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- A passion of multitudes. Sports are in Buenos Aires a main part of the citizens lives. Especially when it comes to football, where every game is lived with an extreme adrenaline and euphoria. Tourists from all over the world come to Buenos Aires to witness and be part of this great social event, and watch players trainning.
The Association of Collectors of football shirts, to fight against piracy and which organizes works of charity and social events, was first established in Buenos Aires. www.aaccf.com.ar
The main clubs and stadiums are:
Brandsen 805, Capital Federal.
Opened on May 25, 1940. Popularly known as "La Bombonera", the first game was against Newells Old Boys of Rosario, Boca won 2 to 0. In 1996, Mauricio Macri took over the presidency of this club, he built a platform where the old boxes were and new metal boxes were placed on top of them. Furthermore, the artist Perazo Celis painted two giant murals which link the old with the new sector. Romulo Macció was the artist in charge to paint murals to decorate the walls of the stadium.
Boca Juniors Stadium has a special areas which are accessed by lift, designed for disabled people in wheelchairs to be avle to watch the match comfortably. It also provides a confectionery shop, a bar, concession and parking.
Today the stadium is named "Alberto J. Armando" and the club fan call themselves the "12", as a if they were another player.
Estadio Libertadores de America, Avellaneda.
Opened in 1928. The first in Latin America to be built with cement. Independiente won the Copa Libertadores de America in 7 opportunities, being the club that won most times. In 2006 the stadium was closed for renovations, the plan was to expand the stadium to achieve a capacity of 40,000 spectators. It is expected to be opened on February 8, 2009. Finally, players like Diego Maradona, Pele, Johann Cruyff and Alfredo Distefano, played and grew up in this stadium.
For more information: http://www.independiente.com
Estadio Juan Domingo Perón.
Located between the streets and Mozart Corbatta. Known popularly as "The Academy" because it seven consecutive championships, it was the first three times champion and the first one to win the American champions championship.
Racing has white shorts and blue shirts. Their historic rival is Independiente with whom it plays in one of the largests world sporting event, the famous classic of Avellaneda.
Opened on May 25, 1938. The first match was played at the stadium between River and Peñarol Montevideo, Uruguay, which River won 3 to 1. Known as the Monumental Stadium Antonio Vespucio Liberti, popularly just called "El Monumental ".
The land around the stadium and the rest were bought and donated by the Municipality. A total of 50km with bleachers, 26,000 square feet of concrete and a reinforcement of 3,000 tons of steel. It bought 83,950 square meters and 35,000 were given by the Municipality.
New Gasholder, Perito Moreno and Varela Av.
Opened on April 1, 1908. Located in the neighborhood of Almagro, created by a group of young people with the help of a priest RP Lorenzo Massa. The stadium has 27 hectares, is among the best five teams in the Argentine soccer. The club went unbeaten in the Metropolitan Championship in 1968 and it was the first national, two times, unbeaten champion in the National Metropolitan. What is more between the Opening and Closing of 2001 it achieved the record of Argentine soccer with a total of 13 consecutive victories. Today the stadium has 27 hectares and is the real cathedral of NASCAR.
Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Avenue Juan B. Justo 9200, Versailles.
Opened on January 1, 1910. At first its color was white, years later, the stadium was able to change their tshirts to navy blue and shorts to white.
In 1939, Velez scored the victory of the championship with 10 wins and 39 goals. The greatest victory was Againste Huracan, Velez won 11 to 0. The stadium served as backup place during the World Cup of 1978. New seats were built and expanded capacity to 50,000 spectators.