Our podcast started with the simple notion of wanting to dive into football history. We don’t claim to know more than any other fan, we are really just on the search as well. We are trying to learn more about the beautiful game, about how the sport evolved. This website has turned into an extension of that quest.
Following is a list of all the matches we’ve covered in depth here on the website searching for some of the best football matches ever. Nothing fancy yet, so if you’re interested in a particular team ‘Ctrl + F’ will have to do for now.
April 29th: Gladbach vs Dortmund, Bundesliga 1977/78
On the final matchday of the Bundesliga season Gladbach are chasing the title, needing a big win to stay in the hunt. Dortmund are in no-mans-land and have already gone on holiday mentally. And, well, Gladbach do get their big win alright.
May 3rd: RSC Anderlecht vs Austria Vienna, European Cup Winners’ Cup Final 1978
In 1978 RSC Anderlecht make a third annual trip to the Cup Winners’ Cup final. Their record stands at a solid 1-1 as they meet Austria Vienna in Paris. Huge favorites, the Belgians waste little time to stamp their authority on the match.
May 6th: Arsenal vs Ipswich Town, FA Cup Final 1978
Every other season Malcolm Macdonald made it to Wembley, only to leave empty handed. In 1978 Supermac dragged Arsenal to the FA Cup final by himself, scoring in every match on the way. Surely this time lowly Ipswich Town, coached by Bobby Robson, could be bested.
May 10th: Liverpool vs Club Brugge, European Cup Final 1978
Liverpool had picked up their first European Cup in 1977 against Gladbach. The following season they were back for more, reaching the final again. At Wembley they encounter Club Brugge, managed by Ernst Happel.
May 13th: AS Nancy vs OGC Nice, Coupe de France Final 1978
In 1978 Michel Platini is the prodigy of French Football. At just 22 years of age he led a young Nancy side into their first Cup final. Yearning for a first taste of glory they are up against a veteran opponent in OGC Nice.
World Cup 1978
June 3rd: Peru vs Scotland, World Cup 1978 First Round
Scotland in the mid- to late-70s were a force to be reckoned with. In ’76 & ’77 they had picked up back to back Home Championships and were the only side from the British Isles to travel to Argentina 1978. Spirits were high as the Tartan Army set off. For their opener they meet Peru in what was likely the best match in the tournament.
June 6th: Argentina vs France, World Cup 78 First Round
It had been twelve years since France last reached the World Cup. Yet by matchday 2 of the 1978 edition, they already have their backs to the wall. What’s worse: Having lost their opener to Italy, Platini & Co. now come up against the hosts Argentina.
June 11th: Spain vs Sweden, World Cup 1978 First Round
Austria had run rampant in Group 3, beating both Spain and Sweden. What delighted the footballing world left the defeated sides sweating on the third matchday. As Spain and Sweden meet in Buenos Aires on June 11th they knew that only the winner could harbour any hopes of advancing to the next round.
June 18th: Holland vs West Germany, World Cup 78 Second Round
Four years removed from losing the World Cup final, Holland are once again pushing for glory in Argentina. The Elftal had held up much better than their old foes West Germany. And so when they meet in the second group phase of the World Cup ’78 Holland are not only favorites, but could send ze Germans packing should they beat them.
June 24th: Brazil vs Italy, World Cup 1978 Third Place Match
Even though both Brazil and Italy went through an extended period of rebuilding, their sides still placed third and fourth respectively at the World Cup 1978. On June 24th they meet in Buenos Aires to determine who would take which spot. On display: the core of the Italian team that four years later would claim top honours.
June 25th: Argentina vs Holland, World Cup 1978 Final
Though both sides had appeared in one previous final, neither side had come away with the ultimate prize. Holland want to exorcise their demons having lost to West Germany just four years earlier. For Argentina failure on home soil is not an option. A minute by minute of a World Cup final played against the backdrop of a hosting nation ruled by a military regime.
April 14th: Internazionale vs Juventus, Serie A 1978/79
While the Bianconeri had won two consecutive Scudetti under Trapattoni, the Nerazzurri had, in ’78, picked up their second ever Coppa under Bersellini. Yet in April 1979 both Juventus and Inter are playing catch-up with Milan in Serie A. As the two heavyweights meet at San Siro ten future World Champions are on display.
April 25th: KSK Beveren vs FC Barcelona, European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-final 1979
When Barcelona took a 1:0 lead to Beveren for the return leg of their Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final ’78/79 few will have doubted the Blaugrana would advance. The Belgians, though, boasted a strong back-line and had already eliminated Inter the round previous.
May 12th: Arsenal vs Manchester United, FA Cup Final 1979
For 85 minutes the FA Cup final 1979 shaped up like any other. Arsenal had taken an early lead and tacked on another just before the break. Manchester United were running on empty when suddenly their comeback gene kicked into life. An epic finish earned this match the title of “Five Minute Final”.
May 16th: FC Barcelona vs Fortuna Düsseldorf, European Cup Winners’ Cup Final 1979
St. Jakob Park plays host to the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Not a good omen for one of the sides involved. Barcelona have twice featured in major European finals in Switzerland, and ended up losing both matches. Carles Rexach had already been in the side when, in 1969, the Blaugrana faced Slovan Bratislava for the ECWC at St. Jakob Park. Ten years later he’s trying his luck against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
True to form Brian Clough showed up to the presentation of his star forward in a red track suit, squash racket at the ready. Never mind that Nottingham Forest had just broken the million £ barrier to sign Trevor Francis, Clough had other places to go. Besides, Francis was not even available for all competitions, registration rules saw him barred from playing in the European Cup. Until the final against Malmö.
June 30th: Real Madrid vs Valencia CF, Copa del Rey Final 1979
By 1979 it had been a while since either Real Madrid or Valencia CF had featured in the final of the Copa del Rey. While the Merengues had won back to back edition in ’74 & ’75, the Che had lost three finals on the bounce from ’70-’72. They are trying to rectify that in ’79 at Vicente Calderon.
August 7th: Los Angeles Aztecs vs Seattle Sounders, NASL 1979
In 1979 football in the United States was on the up and up. The NASL had secured a deal with ABC to have nine matches broadcast on network TV, a record for the league. None other than Johan Cruyff was lacing up his boots for the Los Angeles Aztecs. Their meeting with the Seattle Sounders was, luckily, one of those nine matches broadcast.
September 7th: Argentina U20 vs USSR U20, World Youth Championship 1979
At the tender of 18 Diego Armando Maradona already had the hopes of a nation resting on his shoulders. El Pibe de Oro was to lead the Albicelestes to glory at the World Youth Championship 1979 in Japan. Their opponents for the final were the USSR who had won the previous, and first, edition of the tournament.
October 28th: Internazionale vs AC Milan, Serie A 1979/80
The Derby della Madonnina splits many a household in Milan. In 1979 AC had enjoyed an unbeaten run of 13 matches against rivals Inter. For the last handful even a pair of brothers had lined up; on opposite sides. While Giuseppe Baresi played for the Nerazzurri, his younger brother Franco had just broken through with the Rossoneri.