Boca v River – El Superclásico – Factoids

18 04 2009 VS.

It is the most intense rivalry in the world of football and probably the best rivalry in all of sports. Regardless of the standings this match will determine the bragging rights of Argentine football.  Here are some factoids about this great rivalry:


The 1st Meeting = August 24, 1913 – Result:  River 2 – 1 Boca

The First 1st Division Professional Superclásico = Sept. 20, 1931 –  Result: Boca 1 – 1 River

First Copa Libertadores Meeting =  February 10, 1996 –  Result: River 2 -1 Boca

Most Recent Meeting = February 1, 2009 – Result: Boca 2 – River 0 in 2009 Copa Revancha


183 = the number of Superclásico matches in Argentine 1st division

67 = the number of Boca victories in Superclásico matches in Argentine 1st division

61 = the number of River victories in Superclásico matches in Argentine 1st division

55 = the number of draws in Superclásico matches in Argentine 1st division

322-327 = the estimated number of Superclásico matches in total (1st division, “friendlies”, International, & Amateur Era)

9 = most goals ever scored in a Superclásico – River 5 – 4 Boca – Oct. 15 1972 in Torneo Nacional

22 = the number of  Superclásicos played in the Copa Libertadores [Boca 10 wins, River 6 wins, 6 draws]

56 = the number of Argentine 1st division championships between Boca (23) &  River (33)

8 = the number of Copa Libertadores title beween Boca (6) & River (2)

834-847 = estimated number of goals scored in all Superclásico matches


River’s Ángel Labruna = record holder for most career goals in Superclásicos – 16

River’s Reinaldo Merlo = record holder for most Superclásico appearances – 42

River’s Hernán Díaz = holds the record for career red cards in Superclásicos with 6

Boca’s Pablo Ledesma = scored the fastest goal in Superclásico history – 45 seconds in 2007 Clausura match

Boca’s Diego Maradona = scored 5 goals in 7 Superclásico matches

Boca’s Carlos Cambón = holds the record for most goals by one person in a Superclásico match: 4.  The 4 goals came in his 1st ever match in a Boca shirt in a 5-2 victory in the 1974 Metropolitano tournament.

Alfredo Di Stefano = the only man to coach both River & Boca to championships.  Boca – Nacional ’69 & River – Nacional ’81

Julio César Toresani = the only player in Superclásico history to see red as a player for both River & Boca

There it is, just some of the tidbits that give Boca-River a lot of flavor.


2009 Clausura Argentina Wrap – Fecha 8

6 04 2009

MUAH! Right back at you, sweetie, we love you here at Mad About Futbol. Don’t you love football, the best looking women are football women. WOOO! Its a beautiful thing. Anyway, let’s wrap up this weekend in Argentine club football.  This weekend was an example of the balance of the league as 9 of the 10 matches were draws or decided by 1 goal. The only match that wasn’t close was Lanús versus  Independiente.

Lanús stayed at the top of the table on the strength of Jose Sand. The striker scored 4 goals to lead El Granate to the 5-1 victory. The 4 goals moved Sand to the top of the goal scoring table and was a good result for Lanús after their 3-0 loss to Huracán the week before.

Colón de Santa Fe kept pressure on Lanús with a 1-0 road win over Huracán.  Alfredo Ramírez scored his 1st goal of the season in the 12th minute to give El Sabalero the victory. Colón have won 3 of their last 4 matches.

Velez Sarsfield continued as the only unbeaten team in Argentina after their 2-1 win over Banfield at Estadio José Amalfitani.  Uruguayan forward Hernán R. López gave El Fortín the lead but it was their #10, Maximiliano Moralez that gave Velez the victory.  His 82nd minute goal kept Ricardo Gareca’s men unbeaten in the Clausura tournament.

The Clásico Platense was another heated affair that had as many red cards as goals.  The game was made interesting in the 71st minute when Gimnasia midfielder Juan Cuevas scored to give El Lobo the lead.  In 2nd half  injury time Gimnasia’s Diego Villar & Estudiantes’ Leandro Benítez were red carded to put both sides at 10 men.  However that wasn’t the end of the drama as Christian Sánchez Prette salvaged a point for La Pincha in 6th minute of 2nd half injury time.  Estudiantes’ nightmare season continues as they sit in 19th place while Gimnasia’s surprise season continues with their 6th place standing.

Here are the results & standings from Week 8:

Friday, April 3rd

Arsenal 1 – 1 San Lorenzo

ARS: Luciano Leguizamón (3′)

SLZ: Néstor A. Silvera (65′)

Huracán 0 – 1 Colón de Santa Fe

COL: Alfredo Ramírez (12′)

Saturday, April 4th

Racing 1 – 0 River Plate

RAC: Pablo Lugüercio (18′)

Gimnasia Jujuy 1 – 1 Tigre

GJY: Ricardo E. Gómez (87′)

TIG: Carlos Luna (46′)

Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 1 Argentinos Juniors

NEW: Diego L. Armani (52′)

ARG: Ignacio Canuto (75′)

Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 1 Banfield

VEL: Hernán R. López (44′) & Maximiliano Moralez (82′)

BAN: Nicolás Bertolo (55′)

Sunday, April 6th

Gimnasia La Plata 1 – 1 Estudiantes La Plata

GLP: Juan E. Cuevas (71′)

EST: Cristian Sanchez Prette (90’+6′)

Boca Juniors 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz

BOC: Nicolás Gaitán (36′)

GCZ: Leandro Caruso (60′)

San Martín Tucuman 0 – 1 Rosario Central

ROS: Jorge L. Anchén (og 67′)

Lanús 5 – 1 Independiente

LAN: Diego H. Valeri (12′) & José Sand (42′, 79′, 89′, 90’+3′)

IND: Federico Mancuello (22′)



This Week On MAF

5 04 2009


The guys will wrap up the weekend in Spain and Italy as well as in Argentina and the rest of South America as well as the MLS alongside MLSTalk’s Kartik Krishnaiyer and Jovannei Arroyo. and writer Greg Sica will be with us to hang out and talk about Copa Lib as well as discuss the fallout from CONMEBOL quallies. He will also give his Champions League predictions as the quarterfinals are about to begin.

CONMEBOL Week 11 Results And Standings

29 03 2009


Uruguay took a huge leap towards getting back into the race to qualifying for South Africa 2010 with a convincing win over first place Paraguay at the mythical Centenario in Montevideo.  It was the vanguard (Diego Forlán and Diego Lugano) that scored both goals for Oscar Washington Tabárez’ club.  They will now face a Chile side in Santiago that made history against archrivals Peru.
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