Racing vs Independiente: The aftermath… + Futbol and Irrationalism

So the derby is now a couple of weeks behind us, and its come time to share some of what it left us with.


„Daddy, when I grow up I want to feel it and live it like they do…“

Racing lost, 0-1, but this is really not exactly something that could be called news. Racing has lost the last 4 games against Independiente, and has not defeated Independiente in an away game in the last 9 years (scoring in that time….1 goal!). But as I cant say enough, the game on the field is secondary, representing merely which club has the best mercenaries. The true spirit is the people and the fans, and there their is still no comparison possible.

And because this is an irrational rivarly of neighbors that very often takes a very unpleasant form, this was a banner shown by Racing fans last game. The irrational Buenos Aires troublemaking crazy in me loved it, the minimally civilized human being in me is rather embarassed that this came from „our“ terrace. It is a „the score“ so to speak of the past confrontations between both sides. The translation would be „1 dead + 50 wounded + 1 paralyzed= SHUT UP.“

The geniuses, again failing with a large banner. This time they at least didnt break it, they just showed it backwards…

Aside from the usual folklore, there was indeed much bad blood between Racing fans and players the last couple of weeks, mainly due to the fact that they lost the derby, against probably the worst Independiente in years (currently in 18th place). The mood is best summed up here. It reads „You Again Failed those Who Never Fail“:

During the week, several Racing fans showed up at practice to let the players know of their „displeasure,“ and the visit ended with a verbal confrontation with some players during which one player apparently spit at a fan. During this time, the car of a player who it was rumored went out to a club on the night after the defeat was damaged.

With this background, the mood at the game last weekend was, to say the least tense, as the many chants making reference to the players mothers and the banner calling for the coach to quit made clear. At least it didnt reach the point of a couple of years ago, when with Racing desperately battling to avoid relegation the players were met one game with two large banners reading „If We Go to Second Division, You Go to the Hospital,“ and the now legendary „Theres enough bullets for everybody…

With the game over and a 2-1 victory for Racing, a fortunate occurance as otherwise the players would have had a difficult time leaving the stadium, the players chose to show their „discontent“ regarding the incidents during the week by not „greeting“ the fans at the end of the game. This of course resulted in a huge scandal and another wave of insults and threats. The next chapter will be played out on Saturday, when Racing visits River Plate. Another scenario from which we have seldom emerged victorious, but as we often say…hope dies last. When it does go well against River, it looks like this…

Finally, to return to the subject of futbol driving people to the irrational, here is a half hour documentary dealing with possible influence of black magic in the form of black cats being buried on the pitch being the cause of Racings problems. This is a widely believed story, reaching its peak in 1998 as 20.000 Racing fans showed up to an exorcism of the stadium. As an atheist and a Jew, it was one of the first times I felt rather out of place at something having to do with Racing, and I must admit I took the 2-0 loss which we „enjoyed“ on the very same day as further proof of how right my atheism was. In Spanish, no subtitles. Should you understand Spanish, very entertaining…





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