Fox Sports Dropped The Ball Big Time With Superclásico

20 04 2009
Boca Juniors celebrates with Martín Palermo after scoring the first goal of the Superclásico  (Olé)

Boca Juniors celebrates with Martín Palermo after scoring the first goal of the Superclásico (Olé)

I was out and about, listening to the game on my iPhone.  It has become my secret weapon for staying in touch with the football world.  George called me a little after four and was asking me if the game was live.  When he was watching it, the game was in th 19th minute.  In real time the game was in the 4th minute of injury time in the second half.

Marcelo Gallardo and Radamel Falcao García celebrate after equalizing the Superclásico.

Fox in Español did something that was fine for the Mexican market, but completely unacceptable for the rest of the world.  Fox did something that was the equivalent of  footballistic heresy on the Latin American side of the spectrum.  It was incredible, even propostrous to see that this channel preferred showing Indios vs. Pumas live instead of giving this game the respect it is due.   This is not something that is rare in the channel as they had aired the Derby della Madonnina on tape delay in order to show an insignificant Premiership match on tape delay.

I know George was steaming mad because he was ready to sit down and watch a game he was looking forward to watching the world’s greatest rivalry.  So to break to him the news about the final score and goaldscorers was tough as they killed the enthusiasm of the match.  No longer was he looking at the game with excitement.  He now looked at the game with an analytical eye.  He expected Palermo’s goal, and Gallardo’s equalizer, and the goal the Falcao missed.


Superclásico Probables

16 04 2009
Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors

River Plate

River Plate

The two big headlines coming out of both camps as of Thursday was the injury suffered by Sebastián Battaglia during practice.  He twisted his ankle and had to leave practice early.  Reports coming out is that he is going to play alongside Fabián Vargas in the middle as part of the 4-3-1-2 that Boca will have step onto the pitch at La Bombonera.   In River’s camp they are looking to find a way to earn only their 19th win at La Bombonera since its opening in 1940 in all competitions.  Radamel Falcao García was not present in practice due to injury will have Cristian Fabbiani up front as their only forward. Regardless of whether Falcao is healthy or not, Nestor Gorosito plans on a 4-3-2-1.

Boca:  Abbondanzieri; Ibarra, Cáceres, Forlín, Morel Rodríguez; Chávez, Vargas, Battaglia, Riquelme; Palacio, Palermo

River:  Vega; Ferrari, Cabral, Sánchez, Villagra; Barrado, Ahumada, Domingo, Gallardo Buonanotte; Fabbiani

Argentine Clausura- Week 9 Wrap

12 04 2009

The Argentine league continues to be an uncertainty because no one seems to assert their dominance.  League leaders Lanús fell on Friday night against an inspired Argentinos Juniors side.  That left the door wide open for Ricardo Gareca’s Vélez Sarsfield side to take the top spot in the Clausura tournament as it reaches the halfway point. El Fortín came to the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Boedo to face a San Lorenzo side that was eliminated from Copa LIbertadores play at midweek and saw coach Miguel Ángel Russo step down.   It was a home game by default as the San Lorenzo fans jeered and insulted their team all throughout the match.  They also were resentful at club brass starting with president Rafael Savino as well as the investment group that has been in place for the past year which was led by Argentine media mogul Marcelo Tinelli.

Defending champ Boca Juniors seems to have lost their bid to repeat as domestic champs after losing to Estudiantes in La Plata.  The loss puts Boca at an eight-point deficit, which leaves them in a position to play spoiler at home in The Superclásico against arch-rivals River Plate. Los Millonarios had the opportunity to go be two points from the top with a win against Gimnasia La Plata, but it would be a tough challenge as well as a game they could easily overlook. They also were being threatened by their fans with chants stating that if they did not win in La Bombonera, to not bother coming back. The news was somewhat put on the backburner as Angel Cabrera had become the Latin American golfer to win the Masters. No fear for River fans as Mauro Díaz equalized early in the second half and took the lead. Gimnasia would equalize close to the end and almost took the three points away from the Monumental; further incensing the the River Plate faithful

Independiente in the meantime were able to bounce back from the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Granate last weekend.  Tigre let three points slip away in injury time when Matías Giménez missed a penalty kick.

Argentinos Juniors 2-1 Lanús

ARJ: Ignacio Canuto (10′), Pablo Hauche (48′)

LAN: Diego Lagos (44′)

Tigre 1-1 Newell’s Old Boys

TIG: Carlos Luna (5′)

NEW: Diego Armani (86′)

Godoy Cruz 2-2 Gimnasia (J)

GC: Víctor Figueroa (35′, 78′)

GIJ: Cristian Leiva (7’og), Mauricio Ferradas (57′)

Colón 1-1 Arsenal

COL: Franco Jara (44′)

ARS: Matías Oyola (66′)

Banfield 0-0 San Martín

Independiente 2-1 Huracán

IND: Federico Mancuello (11′), Daniel Montenegro (13′)

HUR:  Matías De Federico (9′)

San Lorenzo 0-1 Vélez Sarsfield

VEL: Hernán López (40′)

Rosario Central 0-1 Racing

RAC: Sosa (72′)

Estudiantes 1-0 Boca Juniors

EST: Fernández (43′)

River Plate 2-2 Gimnasia (LP)
RIV: Mauro Díaz (54′), Diego Barrado (67′)
GLP: Roberto Sosa (35′), Juan Cuevas (69′)