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The 1978 World Cup: Operation Cóndor against Cuba

By ELIAS ARGUDÍN SÁNCHEZ

Triumph for the junta? Argentine dictator General Videla presents the 1978 World Cup to home captain Daniel Passarella

HAVANA (5 October 2012) – IN the 1978 World Football Cup, Argentina beat Peru by 6-0, thus removing a considerable rival. That win swung the balance toward the Argentine team’s aspirations. Just four days later, a 3-1 victory over Holland gave them the championship.

The result of the Argentine-Peru game was classified as highly controversial in football history. Virtually nobody believed the story of the thrashing, and life gave the right to the doubters. It is now known that the Peruvian dictator Francisco Morales Bermúdez (1975-1980) ordered his country’s players to lose the game, as payment for a favour that he had asked of his Argentine counterpart, fellow dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, de facto president from 1976 to 1981. Continue reading

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Operation Cóndor played out in the 1978 World Cup

Triumph for the junta? Argentine dictator General Jorge Rafael Videla presents the 1978 World Cup to home captain Daniel Passarella

The international controversy over the alleged match fixing between Argentina and Peru at the 1978 World Cup is one of the events that need clarifying, writes VICKY PELAEZ*. Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has launched an inquiry into the alleged deal, struck as part of the infamous Operation Condor. Continue reading

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Kissinger and the 1978 World Cup in Argentina

NATE JONES of The National Security Archive in Washington on declassified documents linking US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to the covert plans of the Argentine dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla to subvert the 1978 World Cup in Buenos Aires. Kissinger had already informed the Argentine government of US support of the use of arrests, mass disappearances and the murder of civilians to combat “terrorist activities” – known as the “dirty war” and the infamous Operation Condor Continue reading

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