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Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 09:11

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Liga MX Wrap: Morelia go top, Leon keep pressure on

Morelia bounced back from their second defeat of the season with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Pachuca to go top on Saturday.

The Liga MX table-toppers, who were beaten by the in-form America 3-1 last week but have replaced them at the summit now, raced out of the blocks to secure a three-goal lead within the opening 19 minutes.

Enrique Perez put the hosts ahead after nine minutes, with Hector Mancilla and Jose Cardenas completing the early blitz.

Pachuca, now winless in nine matches in all competitions, reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time through Duvier Riascos, but Edgar Andrade´s effort put the game beyond reach midway through the second half.…nCCBrw3wJzA

Leon refused to give Carlos Bustos´ men any breathing space at the top, though, picking up a 2-0 win on the road against Santos Laguna.

Mauro Boselli netted his fifth goal of the campaign five minutes before the break and Matias Britos´ late strike extended Leon´s unbeaten start, which now stretches to eight matches.…w3K2qREeVaY

Cruz Azul, who would have stayed joint top with a win, lost ground as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Queretaro.

The visitors, who have now kept three clean sheets on the bounce, led through Esteban Paredes´ early penalty and Luis Lorona wrapped up the points before the interval.…PoY_cbIJvCg

Cristian Martinez Borja´s last-gasp goal spared Leiton Jimenez´s blushes as Veracruz drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL.

Jimenez´s own goal had threatened to condemn Veracruz to a second consecutive defeat until Martinez levelled matters in the last minute.…PoY_cbIJvCg

On Sunday, Monterrey and Atlas each had a man sent off as they shared a goalless draw.

Severo Meza was given his marching orders for the hosts after an hour, but Facundo Adrian´s dismissal for Atlas evened things out 17 minutes later.

It is the fifth time that the visitors have drawn this season and they remain without a win in Liga MX.

Chiapas´ eventful campaign continued as they came from behind to beat Tijuana 3-1 at home, with both sides finishing with 10 men.

The hosts´ eight games this season have seen 28 goals, six of which have come in the last five minutes, with four coming from the penalty spot.

There was drama from the off against Tijuana, Javier Gandolfi seeing red after three minutes before the 10-man visitors took the lead through Javier Guemez.

Lucas Viatri drew the home side level after 43 minutes and Mauricio Romero put them ahead midway through the second half before being dismissed himself.

But in the dying moments, Martin Zuniga added the third.…PoY_cbIJvCg

Rock-bottom Atlante are still looking for their first win after they were beaten 1-0 by Puebla, Matias Gustavo´s goal earning the visitors the points.…PoY_cbIJvCg

Guadalajara and Toluca played out a 0-0 draw.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 09:13

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Venezuela Primera Division Wrap: Naboyan inspires Mineros de Guayana

A hat-trick to Zamir Valoyes Naboyan has fired Mineros de Guayana to a 3-0 win over Estudiantes de Merida in the Venezuela Primera Division.

Richard Paez´s Mineros have three wins from as many matches in the infancy of the Venezuelan top-flight season, which leaves them third on the table and with a game in hand.

Leaders Zamora FC failed to win for the first time this term, held to a 1-1 draw on the road to Tucanes De Amazonas.

A fast-starting Caracas are second after a 2-1 win at Atletico El Vigia, scoring in the first and 53rd minutes to earn their third win of the season.

Atletico Venezuela blotted their perfect season, losing 2-1 at home to Deportivo Anzoategui - with the latter coming from behind to pinch victory in the 89th minute when Jhonny Jose Gonzalez struck.

Aragua FC and Zulia FC both broke their winning duck this season with respective 2-0 away wins at Llaneros de Guanare and Carabobo FC.

Deportivo Petare conceded late to slip to a 1-1 draw with Yaracuyanos - the latter´s first point of the season.

CD Lara are mid-table after edging Deportivo Tachira 1-0 courtesy of an Aquiles Ocanto strike, while Trujillanos and Deportivo La Guaira played out a 2-2 draw.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 09:20

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Chile Primera Division Wrap: Universidad Catolica, Cobreloa stay unbeaten

Universidad Catolica sit top of the Chile Primera Division after a 3-0 home win over Cobresal on Saturday.

The first half ended scoreless at the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, however, Martin Lasarte´s Catolica broke the game open when Jose Munoz was on target five minutes after the interval.

Quick-fire goals from Ismael Sosa (69th minute) and Nicolas Castillo (73rd) then iced the points for the home side, who sit top of the table with 14 points from six matches.

Cobreloa sit second and are the only other unbeaten team so far this season after a 2-1 home win over Rangers.

Gaston Lezcano broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute, after Jonathan Chaves´ penalty for Cobreloa was cancelled out by a strike from Rangers´ Pablo Vegetti.

O´Higgins fall to fourth spot, after a 1-0 home loss to Palestino, with Universidad de Chile climbing above them on goal difference courtesy of their 2-2 home draw with Santiago Wanderers.

Union Espanola won their second match of the term, accruing a 2-0 win away at Colo Colo, while Deportes Iquique were held to a 1-1 stalemate at home to Huachipato.

Universidad de Concepcion earned a point at the death, equalising in the fifth minute of injury time via Jose Luiz Jimenez for a 2-2 stalemate against Nublense.

