Struggling rivalry

I've been in Barcelona on holiday since Wednesday, hence the lack of action on HEGS during the past few days, but before I left I still kept myself busy off-blog by writing a piece for ESPN Soccernet on the managerial pressures at Argentina's two domestic giants, River Plate and Boca Juniors. If you'd like to... Continue Reading →

The Gonzalo Acro case: where is Spartacus?

Barra bravas are the subject of the week in Argentina. The intrigue surrounding the murder of Gonzalo Acro has taken another twist, after a video recorded by one of the suspects, previously still on the run, and released by Olé on their website on Wednesday, arrived in court (though the paper themselves don't expect it to... Continue Reading →

The Gonzalo Acro case: another update

A quick mention here of the latest developments in the trial over the murder of Gonzalo Acro last August. On Wednesday, Pablo 'Cucaracha' Girón was caught by police after 219 days on the run. Luis Rodríguez, the judge presiding over the case, considers Girón to be one of the five men directly responsible for Acro's... Continue Reading →

On his way?

River Plate's exit on Thursday night from the Copa Libertadores was so dramatic, even some of the opposition were left feeling a bit bad about it. Granted, Ramón Díaz isn't exactly the world's biggest River-hater, but after helping eliminate his former club, he made an apology of sorts. Another man saying sorry, meanwhile, might be rather more... Continue Reading →

Wanted in Catamarca

The police in Catamarca Province are reported to be on the lookout for Matías 'Kevin' Kraft, one of the members of Los Borrachos del Tablón wanted for the murder of Gonzalo Acro in August last year. Kraft is believed to be in the province, in Argentina's Andean north-west on the Chilean border, and the authorities... Continue Reading →

The Drunks of the Terrace

The fine folk at Pitch Invasion have once again been kind enough to publish a piece by me - this week I wrote for them about the ongoing civil war in the ranks of Los Borrachos del Tablón, and tried to explain a little bit of what it's all about. 'It seems to be asking... Continue Reading →

Finger pointing

Surprise, surprise: River Plate's directors had nothing to do with Sunday's running battle between factions of the club's main barra brava, and did all they could do maintain security in the stadium. It must be true, because they say it themselves. They're not the only ones under the finger of suspicion, though; there were seven injuries... Continue Reading →

More trouble

River Plate were using Vélez Sársfield's stadium as a home base on Sunday afternoon to host Arsenal de Sarandí, but the match was almost called off after yet more trouble in Argentina's footballing gangland. The civil war diving Los Borrachos del Tablón continues even with the Schlenker brothers in jail, and today the conflict was... Continue Reading →

Los Borrachos are at it again

Sadly familiar scenes in Retiro. Two hours before Wednesday night's Copa Libertadores match between River Plate and Club América, the internal squabble enveloping River's barra brava, Los Borrachos del Tablón, blew up yet again at the train station in the northern barrio, and a man was hospitalised. The fight was between two of the factions... Continue Reading →

A new chapter

The civil war in the barra brava at River Plate continues. On Saturday prior to the first match of the Clausura, there were fights in the vicinity of the stadium before the match. On Thursday, it was announced that the capos would be remaining in prison for a little while yet... Alan and William Schlenker,... Continue Reading →

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