Argentina „Futbol“ Madness Roundup…

Lots has been happening in the wild world of Argentine futbol hooliganism in the past few months, but there has been no time to share. Here is a quick and insufficient roundup for the purpose of getting it out of the way. Not enough time lately to cover everything, and the issue is unlikely to get better in the next few weeks so „it is what it is.“

*Pulling out the Guns at All Boys vs Estudiantes
At the latest All Boys vs Estudiantes match, the Estudiantes hooligans apparently took a wrong turn getting to All Boys stadium, and promptly found themselves in the vicinity of the hooligans of All Boys. A sign of the times in the Argentine futbol violence world, the Estudiantes hools pulled out the guns:

But dont worry, there were neither injuries nor arrests!

These are also, by the way, the same people who last week spent 15 minutes during Independiente – Estudiantes beating the crap out of each other in their own terrace.

*Newells Old Boys and Rosario Central are the two first division teams from the city of Rosario, and represent one of Argentinas fiercest, most intense, and most violence prone futbol rivalries. It is within this context that the gravity of the images below needs to be understood. How exactly it happened is still a matter of much discussion, rumors, and disagreement. Some say that the Rosario Central hooligans conducted good intelligence, and so were able to find out the location of NOBs banners and flags. The other version is that a faction of NOB hooligans sold the information to RC hooligans in order to discredit their enemy faction. Whatever the case may be, the most representative NOB flags and banners are now in the possession of their arch rivals, and serious trouble is expected to be ahead in Rosario. At the most recent NOB game the club even went as far as to forbid almost 100 of its own members from entering the stadium, in order to avoid clashes between the rival hooligans groups of NOB.
This picture is of Newells banners in the hands of Rosario Central hooligans:

A video:

Security camera footage of the theft:

*El Porvenir Hooligans Interrupt Funeral Procession to Attack own Players

Yes, just like it sounds. The funeral procession for an El Porvenir hooligan (El Porvenir is a small second division club in the south of the province of Buenos Aires) who had passed away was passing in front of the El Porvenir training grounds. Seeing that the players, with who the hooligans dont have the best of relationships, were at practice, the hooligans entered the grounds to „ask“ them to accompany them. The players refused, upon which the hooligans proceeded to threaten them, hit them, steal their belongings, and continue along their way.

*Quilmes Players Attacked by Fans
Quilmes, a team recently arrived in first division, has been having a very poor season. In a show of their „displeasure“ at the teams performance, Quilmes hooligans smashed a players car, and then chased the players bus on motorcycles, finally cutting them off and attacking them with stones. The bus then proceeded directly to the police station, followed still by the hooligans who insulted them and threatened them with death for „ratting them out to the cops.“ As a result of this, Quilmess following home game was played to closed doors. Collective punishment…

*Velez vs San Lorenzo

Incidents during San Lorenzo vs Velez, in San Lorenzo. The Velez fans displayed a provocative banner, making reference to San Lorenzo never having won a Copa Libertadores (basically the south American Champions League). The response from San Lorenzo fans was (mild) incidents inside the stadium, but apparently the worst happened outside, where many a Velez fans tells of being surrounded, not being able to reach their busses, and being hunted across half the neighborhood.

The fools from Velez who refer to themselves as „La Pandilla“ I have a particular dislike for. The name alone should already be embarassment enough, as in English the translation would be something along the lines of „The Rascals.“ But these people seem to go out of their way to cause themselves extra embarassment. At their latest visit to Racing, they almost lost a couple of banners, then seriously overestimated themselves challenging Racing fans, where saved from a very unpleasant evening by the police, and then stood quietly until the rest of the game, probably in silent prayer for a safe return home. A video, mainly of the game, but thats OK because it was a great one. Racing was again doing terribly in the season and the relationship between fans and players was more than bad. The trouble began with Velez leading 1-0, and after the break because of the incidents on the terrace Racing turned it around and won 3-1. It is not crazy to think that the players got the message that there was a lot of frustration and violence in the air. A bit of the incidents can be seen starting at 1:50, but aside from that there is goals, rain, drama, injuries, red cards, you name it…

*San Lorenzo – Huracan: The bannerless derby!
Because Huracan has stolen more banners from San Lorenzo the last few years than they could possibly ever know what to do with, and when they exhibit them during the derby matches the San Lorenzo fans go crazy and the games often end in violent clashes, the Argentine Football Association had for the latest derby a brilliant idea, and yet another great step in the collective punishment of football fans: All flags and banners were forbidden for this match!
And still, where theres a will theres a way:

That covers most of the high/low lights of recent times. Whats with Atlanta and Racing you ask? Exciting news of a magnitude meriting an own post…

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