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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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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!
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.
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.
I love football (soccer), and despite I prefer River Plate (eternal rival of Boca Juniors), I visited Boca Juniors' famous stadium "La Bombonera" (the bonbon case), but there was not any match that afternoon. This stadium is situated at La Boca (obviously!) and painted by local artists.
Me encanta el fútbol, y a pesar de ser simpatizante de River Plate, el eterno rival de Boca Juniors, visité el famoso estadio de Boca, "La Bombonera", si bien no había partido aquella tarde. Este estadio está ubicado en La Boca (¡obviamente!) y está decorado por pintores locales.
CRACY FOOTBALL FUNS...
In my last day of activities before going back at home i had the greatest chance to attend to a football match, between RIVER PLATE & PAOLISTA from brazil. Of course that i couldn`t be able to get there without the help of my argentinian friend, Estefania. who is definitely a fun of River.
It was so nice to be there and i have to say that THANKS ESTEFI for taking me there...
Note: i think is important to mention that as my friend, estefania, told me is safer for foreigners to go to a safer place of the stadium. we went to a quite place, which, is called PLATEA. is safer because is a bit dangerous to get where the funs are located...(POPULAR)
Equipment: I think if you enjoy taking photos a great camera and louder voice to screen the goals...jeje
Rio de Janeiro has the stadium where Pele performed miracles, La Maracana. New York (the Bronx) has the House that Ruth built in Yankee Stadium and Buenos Aires has the Estadio Boca Junior where the great Diego Maradona once played on La Boca Juniors. Head over for a game and try to catch one of the local teams and you'll be amazed at the passion of the fans.
In Buenos Aires you either support Boca Juniors or you support River Plat. Like 2 sides of the railroad track, the Juniors are from the poorer, but more colourful, Boca neighbourhood. Boca have won a record 18 international titles (equal to AC Milan) and sport the colours of gold (yellow) and blue. Their all time hero is the controversial Diego Maradona who famously cheated the English side out of the 1986 World Cup with his famous ‘Hand of God’ handball goal. Surely the most outrageous single event of cheating in sports to ever go unpunished. He waited until 2006 to appologise. And that was after 11 years of allegedly taking drugs.
Boca's supporters are known as "Bosteros" and they are proud to be called ‘la número 12 or La Doce’ - meaning the 12th player.
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Titulos en primera: 7. Torneos 49, 50, 51, 58, 61, 66 y Apertura 2001.
Titulos Internacionales: 3. Copa Libertadores 67, Copa Europeo-Sudamericana 67 y Supercopa 88.
Maximo goleador: Evaristo Barrera (1933/38), con 136 goles.
El que más jugó: Agustín Cejas, 312 partidos (1962/80)
25 CAMPAGNUOLO, Gustavo
1 MARTINEZ GULLOTTA, José Luis
22 ROMERO, Sergio
31 Ezequiel Ares
1 Javier Eduardo Arizala
2 Gustavo Daniel Cabral
6 Diego Crosa
3 Celso Esquivel
21 Francisco Maciel
39 Gabriel Ivan Mercado
4 Matías Sánchez
29 Franco Sebastian Sosa
18 Martín Ariel Vitali
7 Adrián Jesús Bastia
30 Nicolás Alejandro Cabrera
26 Fernando De La Fuente
33 Gonzalo Garcia
14 Diego Sebastian Menghi
23 Ezequiel Miralles
10 Maximiliano Moralez
17 Cristian Pellerano
8 Sixto Peralta
15 Martín Andrés Romagnoli
27 Sebastián Miguel Ángel Romero
31 Claudio Yacob
16 Luis Alberto Benítez
19 Gonzalo Rubén Bergessio
20 Claudio Fileppi
28 Pablo González
11 Claudio Javier López
24 Santiago Malano
9 Facundo Sava
DIRECTOR TECNICO Miguel Mico
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Football 2013 - Fixture
Torneo Final 2013 - Fixture
16:00 Belgrano vs San Martin (SJ)
18:10 Arsenal vs Quilmes
18:10 Godoy Cruz vs Tigre
20:30 Velez vs All Boys
14:15 River Plate vs Independiente
16:10 Colon vs Atl Rafaela
21:30 Racing Club vs Boca Juniors
