Saturday, July 12th 2014 - 10:24 UTC

Cristina Fernandez will miss the Maracana final; ten leaders are expected to attend

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will not be attending the Brazil World Cup final in Maracana stadium on Sunday when Argentina clashes with Germany, but will be present for the BRICS-Unasur-Mercosur summit scheduled for next week.

Dilma together with Putin and Zuma will be handing the World Cup to the winner. Putin since Russia hosts the next Cup in 2018 and Zuma because in 2010 it was played South Africa

Colombia's Shakira will be the main artistic attraction of the final ceremony together with other singers and a samba group

In a letter addressed to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, the Argentine leader thanks her peer for the invitation to attend next Sunday 13 July with other heads of state the final ceremony, when the FIFA World Cup is to be handed to the winner of the Argentina-Germany match in Rio do Janeiro.

“For over a week I have been suffering a severe case of pharyngo-laryngitis which has impeded me from organizing the normal government agenda and today I'm coming out or convalescence” said the Argentine president.

Cristina Fernandez added that on Saturday she will be receiving in Buenos Aires, the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on an official visit to Argentina, and on Tuesday 15 I must travel to Brasilia to attend on the following day the Brics-Unasur meeting.

But the Argentine leader also points out that on “14 July my grandson Nestor Ivan who lives in Rio Gallegos will be one year old. You can imagine that as a grandmother, just like you, how much I'm looking forward to share with my family this event”.

”The doctors have recommended that I travel to Rio Gallegos (three hours flight) on condition that I rest on Sunday and then fly directly from Rio Gallegos to Brasilia on 15 July, avoiding all physical efforts and reiterating that flights can cause a relapse of the sickness“, concludes the letter.

But despite the absence of Cristina Fernandez at least ten world leaders are expected on Sunday at the Maracaná stadium next to Dilma Rousseff.

The Brazilian president will be handing the Cup to the next World champion and apparently it will also involve two BRICS leaders, Russia's Putin and South Africa's Jacob Zuma. Putin because Russia is organizing the next 2018 Cup and Zuma because South Africa hosted the competition in 2010.

As can be expected Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and president Joachim Gauck will also be attending, since their country has great chances of winning the Cup.

China's Xi Jinping on a Latin American tour before attending the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, is also expected but has yet to be confirmed. The heads of state confirmed include Hungary's Janos Ader; Congo's Sassou-Nguesso; Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, Haiti's Michel Martley, Uruguay's Jose Mujica and Paraguay's Horacio Cartes.

Others announced include leaders from Finland, Trinidad and Tobago, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

President Rousseff will be hosting her visiting peers with a special lunch a few hours before the 16:00 hours match.

The ceremony before the match will include artistic displays from Colombian singer Shakira; Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana; Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean and Brazil's Ivete Sangalo, Alexandre Pires and Carlinhos Brown as well as the samba group Academicos do Grande Rio.

Brazilian authorities also revealed that security for the last match, with the attendance of so many heads of state, will be extremely tight with over 26.000 law enforcement and security agents, including elite groups from the Armed Forces. Besides there will be 1.500 plain-cloth security guards inside the stadium.

Following a meeting with FIFA officials and members from the federal government, Justice minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo pointed out that the security operation was not the result of what is expected as a massive affluence of Argentine fans and supporters.

”This is no special reinforcement. This was clearly planned long time ago for the final match and ceremony. I'm sure it will be a great success because the world understands that special relation of Brazil with the World Cup. We lost in the field but outside we are winning and we are being praised for that”, said Cardozo.

The 2014 World Cup took off in Sao Paulo 12 June and during the month long competition, the security operation involved 100.000 law enforcement agents and 50.000 from the Armed Forces displayed mainly throughout the country. According to the Justice ministry the cost of the overall operation during the month long competition had a cost of 855 million dollars.

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1 ElaineB (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 10:56 am Report abuse
CFK was never going to go to the WCFs.

Sick, sick, sick. Sick Note continues to swerve her duties as a President of a country in financial crisis.
2 ilsen (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 11:41 am Report abuse
Haha! The cabaret is more well known than most of the heads of state attending. How embarrassing for Putin and Dilma.
No surprise that Sick Note Chrissie won't be there, the thought of smug Merkel grinning away would remind her of her failure on so many counts.

