“This is war” or “What is football in Latin America”?
One of the reasons is temperament and sloppiness. Well, who would you like to surprise, I want to ask the Argentine footballers, fans, police officers and even the country’s president, Senor Mauricio Macri. Passions in you, amigos, are much more than brains, and this has not been a secret to anyone for a hundred and fifty years. Read those who have these brains, and who lived among you. For example, we can mention Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And even better is O. Henry, who spent several years in Latin America and wrote a surprisingly accurate and incredibly ridiculous parody of local customs – Kings and Cabbage. Willingness to quit everything, first of all, work, in order to make a big surprise – the main, according to the writer, trait of the Latin American mentality.
On this continent, not for the first, not for the tenth, and not even for the hundredth time, football causes mass unrest. Back in 1930, when the first World Cup was held in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, before the start of the Uruguay-Argentina final, 1,500 firearms were seized from fans. They came to football with revolvers. And with what they went to the demonstration? Then, however, cost. The Uruguayans won, and the jubilation passed peacefully, without sacrifice. Like this time, fortunately. In any case, there was no news of those killed at the weekend in Buenos Aires, and thanks for that. Just think, the match was postponed twice. Broadcast did not take place, what nonsense! Blasted glass in cars and shop windows? So they didn’t beat their heads, did they?
No doubt, football unrest also happened in Europe. Alas, it happened that with the victims. The most memorable episode is, of course, the final of the 1985 Champions Cup, Juventus – Liverpool, when 39 people died at the Eisel Stadium in Brussels. And yet it was just riots. Sometimes thousands, sometimes even armed. And only in Latin America football once led to the most real war. The history of this interstate conflict was so entered. It’s “Football War”. In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador met there.
Poverty and hate
“So in the “Football War” football was just the reason. But the reasons were all that now leads to human deaths: illegal migration, violent nationalism, and hopeless poverty and, of course, politics. More precisely – greed, cruelty, cowardice and stupidity of politicians who strive to shift the blame for internal failure to an external enemy. The map of Central America that changed many times after World War II was more or less settled. And so it happened that the territory of Honduras was five times larger than the territory of El Salvador. And the population of both countries at the end of the 60s was about equal – three million people each. And in both states habitable was only a small part of the earth, free from the mountains and the jungle. So in El Salvador, the people crowded, but in Honduras there was still room to settle.
At the same time, the economy of the smaller El Salvador was the most developed in the region, while the larger Honduras was the poorest country in the region and was deeply in debt including Honduras hopelessly indebted to El Salvador. True, it should be clarified that El Salvador was considered rich only in comparison with its neighbors. In fact, he was just a little less poor than the rest of Central America. Most of the population was still the same peasants as in Honduras, and in Nicaragua, and in Costa Rica, and so on. It is characteristic that the United Fruit Company was the largest foreign investor in both conflicting countries. The term “banana republic”, you know, did not arise by chance. O. Henry wrote about a certain American fruit company, which replaced the government of the fictional republic of Anchuria for the sake of lowering the purchase price for bananas. So, the writer did not invent anything. Banana – the main source of replenishment of the budget of any Central American country.
And banana plantations need land that was not enough in El Salvador. And back in the 30s, Salvadorans began to voluntarily move to Honduras across a weakly guarded border. The Honduran government has got on these migrants to get the blame for all the troubles of the country. In the 60s, the Honduran military conducted several punitive raids, and in the beginning of the 69th it was decided to send the uninvited guests back home. But football passion in those parts is still boiling over any heating reason. Still, Argentine, Uruguayan, Chilean, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and other Latin American fans do not feed bread and let them fight with the police and rivals, break windows and burn cars. It’s good to at least avoid human sacrifice, even if the riots are as large-scale as in the case of the ill-fated Libertadores Cup return match between the Boca Juniors and River Plate clubs, which have not been played in Buenos Aires yet.
As for injuries and losses, it’s not for us to teach South Americans football civilization and profitability. In the end, the world championship was held in Argentina 40 years earlier than in other countries. As the front-line soldiers said, raising the first festive toast, “if only there was no war.”
It was in La Boca, in the central square of Plaza Solis (Spanish La Plaza Solís) that the world famous football club Boca Juniors (Spanish Club Atlético Boca Juniors) was founded, which literally means “Young Boca”. And very close to the country’s largest football stadium, Bombaner (Spanish La Bombanera), where Boca holds all of their home games. Therefore, in addition to tango and art, everything here literally “breathes” football, and the locals are famous for their unbridled passion for their favorite team and … hatred for their main rivals and sworn enemies from River Plate (Club Atlético River Plate) – another famous (the most titled in the country) football club.
The clash between these two teams is called Superclasico and is one of the oldest and most important derbies in the world, and visiting such a match is regularly included in the rating of “100 things you need to try before you die.”
