Atlanta. Every day, I love you more. / Cada día, te quiero más.
This is the world of football that never makes the headlines. Your club, your local club, is for life. They’re not in the “big four”, they’re not fighting for multi-million dollar transfer fees, but they’re for life. Club Atlético Atlanta is in Buenos Aires, but they’re no Boca Juniors or River Plate. However, “Los Bohemios” are a proper fútbol club, recently promoted to Argentina’s second division. And on Wednesday, they’re traveling to Estadio Monumental Antonio to take on River Plate. The size of the clubs differ, the passion doesn’t. The love just keeps growing.
3:11 am • 4 October 2011 • 420 notes
Trailler Oficial “Ciudades con arte provincia de Bs. As.” / Official Trailer “Cities with art in the province of Buenos Aires”
"Recorriendo las ciudades de Mar del Plata, Sta. Clara, La Plata y Bahía Blanca, junto a los artistas Agustin Mearte, Sebastian Silva, Pil, Marcos,Faka, Nuria, y un monton mas que nos acompañaron en estos casi 2700Km. de viaje. //// visiting the cities of Mar del Plata, Santa Clara, La Plata and Bahia Blanca, alongside artists Agustin Mearte, Sebastian Silva, Pil, Marcos, Faka, Nuria, and plenty more who joined us in the almost 2700Km of travel.”
Esto parece increíble, no? / This film seems incredible doesn’t it?
12:33 pm • 5 September 2011 • 1 note
The Essence of the Number 10: A Beginner’s Guide
By Sam Blakeley, writing from London
To the uninitiated, the ‘number 10’ in football is that archetypal player who links midfield with attack, floating between the two and becoming the playmaker of the side. He must be blessed with vision, composure, awareness, and an incredible range of passing, culminating in an almost extra-sensory ability to control the game and be within and without everything that happens going forward for the team. Historically these players have also been ground-breaking skill players, popularising and even inventing their own incredible pieces of flair, from the ‘Cryuff Turn’ to the ‘Flip-Flap/Elastico’. The ‘number 10’ moniker is due to the fact that this positon was traditionally given the number 10 shirt - in the days when a number would denote the position in which the player would operate.
Notable examples are Zidane, Pele, Ronaldinho, Cryuff, Maradona, Bergkamp, Messi, Cantona…essentially those players who are seen as the best of all time. Very rarely will you find a player from any other position winning the prestigious awards. Fabio Cannavaro (a central defender) made waves in 2006 by winning the Ballon D’or (basically the world player of the year). I would submit that the only reason Zidane didn’t win that year was becase of that headbutt, but nonetheless the point is there: we love the number 10, and we fully appreciate their generous talents.
Many argue that England doesn’t really produce this kind of player, and really this is a lamentable omission. I can’t help but hear the distant cries of ‘Paul Scholes?’, ‘Matt Le Tissier?’, ‘Steven Gerrard?’, ’Paul Gascoigne?’, ‘Wayne Rooney?’. Frankly they were my own cries, distant because I’m currently sat on a mountain (for illustrative purposes). They perhaps do raise a good point however. There isn’t really a big name that springs to mind as easily as the Ronaldinhos and the Zidanes. Maybe this is because we have lumped those five examples (and many others besides) into either a midfielder or an attacker. Somewhere in our English conception of football there must be two central midfielders and two strikers; whoever plays in that general area of the pitch who isn’t a striker must be an attacking midfielder, and those who aren’t midfielders are just a striker who plays a bit deeper but who is still essentially a second striker - more on this later. Whether this is still the case in ten years time, once Rooney has fully established himself as one of the best number 10’s, not to mention best players, of all time is up for debate. Moreover, perhaps the reason we overlook these players is simply that none of them fulfill the real attribute that singles out the number 10 from an attacking midfielder or a second striker: the flair.
Fantastic AFR Debut from Sam
2:23 am • 3 September 2011 • 348 notes
How To Revive A Sleeping Giant
By Saheli RC, writing from Singapore
You know you’re a fan of Argentina when you no longer feel that massive heartbreak upon seeing your team lose out on a penalty shootout and therefore get eliminated from a competition. After last Sunday’s underwhelming performance, which could only be sorted from the spot, the question on everyone’s lips is “Where did it all go wrong?”
1:34 am • 25 July 2011 • 166 notes
Will Argentina’s inflation bubble burst around Copa América?
My piece for AFR looking at the potential economic problems for Argentina in hosting Copa América in the summer of 2011
12:59 am • 6 January 2011 • 1 note