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Watch Argentine Football!
Reserve your sundays or maybe sometimes Wed to go watch a football (futbol) match.
Exact kick-off times will be available only a week before the match.
If possible go for Boca or River match or even better Boca and River head to head.
Safety-wise dont go on ur own especially at POPULAR terraces (cheapest tickets - very hardcore fans) unless u've a local friend to bring you.
Club Atletico Boca Juniors (CABJ) http://www.bocajuniors.com.ar
Stadium - La Bombonera (La Boca)
Club Atletico River Plate (CARP) http://www.riverplate.com.ar/
Stadium - El Monumental (Nunez)
ticket prices varies with seat locations in the stadium
Most expensive (and safest) about 50 pesos
If convenience is your concern,contact agency that pick up from the hotel cheer for the team with a guide inside the stadium and send u back to where uve come from.www.gofootball.com.ar is one of them.Price approx 100 pesos depends on the match
Equipment: Wear the home shirt or colours representing the club if not,pick neutral colors.
Never wear the away team's strip or colors of theirs.You'll invite some trouble.
Some might claim its a matter of life n death!
Bring nothing of expensive looking item to the stadium.
e.g fancy watches,jewellery.
The BEST Football Tour Operator in Buenos Aires
Recommended by the international tour guides such as Lonely Planet and Footprint, TANGOL Football Tours are the easiest and safest way to assist to the most exciting soccer matches in Buenos Aires. Come with us to watch River Plate and Boca Juniors along the whole national championship, international cups and also watch the the Argentina´s National Team playing for qualifying for world cup.
Equipment: Just bring you pocket camera!
Assisting to a football match in the safest way!
Recommended by the international tour guides such as Lonely Planet and Footprint, the TANGOL Football Tours are the easiest and safest way to assist to the most exciting soccer matches in Buenos Aires. Come with us to watch River Plate and Boca Juniors along the whole national championship, international cups and also watch the the Argentina´s National Team playing for qualifying for world cup.
Equipment: Just bring your pocket camera!
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Can't go to Argentina without going to a football match.
Try anyone of the main hotels. They should have info, brochure of services that provide a genuine Argentine football experience. Just pick the match 3and these services will come an pick you up from your hotel or apartment and take you to the game by bus, and provide tickets for you in the reserved seating area.
A guide will be present with you during the game and a bus will be waiting just outside the stadium to take you back to your hotel or apartment.
Cost for me was 100 pesos(about $35 USD).
Equipment: Be sure to wear neutral colors or the home teams colors or jersey. NEVER wear the road teams jersey or cheer openly for the road team. With the guided services, you will ALWAYS be seated on the home teams side.
Note that when looking at the fixtures/schedule, the home team is always listed first. This is the opposite of schedules are printed in the US.
I'm pretty sure you already ARE familiar with the fact that Argentine men just DIE for football. By the way, the topic of football is a constant source of fighting among couples, as women claim that men are only interested in football.
Going to a match is an experience you won't regret because of the atmosphere you'll see: the singing of the fans, the boos, the scoring of goals.
What teams to see? River and Boca are the most important.
If you're interested in this you can contact lkdahl (VTer) for information, or just visit his page as he went to 3 different matches when he was here in February. He hired a company which picks you up at your place, takes you to the stadium and then back to your place.
Equipment: Very casual. Jeans, trainers and a t-shirt. Don't wear any fancy clothes because people may stare at you, mostly the hooligans!
Going to a football match (soccer for americans) is something you have to do. Football here is a big passion and the people really add an extra something to the sport.
Everyone goes to see Boca, but in my opinion you should see River. River's stadium is nicer and also its located on a better neighbourhood so after or before the game you can explore that area.
On arrival in Argentina, I wanted to experience Argentine Polo. I found by chance an English Sports and Travel agency based In Buenos Aires called Playargentina which offered incredible prices not only for Polo but for other equestrian activities. I strongly recommend the Estancia rides and the Polo. Hooked now and can not wait to return to Argentina to ride more.
Equipment: If can rent or borrow all from the schools
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River Plate Football Match
I used the services of GoFootball. They came to my apartment to pick me up and then took me to the River Plate stadium.
The River Plate stadium is a large, coliseum type stadium. There is a football patch with a running track surrounding it. We we seated on the reserved seat section on the second deck.
Almost the entire home side of the stadium was completely packed. The "hooligans" are standing in the sections behind the goals. They are singing and waving flags the enire game.
