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1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA) in association football. For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 32 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 9.5 places (out of 16) in the final tournament. West Germany, the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 8.5 spots open for competition between 31 teams.

The 31 teams were divided into 9 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (five groups with 3 teams and four groups with 4 teams). The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify, with the worst recorded group winner would advance to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

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SummaryEdit

Below is a table containing all nine qualifying groups. Teams that qualified and secured a place in the final tournament are highlighted in green, while teams who were eliminated are highlighted in red. The team that secured a place in the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off is highlighted in blue. Teams are ordered by final group position.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
  Poland   Italy   Austria   Netherlands   France   Sweden   Scotland   Spain   Hungary
  Portugal
  Denmark
  Cyprus
  England
  Finland
  Luxembourg
  East Germany
  Turkey
  Malta
  Belgium
  Northern Ireland
  Iceland
  Bulgaria
  Republic of Ireland
  Norway
   Switzerland
  Czechoslovakia
  Wales
  Romania
  Yugoslavia
  Soviet Union
  Greece

Key:

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Poland 11 6 5 1 0 17 4 +13
2   Portugal 9 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6
3   Denmark 4 6 2 0 4 14 12 +2
4   Cyprus 0 6 0 0 6 3 24 −21











Poland qualified.

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Italy 10 6 5 0 1 18 4 +14
2   England 10 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11
3   Finland 4 6 2 0 4 11 16 −5
4   Luxembourg 0 6 0 0 6 2 22 −20











Italy qualified.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Austria 10 6 4 2 0 14 2 +12
2   East Germany 9 6 3 3 0 15 4 +11
3   Turkey 5 6 2 1 3 9 5 +4
4   Malta 0 6 0 0 6 0 27 −27











Austria qualified.

Group 4Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Netherlands 11 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8
2   Belgium 6 6 3 0 3 7 6 +1
3   Northern Ireland 5 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1
4   Iceland 2 6 1 0 5 2 12 −10











Netherlands qualified.

Group 5Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   France 5 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
2   Bulgaria 4 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1
3   Republic of Ireland 3 4 1 1 2 2 4 −2
  Albania Withdrew





France qualified.

Group 6Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Sweden 6 4 3 0 1 7 4 +3
2   Norway 4 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1
3    Switzerland 2 4 1 0 3 3 5 −2





Sweden qualified.

Group 7Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Scotland 6 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3
2   Czechoslovakia 4 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2
3   Wales 2 4 1 0 3 3 4 −1





Scotland qualified.

Group 8Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Spain 6 4 3 0 1 4 1 +3
2   Romania 4 4 2 0 2 7 8 −1
3   Yugoslavia 2 4 1 0 3 6 8 −2





Spain qualified.

Group 9Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Hungary 5 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2
2   Soviet Union 4 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2
3   Greece 3 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4





Hungary advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off. This is the first time the USSR failed to qualify. The previous absences of the Soviet team at World Cup were all due to them not participating in the qualification.

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hungary   9–2   Bolivia 6–0 3–2

GoalscorersEdit

9 goals
7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ This match was played on neutral ground (Anfield) instead of in Wales because of crowd trouble at a European Championship quarter final match at Ninian Park between Wales and Yugoslavia the previous year.