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1978 World Cup Soccer Fix The 1978 World Cup tournament was held in Argentina during the era when a brutal military junta ruled the South American country. Fearing for their safety, two of the world's best players (Holland's Johann Cruyff and West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer) both boycotted the tourney. The most controversial match pitted the host Argentines versus Peru. The Peruvians were already mathematically eliminated. Argentina had to win by at least four goals to overtake Brazil in the pool standings and qualify to meet the Dutch in the final. Peru put forth an effort so dismal in a 6-0 defeat that the Peruvian players bought newspaper ads in Lima to insist the match hadn't been fixed. Years later, after the junta was toppled, documents indicated that about $50 million was paid by the Argentine government to top Peruvian soccer officials to get the desired result. Argentina defeated Holland in the final.
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Added: 12th November 2009
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Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-11-12 
Flash forward to the World Cup that was held in Mexico in '86. Remember Maradona's goal? It was called the Hand of God.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-12 
As an England supporter, I remember it well. (Why do we have referees from Tunisia working World Cup matches?) The illegal goal completely overshadowed Diego Maradonna's later goal which was brilliant.
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