Football in Buenos Aires
1366 Viamonte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Football in Buenos Aires Reviews
Nov 01, 2007
Ok, so Brazil is more famous for football than Argentina, but having experienced both Argentinian football is a MUST. But there are a few things you should know - just so you go with your eyes open! I was there a few years ago and took in 4 games and it was one of the highlights of my trip.
So first. Most teams are based in BA. This means that on sundays there are usually 2 derby matches to see (if you are really into it!). One KO around 1000 or 1100 and one around 1600.
Ok, so I am a big fan of the game, I have been to world cups, Maracana, Camp Nou, Bernabou, Ajax Arena and as a Celtic fan consider Celtic-Rangers as one of the most intense atmospheres in the world. But the experience in BA is something different. It has a passion and a tempo that I have never experienced before (not better but differnt to Celtic-Rangers!). The heat and noise and tempo is something special - and this is mainly provided by the "Barras Brava". Each team has a Barras Bravas, they are basically rent-a-mob, organised thugs with disturbingly close ties to the clubs themselves. Some say they as pseudo-mafia. Anyway, they arrive en-mass just on kick off and march behind their home teams goal. It is a fantastic sight but DO NOT get in their way! They lead the chanting and tempo and are basically a bit mental. It has been known for them to just shoot guns into away supporters area.. I was told the season was suspended years ago because of this.
Ok, so its a bit dangerous, but generally if you stay away from these guys you will be fine (most of the normal fans hate them).
I hope I havent put anyone off, even if you are not into football a game in Buenos Airies is a unique experience. I always say, if you have the chance to see anything at its best then take it (hence I have been to Bolshoi Ballet..well I was in Moscow!). I can testify that football here is up there with the best in the world, so if you are there you should go for it. Enjoy.
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