Boca Juniors v River Plate suspended – trying to make a bit of sense of it

I can't quite work out how to start here, so let's just dive in, as I don't plan on this being a long post. It's been a bad day for Argentine football; on Thursday morning, Banfield youngster Emiliano Ortega died from a head injury he'd picked up last week playing on loan for lower division... Continue Reading →

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Copa Sudamericana 2010: Independiente go through amidst chaotic scenes

Last night, Independiente eliminated Defensor Sporting of Uruguay from the Copa Sudamericana in a dramatic match. The visitors from across the Río De La Plata took the lead on the night early on, and thanks to their 1-0 victory in the home leg, Independiente were obliged to score three times, which they did before the... Continue Reading →

Public appearances

Those HEGS readers who are living in London - and, indeed, those who aren't - are in for a special treat today. From 9pm British Summer Time, you'll be able to enjoy the sound of my dulcet tones on your radio airwaves, as I'll be joining in the discussion on Resonance FM's Cafe Calcio football... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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