Soccer, and Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties in a replay of last year's World Cup football final in Berne, Switzerland on Tuesday (22 May).
Soccer, and Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties in a replay of last year's World Cup football final in Berne, Switzerland on Tuesday (22 May). The game, in which neither side scored, celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the International Football Federation (FIFA) which has been meeting in Zurich. In last year's World Cup, Argentina beat the Netherlands three goals to one.
SYNOPSIS: Zurich has been the focus for the anniversary celebrations of the Football Federation. The new FIFA headquarters which cost ten million Swiss francs (five point eight million U.S. dollars) where formally opened by the Federation President, Dr Joao Havelange of Brazil, with FIFA Secretary Dr Helmut Kaiser.
FIFA was born in Paris in 1904 with seven founding nations, France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
Now one hundred and forty six countries are affiliated with FIFA, soccer football's popularity has increased enormously and the World Cup launched by FIFA in 1930 is now watched by millions on television via satellite.
Sir Stanley Rous of the United Kingdom who was President of FIFA between 1961-74 unveiled a commemorative plaque in the new FIFA building. FIFA's Organising Committee decided in Zurich to increase the number of finalists in the next world Cup in Spain in 1982 from sixteen to twenty-four. The decision has had its critics, some argue that it will make the Cup tournament unwieldily and far too costly.