Clausura ’08: Round 1 fixtures

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Oh, it’s been a while. At long, long last the summer break is over, and I can get back to writing about league action rather than transfer news and summer friendlies. There’s been a lot of talk about the new year’s ticket price hikes – more on that at the weekend – but for now at least, let’s get on with the football. Champions Lanús start with a home match against Independiente, and will want to avenge the opening day tonking they received in the Apertura. Read on for all the first weekend fixtures…

Kickoff times are local. Cristina Kirchner, who’s become the President of Argentina since the Apertura ended, has changed the country’s time in relation to Greenwich Mean Time, bringing it forward by one hour. To that end, you should from now on add just two hours (not three as before) in order to get the British kickoff time.

Primera División A Torneo Clausura 2008, first round
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs. Newell’s Old Boys (Fri, 19:00)
Estudiantes de La Plata vs. Banfield (Fri, 21:10)
San Martín de San Juan vs. Argentinos Juniors (Sat, 17:10)
Tigre vs. Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Sat, 19:20)
Vélez Sársfield vs. Colón de Santa Fé (Sat, 19:20)
Racing Club vs. Olimpo de Bahía Blanca (Sat, 21:30)
Lanús vs. Independiente (Sun, 17:10)
Rosario Central vs. Boca Juniors (Sun, 17:10)
Arsenal de Sarandí vs. Huracán (Sun, 19:30)
River Plate vs. Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy (Sun, 19:30)

Those wondering about squad lists, by the way, need not fret – I’ll have that page (which currently still contains the Apertura squads) updated by the end of this weekend.

8 thoughts on “Clausura ’08: Round 1 fixtures

  1. Do you have any idea whether the Clausura will be televised on channel 5 (Britain), because for the last couple of seasons, they have shown highlights of the weekly games?

  2. Hi Nick, not sure if it helps, but you can get to watch a lot of matches online.

    These two are excellent sources for live streams:

    http://myp2p.eu/index.php?part=home (in English)

    http://www.rojadirecta.com (in Spanish)

    In both cases you’re gonna have to download a few softwares in order to be able to watch the matches. It’s easy and it’s free.

    Now Sam, while everyone in England seem to be angry at the Premier League for their supposed plan of adding an extra fixture to be played abroad, the hot topic around fans in Argentina is the tickets’ prices. There has been a raise of 70% in the cheapest tickets, named “popular” and supposed to be “reachable” for the masses.

    So, basically, from 14 pesos, it went up to 24. That is not to mention the majority of the clubs will also charge their fans an additional ticket (some sort of established rip off) which could take that price to 34, 40 or even 50 (like those bandits that run San Martín de San Juan will be charging their fans to watch their team play against Argentinos Juniors on Saturday).

    There is a new inflation in Argentina and everything is getting more and more expensive, so there is a logic behind this raise, but as always, football in Argentina is taking things to a whole new level.

    So…expect to see an impact in this weekend’s attendance (compared to opening fixtures in the past).

  3. And by the way (and probably a totally irrelevant comment) due to the change of time by our Lady President, it’s almost 10 PM and there’s still daylight! How crazy is that?

    So if you get to watch San Lorenzo v Newell’s, it’ll be a 7 PM kickoff and it’ll still be clear by full-time!

    I was watching a Premiership match last weekend and it was dark at 4 PM!

  4. Its amazing what you can find when blogging :D
    A good blog about Argentine football, in english and written by an englishman! Congratulations on the site, Im Uruguayan and follow the Argentinian league a lot.
    Any info or anything you need feel free to ask. My blog is about soccer kit but Ill be glad to help you out if you need anything!

  5. With regard to attendances, the San Lorenzo popular was packed tonight, though the platea in front of the camera looked a bit sparse. But at least 2,000 travelled from Rosario, so hopefully the attendances will hold up.
    Not the best game to start, I think San Lorenzo would have won easily had they stayed with 11 men. Even ten v eleven, they looked the better side for long periods, Placente played really well, I thought. And Mendes pretty good apart from the goals!
    Cabrera was terrific for Newell’s though, what a difference with his insipid performances for Racing. And I supposed Salcedo’s ‘golazo’ deserved to win any game, San Lorenzo collapsed after that. I think they will give up on the Clausura and concentrate on Libertadores.

  6. Spot on with everything, Matt.

    What a goal from Salcedo! And being a Racing fan myself, I’m completely angry at Cabrera. Never in the whole time he’s been at La Academia he put a performance like the one he had at San Lorenzo tonight. I’m shaking my head as I write this…

    A great result for Newell’s to set the tone and try to avoid the drop.

    Estudiantes seemed to have killed the match in 8 minutes, going 2-0 up against Banfield. But El Taladro came back strong in the second half, scored one and pushed for an equalizer that never came. A great start of the season. Lookign forward to see LOS PIBES DE RACING (Racing’s boys) tomorrow against Olimpo!

  7. Nick, sorry for not getting back to you sooner, for some reason your comment (and Seba’s reply) didn’t show up in the ‘recent comments’ page of the site editor until just now.

    I don’t know whether C5 will be showing the Clausura or not, it’s been a long time since I’ve paid any attention to their coverage, because I get what I need online now (the sites Seba mentions are both good for that, as well of course as our friends at http://www.golestv.com for goal vids), but I would presume so. From memory, it tended to be Thursday night / Friday morning, so I’d check the TV schedule in your weekend newspaper now…

    Seba, thanks for the ticket pricing details, I’d heard about it. As you say, the timing – the same day as the Premier League announced a far more ridiculous, disgusting, unworkable and careless measure was to be considered – is ironic. It takes minimum prices for top-flight matches in Argentina up to around UK£4, which for our British readers will look sickeningly cheap.

  8. Of course it’ll look cheap from a British point of view, but you have to multiply by 6.5 to get a real comparison in currency. Plus, the salaries here are crap!

    Happy birthday Hasta El Gol Siempre! Feliz cumpleaños and congratulations!

    By the way, Racing were rubbish tonight and we were lucky to get a point at home against strugglers Olimpo.

    It’s going to be a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng season for La Academia!

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