The comparison would be embarrassing.
3 The Voice (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 11:58 am Report abuse
...let me shorten this one to.....Argentina are going to get thrashed so I think I'll give it a miss.....
4 Be serious (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 12:23 pm Report abuse
Obviously not a footy fan.
She's gone up in my estimation.
5 ElaineB (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 12:24 pm Report abuse
@3 Just to develop that a little. IF Argentina lose I think there will be trouble in the streets of Buenos Aires and Rio. CFK will be better off staying home.
6 Joe Bloggs (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 12:28 pm Report abuse
Win or lose they get a hefty pay cheque that will help them meet their end of month payment deadline.
7 ilsen (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 12:56 pm Report abuse
Either way reality will be rearing its ugly head again in Argentina. Expect more tub-thumping over the Falklands as the default distraction.

(... see what I did there? :-))
8 Pete Bog (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 02:41 pm Report abuse
She won't be there as FIFA told her the Malvinas banner would not be allowed at the final.
9 ilsen (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 03:02 pm Report abuse
Nice photo of Shakira tho......
10 Doggy Rap (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 03:58 pm Report abuse
Cristina Fernandez is ALWAYS sick when an unpleasant political crisis arise, like not negotiating - negotiating - not negotiating - negotiating with the holdouts.
11 ilsen (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 04:42 pm Report abuse
Can't face her responsibilities. Typical Argenteenage behaviour.
12 BOTINHO (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 05:13 pm Report abuse
Amigos, I cannot blame her.

Can you imagine, when Germany has won by many goals, having the large screen HD camera focused upon her face for her inevitable tears and wailing ?

President Dilma would be next to her, trying to console her, wiping away the flood of all that saline and kilos of make-up. Mr.Putin nearby, trying to keep a straight face and not laugh, while the irreverent Sr. Pepe, also nearby, does the opposite, and bursts out laughing, followed in chorus by 99.99 % of the stadium.

All being uplinked then for millions of SAT television viewers around the Earth ?

Not a pretty picture.

Better not to think about it, hide in bed, and just claim pseudo-laryngitis.
13 ElaineB (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 05:14 pm Report abuse
What happened about the banner?
14 ilsen (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 06:04 pm Report abuse
I know an investigation was started and disciplinary procedures had begun... but then it has all gone a bit quiet. Maybe they are waiting until after the final?
Very odd considering that they had to reach a decision on Suarez before his next match!?
15 Doggy Rap (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
@ 14

FIFa is in no hurry as the banner is not enough to exclude the team from the WC.

The Suárez violation is different, biting opponents is not part of the FIFA rules of the game :-)
16 ilsen (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 11:07 pm Report abuse

cheers! Maybe that explains the delay...
17 The Voice (#) Jul 12th, 2014 - 11:16 pm Report abuse
I feel so sorry for Brazil...the Dutch could have let them win....coming third means nothing...but at least Brazil could have saved face with a win.....
18 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 12:42 am Report abuse
...yes, national and political public stature before sport.

Sorry for Brazil, but their noses will just have be out of joint.

Can't have them getting as arrogant as “ number 2”, Argentina .
19 ilsen (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:02 am Report abuse
Time for Brazil to have a serious rethink.
Sporting and politically.

Olympics in two years time.

Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. .
20 DonMateo (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:30 am Report abuse
Must be time for more Botox injections or a new facial skin stretch. Have to find some excuse and I am having botox injections is not really good for publicity.
21 ilsen (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:36 am Report abuse
Think a colonic irrigation would help her more...
22 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 05:15 am Report abuse
Brazilians want anyone but Argentina to win!!
23 ElaineB (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:27 am Report abuse
Listening to various football pundits over here, they all seem to back Argentina to win. The general thoughts are that it will be a close game but Messi will swing it the Argentine way.

CFK could be missing out on a glory moment.

