FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter embarks on a three-day trip to South America on Thursday, visiting Uruguay first of all before moving on with the rest of the FIFA delegation to Chile, where he will attend celebrations held to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1962 FIFA World Cup Chile™.
During his stay in Uruguay, Blatter will visit the town of Nueva Helvecia, which lies 120 kilometres from Montevideo and was founded by Swiss immigrants in the 19th century. From there, he will then head to the Uruguayan capital to officially open the artificial pitch at the Uruguay Celeste Elite Training Centre. The funding for the pitch was provided by the FIFA programme 'Win in CONMEBOL with CONMEBOL'.
On the second leg of the trip, Blatter and the FIFA delegation will travel to Santiago, where the 50th anniversary of Chile 1962 will be high on the agenda. To mark the occasion, the Chilean Football Association is organising an event to be attended by some of the players from the Chile team that appeared at the tournament, not to mention several Chilean dignitaries and surprise guests.