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 – thought up when my Spanish was still in its formative stages – makes sense) a few months later. The site is only sporadically updated these days, but if you want a regular fix of Argentine football during the season you can find me and a few friends each week on Hand Of Pod, the internet’s first, last, finest and only English-language Argentine football podcast. We take breaks during the summer and the winter, so if you’re coming to us in the middle or near the turn of the year, do check back.
I’m from England. I was born in Gloucester, grew up in North Somerset, and went to university in Manchester. 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, ESPNFC (which was then called 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, UK magazine When Saturday Comes, In Bed With Maradona, the website of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Howler, CubeGoal, and UK newspapers including the Mirror, Independent and Daily Telegraph. You’ll find links to some of these (and other sites I like) on the HEGS Links page.
As well as writing, I have also given talks to groups on study trips to Buenos Aires, looking at the relationships between football and Argentine culture, the history of the game in the city and the country as a whole, and my experiences in freelancing, writing and moving to a new country. If you’re organising such a trip and would like me to meet your group, I’d love to hear from you, so drop me a line!
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.
Everything on this site (except the photos – some of which are mine and some contributed. I stopped nicking them years ago, which is why so few of the posts on here nowadays are illustrated at all) 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. I wish this didn’t need saying, but it does.
There used to be many ways to interact with HEGS, but they have gradually fallen by the wayside as maintaining them all was a bit of a pain. However, you can email me via the Contact page linked to above, and here I am on Twitter.