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May 2, 2015

Soccer-Ban on visiting fans no dampener for big Argentine derby

BUENOS AIRES, May 2 (Reuters) – River Plate’s trip to Boca Juniors on Sunday (2115 GMT) has all the usual ingredients of the “superclasico”, Argentina’s clash of giants, except for visiting fans.

The Argentine government banned visiting fans from all first division grounds last year in a bid to curb hooligan violence.

Apr 29, 2015

Boca’s Osvaldo set for derby feast against River

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Boca Juniors’ three clashes in 12 days with bitter rivals River Plate are a new challenge for Italy striker Dani Osvaldo in which his reputation for a short fuse may be sorely tested.

Osvaldo may have imagined one “superclasico” against River in the league when he joined Boca in January on a six-month loan from Southampton.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Boca’s Osvaldo set for derby feast against River

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – Boca Juniors’ three clashes in 12 days with bitter rivals River Plate are a new challenge for Italy striker Dani Osvaldo in which his reputation for a short fuse may be sorely tested.

Osvaldo may have imagined one “superclasico” against River in the league when he joined Boca in January on a six-month loan from Southampton.

Apr 21, 2015

Coach Hourcade sets Pumas on good World Cup tack

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina begin their World Cup countdown with a test match at home to the United States in Salta on Saturday knowing the Pumas will get their best ever preparation for rugby’s showcase tournament.

The picture was not so good, however, when coach Daniel Hourcade took charge 16 months ago of a team with internal divisions which had been highlighted in a crushing 73-13 defeat by South Africa in Johannesburg three months earlier.

Apr 21, 2015

Rugby-Coach Hourcade sets Pumas on good World Cup tack

BUENOS AIRES, April 21 (Reuters) – Argentina begin their World Cup countdown with a test match at home to the United States in Salta on Saturday knowing the Pumas will get their best ever preparation for rugby’s showcase tournament.

The picture was not so good, however, when coach Daniel Hourcade took charge 16 months ago of a team with internal divisions which had been highlighted in a crushing 73-13 defeat by South Africa in Johannesburg three months earlier.

Apr 20, 2015

Argentina losing hooliganism battle – Velez chief

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – A culture of football hooliganism has become entrenched in Argentina and there is no political will to eradicate it as there was in England, the president of one of Argentina’s top clubs told Reuters.

The violence of barras bravas, hooligan gangs, is a stain on Argentine football, causing hundreds of deaths and a present ban on away fans has failed to curb it.

Apr 20, 2015

Soccer-Argentina losing hooliganism battle – Velez chief

BUENOS AIRES, April 20 (Reuters) – A culture of soccer hooliganism has become entrenched in Argentina and there is no political will to eradicate it as there was in England, the president of one of Argentina’s top clubs told Reuters.

The violence of barras bravas, hooligan gangs, is a stain on Argentine football, causing hundreds of deaths and a present ban on away fans has failed to curb it.

Apr 20, 2015

Soccer-Boca, River level on points ahead of three clashes in May

BUENOS AIRES, April 20 (Reuters) – Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors were level on points at the top of the Argentine championship on Sunday ahead of their three “clasicos” in May including the two legs of their Libertadores Cup last 16 tie.

River beat Banfield 4-1 at El Monumental with a late brace from veteran striker Fernando Cavenaghi while Boca won 3-1 at Lanus after falling a goal behind in the opening minute.

Apr 16, 2015

River stay alive in Libertadores Cup, salvage pride

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – River Plate salvaged their Libertadores Cup dream with a 3-0 home win over San Jose of Bolivia and thanks to a 5-4 defeat for Peru’s Juan Aurich by Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday.

The Argentine giants, who had struggled through their group with four draws and a defeat, needed to win at a packed El Monumental to have any chance of going through.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-River stay alive in Libertadores Cup, salvage pride

BUENOS AIRES, April 15 (Reuters) – River Plate salvaged their Libertadores Cup dream with a 3-0 home win over San Jose of Bolivia and thanks to a 5-4 defeat for Peru’s Juan Aurich by Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday.

The Argentine giants, who had struggled through their group with four draws and a defeat, needed to win at a packed El Monumental to have any chance of going through.

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