After the game we were wisked away in vans that were park pretty much right outside the stadium.
The total cost for this game was $100 peso.
Equipment: If you are going to a River Plate game, either wear neutral colors or a River Plate shirt.
Soccer in BA
A must see activity in Buenos Aires is attending either Boca Jr. or River Plate soccer game. I got to see the Boca Jrs. play International (Brazil) and it was INSANE.
We Americans don't get too many opportunities to see quality soccer, so this is a big treat if you're traveling to BA from the states.
See a Boca Jrs. Game
Of the 3 football games I've seen in Argentina, "La Bombonera", Boca Juniors stadium is the best by far. Not matter where you sit you feel like you are right on top of the field. It was a much better atmoshpere than the River Plate stadium.
The engergy of the crowd in "La Bombonera" is electrifying. The stadium is like the Fenway Park or Wrigley Field of soccer. The crowd is waving flags and singing the whole game. Just like in those classic American baseball parks, the crowd is very much into the game and everyone in the stands is a critic of every play.
At the match I saw between Boca and Olimpo, Diego Maradona, the most famous Boca Juniors and Argentine soccer player made an appearence.
Used the services of GoFootball.com.ar. The cost for the Boca Juniors game was $120 pesos. They pick you up at your hotel/apartment. A guide takes you into the reserved seat area of the stadium and is with you throughout the game. Afterwards they drop back off at your hotel/apartment.
Equipment: DO NOT WEAR any other football clothing except Boca when you attend the game!
Before entering the game, the guide expressly warned us not to cheer for any other team except the home team(Boca). In his words "it's a matter of life and death".
BsAs is football crazy with 20 stadiums in the area. Passions run so high that not only is alcohol not served in the stadium, it is not served in the surrounding area on game day either. Game day is a very colorful time, filled with songs, chants, drums and a very large police presence.
Equipment: try these websites for starters for a few of the many clubs in town:
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Boca Juniors Stadium: you MUST attend
Boca Juniors stadium, "La Bombonera" (Chocolate box), is the main football temple in Argentina. You must go, see its excellent team and its superb supporters, "La 12" (The player number 12).
Boca Juniors is the current (2004) World Champion.
Equipment: Buy the best tickets, are cheaper than Europa or USA. Outside the Stadium, be careful, don't speak too much in other languages and don't show cameras. Step out before match ends.
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Cancha de Boca
Club Atletico Boca Juniors is the football team Maradona played for and supports. Its one of the two most popular teams in Argentina, the blue and "gold" are its colours and the stadium is located at the neighbourhood of the same name.
The stadium can hold up to 60 thousand people. Founded in 1940 people call it "La Bombonera" which means "the chocolate box".
At the entrance there s an arts mural painted in blue and yellow by the excellent artist Benito Quinquela Martín welcoming visitors.
On the outside entrance theres another mural by the welll known artist Pérez Celis.
Nearby, on Brandsen street is the "Museo de la Pasion Boquense" which holds a large colection of objects and pictures that will tell you the history of this football team.
In order to find out when theres a game you can watch, try the fixture at http://www2.afa.uolsinectis.com.ar/Torneos_Locales/Primera_A/Tablas_Torneo/Home.htm?Op=201&pSolapa=1&pTorneo=1726
"The best way to get tickets is to go one or two days before the match and pick them up from scalpers. Make sure they are real ones though. DO NOT GO THROUGH AN AGENCY, that is the way they rip you off. If you buy POPULAR (the cheap seats) its ok but less safe than buying more expensive seats.
Please don't show any signs of wealth, no camera, no watch, nothing and be sensible.
La Boca y River
One of the all time great rivals is Boca and River (futbol). i was lucky enough to be able to see this game live, at Boca's stadium. It was one of the most intense things i've ever been to. It was scary, even, because the fans had to enter the stadium from seperate entrances, and stay separated throughout the entire game. you had to move into the stadium, by passing checkpoints, complete with cops in full riot gear. It was definitely an experience i won't soon forget. if you do go, be sure to wear neutral colors.
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Maradooo, Maradooo, Maradona
Soccer (or football as we say) is for Argentinians as important as water for fish.
Please, take the time to go to see any soccer match, speacially River Plate vs. Boca Juniors.
You'll never feel so much adrenaline like when you are in a match like this.
Equipment: Go with friends, it could be a bit dangerous if you go alone. Don't panick anyway if you have to be alone, entire families assist to soccer matches but be prudent anyway.
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