SAO PAULO / BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – It's the biggest competition; in football and the people who see it as the best fans in the world. And this weekend, they call the meeting of the Boca Juniors Argentina and River Plate the biggest ever.
Junior Junior young football player seated his father's shirt; hang on safety fences, to watch the & # 39; game between Boca Juniors and Patronato, ahead of the second part of the Libertadores Cup between the local campaigns Boca Juniors and the River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 17, 2018. REUTERS / Nacho Doce
Although the European League has money, glamor, and organization, the Libertadores Cup is playing in South America about scream, enthusiasm and non-understanding.
The Saturday game is between the two largest clubs in Argentina – known as the Superclassic – almost as much as fans as players. The risk from chaos, both on and off the field, is totally complete.
The two teams pulled the first 2-2 phase at the Bombonera land that was set out in Buenos Aires on November 11. The second critical casualties will be. takes place on Saturday at Monumental River Plate stadium on the other side of the town.
For the most advanced of the following, it's all or nothing.
"This is a very important game, we can not lose it," said Vicente Zucala, a blind fan from 29 years of River Plate. "If we miss, we're ready, it's all right now."
Boca has won the Libertadores six times and the River has won three, but this is the first time in its 58th anniversary; The competition they met in the final.
The two games were sold, with people coming from around the world just want to, grow up in the atmosphere.
"River Plate is for my life, my desires," said Byron Stuardo Alquijay, a 33-year-old from Guatemala. "I had to sell my car to come here. I could buy another car in the future but this game will not be repeated again."
Unlike the moment, when competitors followers of the second part of the stadium can not wishing to arrest a dispute chance, home tickets will only be for two final games.
Followers are banished from Argentinian German pages due to a continuing problem between competitive sets of bravas bars, the name given to the organized fan groups that support the windows .
"The Superclassico between Boca and the River is so important because fans are so passionate," said Cayetano Milon, a 51-year-old Cowboy who runs a shop next to her; Bombonera.
That is what advocates many of the followers of old schools and what's going on; making the Libertadores as different from the European League and European football as a whole.
In the field it is inevitable – 18 different sides have been made to the final 10 final Libertadores, compared to just 10 in the European League.
Out of the range, there is a different degree of responsibility, even for those who used Kop at Liverpool, the Yellow Wall in the Borussia Dortmund, or firearms and humiliation in the Balkans.
Areas like La Bombonera are good in history, although many of them are rams and run down and often there are no correct seating, proper cover and even toilets.
Many of the stadiums are part of the community and live in the same place that have been built for decades, but houses and shops are still in a position; going on them.
The fans are separated from the players by moors, running connection tracks or fencing. Sometimes the pensions are equipped to stop the drinks and physical slopes that fall down on challenging players.
In the Libertadores, points are not always unusual, the back device is common, and it is normal to see the decisions with officers surrounded by a disorder police, shields protected by fans and players.
The South American Football League wants to make its competition better as the European League – it's hard work to do. The silver prize gives only one tenth of some of their European peers.
One of the major changes is to terminate a home-and-go-for-a-row layout and make a single-fold event in a neutral location.
The change will be realized next year and there are unsure fans who say that the astounds and the costs of ordinary supporters will see the opportunity their team in & # 39; maximum game of the season, and perhaps life.
It also means that this is the last one of this type. So the fans of the two teams have a special weekend.
"Personally, I do not enjoy River-Boca games," said the river fan, Maria Fe Diaz, who had a heart attack at the same time at rejoicing. "They're too hard for me. I did not want to play this game. I do not know how to do it on Saturday."
Statement by Andrew Downie; Edited by Daniel Flynn and Angus MacSwan