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Why River Plate are at home against Boca Juniors on 12,000 kilometers of Buenos Aires must play

Ugly, grim and nasty

River Plate and Boca Juniors play Sunday in Madrid the second leg in the final of the Copa Libertadores. They do that in the stadium of Real Madrid, 12,000 kilometres from capital city Buenos Aires. It says everything about the deplorable state of the Argentine football.

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Why River Plate are at home against Boca Juniors on 12,000 kilometers of Buenos Aires must play

Ugly, grim and nasty

River Plate and Boca Juniors play Sunday in Madrid the second leg in the final of the Copa Libertadores. They do that in the stadium of Real Madrid, 12,000 kilometres from capital city Buenos Aires. It says everything about the deplorable state of the Argentine football.

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Ludo Vandewalle

Brussels The heenwedstrijd of the final of the Copa Libertadores – the South American equivalent of the Champions League ended on 7 november at 2-2 at the stadium of Boca Juniors. The second leg was scheduled for Saturday 22 november. First, there was the endearing image of that six-year-old boy, a supporter of River Plate, one on the street are toys sold a ticket to buy for the finals of the El Superclasico.

That image has now been displaced. Because what we are that Saturday at the end of november saw, was hallucinatory. A mother that her daughter aankleedde with fireworks to the explosives in the stadium to smuggle. To disgusted. Some of the players of Boca Juniors did it even literally. They were vomiting in the dressing room after their team bus, however, under police escort, by River hooligans was completely destroyed while they still were. A player got a fragment of glass in the eye, while others were sprayed with pepper spray. The competition has been in consultation with Fifa president Gianni Infantino postponed.

Raid at the mafia

While this to the outside world as a blind hooliganisme can be defined, know to insiders is better. This is the Argentine voetbalmaffia in its purest form. It is Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, the mayor of Buenos Aires, the self-proclaimed. “This was a vengeance”, said Larreta. ‘It is no coincidence that the hooligans of River Plate all it did for that race to thwart. Friday before the race kept our police in a raid in the house of the leader of the Barra Brava, the mighty and violent hard supporterskern of River Plate.’

Look at the state in which Boca-fan Diego Maradona these days are in and you have a perfect image of the Argentine club football

The police was 225,000 euros and 300 tickets for the final. “The Barra Brava is a mafia who for more than fifty years part of the Argentine football’, says the mayor. “They are responsible for these incidents. Three hundred people for whom those tickets were intended, could after the invasion. They decided than but the competition to sabotage.’

In South America there are but few who doubt the words of the mayor, Larreta. Hooliganisme in Argentina is not a passion, it is hard business. This includes, among others, the selling of tickets on the black market. It even goes so far as to clubbesturen, out of fear for riots such as Saturday, bargainings play with the hooligans and give them the tickets to deliver to the black market to sell.

For this final were in the illegal circuit tickets offered for up to 4.800 euro. Originally took a ticket of 50 euro. Tel from the profit. “We need to know who is that tickets to the hooligans doorspeelde, so that the mafia can dismantle,” said Larreta. But or who allow themselves to be intimidated? In 2011, relegated River Plate for the first time in its history. Prompt, some of the players by their own ‘fans’ see. “I’m going to figure this out,” River president Rodolfo D’onofrio two weeks ago. No one believes him.

Ninety minutes of swearing

Hooliganisme in Argentina is not a passion, it is hard business. Mafia in its purest form

We must now of a real low point to speak in the history of duels between the two voetbalgiganten from Buenos Aires? Not in the least. The history of the derby is full of the incidents. For years, there are no visiting fans in the mutual duels admitted, because there will always be a reason found to be each other’s heads in to save. The last thirty years there were dozens of deaths. Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1968, took place the greatest drama, when 71 people were crushed in the huge crowds. The average age of the deceased was 19 years old.

Yet everyone wants to always be. Not for the football, because that is usually not to see. More than once, annoying shuttled and overly ticking, waiting for an incident, that everything is upside down. Ugly, fierce and nasty. The are terms that are often put on for these duels. No, it comes to the overwhelming atmosphere. During River-Boca, you can’t talk to the person sitting next to you. You need to sing, yell, scold. Ninety minutes long.

The DNA of the clubs varies greatly depending. Atletico River Plate, named after the Rio de la Plata which flows in Buenos Aires, was founded by British sailors. Already in the years 30 went to River Plate over to a professional status. The club acquires the nickname Millionarios because there players are purchased for recordbedragen. Thus, in 1947, an yet another at River Plate: Alfredo di Stefano. The history of River Plate is peppered with expensive celebrities: Pasarella, Fillol, Diaz, Tarantini, Luque, Kempes, Gallego, Ruggeri, Francescoli. On the last after a Quarter – all players with Argentina world champion.

Pig Maradona

Boca Juniors is the most popular club of Argentina. It is the club of the poor. Los chanchitos (the pigs) , they are referred to by the fans of River Plate. The club is known, that the passion is accompanied by structural mismanagement and chaos. Ex-player and clubicoon Diego Maradona is the personification of. The wonderful footballer – but in the meantime, lost run man – was in 1981 with River Plate and Boca Juniors in a dilemma. On Maradoniaanse way he chose to Boca: “It is the club of my heart. I will never for River Plate to play.’

The small striker closed his career and is still an avid supporter. Look at the state in which he these days are in and you have a perfect image of the Argentine club football.

River Plate

  • Founded: 1901
  • City: Buenos Aires
  • Club colours: red and white
  • Stadium: El Monumental; capacity: 65.645
  • Nickname: Los Millionarios
  • Palmares: 36 times Argentine champion, 3 times Copa Libertadores
  • Famous former players: Di Stefano, Pasarella, Kempes, Crespo, Francescoli, Higuain, Mascherano

Boca Juniors

  • Founded: 3 april 1905
  • City: Buenos Aires
  • Club colours: blue and yellow
  • Stadium: La Bombonera capacity: 57.400 spectators
  • Palmares: 33 times Argentine champion, 3 times Argentinean league cup, 6 times Copa Libertadores
  • Famous former players: Maradona, Batistuta, Banega, Riquelme, Veron

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