More barras deported

The South African authorities have confirmed that eighteen more barra bravas forming part of the NGO-sponsored Hinchadas Unidas Argentinas group will be deported back to Argentina from South Africa shortly, after causing disturbances during Argentina's opening World Cup match against Nigeria. These deportations add to the ones from last week when the group first landed... Continue Reading →

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Under investigation?

As the selección engaged in a game of attack vs defence which supposedly revealed Diego Maradona's first-choice eleven for Saturday's World Cup debut against Nigeria, funny goings-on were underway on Tuesday morning back in Buenos Aires. The barra bravas deported from South Africa are planning legal recourse to return to watch the tournament, whilst another... Continue Reading →

Running free, and getting caught

After the military-style concentración for the first week of Argentina's stay in South Africa, and the opening-up of training to the press over the last few days, the selección's players have finally been allowed an afternoon off following a morning training session, as Diego Maradona edges closer to deciding on his starting XI against Nigeria.... Continue Reading →

Violence for export

When the Argentine national team flew to South Africa a week ago today, twenty-two barra bravas from Chacarita Juniors and Boca Juniors were on the same flight, in the economy section. The AFA denied any knowledge of this, but one of them was, in 2009, used as an AFA-approved bodyguard for one of Lionel Messi's... Continue Reading →

Just more passionate fans, eh?

One or two of the comments on my most recent Soccernet article suggest that Argentina's barra bravas are no more than choreographed fans who are more passionate about the game than typical English fans who turn up to the game and eat prawn sandwiches without looking at the pitch (that's a typical English fan, apparently).... Continue Reading →

A deal with the devil

UK readers may remember that a month or so ago I was writing in When Saturday Comes about the Argentine government's under-the-radar plans to try and finance a large group of barra bravas to travel to the World Cup in South Africa come June. A couple of weeks ago there were some further developments, and... Continue Reading →

New year reading matter

If you're an eagle-eyed regular reader of HEGS, you may recall at some point during the last week a comment being made about dodgy Argentine NGOs trying to help secure funding for certain barra brava gangs to travel to the World Cup in South Africa to support the national side in June. Now, if you... Continue Reading →

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