Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Buenos Aires Awaits Germany with Bated Breath
Forbes.com, June 28th, 2006 3:58PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Buenos Aires stops when the national team plays. Only a quarter of the city's taxis are running, train service is cut to a minimum, directors encourage professors to suspend classes and pedestrian traffic on the streets is visibly depleted. You hear very few noises too, save for background TV commentary and the drone of a crowd somewhere in the distance. It's a bit eerie actually. According to Roberto Fontanarrosa, a novelist and soccer critic, the performance of the national team inspires Argentines more than anything else: "We have politicians saying that Argentina is a part of the First World, but this isn't reality. In soccer, however, we're in league with the world's best and our successes inspire pride in the country." And everyone remembers where they were four years ago when Argentina drew 1-1 with Sweden to go home in the first round, the team's worst performance in its history. "It was terrible ... the game ended at 8 o'clock on a Friday morning," said a clothing store salesman. "Everyone had to come into the shop, but we just couldn't work." This year, Argentina is performing much, much better, having reached the quarterfinals after beating Mexico in a thrilling, hard-fought overtime match. It now plays host Germany on Friday, and has every reason to believe it can win it. Then again, so do the Germans.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ancelotti: Blatter 'Unable to Keep His Mouth Shut'     
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of being "unable to keep his ...
Report: Spain's Tax Authority Probes Barca, Real Stars     
Marca on Wednesday reported that some of La Liga's highest profile players over the last several ...
Reports: Moyes to Take Over at La Real?    
Spanish media reports claim that former Manchester United coach David Moyes is among the names being ...
Balotelli 'Finally!' Scores for Liverpool     
Mario Balotelli on Tuesday came off the bench to save Liverpool from a League Cup fourth-round ...
Study: Barca Produces the Most Professionals in Europe     
According to new research, La Liga giant Barcelona has produced more professional players in Europe's top ...
Clattenburg Dropped for Breaching Referee Rules    
English referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend's Premier League games for breaking the ...
Mourinho Blasts Fringe Players Following Shrewsbury Win     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho criticized his fringe players for not taking their chance to impress him ...
Blatter on Russia: Soccer and Politics Should Not Mix     
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, in Russia on Monday for the unveiling of the official emblem for ...
Report: Evra Out for a Month     
Juventus defender Patrice Evra will be out for a month with a hamstring strain, the club ...
UEFA Reduces CSKA Stadium Ban     
UEFA on Monday reduced CSKA Moscow's stadium ban over its fans' racist behavior to two games ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives