WITH less than two months to go until Russia 2018, South American thoughts have already turned to 2030.
The World Cup turns 100 in 12 years’ time, and there is a big push to celebrate the centenary back where it all began.
FIFA Uruguay want to host the 2030 World Cup – 100 years after the nation hosted, and won, the first tournament Scott Hornby – The Sun The stadium today – the nation does not have the infrastructure to manage a World Cup on their own and are set to make a joint bid
The continent is justifiably proud of its role in launching the event.
A direct line can be drawn between the start of the Copa America in 1916 and the birth of the World Cup in 1930.
The Copa, held at first on an almost annual basis, did much to raise standards in the region.
Uruguay then amazed the French crowds when they came to the Paris Olympics in 1924 and cruised to the gold medal with a new style of play, artistic and balletic.
AP:Associated Press The famous stadium could be demolished or refurbished if the bid is successful AP:Associated Press Penarol supporters display huge banners at the Estadio Campeon del Siglo, a modern stadium built in 2014
Four years later they retained their title in Amsterdam, beating Argentina in the final.
How good were these South Americans? How would they fare against the English professionals, seen at the time as the benchmark of excellence?
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A tournament had to be set up open to both amateurs and professionals – and so the World Cup came into existence.
Uruguay staged it, and with the English professionals refusing to turn up, won it as well.
The official poster from the 1930 World Cup
The game’s great showpiece was up and running.
All of this is well worth celebrating.
But there is no way that Uruguay could even dream of staging a modern World Cup on its own.
The little nation has a population of just over three million, and Montevideo is its only city of note.
EMPICS Sport The famous Uruguay team from 1930 beat Argentina 4-2 in the final
And so Argentina and Paraguay have come into the mix. A meeting last week put some flesh on the bones.
Argentina plans to use eight cities, with two each in Uruguay and Paraguay.
There is a lot of work to be done, and so the South American authorities asked Fifa to bring forward the decision on staging the competition to 2020, two years earlier than normal, to increase the preparation time.
The three nations plan to lobby for support during the Russia World Cup.
And for all the attractiveness of the centenary idea, such efforts may well be necessary.
Getty Images – Getty Argentina and Paraguay will make a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup EPA River Plate’s Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, top, could be used, as could Boca Juniors’ famous Bombonera, above
The South American Confederation has just ten members – and ten votes is a puny force in comparison to the might of the other continents.
Alliances will have to be constructed.
One clear problem is the fact that the USA, Mexico and Canada bid is the front runner for 2026.
Will the Fifa membership be happy with two consecutive World Cups in the Americas?
This, of course, will mean a long wait for Africa, whose only tournament was in 2010, and an even longer one for Western Europe, which has not staged the competition since 2006.
Reuters Paraguay’s Estadio Defensores del Chaco is another potential venue
Nfl Ace Rob Gronkowski Buys Into His Namesake Racehorse Who Is Set To Run In The Kentucky Derby Next Month
NFL ace Rob Gronkowski has bought a share in the horse named after him as he goes for glory in the Kentucky Derby.
Gronkowski could be tasting a different kind of success on May 5 if Gronkowski – the horse – takes glory in the $2million race.
Reuters Gronkowski is set to be at Churchill Downs to watch his horse run
The three-year-old, trained by Jeremy Noseda and owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds has won his last four starts in England and is on track for the ‘Run for the Roses’ at Churchill Downs.
Two-time Super Bowl winner Gronkowski has been attracted by growing attention in Noseda’s runner and said on www.gronknation.com: “This horse is a winner and I love a winner.
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“When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He’s won his last three races and is now headed to the Derby.
“I’m all in: Welcome to the Gronk Family, Gronkowski the Horse!”
He added: “I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class thoroughbred named after me. Except maybe having him win the Derby.”
It is expected New England Patriot’s star Gronkowski will be at Churchill Downs to watch his horse race.
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Marcos Alonso Banned For Three Games After Stamp On Shane Long Ruling Him Out Of Chelsea Clash With Burnley
MARCOS ALONSO has been banned for three matches for his horror stamp on Southampton striker Shane Long.
Chelsea defender Alonso denied an FA charge of violent conduct, and will begin his suspension by missing tonight’s Premier League clash with Burnley.
Sky Sports Marcos Alonso stamps on Shane Long – but avoids a booking
The Spain international star raked his studs down the back of the Saints striker’s calf during the first-half of the Blues’ 3-2 win at St Mary’s last Saturday.
But referee Mike Dean did not even book Alonso, leaving Southampton boss Mark Hughes claiming the challenge almost broke his player’s leg.
And the official was slammed as “arrogant” by Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier for failing to act on the flashpoint.
FA disciplinary bosses reviewed the footage, and once the received confirmation from Dean that he had not spotted the challenge, they charged the 27-year-old Spaniard retrospectively.
Sky Sports The Chelsea defender’s studs clearly scrape Shane Long’s calf
Sky Sports Shane Long required treatment after his coming together with Marcos Alonso
He now misses the match against Burnley, this weekend’s big FA Cup semi-final against Southampton and the league game against Swansea.
Furious Saints boss Hughes said after his side’s defeat: “It was a poor tackle, and one that could have been more severe for Shane. Thankfully he’s just about OK.
Sky Sports Viewers were certain Marcos Alonso should have been given a red for this challenge
Diego Maradona Vs Michel Platini Was The Lionel Messi-cristiano Ronaldo Rivalry Of Mid-1980s When Napoli Vs Juventus Was Europe’s Big Game
THE Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry will go down in history as the game’s greatest-ever.
In the past decade, the pair have won five Ballon d’Or awards each — and have re-written the records with their incredible goal scoring exploits.
EPA Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been best players for a decade
But, 35 years ago, the world’s top two players were fighting for the title in Italy.
In 1984, Diego Maradona arrived at Napoli as the best player on the planet, but with plenty of baggage.
He had recently caused a riot in the Copa del Rey final in front of 100,000 fans in his last match for Barcelona — after seeking revenge on the player who’d broken his ankle 12 months earlier.
Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Fiorentina were alerted to Maradona’s availability but deemed him not worth the risk, given the problems which came with him.
Getty Images Diego Maradona moved to Napoli on the back of a tumultuous time in Spain
Getty Images Michel Platini was the first player to win the Ballon d’Or three years in a row
Eventually, Napoli, who had finished a point above the relegation places a season, took the gamble — and they had to empty the banks in the city to finance the world record £5million deal.
The southern Italians were a million miles away from Serie A’s main side, Juventus who, in Michel Platini, boasted a player who had won the Ballon d’Or a year earlier, would win it again that year — and then become the first man in history to win it for a third time in a row.
But, upon his arrival, Maradona transformed Napoli and made them believe they could compete with the likes of Bianconeri for the biggest trophies in the country.
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