With huge political unrest in the host country, the 78 World Cup became the focus of world attention. England, let down by Revie, did not qualify but Scotland did and performed well. West Germany lost Beckenbauer and Holland lost Cruyff. Even so, both teams looked strong and with Brazil and Argentina strongly fancied the tournament was wide open. At the end of the day, Mario Kempes showed the world that one great player can overturn all predictions.