It was not as if Argentina had not had a long time to prepare for hosting the World Cup. They had been awarded the hosting rights to the 1978 event in 1964 at FIFA's Tokyo congress. But by the time of Peron's death little had been achieved beyond deciding that the country would somehow find the money for three completely new stadiums in cities with minuscule football teams - Mendoza, Mar del Plata and Cordoba; facelifts for other stadiums in Rosario and Buenos Aires; and a major upgrade of air, road and telecommunications links throughout the country. Money was meant to be coming in from the recently established football pools, but somehow it never quite managed to arrive. [...] FIFA's visits to review the preparations verged on the farcical; one trip to a park in Mendoza that would be cleared for a stadium that was not yet designed and no visit at all to Mar del Plata owing to transport problems. [After the military coup in 1976,] a harsh economic programme was introduced, slashing public spending and restraining inflation at the cost of widespread industrial recession and unemployment. Nonetheless, money was found to execute the preparations for the World Cup. The roads, airports and stadiums were built or rebuilt, and Argentina acquired colour television though the World Cup itself would only be seen in colour outside the country. The total cost of the spectacular remains uncertain but it was at least $700 million - considerably more than was spent in Spain four years later and far more than was prudently available from the Argentinian national budget. Opposition to the Mundial at home and abroad was brushed aside.
I see the BBC is offering live streaming player cams on Messi and on Muller. How dedicated to boredom would you have to be to watch the WC final that way?
They should really just play until the players collapse in an increasingly ominous deathmatch.
If I follow the primier league next year, who should I root for that I can see in the states but have a chance to do ok.
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