Julio Grondona

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Julio Humberto Grondona (born September 18, 1931) is an Argentine football executive. He has served as president of the Argentine Football Association (Asociación del Fútbol Argentino) since 1979. He also serves as Senior Vice-President of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).

Biography

Club Atlético Independiente y Racing Club

During the 1970s, Grondona served as president of Club Atlético Independiente, and from that position he was picked to succeed Huracán's David Bracuto as head of AFA, immediately after Argentina's 1978 FIFA World Cup win.

Under Grondona's leadership, Argentina reached two World Cup finals (1986-Won and 1990-Second), three Olympic finals (1996-Silver, 2004-Gold and 2008-Gold) and won six under-20 titles (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2007).

Controversy

Grondona caused controversy in 2003 when, in response to a journalist's question about referee standards in Argentina, he said: "I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at this level. It's hard work and, you know, Jews don't like hard work." On May 31, 2011, in an interview with German press, when asked about who he voted for to receive the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights Grondona said, "Yes, I voted for Qatar, because a vote for the US would be like a vote for England, and that is not possible But with the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong...
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