Saturday, 5 April 2008

Football Fever!

The folks down here are a little more than passionate about football (that's soccer to you yanks). I still remember the first time sitting at home with the windows open and hearing sporadic roaring and not having a clue what was happening. I'd rush to the window and expect to see a mass riot on the street but nothing / nobody /nada was happening. It was only later that I learned it was your average Mom and Pop sitting at home watching the footie on tv. So then I started turning on the tv myself to see the goals and listen to the commentary.

The most bizarre thing is that some of the channels who don't have the right to show the game will just show pan around the stadium for 90 minutes so you can see the crowd with just audio commentary of the game in the background. It's on my list of things to do to go to a game, preferably Boca Juniors or River Plate or better still, both (like an Old Firm game (Celtic VS Rangers) in Scotland. But for now the entertaining tv commentary (similar to below) will have to do (what a pair of lungs on this commentator - GoooooAAAAALLLLL!


Shaunj April 06, 2008 5:24 am  

You lucky bastrad* living there in football land. I am envious. Went to a game in Guatemala last year and it sucked the big one. Best bit was when the players attacked the ref at the end and he had to get a police escort off the field:D. Good luck with the Derby game, I once saw Roma and Lazio and it was epic.

Quickroute April 06, 2008 11:52 am  

Guatemala is on my list for later this year (I may skip the football game though!) - Any highlights you'd recommend?

Shaunj April 06, 2008 1:39 pm  

Hey, yeah wonderful place, too little time there though:/ came from Mexico-spent some time in Xela (western highlands), did a trek to Lago De Atitlan which is stunning but almost killed us and then onwards to Antigua (bit over rated and lots of yanks) and Flores (Tikal is the best of the mayan sites hands down-lots of wildlife!)Never pay money to see the Xela super chivos:)

Baino April 07, 2008 5:10 am  

Quicky. . .Quicky . . Quicky . .*disparaging tones* How on earth can you live in South America and not go to the footy! ClareBear saw a local derby during Carnivale in Rio and it went OFFF!

I remember walking to Old Trafford years ago and it was gladiatorial with the singing getting louder and louder as we approached. I don't know my striker from my goalie but if you live in a soccer crazy country . . you have to go! I even stayed up to watch Australia get hammered in the second round of the world cup and I don't understand the off side rule!

PS: Will you two get a room! I'm jealous *feet itching big time*

Quickroute April 10, 2008 6:43 am  

Shanj: Thanks for the tips - will look into those - think you may have put some pics on your blog too will be revisiting once I´m back in B.A. next week

Baino: I know - I know - I have to get to see a game - will pi-ost some photos when I do just to prove it!

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