This site was born as Hasta Lo Gol Siempre on Saturday, 10th of February 2007, and is run and maintained by me, Sam Kelly. It changed its name to Hasta El Gol Siempre (which, unlike the previous name – which I came up with when my Spanish was still in its formative stages – makes sense) a few months later.
I’m from England. I was born in Gloucester, grew up in North Somerset, and went to university in Manchester, where my dad’s family are from. Somewhere along the line I got the travel bug, and from my first visit to Buenos Aires it’s stayed with me. I’ve been watching Argentine football since 2002, and writing about it since 2006. In September 2008, I became the South America correspondent for ESPN’s football website, Soccernet.
I support Manchester United, Barcelona (I have cousins from there) and River Plate. I also look out for Oldham Athletic – my dad’s team, when he actually watches football – Bristol Rovers, England and Argentina, as well as various sides in other countries from Rampla Juniors in Uruguay to Cúcuta in Colombia and Fiorentina in Italy. I have a collection of football scarves which grows every time I go on holiday. If you’d like to buy me one yourself, I won’t complain.
My football-writing journey began in October 2006, when I started writing a weekly column on the Argentine football scene for the wonderful UK website Voice Of Football (whose archive is no longer online) until the 1st June 2007, when they closed down. This blog was originally set up as an extension of that, to fit in all the stuff there was no space for in my articles. I’ve written on the Argentine scene for Pitch Invasion, and was part of the team behind (English language) Eastern European site Extra Football, for whom I wrote, among other things, a football traveller’s guide to Buenos Aires. Other publications (online and print) I’ve contributed to include Soccer Source, Finnish magazine Veikkaaja, and UK magazine When Saturday Comes, where I’ve become a regular contributor. As of August 2010, I’m also the Argentina correspondent for world football website In Bed With Maradona. You’ll find these and more excellent football sites on the HEGS Links page.
I live in Buenos Aires, and if you’re paying the place a visit please get in touch if you fancy a drink, a steak or (of course) a football match – see the Contact page. Any questions regarding the history of the Argentine league, or how it’s organised? They’ll hopefully be answered in the History page, but if not, get in touch. You’ll find league tables, which I normally remember to update shortly after each round of matches, on the Tables page.
Everything on this site (except the photos) is © and all rights reserved me unless clearly stated otherwise, and if you’d like to quote bits on your own site, please mention my name as the author (not your own name), and preferably link back to the original article.
If you’d like to interact with HEGS, you can do so in a few ways. There’s an official HEGS Facebook group set up by frequent commenter Matthew Gilbert, which you can join here. If you’re more a fan of photography than pointless social interaction with people you barely remember from primary school, you can contribute to my Flickr group and have the chance to have your work featured on the site (this page will be updated soon after a full three years of neglect, I promise). And if you’ve got such a short attention span you just can’t deal with full-length blog posts, here I am on Twitter.