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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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 →

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 →

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