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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.
El Sueño del Pibe
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.
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.
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.