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Keir Radnedge re­ported on the Span­ish Cup Fi­nal, not­ing: “For sheer ba­sic drama there won’t be many Cup Fi­nals to ri­val the cli­max to the Span­ish sea­son, when out­siders Betis of Seville man­aged to beat Ath­letic Bil­bao af­ter 19 penal­ties at the end of ex­tra-time”


Va­len­cia’s Mario Kem­pes was back in favour with Ar­gentina’s na­tional team. With the coun­try due to host the 1978 World Cup and in a run of poor form, coach Cesar Luis Menotti re­versed his de­ci­sion of not pick­ing the striker in re­cent friendlies and La Liga’s lead­ing goalscorer re­turned to the fold.


Dukla Prague, who were the dom­i­nant side in Cze­choslo­vakia, were the sub­ject of a Club Fo­cus af­ter be­com­ing league cham­pi­ons for the first time in more than a decade.


Fol­low­ing Liver­pool’s Euro­pean Cup tri­umph in May, and with their play­ing per­son­nel chang­ing ahead of the new sea­son, Arthur Rot­mil asked: “Can Liver­pool, mi­nus the de­parted Keegan, the re­tired Smith, and pos­si­bly with­out the crip­pled Toshack and the age­ing Cal­laghan, con­tinue at the top in Europe? Is there enough mo­ti­va­tion? Will they find the in­spi­ra­tion to re­peat their suc­cess?” Within weeks, they had bought Kenny Dal­glish from Celtic.

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