Today in Latin American History
Soviet Union Refused to Play Chile in the World Cup in 1973
Photo: Chilean National team in 1973
Today in Latin American history, Soviet Union refused to play Chile in the World Cup in 1973.
It was scheduled to take place in the Estadio Nacional de Chile in Santiago, the Chilean capital.
There had been a coup d’etat in Chile two months before, immediately after which people deemed undesirable to the new regime of Augusto Pinochet had been held captive and executed in the stadium.
The Soviet Union asked FIFA to find a different venue in Chile; when agreement could not be reached, the Soviet team did not take the field and was disqualified from the tournament, giving the Chilean team a victory by walk-over and a place in the 1974 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the first round.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean painter Roberto Matta who is one of Chile’s best known artists was born in 1911
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes known as Mexico’s greatest novelist was born in 1928
- Today in LatAm history, current President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega who was also a guerrilla leader was born in 1945
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban actor Carlos Lacamara was has played nearly 100 roles was born in 1958
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian racing driver Gil de Ferran who won the 2003 Indy500 was born in 1967
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican baseball Fernando Valenzuela who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Cy Young Award in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban Real World personality Pedro Zamora who also was an AIDS activist died in 1994