Soccer -- and with the World Cup Finals due to start in Buenos Aires on the 1st of June this year, soccer enthusiasm is building up as the Argentinians prepare for the competition.
SV: Street in Buenos Aires.
GV EXTERIOR ZOOM IN TO CLOSE UP: River Plate stadium.
GV INTERIOR: ???late stadium.
SV INTERIOR: construction workers (3 shots)
GV PAN: stadium half-completed.
SV ZOOM INTO CU: Sarsfield stadium.
GV AND SVs: construction work in progress (6 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV man mowing pitch.
SVs: fans outside stadium. ( 2 shots)
SVs INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR: armed soldiers patrolling grounds (2 shots)
SVs INTERIOR: stadium with police dog patrols (2 shots)
SV: River Plate team enter field.
GV PAN: crowd cheering players onto the field.
GV: game in progress with River Plate attacking in red and white against Ferrocarril Oeste (in green) and win corner.
SV AND GV: River Plate take corner and ball is cleared.
SV: referee books Ferrocarril player and River Plate awarded free kick.
GV: River Plate score from free kick and crowd applaud (2 shots)
SV: armed police look on.
SV AND GV: River Plate attack and score second goal as fans applaud. (2 shots)
SVs: jubilant fans celebrating at night.
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Background: Soccer -- and with the World Cup Finals due to start in Buenos Aires on the 1st of June this year, soccer enthusiasm is building up as the Argentinians prepare for the competition.
SYNOPSIS: Soccer is Argentina's most popular sport, and with the finals less than six months away, preparations are under way amidst an atmosphere of increasing soccer hysteria.
The main venue for the competition will be the River Plate stadium in Buenos Aires, where the final will be played on June 25th. The capacity is being increased form 60,000 to 80,000 and facilities are being provided for the 600 journalists expected to cover the event. Its remodelling is just part of a 73 million dollar project to improve facilities at all the venues.
One other venue is the Velez Sarsfield stadium -- also in Buenos Aires -- and it will house the matches of the Group. Three contestants who will be decided following the final draw in Buenos Aires next week. It too is receiving a face-lift. Argentina's ability to stage the contest has become a matter of national pride, for there has recently been strong international criticism of its suitability in view of the country's internal political problems.
The Argentinian government has been battling against left-wing guerrillas for the past two years, and it is particularly anxious to ensure that all the matches are played in a peaceful atmosphere. The presence of armed police at domestic matches show how seriously the Government view the problem, and in June the security will be even tighter.
Crowd controls is another problem in Argentina, where support verges on fanaticism.
At this Argentinean First Division Match between the champions River Plate, attacking from right to left in red and white shirts, and Ferrocarril Oeste, a relegation-threatened side, the atmosphere was typical of Latin American football.
The arrival of thousands of foreign fans in June is bound to increase problems for the authorities in Argentina, and much of their success as hosts will depend on how they handle the potentially volatile situation.
The Argentinian with the responsibility of organising the competition, General Antonio Merlo, recently said that for Argentina the competition would have ends far beyond football itself. Those ends would be the presentation to the world of a good image of Argentina.