Argentina is predominantly a Catholic nation, but do you know that football in the country is the real religion. Argentineans are just crazy about their football and can do anything for it. This can be gauged from the fact that millions of football lovers descend to the stadium in the capital city of Buenos Aires every Sunday to cheer up their favorite football teams. Watching the live televised game is also a passion here and if you ever happen to switch on the TV in the country on a Sunday then it is quite likely that most of the channels would telecast mainly football.
If you are a sports lover, and particularly an avid football fan, you just need to book your flights to Buenos Aires soon and head to this fascinating Latin American country to watch a live football game and know all about this marvelous sport. Watching the sport in the city is surely an obligatory experience which you would seldom forget.
Believe me, the excitement which a good soccer match brings and the passionate players wanting to give their best during the 90 minutes of the game, offers a perfect excuse to be in the Argentinean capital along with your children to get a first-hand experience and learn all about this great sport. Watching football in Buenos Aires is yet another great way to get acquainted with the local people and know in detail about the Argentine culture.
As you enter a stadium in the city, you will discover that verve and excitement is all around. The sight of the home crowd singing and cheering their favorite football teams during the entire game is awesome. It is bound to spur and transform you into a staunch football fan as well. The dedication and resolve of the Argentinean fans in cheering their favorite teams no matter what is joy de vivre for all the sport lovers visiting Argentina from different parts of the world.
You will be amazed to know that football runs in the blood of every Argentinean. If you happen to visit a family, you will be amazed to know that the whole family – be it grandmother, grandfather, father, mother, brothers or sisters – all of them go to the stadium together to watch their favorite team play football. The situation sometimes become so grim that if a child in the family rebels and goes against family traditions to support another team then it leads to serious family arguments, and in some cases this has also led to divorces. You just need to follow the etiquette and avoid joking or making fun of a football team in front of its fans, or else you just might have to face harsh, un-friendly reactions.
Now that you have come to know about football in Argentina, its die-hard fans and the etiquette, it would also just be great for you to know about the top football teams in Buenos Aires today.
Best Football Teams in Buenos Aires
There are essentially three best football teams in the Argentine capital city. These teams include Boca Juniors, River Plate and Velez Zarsfield. It would be pertinent to get insight into the three teams.
Boca Juniors: This is the biggest soccer team in the country and is renowned world over. It is a favorite team of Diego Maradona and he had himself played for it on two different occasions. Juan Román Riquelme, the most talented Argentine footballer, is currently the most famous player in Boca Juniors team. La Bombonera, situated in La Boca, is the home stadium of the team. The stadium has a capacity to host 60,000 spectators at a time and is usually dedicated for Boca Juniors games. The Italian immigrants residing in the La Boca neighborhood in early 20th century primarily founded the team.
River Plate: The River Plate team has the longest history in the country, although Boca Juniors currently remains the most famous Argentinean football team. It is an amazing fact that the River Plate team has been a proud winner of the championship at least 43 times, which is 10 times more than that of Boca Juniors. The team is known to belong to the rich people in the city, and has therefore been appropriately nicknamed ‘Millonarios’ or millionaires. "El Monumental" is the home stadium of the team. It is situated in the neighborhood of Nuñez in the north of the city. With a capacity to host 77,000 spectators it is Argentina’s biggest stadium and most modern in Buenos Aires.
Velez Zarsfield: The Velez Zarsfield is the third important team in Buenos Aires and has become prominent over the past few years. Estadio José Amalfitani is the team’s home stadium. It is situated in the neighborhood of Buenos Aires on Buenos Aires’ western border. The stadium was founded in 1909 and has a capacity to host 50,000 spectators.
No matter whatever team you just might favor or decide to support, a football match in Buenos Aires undoubtedly continues to be among the top attractions for millions of tourists visiting Argentina every year. Watching football is not only exciting, but a great cultural experience.