In 1976, the military forces of Argentina staged a coup against
President Isabel Martinez de Peron. This brutal dictatorship was
led by General Jorge Rafael Videla and lasted 5 years. During this
time, the world’s most important championship took place. For
Videla, football was the best screen to hide the Dictatorship’s
atrocities; deaths, disappearances, kidnappings and tortures.
“Mundial de Football 1978. La película oficial”
Matches are described thoroughly
Detailed information about footballers is given
Players are seen as idols and national heroes
There is an objective and unattached view of what was happening in Argentina
“El mundial 78 – La historia paralela”
Shows how military forces decided to use the World Cup as an element of distraction to
withdraw the world’s attention towards football.
We are able to see how the media was highly manipulated and controlled by Videla
Footballers are shown as victims of a process were deception was predominant over the
The hidden truth
The FIFA World Cup was used as a
political propaganda; an attractive
entertainment that blinded us from
seeing the horrific events that were
taking place in our country.