17:00 Estudiantes vs Lanus
19:10 Newells vs Union
21:15 San Lorenzo vs Argentinos
All Boys vs Racing
Tigre vs Belgrano
Quilmes vs Godoy Cruz
San Martin (SJ) vs Estudiantes
Independiente vs San Lorenzo
Argentinos vs Colon
Union vs Velez
Boca vs Arsenal
Lanus vs River
Atl. Rafaela vs Newell's
FECHA 19 - FINAL
Newell's vs Argentinos
Colon vs Independiente
San Lorenzo vs Lanus
River vs San Martin (SJ)
Estudiantes vs Belgrano
Tigre vs Quilmes
Godoy Cruz vs Boca
Arsenal vs All Boys
Racing vs Union
Velez vs Atl. Rafaela
Fechas pasadas y resultados
Unión 1 Arsenal 1
Argentinos 0 Velez 1
All Boys 1 Godoy Cruz 1
Estudiantes 1 Tigre 3
Boca 3 Quilmes 2
San Martin (SJ) 0 San Lorenzo 0
Atl. Rafaela 3 Racing 0
Independiente 1 Newell´s 3
Belgrano 1 River 2
Lanus 4 Colon 0
Racing 2 Argentinos 0
San Lorenzo 0 Belgrano 0
Godoy Cruz 2 Union 1
Colon 1 San Martin (SJ) 1
Velez 0 Independiente 1
Tigre 0 Boca 0
Quilmes 2 All Boys 1
Newell's 0 Lanus 3
River 1 Estudiantes 0
Arsenal 0 Atl. Rafaela 0
Argentinos 1 Arsenal 2
Estudiantes 1 San Lorenzo 1
Union 0 Quilmes 3
All Boys 2 Boca 0
Lanus 1 Velez 0
Independiente 2 Racing 0
Atl. Rafaela 1 Godoy Cruz 2
Belgrano 2 Colon 1
River 3 Tigre 2
San Martin (SJ) 1 Newell's 1
Quilmes 3 Atl. Rafaela 3
Newell's 2 Belgrano 0
Colon 3 Estudiantes 3
Arsenal 1 Independiente 0
Godoy Cruz 0 Argentinos 0
San Lorenzo 2 River 0
tigre 2 All Boys 1
Racing 0 Lanus 0
Boca 1 Union 3
Velez 3 San martin (SJ) 0
Belgrano 1 Velez 0
Independiente 0 Godoy Cruz 1
Quilmes 1 vs Racing Club 0
Independiente 0 vs Estudiantes 0
Godoy Cruz 3 vs Arsenal 0
Atl Rafaela 0 vs San Lorenzo 0
Union 1 vs Colon 0
Lanus vs Belgrano
Boca Juniors vs Velez
Argentinos vs River Plate
Tigre vs San Martin (SJ)
All Boys vs Newells
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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.
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.
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.
Football in BA - "Barras Bravas"
Football in BA is a unique, fascinating and exciting experience. But you need to know and be aware of the "Barras Bravas"
Firstly, of course there is the simple fact that Argentinians love their football. Everyone knows that in football, local derby games have the most passion. In Argentina, most of the big teams are based in BA so every day is derby day - so much so that there are games on at different times in the city so you if like me, you love the game you can see 2 games on a sunday.
Each club has a "Barras Bravas" and they are basically the thugs. It is not unusual to have organised hooliganism but this is different. Often they have incredibly close links to the clubs and are involved in ticket distribution and various degrees of criminal activity. Club presidents are elected by the supporters hence the Barras Bravas often have a real influence on these elections. They arrive en mass just on kick off, about 2-300 hundred usually and stand behind the home teams goal - DO NOT GET IN THEIR WAY!! During the game, they lead the tempo, sing and chant and really add to the atmosphere but many genuine fans hate them. A recent game between Boca and River saw not only the team bus arriving live on TV but also the busses with the Barras Bravas!
I went to 4 games while I was in BA and had no trouble standing in the popular section. Take sensible precuations starting with recognising the Barras Bravas!
I have been to 2 world cups, the maracana, Camp Nou and Bernabeau but the atmosphere in BA is special (although doesnt quite have the history and hatred a Celtic-Rangers game does!). If you get the chance to go enjoy it... and come away wondering why all the teams have songs that go to the tune of "Karma Cameleon" (1980s hit in UK) - hilarious.
Oh, and when you get back to your hostel, you need to stop singing "la cunch, la cuncha, la cuncha a la tu madre"
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If you get time in Buenos Aires get along to a local football match. The stadium for Boca Juniors is near to the La Boca area. I would advise though to organise through a tour company or backpackers as it gets very crowded and hectic.
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