.

    North/Central America

    (CONCACAF First round)
    North American Zone 24.Sep 76 Vancouver Canada 1-1 USA 03.Oct 76 Los Angeles USA 0-0 Mexico 10.Oct 76 Vancouver Canada 1-0 Mexico 15.Oct 76 Puebla Mexico 3-0 USA 20.Oct 76 Seattle USA 2-0 Canada 27.Oct 76 Toluca Mexico 0-0 Canada
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Mexico 4 1 2 1 3- 1 4 2.USA 4 1 2 1 3- 4 4 Canada 4 1 2 1 2- 3 4
    Play-off 22.Dec 76 Port-au-Prince Canada 3-0 USA Central American Zone 04.Apr 76 Panama Panama 3-2 Costa Rica 02.May 76 Panama Panama 1-1 El Salvador 11.Jul 76 San José Costa Rica 3-0 Panama 01.Aug 76 San Salvador El Salvador 4-1 Panama 17.Sep 76 Panama Panama 2-4 Guatemala 26.Sep 76 Cd. Guatemala Guatemala 7-0 Panama 01.Dec 76 San Salvador El Salvador 1-1 Costa Rica 05.Dec 76 San José Costa Rica 0-0 Guatemala 08.Dec 76 Cd. Guatemala Guatemala 3-1 El Salvador 12.Dec 76 Cd. Guatemala Guatemala 1-1 Costa Rica 15.Dec 76 San José Costa Rica 1-1 El Salvador 19.Dec 76 San Salvador El Salvador 2-0 Guatemala
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Guatemala 6 3 2 1 15- 6 8 2.El Salvador 6 2 3 1 10- 7 7 3.Costa Rica 6 1 4 1 8- 6 6 4.Panama 6 1 1 4 7-21 3
    Caribbean Zone Sub-group A - 1st round 04.Jul 76 Georgetown Guyana 2-0 Surinam 29.Aug 76 Paramaribo Surinam 3-0 Guyana 15.Aug 76 Bridgetown Barbados 2-1 Trinidad/Tobago 31.Aug 76 Port of Spain Trinidad/Tobago 1-0 Barbados Play-off 14.Sep 76 Bridgetown Barbados 1-3 Trinidad/Tobago Sub-group A - 2nd round 14.Nov 76 Paramaribo Surinam 1-1 Trinidad/Tobago 28.Nov 76 Port of Spain Trinidad/Tobago 2-2 Surinam Play-off 18.Dec 76 Cayenne Surinam 3-2 Trinidad/Tobago [aet] Sub-group B - Preliminary round 02.Apr 76 Santo Domingo Haiti 3-0 Dominican Rep. 17.Apr 76 Port-au-Prince Dominican Rep. 0-3 Haiti Sub-group B - 1st round 31.Jul 76 Oranjestad Dutch Antilles 1-2 Haiti 14.Aug 76 Port-au-Prince Haiti 7-0 Dutch Antilles 15.Aug 76 Kingston Jamaica 1-3 Cuba 29.Aug 76 Havana Cuba 2-0 Jamaica Sub-group B - 2nd round 28.Nov 76 Havana Cuba 1-1 Haiti 11.Dec 76 Port-au-Prince Haiti 1-1 Cuba Play-off 29.Dec 76 Panama Haiti 2-0 Cuba
    (CONCACAF Final round)
    08.Oct 77 Monterrey Guatemala 3-2 Surinam 08.Oct 77 Monterrey El Salvador 2-1 Canada 09.Oct 77 Mexico City Mexico 4-1 Haiti 12.Oct 77 Mexico City Mexico 3-1 El Salvador 12.Oct 77 Mexico City Canada 2-1 Surinam 12.Oct 77 Monterrey Haiti 2-1 Guatemala 15.Oct 77 Monterrey Mexico 8-1 Surinam 16.Oct 77 Mexico City Haiti 1-0 El Salvador 16.Oct 77 Mexico City Canada 2-1 Guatemala 19.Oct 77 Mexico City Mexico 2-1 Guatemala 20.Oct 77 Monterrey El Salvador 3-2 Surinam 20.Oct 77 Monterrey Canada 1-1 Haiti 22.Oct 77 Monterrey Mexico 3-1 Canada 23.Oct 77 Mexico City Haiti 1-0 Surinam 23.Oct 77 Mexico City Guatemala 2-2 El Salvador
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Mexico 5 5 0 0 20- 5 10 2.Haiti 5 3 1 1 6- 6 7 3.El Salvador 5 2 1 2 8- 9 5 4.Canada 5 2 1 2 7- 8 5 5.Guatemala 5 1 1 3 8-10 3 6.Surinam 5 0 0 5 6-17 0
    QUALIFIED FROM NORTH/CENTRAL AMERICA: Mexico

