Madness and magic from Maradona’s motherland
Boca blitz Argentinos
La Bombonera, the Chocolate Box, is one of the most intimidating stadiums in the world.
Its vertiginously sided terrace, that jut steeply into a sky the colour of Argentina's flag, create an echo that strikes the fear into any visitor to the Boca Juniors stadium.
With El 12, Boca's barra brava, in full voice, they say it is the loudest theatre of football in the world. Here's the kind of welcome away teams receive.
The terraces were at capacity on Sunday night as Boca Juniors took on Argentinos Juniors on a scorching evening (32C at 8pm!). Boca arguably (or I would argue) have their best team in years.
For starters, there's Riquelme. If you need any reminding of why we – and everyone else – loves him, just watch this highlights reel featuring the most ludicrously brilliant reverse nutmeg ever. And now check out this weekend's assist for Rodrigo Palacio for the second of four goals against an unconfident Argentinos Juniors, a small team who often play well against the big boys.
Palermo gets the boot
After his goal against Argentinos, Boca's Martín Palermo, now only three goals from equalling Fransisco Varrallo goalscoring record for Boca, won another golden boot from Spanish football magazine, Don Balon.
In a marketing clever coup (I know, writing this is only exacerbating it) Puma will make 180 gold and blue boots for the player (have a look at www.losbotinesdepalermo.com and pity the poor sod who had to write an account of every goal Palermo has ever scored).
And his best goal, as voted by people with too much time on their hands? His goal in a 2-0 win against River in the 2000 Libertadores. Bets are on for when he'll grab the golden 180th… against Maracaibo in Boca's opening Libertadores game?
Pretty girls chat up foreigners
If the football alone wasn't reason enough to go see Boca in Argentina, this clip of some rather attractive ladies on the Bombanera terraces should change your mind.
Weekend results see the highlights here.
Banfield 3 – 1 RacingRacing's season started badly with a large exodus of players who complained that they hadn't been paid. Now with money in their pockets, they still seem a bit miffed, with one win and one loss.
Colón 3 – 0 Arsenal
Gimnasia de La Plata 2 - 0 Central
Gimnania de Jujuy 0 – 2 Estudiantes
San Lorenzo 0 - 1 San MartinIt's still early but this is a turning into to a nightmare start for goalless San Lorenzo.
Olimpo 0 - 2 Vélez
Independiente 4 – 1 Tigre
Huracán 1 – 0 LanúsLast season's winner face their first loss of the season. Not much to worry about though: they're still the only Argentine team to win their opening Libertadores game.
Newell's 0 – 0 RiverAn unorganised River were lucky to get away with a point against what is looking like a strong Newell's side this season.
Boca 4 – 0 Argentinos
Goal of the weekend We'll go for Huracan's Alan Sánchez and his thumping goal against Lanús.
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