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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.