Estadio José María Minella
|Full name||Estadio José María Minella|
|Location||Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|Owner||Municipality of General Pueyrredón|
|Field size||105 x 70 m|
|Opened||May 21, 1978|
|Club Atlético Alvarado |
Argentina was chosen as the host 1978 World Cup of the nation by FIFA in London, England on 6 July 1966, and Mar del Plata, as one of the most touristic cities in the country, was selected as a venue. The stadium has the distinction of being the southernmost stadium to host a World Cup matchThe organizing committee, under supervision of the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina since 1976, decided to build a new stadium on the same spot as 40 years earlier it had been the Mar del Plata hippodrome. The construction began in 1976 and the stadium was opened on May 21, 1978 with a friendly match between a team formed by players from Mar del Plata and another one with players from Tandil.
The sports journalist Mario Trucco proposed the name to honour José María Minella, a renowned former midfielder from Mar del Plata, who played during the 1930s and 1940s for the Club Atlético River Plate and the Argentina national football team, and later manager of the River Plate team from 1945 to 1959 in what became one of the team's most successful eras.
As the city of Mar del Plata is a very important tourist destination and the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina, since its construction this stadium has been the main host of the many annual Summer Tournaments.
On February 24, 1993, the stadium played host to the second, and final, Intercontinental Cup for Nations (known as the Artemio Franchi Trophy) match between the then-defending South American football champions, Argentina, and reigning European champions, Denmark. The match ended 1–1 after extra time, but Argentina went on to win 5 – 4 on penalties.
The José María Minella offers parking lots for 250 cars, a 590 m2 lounge and 245 m2 VIP area, conference room and two 550 m2 gyms. It is part of the "Teodoro Bronzini" Municipal Sports Park, a 35 hectares area with several sport venues, including the Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, the Julio Polet Municipal Velodrome, the Pan American Field Hockey Stadium, the "Alberto Zorrilla" Natatorium, the "Justo Roman" Athletic stadium and the Patinódromo Municipal.
|Date||Time (UTC−03)||Group||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Attendance|
|June 2||13:45 ART||Group 1||Italy||2–1||France||42,373|
|June 3||16:45 ART||Group 3||Brazil||1–1||Sweden||32,569|
|June 6||13:45 ART||Group 1||Italy||3–1||Hungary||26,533|
|June 7||13:45 ART||Group 3||Brazil||0–0||Spain||31,278|
|June 10||14:30 ART||Group 1||France||3–1||Hungary||23,127|
|June 11||13:45 ART||Group 3||Brazil||1-0||Austria||35,221|
Beside the 1978 FIFA World Cup the José María Minella stadium has hosted:
- 1993 Artemio Franchi Trophy
- 1999 South American U-20 Championship
- 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens
- 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship
- 2006 South American Women's Football Championship
Some of the artists that have played at this stadium are Almendra (1980), Charly García (1984), Queen (1981), Rod Stewart (1989), Soda Stereo (1992), Luis Miguel (1994), La Renga (2006), Duran Duran (2007), Callejeros (2010), Joaquín Sabina (2010) and Ricardo Arjona (2015).
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- Original kick-off scheduled for 13:45. Match delayed by 45 minutes due to both teams wearing identical kits (red, white & blue). The French eventually donned the kits of the local team Club Atlético Kimberley Archived 2017-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.