Watching the beautiful game in Buenos Aires

Corner kick during Velez vs Internacional

Corner kick during Velez vs Internacional

When I ask Barney, our Argentinian guide, which football team he supports, his voice takes on a low, serious tone. “Normally I support Boca Juniors,” he replies, looking round conspiratorially, “but tonight I will support the local team, Velez.”

After I jokingly suggest that I’m going to cheer for Sport Club Internacional, their Brazilian opponents, a look of sheer horror crosses his face and for a moment I think he might throw me off the bus.

Clearly, “futbol” is not a subject to be joked about in this part of the world.

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