• Short Summary

    URUGUAY HAVE A BRIGHT HISTORY IN THE WORLD CUP COMPETITION WITH TRIUMPHS IN 1930 AND IN 1950, BUT THEY APPROACH THE 1966 FINALS IN ENGLAND WITH MORE HOPE THAN CONFIDENCE.

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    VARIOUS SHOTS OF MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY FOOTBALL HEADQUARTERS, FOOTBALL TROPHIES WON BY URUGUAY, COACH VIERA, SQUAD IN PRACTICE (MEMBERS IDENTIFIED IN COMMENTARY SHOTLIST), URUGUAY V. WEST BROMWICH ALBION MATCH.




    Initials JGS/V/MR/ES


    SPORT: SOCCER

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    Background: URUGUAY HAVE A BRIGHT HISTORY IN THE WORLD CUP COMPETITION WITH TRIUMPHS IN 1930 AND IN 1950, BUT THEY APPROACH THE 1966 FINALS IN ENGLAND WITH MORE HOPE THAN CONFIDENCE.

    IN 1928, AFTER NUMEROUS MEETING BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FEDERATIONS, IT WAS AGREED THAT A WORLD FOOTBALL CUP SHOULD BE STAGED IN 1930 AND THE URUGUAY SHOULD BE THE FIRST HOST COUNTRY. URUGUAY WON THE FIRST WORLD CUP FINAL BY DEFEATING ARGENTINA 4-2.

    DUE TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR, TWO WORLD CUP COMPETITIONS WERE LOST BUT WHEN THE WORLD CUP BEGAN AGAIN IN 1950 IT WAS URUGUAY THAT WON THIS TIME BY BEATING BRAZIL 2-1 BEFORE A STUNNED AUDIENCE OF TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND BRAZILIANS - THE HOSTS OF THAT YEAR.

    WITH LITTLE MORE THAN TWO MONTHS BEFORE THEIR GROUP ONE MATCHES IN LONDON AGAINST ENGLAND, FRANCE AND MEXICO, THE OUTLOOK FOR THE URUGUAYAN TEAM SEEMS BLACK. THE 40 POSSIBLES FOR THEIR WORLD CUP SQUAD WERE ONLY NAMED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

    ONDINO VIERA, AN ASTUTE TRAINER OF 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE, HAS TAKEN OVER THE SQUAD AS NATIONAL COACH AND AN IMMENSE TASK FACES HIM IN THE FEW WEEKS BEFORE URUGUAY STEP ONTO THE LUSH TURF OF WEMBLEY ON JULY 11TH TO MEET ENGLAND IN THE OPENING MATCH. VIERA RATES BRAZIL, ENGLAND. ITALY AND THE SOVIET UNION AS THE MAIN CONTENDERS FOR THE WORLD CUP. WHEN ASKED ABOUT URUGUAY'S POSSIBILITIES HE SAID "WE SHALL SHOW THEM ON THE FIELD."
    AFTER THEIR 1950 VICTORY, URUGUAY SLIPPED BEHIND AS THE WORLD'S LEADING SOCCER NATIONS SWITCHED TO THE 4-2-4 SYSTEM. URUGUAY WERE CONTENT TO RELY ON THE BALL SKILLS OF THEIR PLAYERS BUT THEY WERE RUDELY AWAKENED WHEN THEY WERE BEATEN 3-1 BY A TOURING RUSSIAN TEAM EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE RUSSIANS SAID THERE WERE TOO MANY INDIVIDUALISTS IN THE URUGUAYAN TEAM. VIERA NOW INTENDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS INDIVIDUAL VIRTUOSITY. HE HAS CRAWN MOST OF HIS SQUAD FROM THE COUNTRY'S LEADING CLUBS, PENEROL AND NACIONAL AND HIS INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME INCLUDES A TOUR OF ISRAEL, RUMANIA, SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND DENMARK.

    LAST WEEK A TEAM DRAWN FROM THE URUGUAY WORLD CUP SQUAD MET A TOURING ENGLISH CLUB TEAM WHEN THEY PLAYED WEST BROMWICH ALBION AND DREW 1-1 IN AN EXCITING GAME. URUGUAY HELD A ONE-GOAL LEAD UNTIL TWO MINUTES BEFORE THE END OF THE MATCH WHEN ALBION MANAGED TO GET THE EQUALISER.

    ANOTHER DIFFICULTY HIT THE URUGUAYANS EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN IT WAS REPORTED THAT THERE MIGHT NOT BE SUFFICIENT MONEY TO SEND A TEAM TO LONDON BUT THIS PROBLEM HAS NOW BEEN COPED WITH BY THE URUGUAYAN PARLIAMENT WHO HAVE JUST PASSED A BILL TO PROVIDE THE MONEY BY A FIVE PER CENT COMPANY EARNING TAX. THIS MAKES URUGUAY PROBABLY THE FIRST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO TAX ITSELF TO HELP THE NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM. URUGUAY, IF NOTHING ELSE, IS DETERMINED TO BE PRESENT AT THE 1966 WORLD CUP AND WIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5J0DJEOZF8J79U4XXZCCWLLBH
    Media URN:
    VLVA5J0DJEOZF8J79U4XXZCCWLLBH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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