Without a doubt, soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. Fans from all over the globe meet regularly every time their teams play. On special occasions, such as the World Cup or other international competitions, life even seems to slow down to let the players shine during the game. Ninety minutes of tension, excitement, nerves, joy, and disappointment. Sport is so much more than a physical exercise; it is a way of living, a mood, something that defines who we are, not only as individuals, but also as teams, cities, nations…
The same way Milan is known as the world capital of fashion and Paris as the capital of fine cuisine, Argentina is known for the great talent of its athletes and the passion of their followers. This spirit is carried over to all disciplines of sport, making their athletes feel at home wherever they go. The case of soccer is particularly representative for Argentina, who has won seven America and Intercontinental Cups, two World Cups, and has been home to some of the biggest sporting legends who have ever played: Maradona, Lionel Messi, and many others.
Children in Argentina play in the streets of their cities with the dream of becoming part of their great sporting history. Many of these children grow up to become great players and keep the Argentinian legacy alive. Whether it's their environment or their genetics is impossible to know, but somehow or another Argentina is a continuous breeding ground for future sporting stars.
However, during the past decade, these talents have been forced to emigrate to other countries to push their skills as far as they can and compete professionally, taking with them part of the dream from the people of Argentina.
Many times these athletes are tempted, or even forced, to move to other countries due to a lack of sponsorships, facilities, or resources to develop their talents at the highest level. Argentina –and its capital Buenos Aires – are well aware of the need to provide these athletes an ideal environment for their training and development so that they can choose to stay in their homeland and play for one of their many national teams.
The goal of this competition is to develop the main building of the High Performance Soccer Training Center (BAAR) within the extension of the park and take advantage of the ten preexisting soccer fields that can be currently found there.
This center will serve as an incubator for young national athletes who have demonstrated their talent in soccer but have had difficulty balancing their professional careers with their studies and personal life.
The Julio A. Roca Park is located at the southern corner of Buenos Aires, bordered by El Riachuelo and the General Paz
This park has historically been the home for many sporting events. Within the park we can not only find the historic Grand Prix racing track of Buenos Aires, but also a sailing lake and more modern incorporations such as the José Jurado golf course and the May Terán de Weiss tennis stadium.