Roberto “Pato” Abbondanzieri

With a club like Boca Juniors, that can count on such an illustrious history, you can always find a legend to root for. No two “best XIs” would be the same, and in the goalkeeper position there would be many candidates. From Hugo Gatti, to Carlos Montoya; from Américo Tesoriere to Roberto Abbondanzieri. The latter […]

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When Boca Juniors beat Real Madrid

Anyone who follows football should be familiar with the powers of the Southern Hemisphere, such as Santos, Atlético Nacional, Colo-Colo, Corinthians, River Plate, Independiente, and, of course, Boca Juniors. South America’s version of the Champions League, the Copa Libertadores, is a storied competition and before the advent of the FIFA Club World Cup it was […]

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Relive: Riquelme

  As is the case with many South American footballers, we often just take up their story once they arrive on this side of the Atlantic. However, this does a disservice to the players’ careers and only tells some of their tale, as is the case with Juan Román Riquelme. The former Argentine number 10’s […]

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Rubén Suñé’s Leap of Faith

Rubén Suñé was desperately looking for a way out. In 1984, two years after the curtain had fallen on his playing career, the former Boca Juniors captain sought to end his own life. Since hanging up his boots severe depression had tightened its grip on Suñé, as he was increasingly unable to imagine life without […]

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Buenos Aires: a football hotbed

Due to its wide avenues, cosmopolitan feel, tango, cafés, and the stunning purple blossom of jacaranda trees in the spring, Buenos Aires was once dubbed the “Paris of South America”. It evokes memories of a wonderful past, its grandeur obvious in the architecture and the reverence of historic figures. However, modern Buenos Aires is also […]

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