Who remembers how TB used to have his picture taken with winners? Any success and he would be there to soak up some of the glory. It worked for him for more than a decade.
24 ilsen (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:57 am Report abuse
I remember Toothy Blair smarming about doing his Cool Britania shtick. .... had a lot of people fooled for a lot of the time. ...

any news on Cristina's little dinner party for Putin? Did Maduro show up? I know he needs financing, his henchmen have been sniffing about in London recently.
Still haven't paid the airlines the US$ 4 Billion outstanding. ...
25 Mr Ed (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 02:39 pm Report abuse
Will those American 'Vulture funds' (Condor funds) seize and sell the World Cup if Argentina win?

Don't worry FIFA, Germany have a 90 minute formality to go through.
26 MagnusMaster (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 03:48 pm Report abuse
@25 unless they can prove AFA is an alter ego of the Argentinian gov't, nope
27 Mr Ed (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 06:41 pm Report abuse
@ 26 Well there is a lot of Mussolini in Argentinian politics 'tutto dentro dello Stato, nullo fuoro dello Stato”.

And there are also some comments that aren't meant to be taken seriously.
28 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 07:59 pm Report abuse
Half time and to be honest, I think Argentine will win.
29 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
Germany 1- nil

Dilma pissed off in the stands!!!
30 The Voice (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
...great goal...and Germany wins.....
31 nololly (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:39 pm Report abuse
Bahahaha…. Deuchland uber alles!
32 ElaineB (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:39 pm Report abuse
Germany won.
33 zathras (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:42 pm Report abuse
I remember watching a OZ v WI 20/20 world cup match at the oval in 2009. Funnily enough found myself rooting for the windies, rather than the convicts.

Glad Germany won, yay.
Means cannot be used to hide Argentinian economic woes.
34 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:45 pm Report abuse
Wot a match, ferkin great, right to the whistle, that's what a world cup final should be.

Congrats to Germany, commiserations to Argentina, both of you played a purler!!!
35 malicious bloke (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:46 pm Report abuse
I think justice was done there. If the referee hadn't been blatantly ignoring violent conduct from the argies then they would have bettered their 1990 performance and ended the match with 8 men on the pitch.

Sickening throughout as usual. Glad Germany kept their heads and didn't rise to it.
36 ElaineB (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
I kinda hope that there will not be trouble in Rio and Buenos Aires. This was a tournament of great football and good atmosphere, it would be a shame if it ended badly tonight.

And let us not take away from the Argentines that they made the final.
37 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:52 pm Report abuse
I second that, despite all the pre tournament worries, Brazil can be proud of this, spectacular display of sport, be a shame if it were to be ruined.

Roll on the Olympics, did you see the shots of the sun setting behind the statue on the hill, how was that? not religious but man, it was beautiful!
38 ElaineB (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:57 pm Report abuse
Sepp Blatter is booed every time he appears on the screens. LOL
39 BOTINHO (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 09:59 pm Report abuse
Germany 1-0 in an overtime goal !
Excellent job-Well done.

A late but Victory Feijoada tonight.
40 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 10:00 pm Report abuse
I wonder why!
41 The Voice (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
That was a cracking final ....Argentina should have got a goal....I was kept on the edge of my seat....
...and that chest to volley..class...
Look at Merkel grinning...I didn't realise she was a dwarf with terrible dress sense....
42 MagnusMaster (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
Both teams played well this final, but I don't like the result not because we lost (I didn't bet we would get that far actually) but because it was Germany AGAIN who defeated us. Don't the morons in our country get fed up we ALWAYS lose to the Germans? It also didn't help that Pachorra was a coward and used extremely defensive tactics and the idiot referee missed a blatant penalty kick.
At least we got payback on Holland for France '98 so that's something.
43 ChrisR (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
I was just cooking our meal when all hell broke out with car horns blaring, people shouting and now fireworks: so I knew the argies had lost!

Ha, ha, ha, there WILL be tears before bedtime in The Dark Country tonight.

44 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 10:10 pm Report abuse
Damn I wish I was in Berlin tonight, be some party!

Mind you, Stephie is probably a gran by now.

45 CabezaDura2 (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 10:59 pm Report abuse
The Germans have being working very hard at the Bundesliga levels and national team levels to be the power they are today. ArgenFIFA started its World Cup on Wednesday and it has finished today, thanks to Grondona and Blatter.
(Messi Golden Ball....WTF???)
I've never seen Argentina look so much like Italy and its anti-football scheme like this World Cup.