    Africa

    (CAF Preliminary round)
    07.Mar 76 Freetown Sierra Leone 5-1 Niger 21.Mar 76 Niamey Niger 2-1 Sierra Leone 13.Mar 76 Ouagadougou Upper Volta 1-1 Mauretania 28.Mar 76 Nouakchott Mauretania 0-2 Upper Volta
    (CAF First round)
    01.Apr 76 Alger Algeria 1-0 Libya 16.Apr 76 Tripoli Libya 0-0 Algeria 12.Dec 76 Casablanca Morocco 1-1 Tunisia 09.Jan 77 Tunis Tunisia 1-1 Morocco (Tunisia won 4-2 on penalties.) 17.Oct 76 Lomé Togo 1-0 Senegal 31.Oct 76 Dakar Senegal 1-1 Togo 10.Oct 76 Accra Ghana 2-1 Guinea 31.Oct 76 Conakry Guinea 2-1 Ghana Play-off 16.Jan 77 Lomé Guinea 2-0 Ghana Central Africa withdrew so Zaire had a walkover. 16.Oct 76 Freetown Sierra Leone 0-0 Nigeria 30.Oct 76 Lagos Nigeria 6-2 Sierra Leone 17.Oct 76 Brazzaville Congo 2-2 Cameroon 31.Oct 76 Yaoundé Cameroon 1-2 Congo (Game abandoned at 1-2. Result stayed.) 04.Sep 76 Ouagadougou Upper Volta 1-1 Ivory Coast 26.Sep 76 Abidjan Ivory Coast 2-0 Upper Volta 29.Oct 76 Cairo Egypt 3-0 Ethiopia 14.Nov 76 Addis Abeba Ethiopia 1-2 Egypt Sudan withdrew so Kenya had a walkover. Tanzania withdrew so Uganda had a walkover. 09.May 76 Lusaka Zambia 4-0 Malawi 30.May 76 Blantyre Malawi 0-1 Zambia
    (CAF Second round)
    06.Feb 77 Tunis Tunisia 2-0 Algeria 28.Feb 77 Alger Algeria 1-1 Tunisia 13.Feb 77 Lomé Togo 0-2 Guinea 27.Feb 77 Conakry Guinea 2-1 Togo Zaire withdrew so Nigeria had a walkover. 13.Feb 77 Bouaké Ivory Coast 3-2 Congo 27.Feb 77 Brazzaville Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast 06.Feb 77 Nairobi Kenya 0-0 Egypt 27.Feb 77 Cairo Egypt 1-0 Kenya 13.Feb 77 Kampala Uganda 1-0 Zambia 27.Feb 77 Ndola Zambia 4-2 Uganda [aet]
    (CAF Third round)
    05.Jun 77 Conakry Guinea 1-0 Tunisia 19.Jun 77 Tunis Tunisia 3-1 Guinea 10.Jul 77 Lagos Nigeria 4-0 Ivory Coast 25.Jul 77 Bouaké Ivory Coast 2-2 Nigeria 15.Jul 77 Cairo Egypt 2-0 Zambia 31.Jul 77 Lusaka Zambia 0-0 Egypt
    (CAF Final round)
    25.Sep 77 Tunis Tunisia 0-0 Nigeria 08.Oct 77 Lagos Nigeria 4-0 Egypt 21.Oct 77 Cairo Egypt 3-1 Nigeria 12.Nov 77 Lagos Nigeria 0-1 Tunisia 25.Nov 77 Cairo Egypt 3-2 Tunisia 11.Dec 77 Tunis Tunisia 4-1 Egypt
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Tunisia 4 2 1 1 7- 4 5 2.Egypt 4 2 0 2 7-11 4 3.Nigeria 4 1 1 2 5- 4 3
    QUALIFIED FROM AFRICA: Tunisia

