Next year's World Cup soccer finals are now less than 12 months away -- and the pressure is on host country Argentina to complete the building of its new football stadiums and press centres.
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Background: Next year's World Cup soccer finals are now less than 12 months away -- and the pressure is on host country Argentina to complete the building of its new football stadiums and press centres. The World Cup is Argentina's greatest ever sporting venture and it has already invested 73 million dollars in it.
The World cup finals next June will be played on five different pitches in Argentina -- at Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mar Del plata, Rosario and Mendoza. According to the schedule drawn up by the Argentina Football Association, the finals will be kicked off by defending champions West Germany on June 1 at the capital's River Plate stadium.
SYNOPSIS: One of the new stadiums is at Cordoba in the centre of the country. Build on 72 hectares of land, it borders the Rio -- or river -- Primero northwest of the city. It'll seat nearly 52-thousand people.
The main structure has now been completed and workmen are in the process of paving roads round the outside of the stadium. The world Cup is a big opportunity for Argentina to create lasting sports facilities for its people and the Cordoba stadium is a good example. The soccer field where the world Cup matches will be played is surrounded by another auxiliary field for practice.
Underground gymnasiums and swimming pools are under construction as well as rest rooms and press rooms. There'll be parking facilities for more than five thousand cars and over five hundred buses. Work is also progressing well at the other new stadiums at Mendoza in western Argentina and the seaside resort of Mar del Plata.