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, but unfortunately it is extremely difficult for visitors to get tickets.
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 Bombonera, or ‘chocolate box’ home stadium is unique in world football.
It is comparatively small to other stadiums, 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. For the last few years, Boca has not sold tickets publicly — only those who are ‘socios,’ or Boca Jr. team members can get tickets, so these days it takes a near miracle for visitors to see games in the Bombonera.
4. Any game at River Plate’s Home Stadium, Monumental: 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. River Plate’s stadium has a newly renovated midfield premium box seat section with only 109 seats. Check out the list of football tours that include these tickets on our soccer matches list for this season.
5. 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 historical grudge matches. The colorful local rivalries between other big five teams include Racing-Independiente, Newell’s Old Boys-Rosario Central, and San Lorenzo-Huracan.
To see a complete list of which teams are rivals see our post on Argentina’s classic football teams.
Any match played by the national team is a momentous event as well.
Finally, don’t disregard a trip to any of the match ups during a regular weekend of fixtures of any Argentine Super League team, or intra-continental affairs against clubs from elsewhere in South America.
—by Dan Colasimone