Buenos Aires for Football Fans

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One of the things Argentina is known for is its football (soccer) fever. With one of the oldest National Football Associations in the world, dating back to 1893, 2 world cups, 2 gold Olympic medals, and legendary players such as the famous Maradona and Lionel Messi (currently one of the top world players), the sport is more than just a game for the locals, it is a part of the culture.   Football is about belonging; each team represents a neighborhood, a social class, and is sacred to its fans. Present in tangos and chants, in parks and backyards, football is a great way to get to know the local culture which is why we’ve put together a few recommended places, tangos, and activities where it takes center stage.

Tangos:

El Sueño del Pibe

Patadura

Bars:

For sentimental paraphernalia: El Banderin

A traditional spot in the Almagro scene, El Banderín is a place with a very personal identity.  This welcoming bar got its name from the many national and international football team flags (banderin), which are hanging from every bit of free space on the wall.  The flags were collected by one of its first owners so there is not only variety but also a few relics and the warm ambiance makes it a special place to visit and sit down for a few beers. Guardia Vieja 3601, Almagro. 4862-7757.

To watch a game: Locos por el Fútbol

As the name suggests Locos por el futbol (Mad about football) is a bar for hard-core fans of the game. With various screens so that everyone can see, and a thematic menu, this is the place to go to watch a game, drink a beer and mingle amongst agitated fans.  Azcuenaga 1898, Recoleta. 4807-3777.

Tours:

 

Boca Experience:  If you want to watch a live game, get to know the stadium and the Boca Museum, this is a great tour to take as you will be transported to and from the stadium and have, tickets, seating and a guide to take care of you. More information here.

Buenos Aires Football Tour: Travel Tango offers tours of River Plate and Boca Stadiums as well as transport to and from the hotel and tour guides to accompany you to the matches. More information here.

Play Yourself!

Another interesting option is to engage in a game of football yourself. The BAFA (Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos) is an international group of guys who team up to play football, socialize, and top it of with great asados. More information here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Have  a special lunch at the MALBA´s French restaurant, Cafe des Arts, and then spend the rainy afternoon browsing the museums permanent collection of Latin American art and the temporary exhibit of Argentine Contemporary art.

Liven up your evening at Notorious, where cheerful live Brazilian fusion music by Jonga Zambo will be playing.

 

MALBA

Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

4808-6500

Open Thur-Mon 12-8pm. Tuesdays closed.

 

Notorious

Callao 966, Palermo

4813-6888

 

Tuesday

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The city museum ( Museo de la Ciudad) is showcasing a special exhibit on Boxing and other sports that have influenced the culture. For an afternoon submarino (hot milk with melted chocolate) in a picturesque corner of San Telmo, head to  traditional Bar Seddon, just a few blocks away.

In the evening head to the Wherever Bar in Palermo for their 5pm-9pm happy hour and British music.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 219, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.

 

Bar Seddon

Defensa 695, San Telmo

4342-3700

 

Wherever Bar

Fray Justo Sta. Maria de Oro 2476, Palermo

4777-8029

 

Wednesday

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Find out more about popular art and artisans work at the Museo de Jose Hernandez, where you will find ceramics, baskets, knits, instruments and other handmade traditional objects made from local materials.

Club Niceto and Ill Ballo del Mattone are cohosting an Art Party in the evening where some of the local contemporary work will be exhibited as well as live shows ending in an upbeat party that will last until dawn.

 

Museo Jose Hernandez

Av. Libertador 2373, Recoleta

4803-2384

Open: Wed-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Club Niceto 

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

4779-9396

 

Thursday

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Highlights of the scientific and technological advances of the country, as well as special events and shows are being exhibited in Tecnopolis, a technology and innovation fair which will be open until August.  The fair is in the outskirts of the city so we suggest you have the hotel help coordinate transport.

At 9pm renowned Blues musician  Vernon Harrington will be playing live at La Trastienda.

 

Tecnopolis

General Paz between Balbin and Constituyentes. Villa Martelli

 

La Trastienda

Balcarce 460, San Telmo

4342-7650

 

Friday

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The annual cattle farming and agricultural fair will be taking place until the 26th of July at La Rural in Palermo,  showcasing cattle, horses, and other animals as well as regional products and goods and other aspects of the local industry.

In the evening the Centro Cultural Rojas is hosting a party inspired by Gaby Kerpel, a local music-theatre icon who was one of the founders of De La Guarda and who plays a fusion of electronic music with local folklore.

 

La Rural

Av. Sarmiento and Plaza Italia corner, Palermo

4777-5500

 

Centro Cultural Rojas

Av. Corrientes 2038

4954-5521

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Phot by Maria Teresa Adalid)

Saturday- Puerto Rican dub and reggae singer Mimi Maura will be playing at Club Niceto at 9pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. 4779-9396.

Saturday-Sunday: Catch one of the shows being staged at the International Puppet Festival.

 

We Recommend: Polo Lessons!

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Since 1610 the gauchos were already on their horses playing “Pato”, a national sport very similar to Polo. Nowadays Pato it is still played but Polo has taken a bigger stand and has become, one of the most successful sports in Argentina, next to football and rugby. Polo players such as Adolfo Cambiaso, and Nacho Figueras have become obtained great national and international acclaim exemplifying the quality of the sport in Argentina.

The popularity of the sport has led there to be many Polo tournaments which are great events to attend, and it is also possible to take a Polo lesson, which is a fun alternative to get to know this interesting sport.    In Buenos Aires, Polo Elite offer individual and group lessons in English for all levels. They also offer the opportunity to go to a polo match with an English speaking polo player to guide you through the game.

You can find an overview of Polo rules here.

Polo Elite

4942-0558

info@poloelite.com