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Monday, March 20, 2006

Soccer / River and Boca waiting for the "Superclásico"

Fans in a stadiumNext Sunday, march 26, River Plate and Boca Juniors will play the most important match of the year in Argentina: the "Superclásico". They are the biggest soccer teams in the country, with the largest number of supporters; there´s no doubt that it will be a great derby. River leads the league, and Boca is one point behind.
World Soccer´s magazine editor said that this is one of the 50 best sports events in the world. It´s an excellent opportunity to see the color of the supporters ("hinchas"), and hear their chants, while enjoying great soccer.

A bit of history: River Plate was founded in 1901, and Boca Juniors in 1905. According to the records, the teams played 177 league matches against each other; Boca won 65 and River 59.

"La Bombonera": the official site of Boca Juniors says that the stadium was opened in 1940, and then modified in 1996 to make it more modern and comfortable. It stands in La Boca, a colorful neighborhood that sits by the "Río de la Plata", and it has a capacity of 57.395.

You can get more information about River and Boca on the Wikipedia. And you can see these videos, that show how it feels to be a part of the supporters. It´s very exciting: video 1, video 2, video 3

Update: the match ended 1-1 with a penalty goal from Boca at the end of the second time.

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