Soccer games in Buenos Aires —
If trying to sort out which soccer match to go see in Buenos Aires, it obviously depends on scheduling and the length of your stay. Assuming you had all options available to you, and you’re a neutral supporter, the games could be prioritized in this order:
1. Boca-River: The ‘Superclasico’ of Argentine football, and a unique experience that is worth blowing your budget on. An event you’ll never forget even if you’re not a football fan, and if you are, it’s something akin to Nirvana. It’s preferable to see it at the home stadium, the Bombonera in La Boca.
* Editor’s Note: In June 2011, River was relegated to the ‘B’ division, and for a while the Superclasico was defunct. The downgrade was temporary however and now River is back in the ‘A’ division.
2. Argentina-Brazil: You may not find the same level of fanatical fans as at a club game, but when two of South American football’s oldest and fiercest rivals go head to head with squads bursting to the brim with superstar talent, footballing history is made every time.
3. Any Boca game at the Bombonera: Although Boca and River rival each other for the highest number of supporters in Argentina, Boca’s ‘chocolate box’ home stadium is unique in world football. Comparatively small, with steep stands full of rabid supporters in one of the most colorful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, the atmosphere at big matches is pure shock and awe.
4. Other matches: If none of the above games are available to you during your stay, there are plenty of alternatives that are sure to leave you satisfied. Argentine football is full of colorful local rivalries and historical grudge matches. Any match played by the national team is a momentous event.
River fans are just as fanatical as their Boca rivals. Although their stadium is slightly less intimate, it’s the biggest in the country and more than worth a visit. And don’t disregard a trip to any of the match ups during a regular weekend of fixtures or intra-continental affairs against clubs from elsewhere in South America.
—by Dan Colasimone
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