Queretaro ready for global return
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A host venue at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™, it will not be long before the Estadio Corregidora is once again welcoming encounters at a FIFA showpiece. At an event held in the central courtyard of Queretaro’s government headquarters, the city was presented as a host venue at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011, set to take place between 18 June and 10 July.

Attending the presentation were Justino Compean, President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, fellow LOC member Decio de Maria; Jose Calzada Rovirosa, Constitutional Governor of the State of Queretaro; and Manuel Pozo Cabrera and Jose Luis Alvarado Tapia, Director and member respectively of the Queretaro branch of the Mexico 2011 LOC.

The U-17 World Cup is about believing in our young people and believing in the current generation.
Governor Jose Calzada Rovirosa

“We must consider ourselves fortunate, because those people who get the opportunity to be part of a sporting event of this magnitude soon realise it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The eyes of the world will be on Queretaro. It will change our lives, but we won’t experience an atmosphere like it again,” said Pozo Cabrera.

Alvarado Tapia, for his part, thanked the regional government for its support and also highlighted the opportunity to cement the people of Queretaro’s reputation for perseverance, hard work and overcoming obstacles. “This will be a great World Cup for a great set of fans.

"The Estadio Corregidora is set to go down in Mexican football history for being a host venue at two World Cups. It provides a stage for players to show what they can do and go on to be future stars of world future, while this event also gives our youngsters something to aspire to.”

Compean, meanwhile, chose to point out the work required to secure the city’s status as a host venue: “We had to really fight for this, but we’re very proud because we know the Queretaro LOC are going to do an extraordinary job. I’d like to thank the whole of the city for the way they support the game.”

Rising starlets’ chance to shine
Taking a slightly different tack was Maria Serrano, who underlined the FIFA U-17 World Cup as a vital stage in the development of the future stars of Planet Football. “You have to know what it’s like to experience the sights, sounds and flavours of a World Cup.

"Let this be an opportunity for all the boys and girls in the region who’ve never been to the Estadio Corregidora before to experience a World Cup. It’s with them in mind that the Tree of Life was chosen as the logo (for Mexico 2011), as this will be the world’s first chance to see many of the game’s future superstars. It’s where footballing life begins.”

Meanwhile, Governor Calzada Rovirosa took the opportunity to thank the LOC hierarchy for placing their trust in the region. “The fact that Queretaro has been named as an official host city should be a huge source of satisfaction and pride for Queretanos. I want to thank our friends Justino Compean and Decio de Maria for putting their faith in us and for the strong case they made for us being a host venue.

“The U-17 World Cup is about believing in our young people and believing in the current generation,” continued Calzada Rovirosa. “And in particular those generations of youngsters who will shortly be working their magic on the world’s biggest stages, in this sport we all enjoy so much. Mexico is a country that believes in its future.”

Finally came the unveiling of the LOC logo, inspired by the arcs of the Queretaro aqueduct, which is the city’s symbol and one of the biggest of its kind in the country. The stylised image of the arcs is designed to signify colour and dynamism, thus dovetailing nicely with the graphic style already in place for Mexico 2011.