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Screaming fans, unparalleled energy, national pride and some of the world’s best talent: is there any question behind the appeal of football in Argentina? Soccer, or footbal as it is known is the majority of the world, encapsulates the passion of Argentina’s soul, and there are few better ways to experience this true obsession, and the culture that goes with it, than going to a game.

The three major teams are Boca Juniors their rival River Plate, and Independiente. This sport is tireless: fans get to enjoy games year round, as national league championships are played twice a year. Torneo Clausura is from February to July, and Torneo Apertura runs from August to December.


This is a must see activity while you’re in Buenos Aires, attending a Boca Juniors - River Plate game  was included in the list of the  fifty sporting thing you must do before you die according to The Observer newspaper. Check at the end of the article for info regarding how to get tickets or other activities in this Buenos Aires travel guide.

River Plate boasts a wide fan base and the best stadium also in Buenos Aires, as well as the most local championships. Boca Juniors, its rival, is the most popular team, and is probably the most emblematic, internationally speaking, of the spirit behind this sport in Argentina. Its fans are ruthless, simply bleeding enthusiasm.

The two teams meet twice a year for the superclásico, held in the Boca stadium. Tickets can cost a pretty penny, but the riot-esque experience will be completely unforgettable, and quite possibly overwhelming. While you are sure to enjoy the game itself, you will equally enjoy the energy, passion, and songs of the fans. In fact, the visiting team leaves the stadium thirty minutes before anyone else — the fervor can be strong enough to compromise their safety. Tickets can be found through hotel concierges or ticket brokers. Many hotels offer tours of such games, with guides, transportation, and even an explanation of the history of soccer in Argentina.


Independiente is another popular team. Although it may not have the fiery fan base of Boca Juniors, it is a classic team, and its rivalry with Racing is one of the oldest rivalries in the country. Independiente has also won the most international championships in the world, making it well-deserving of its attention.

Diego Maradona is a need-to-know name in the world of Argentine soccer. Often regarded as the most famous and most talented soccer player of all time, he is now the coach of Argentina’s national team, and often the subject of much controversy. He regularly manages to make quite interesting statements to the press, but recently lead Argentina through the World Cup qualifiers, and they will be competing in South Africa in 2010 under his leadership.

Argentina is a regular contender in the World Cup, gracing the field with its emblematic white and light blue jerseys. Diego Maradona himself led the team to first place in 1986 as a player. This was the country’s second World Cup championship win, the first having taken place in 1978. The country also earned second place in both 1930 and 1990. In all, Argentina has played in 60 world cup matches, winning half of them. While the road to the 2010 World Cup was a rough one, they are expected to be valiant contenders once again.

In short, Argentina bleeds, lives and breathes soccer. Getting a true sample of this classic pastime is the fastest way to understanding the dedication of its fans and the important role it plays in Argentine culture.

In order to get tickets contact www.gofootball.com.ar

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