    Asia/Oceania

    (AFC/OFC First round)
    Sub-group 1 Sri Lanka withdrew. 27.Feb 77 Singapore Singapore 2-0 Thailand 28.Feb 77 Singapore Hongkong 4-1 Indonesia 01.Mar 77 Singapore Malaysia 6-4 Thailand 02.Mar 77 Singapore Singapore 2-2 Hongkong 03.Mar 77 Singapore Indonesia 0-0 Malaysia 05.Mar 77 Singapore Hongkong 2-1 Thailand 06.Mar 77 Singapore Singapore 1-0 Malaysia 07.Mar 77 Singapore Thailand 3-2 Indonesia 08.Mar 77 Singapore Hongkong 1-1 Malaysia 09.Mar 77 Singapore Singapore 0-4 Indonesia
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Hongkong 4 2 2 0 9- 5 6 2.Singapore 4 2 1 1 5- 6 5 3.Malaysia 4 1 2 1 7- 6 4 4.Indonesia 4 1 1 2 7- 7 3 5.Thailand 4 1 0 3 8-12 2
    Play-off 1st/2nd place 12.Mar 77 Singapore Hongkong 1-0 Singapore Sub-group 2 North Korea withdrew. 27.Feb 77 Ramat Gan Israel 0-0 South Korea 06.Mar 77 Ramat Gan Israel 2-0 Japan 10.Mar 77 Ramat Gan Japan 0-2 Israel 20.Mar 77 Seoul South Korea 3-1 Israel 26.Mar 77 Tokyo Japan 0-0 South Korea 03.Apr 77 Seoul South Korea 1-0 Japan
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.South Korea 4 2 2 0 4- 1 6 2.Israel 4 2 1 1 5- 3 5 3.Japan 4 0 1 3 0- 5 1
    Sub-group 3 Iraq withdrew. 12.Nov 76 Jeddah Saudi Arabia 2-0 Syria 26.Nov 76 Damascus Syria 2-1 Saudi Arabia 07.Jan 77 Riyadh Saudi Arabia 0-3 Iran 28.Jan 77 Damascus Syria 0-1 Iran 06.Apr 77 Iran 2-0 Syria (Syria withdrew. Awarded 2-0 by FIFA.) 22.Apr 77 Shiraz Iran 2-0 Saudi Arabia
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Iran 4 4 0 0 8- 0 8 2.Saudi Arabia 4 1 0 3 3- 7 2 3.Syria 4 1 0 3 2- 6 2
    Sub-group 4 United Arab Emirates withdrew. 11.Mar 77 Doha Kuwait 2-0 Bahrain 13.Mar 77 Doha Qatar 2-0 Bahrain 15.Mar 77 Doha Qatar 0-2 Kuwait 17.Mar 77 Doha Kuwait 2-1 Bahrain 19.Mar 77 Doha Qatar 0-3 Bahrain 21.Mar 77 Doha Qatar 1-4 Kuwait
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Kuwait 4 4 0 0 10- 2 8 2.Bahrain 4 1 0 3 4- 6 2 3.Qatar 4 1 0 3 3- 9 2
    Sub-group 5 13.Mar 77 Suva Australia 3-0 Taiwan 16.Mar 77 Suva Taiwan 1-2 Australia 20.Mar 77 Auckland New Zealand 6-0 Taiwan 23.Mar 77 Auckland Taiwan 0-6 New Zealand 27.Mar 77 Sydney Australia 3-1 New Zealand 30.Mar 77 Auckland New Zealand 1-1 Australia
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Australia 4 3 1 0 9- 3 7 2.New Zealand 4 2 1 1 14- 4 5 3.Taiwan 4 0 0 4 1-17 0
    (AFC/OFC Final round)
    19.Jun 77 Hongkong Hongkong 0-2 Iran 26.Jun 77 Hongkong Hongkong 0-1 South Korea 03.Jul 77 Pusan South Korea 0-0 Iran 10.Jul 77 Adelaide Australia 3-0 Hongkong 14.Aug 77 Melbourne Australia 0-1 Iran 27.Aug 77 Sydney Australia 2-1 South Korea 02.Oct 77 Hongkong Hongkong 1-3 Kuwait 09.Oct 77 Seoul South Korea 1-0 Kuwait 16.Oct 77 Sydney Australia 1-2 Kuwait 23.Oct 77 Seoul South Korea 0-0 Australia 28.Oct 77 Tehran Iran 1-0 Kuwait 30.Oct 77 Hongkong Hongkong 2-5 Australia 05.Nov 77 Kuwait Kuwait 2-2 South Korea 11.Nov 77 Tehran Iran 2-2 South Korea 12.Nov 77 Kuwait Kuwait 4-0 Hongkong 18.Nov 77 Tehran Iran 3-0 Hongkong 19.Nov 77 Kuwait Kuwait 1-0 Australia 25.Nov 77 Tehran Iran 1-0 Australia 03.Dec 77 Kuwait Kuwait 1-2 Iran 04.Dec 77 Seoul South Korea 5-2 Hongkong
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Iran 8 6 2 0 12- 3 14 2.South Korea 8 3 4 1 12- 8 10 3.Kuwait 8 4 1 3 13- 8 9 4.Australia 8 3 1 4 11- 8 7 5.Hongkong 8 0 0 8 5-26 0
    QUALIFIED FROM ASIA/OCEANIA: Iran
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