Argentina and Brazil are going for a long decline from now on. Argentina has no more Sub 20s that win and gain expiriance as they used to under Pekerman and all the historic players like Mascherano, Messi, Higuain, Tevez, are going to be to old next time round. I think we are heading for long years of European football dominance.
46 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:03 pm Report abuse
My wife was rooting for Argentina, and changes her tune after 30 minutes, “hey, those guys play really dirty!”
47 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:06 pm Report abuse
Not so sure, 4 years is a long time in football. Look at Spain? Who could have predicted that they would have gone out in the first round?

People are commentating that this was one of the best tournaments ever.
One thing is for sure, Russia are never going to be able to match Brazil for a venue!
48 CabezaDura2 (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:12 pm Report abuse
Is Miss tempest the same Arg- Italian lady you met in a pub??
49 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:20 pm Report abuse
People keep saying on here how beautiful Argentine women are.

Well from what I saw of the girls in the Argentine stands, they were right.

Make love, not war!

I think you will find, there will not be a shortage of volunteers!!!
50 CabezaDura2 (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:31 pm Report abuse
49. Its that I dont see Argentina and Brazil recovering any time soon. I think Colombia and Chile have space to grow. (More Colombia than Chile)
51 reality check (#) Jul 13th, 2014 - 11:44 pm Report abuse

We are use to seeing the performances of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, but for sure, the other SA sides really acquitted themselves well in the tournament, I really enjoyed watching them.

I wonder if it is because more of them are playing in foreign leagues?

I think this one of the best tournaments we have seen for a long, long time.
52 CabezaDura2 (#) Jul 14th, 2014 - 12:15 am Report abuse
I think a handful of European teams who are in a generational transition like Holland, Italy but most of all France which will be a formidable team are going to be the ones that most do well next time.

Having to many players in foreign leagues tends to be a double edge sword in my opinion, but I think Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, USA have done well this WC because it was played in the Americas.
IMO this cup was proof that the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF should join in the qualifiers for a single American qualifier and have more of North American teams play the South American teams and maybe take a venue out like the one Ecuador-Paraguay-Chile- Peru and Colombia always compete for or Costa Rica- Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago always compete for . It will make things more competitive in the Americas and have more surprise casualties like Mexico, USA or Brazil or Argentina. And then you can add another venue for a african team in the World Cup.
I believe that would be cool
53 Zaphod102 (#) Jul 14th, 2014 - 03:23 am Report abuse
@5 and @36 ElaineB,

Sadly, there was indeed violence in BA. However, it seemed to be organised with political banners and a van of an anti-K TV station was attacked. :-(

As a friend in BA said “the saddest world cup match going on here now in Buenos Aires: Argentina vs. Argentina.”
54 Troy Tempest (#) Jul 14th, 2014 - 03:33 am Report abuse
48 CD2

“Is Miss tempest the same Arg- Italian lady you met in a pub??”

I'm surprised anyone remembers that, CD.

Miss Arg - Italian was particularly lovely and delightful, but no.

However, Miss Tempest, though a different ethnicity, is quite lovely. herself!

My wife has a Peruvian friend with an Argentine father - lots of excitement about Argentina in the Final.

Regardless, great game, a real nail- biter!!
55 ElaineB (#) Jul 14th, 2014 - 06:48 am Report abuse
@53 Yes, a friend of mine was robbed on her way home after fleeing the violence. One of her friends said some of them causing the trouble work for 'Christina's Army” but this is third hand information. The police were quick to move in with tear gas and start arresting people. Such a shame, there were families there.
56 Redrow (#) Jul 14th, 2014 - 12:10 pm Report abuse
Game was closer than I had expected, which is to Argentina's credit. Aguero was a bit lucky to stay on though I'm glad he did, he has an excellent reputation in the UK as an honest player, staying on his feet.

CD2, I think all of the (N., C. and S.) American teams did well and deserved their places whereas the African sides were mostly poor (Algeria aside), so they would need to be getting a couple of teams to the quarter finals each time to justfy an extra place - in my view.

With Spain, Portugal, Italy and England all failing to get out of their groups it was an opportunity for a much more open WC (like 2002) but in the end it reverted to the norm with no surprise teams in the semis. Very enjoyable overall though.

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