The President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association FIFA, Mr. Joao Havelange, flew to?
The President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association FIFA, Mr. Joao Havelange, flew to Buenos Aires on Thursday (10 October) to help alleviate doubts about Argentina's plans for hosting the 1978 World Cup.
The doubts arose over Argentina's deteriorating political situation. Mr. Havelange, a Brazilian, said he was very happy that Argentina would be the scene for the 1978 World Cup but, the final decision still rests with the FIFA council.
Mr. Havelange and several FIFA officials toured Argentina's facilities, while Argentina soccer officials, very much aware they were on probation, anxiously courted the world body representatives.
They had to satisfy the FIFA delegates that Argentina could provide the necessary conditions of sufficient first-class stadiums, with adequate means of access, and also adequate accommodation for players and supporters.
There could be some problems combining the two main requirements, as most places with the best accommodation don't come quite up to scratch on football facilities, and vice-versa.
But the best of Argentina's football stadiums are hard to fault.
There's the River Plate stadium, which holds 75,000 spectators (there are plans to build more grandstands to hold a further 20,000) and the Velez Sarsfield stadium, which holds 83,000 (to be increased to 95,000).
At River Plate there is a moat and fence around the periphery...all disguised by exotic shrubs... which will allay some fears about the volatility of Argentina fans, while Velez Sarsfield is Argentina's only field with a drainage and watering system.