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 →

More pain for Huracán

Following the misery of having lost the clásico to San Lorenzo on Saturday, it was announced on Sunday - the same day that there was trouble prior to the Rosario derby - by prosecutor Walter López that the Estadio Tomás A. Ducó would be closed provisionally whilst an investigation is underway into incidents prior to... Continue Reading →

Rodrigo Silvera’s mum speaks out

Tuesday night saw the return of football hooliganism to England after stabbings outside the West Ham United vs Milwall League Cup match, but there's been a small step forward in the battle against violence in Argentine football. You've probably not heard of Rodrigo Silvera if you're not Argentine. Back in November (the 1st, to be... Continue Reading →

AFA protests, and Sand on his way

That is, protests against the AFA, not protests on the part of the AFA. At six on Tuesday evening, two coaches dropped off sixty or seventy people outside the AFA headquarters who proceeded to mount a protest against current AFA President Julio Grondona. Earlier in the day, José Sand was sold by Lanús to Al Ain... Continue Reading →

Last-minute cramming

Estudiantes (yeah, you see?) start their Copa Libertadores semi-final on Thursday night, and they've got some frantic last minute preparations for the big exam still to come. After left back Marco Angeleri and centre half Cristian Cellay were both ruled out with injury, Estudiantes have got dispensation from CONMEBOL to sign an emergency defender to... Continue Reading →

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