would miss us,” Leith said.
Grice paid special attention to the soccer culture in Argentina, traveling to different stadiums on his own, he said.
“Spending time with Argentineans watching soccer is a beautiful thing,” Grice said. “Casually drinking mate tea and socializing. As soon as a goal is scored though, they lose all sense of composure.”
The Argentinean national team, also called La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue), is currently ranked third in the FIFA world rankings. The team has won two World Cups in its history, in 1978 when they were the host country and in 1986, led by Argentinean hero Diego Maradona.
Maradona, who coached Argentina in the World Cup four years ago, has passed down the reigns of “best Argentinean player ever” to current superstar Lionel Messi, 26. Messi has already won the FIFA Ballon d’Or (annual award for the world’s top player) three times and will captain the Argentinean squad in the coming World Cup.
“The people [of Argentina] are looking to him this year,” Diaz Montalvo said. “He hasn’t played too good in past World Cups but this is the year people see him overtaking Maradona.”
Diaz Montalvo said he was unsure of where students will go to watch the June 15 match, but he was sure that they would be watching.
“It’s important for them to see it. It’s part of the cultural experience,” she said.
The program includes two units of credit and costs approximately $5,700. The cost is less than what a student would pay to stay on campus and take two units over the summer, Diaz Montalvo said.
The application deadline has passed but students may still be able to apply, Diaz Montalvo said. The first payment is due March 15.
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