Boca Juniors is one of the most grounded and most famous Argentine football clubs from the city of Buenos Aires. Boca won 18 universal competitions, is the world record holder for this marker, alongside the club Milan. This incorporates 6 Libertadores Cups and three Intercontinental Cups. The club has turned into the hero of Argentina multiple times, which is the second time in Argentina after River Plate. Showdown with this club is the Argentine Superclasico football, and a standout amongst the most essential derby in all football.
Boca positioned twelfth in the rundown of the best clubs of the twentieth century FIFA. The club is likewise among the 20 best clubs on the planet as per the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, multiple times held the principal line in the month to month rendition of this rundown – predominantly amid Carlos Bianchi’s residency as mentor. Together with Peñarol, Boca holds the record for the quantity of sections in the Libertadores Cup last (multiple times).
“La Bombonera” (Buenos Aires, Boca Juniors)
La Bombonera, or Bombonera, the official name is Alberto H. Armando Stadium (Spanish Estadio Alberto J. Armando) – the stadium of the Boca Juniors football club in Buenos Aires. Capacity of the stadium: 57,446 people, most of the seats are standing, constructors: José Luis Delpini, Victor Sulcic, and Raul Bes. The design feature of the stands is the effect of vibration at the moment when the fans begin to jump together, supporting the team.
Boca Juniors became Argentina’s champion 33 times in 2018
A draw in the mast with Gimnasia brought Boke the title of champion of the country. In the 26th round of the Argentine Championship, Boca Juniors played a draw away from Gimnasia 2: 2. Extracted one point allowed Boke to keep the gap by 4 points from the main pursuer – Godoy Cruz and formalize the title for the round before the end of the championship. This championship was for the club from Buenos Aires 33 in history. Only River Plate – 36 has more victories in the Argentine championship.
Boca Juniors announced the name of the new head coach
“Boca Juniors” on its official website announced the appointment of Gustavo Alfaro to the post of head coach of the team. A three-year agreement was concluded with an Argentine specialist. Alfaro’s last job was another Argentinian club, Huracan, which he managed from 2017 to 2018. In total, for his coaching career, which began in 1992, Gustavo managed to work in 11 clubs – all from Argentina. Among them are Atletico Rafaela, Patronato, Quilmes, Belgrano, Olimpo, San Lorenzo, Arsenal (Sarandi), Rosario Central, Tigre, Gimnasia and Huracan. Boca Juniors is the 12th club in the career of a specialist. Recall the previous coach of “Boca” Guillermo Barros Skelotto left his post after losing in the final of the Libertadores Cup, where the team lost to its principal rival in the face of “River Plate”.
Midfielder “Boca” Barrios passed a therapeutic examination for exchange to “Pinnacle”
Midfielder of the Argentine club “Boca Juniors” Vilmar Barrios soon will total the change to the “Peak” from St. Petersburg. A games organization speaking to the interests of a 25-year-old Colombian posted a photograph and video from a medicinal examination on his page on Instagram that the player went to in a Barcelona center. Prior it was accounted for that Zenit expanded the exchange offer for Barrios to € 15 million or more € 2 million. Boca supposedly needs to get € 16 million for the midfielder in addition to rewards and divert the bill to Zenit for making good on regulatory expenses. Waterway Plate needs to lease Rigoni from Zenit with a buyout choice of € 6 million. Wilmar moved to “Boca” in the late spring of 2016 from the Colombian club “Deportes Tolima”. The exchange sum was € 2.6 million. This season, the midfielder participated in 6 matches of the Argentine Championship.
Boca Juniors intends to make an idea to Zenit on Rigoni
Boca Juniors before shutting the winter exchange window needs to get the midfielder “Pinnacle” Emiliano Rigoni, reports Diario Panorama. Prior, the authority of “Boca” attempted to purchase the protector of the Lisbon “Donning” Marcos Akunyu for € 15 million, yet was cannot. Presently the Argentine club expects to make an idea to Zenit about the exchange of Rigoni. The primary portion of this season Emiliano held in the Italian Championship, where he played for the “Atalanta”. The rent assention was determined until the late spring, however was ended in January. In 12 Serie A matches, midfielder scored 3 objectives. Rigoni moved to Zenit in August 2017 from Argentine Independiente for € 9 million. The agreement of the 25-year-old football player with blue-white-blue is determined until the finish of the 2020/21 season.
Paredes: “I want to come back to Boca Juniors”
Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes has conceded that he needs to come back to Boca Juniors, of which he is an alumnus. Prior, the games executive of the Argentine club, Nicolas Burdisso, reached the midfielder moving. “I conversed with Burdisso, expressed gratitude toward him for the call and said he was prepared to restore, that I feel develop enough to assume liability for playing in Bokeh. What occurred in December when Boca lost to River Plate in the last of the Libertadores Cup, it made me much all the more ready to return, yet I realize that it doesn’t depend just on me. Zenit has recently dismissed an idea from PSG: it is difficult for them to release me to Boc. In any case, I disclosed to Burdisso that I want to return, so the endeavor is justified, despite all the trouble to do,” Goal cites Paredes.