Outside the Estadio Centenario

Outside the Estadio Centenario

Montevideo might be one of the more ‘tranquil‘ capitals in South America but it was a different story when I entered the Estadio Centenario where the first ever FIFA World Cup match took place in 1930. Indeed this inaugural World Cup also marked 100 years since Uruguays first constitution. It is possible that this stadium could be the venue of the 2030 FIFA World Cup final to mark the centenary year since the tournaments inception.

Sweeping image of the Estadio Centenario

Sweeping image of the Estadio Centenario

On a friday afternoon I passed by the Estadio Centenario and its exteriors are ornately decorated in football depictions. As I walked towards the entrance, I am greeted by an elderly gentleman who appeared to be the stadiums caretaker. He seemed to given the impression that the stadium was closed for viewing, however moments later an Argentine tourist approached and conversed with him with in Spanish, and suddenly he opened the doors to the stadium. I was taken through the dressing rooms that were in need of a spot of paint and I was surrounded by illustrations of all storied occasions in Uruguayan football history.

The grass on which the first FIFA world cup final took place

The grass on which the first FIFA world cup final took place

Thereafter I entered the pitch and it created the sensation that players must treasure as they cover every blade of grass. I had visions of iconic Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez running through on goal. It was then that I decided I must return to this classic stadium as referred to by FIFA.

In the company of the Nacional faithful

In the company of the Nacional faithful

The following day I attended a local derby league match between Wanderers and Nacional. Despite the stadium being largely bereft of spectators, this had no impact on the atmosphere whatsoever. If anything those present made up for those absent. I was sat with the Nacional fans and even after their side fell behind, they remained vociferous. One fan directly infront of me was plastered with Nacional tattoos on his back. Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve, these fans wear it on their skin!

Links to previous articles:

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/28/ranjit-reminisces-catches-curry-chinnaswamy/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/21/corner-kicks-cartels/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/14/lords-lbw-lagers/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/08/07/green-gives-goosebumps/

About Ranjit Shergill

I love opinions whether I agree or disagree with them and as such writing presents me with the golden opportunity to share my views across a large landscape of readers. My aspiration is to draw viewership from all backgrounds, thereby reaching out to a worldwide audience. Whilst on a flight to India when I was seven years old I sang jingle bells for the whole duration of the flight. This subsequently led to my growing interests in aviation and indeed travelling. I currently work in Sports Analytics and see my job as a privilege getting to watch sport which most followers would do for free! It is safe to say that I am addicted to travelling, whether it be going on off the beaten track experiences that I endured during my trip through the backroads of Central America or going on city bike tours in glamorous settings such as the River Danube. I embrace cultural hotspots and feel that travelling combines exciting adventures with humbling life experiences. I currently reside in my hometown of Harrow in London, United Kingdom. Given that London is one of the most visited and storied cities in the world, I feel very privileged to have grown up in such an environment. !