The 1978 World Soccer Cup will take place in Argentina. That was the pledge made?
The 1978 World Soccer Cup will take place in Argentina. That was the pledge made in Buenos Aires on Thursday (30 November) by the President of the International Football Federation (FIFA) Senhor Joao Havelange.
SYNOPSIS: Senhor Havelange made the announcement to journalists after talks with Argentine President Rafael Videla. He said the playoff of the international soccer championship would definitely take place in Argentina and that the stadiums and other facilities at Mar Del Plata, Rosario, Cordoba, Mendoza and Buenos Aires would be ready in time.
Senhor Havelange said there was full guarantee for the World Cup and that the Argentine government was providing wide support for the necessary infrastructure.
Senhor Havelange and other FIFA leaders arrived in Buenos Aires on Friday (26 November) to inspect work at the World Cup venues. The intensive competition to make it to the finals has already begun around the world. Brazil and the Soviet Union met for a friendly match in Rio De Janeiro on Wednesday (1 December) to try out some of their world cup material. Other news given at the news conference by FIFA officials was that Iraq had withdrawn from the series because of Israel's inclusion in the Asian group.
It was also announced that the United States-Canada playoff for a North and Central American final group place would be held on 22 December in Haiti. Senhor Havelange said FIFA would do everything possible to make the World Cup a great success.