1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). 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, except the winner of Group 9, who would advance to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

Summary[edit]

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 orange. 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 1[edit]

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 2[edit]

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 3[edit]

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 4[edit]

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 5[edit]

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 6[edit]

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 7[edit]

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 8[edit]

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 9[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.