Antofagasta got the jump on Everton with an early goal and consolidated for a 2-0 victory, while Union La Calera were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Audax Italiano.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Indigente Cheto - "Uruguay Rusia Egipto Arabia Saudita. Tenemos mas chances de un atentado que de quedar eliminados"
Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 09:29

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Uruguay Primera Division Wrap: River Plate win eight-goal thriller

River Plate made it two wins from two this Uruguay Primera Division season, with a 5-3 victory away at Cerro on Sunday.

Last season´s fourth-placed side opened their campaign with a 4-2 victory, and there were even more goals on show at the Estadio Luis Troccoli.

River Plate took the lead on 26 minutes when Cristian Techera was on target, but Cerro were ahead at the interval courtesy of goals to Hugo Silveira and Hector Acuna.

Sebastian Taborda swung the momentum back in River Plate´s favour after the break, equalising in the 50th minute before converting a spot-kick eight minutes later to put Guillermo Almada´s men back in front.

Michael Santos doubled the visitors´ advantage with his first league goal of the campaign, following on from his good form in the Copa Sudamericana which has seen him on target twice already this term.

Acuna´s second goal - from the spot - made for an entertaining finish, but Diego Casas scored River Plate´s fifth to seal the three points.

River Plate sit in fifth but have a game in hand on most of their rivals, with El Tanque Stanley and Nacional topping the table having won three out of three.

El Tanque Stanley claimed a 2-0 win away at Miramar Misiones with Juan Marcarie and Jonathan Iglesias the goalscorers for the league leaders.

Nacional - second only by one goal in differential - had a comfortable 3-1 home win over Sud America.

Richard Porta netted a brace for Nacional, after Ivan Alonso opened the scoring - with Adrian Argacha earning a late consolation for the visitors.

Danubio are unbeaten in third place on seven points, after a 2-1 comeback win away at Liverpool on Saturday.

Rodrigo Aguirre put Liverpool ahead on nine minutes, but Ignacio Gonzalez and Emiliano Velazquez scored late in the first half to put Danubio in front for good.

Racing are fourth after back-to-back wins, most recently chalking up a 2-0 road win at Fenix.

Juventud de Las Piedras earned their first points of the new season, with a 3-1 home victory over Defensor Sporting.

Sporting were looking the goods when Nicolas Olivera netted a penalty on the half-hour mark to have the visitors ahead at the interval.

But Juventud came home with a flourish, as Jaime Baez, Emiliano Romero and Dario Flores all got on the scoresheet - the club´s first goals for the campaign.

Rentistas similarly got their points and goals tally off the mark with a 3-2 victory away at Penarol, with Guillermo Maidana scoring a match-winning brace.

Cerro Largo have kicked off their season with consecutive draws, after being held at home to Wanderers 1-1.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Indigente Cheto - "Uruguay Rusia Egipto Arabia Saudita. Tenemos mas chances de un atentado que de quedar eliminados"
Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 11:11

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Panama - 8 runde

Tauro og San Francisco fortsætter parløbet i toppen af rækken efter weekendens kampe. Begge hold registrerede 1-0 sejre over henholdsvis Sporting San Miguelito og Alianza.

De sidste 2 playoffpladser indehaves nu af Chepo og Independiente som ude besejrede Plaza Amador (2-1) og Arabe Unido (2-0)

Honduras- 5 Runde

Sæsonens 2 clasico-weekenden, så Olimpia besejre ærkerivalerne fra Motagua hjemme på Estadio Tuburcio Carías Andino i Tegucigalpa med 2-1 Junior Izaguirre (selvmål) og Carlos Mejia med målene for hjemmeholdet.…YmkoJ7kcR-U

I San Pedro Sula var der ligeledes Clasico - mellem eal España og Marathon , 1-1 blev resultatet - uruguayanske Jonathan Techera med målet for gæsterne og unge Diego Rodriguez med målet for La Realeza…4SxzBoceyOg

Parrillas One skabte en kæmpe overraskelse da de på mål af Luis Guzman ude besejrede Real Sociedad med 1-0.…Q9AxpnJTb3g

1-0 blev ogsÃ¥ resultatet Victoria og Platense - takket være Victor Ortiz´ straffesparksscoring kort før tid.…Q9AxpnJTb3g

Endelig spillede Deportes Savio og VIDA 1-1 i Copan.…Q9AxpnJTb3g

El Salvador - 6 runde

FAS se puede ! - på en doblete af Alexander Larin og en enkelt pind af den colombianske midtbanekollega Jefferson Viveros besejrer FAS Alianza i El Clasico Nacional- med sejrer topper FAS rækken da det hverken lykkedes for At Atletico Marte eller Isidro Metapan at vinde deres kampe.…l4GzsOwqDsw

El conjunto Marciano måtte nøjes med 1-1 hjemme mod Santa Tecla og los calerosmåtte takke deres panamansk hitman Nicolas Muñoz for 4-4 ude mod Independiente.…l4GzsOwqDsw…l4GzsOwqDsw

andetsteds oprykkerne fra Dragon fik 1-1 mod Firpo og overlader dermed jumbopladsen til Aguila som tabte 1-2 til UES…RneilH348ig…l4GzsOwqDsw

Guatemala- 5 runde

Comunicaciones øger sit forspring i toppen af rækken med 2-0 sejr over Marquense på mål af Brayan Ordóñez og uruguyanske Paolo Suarez (Yup det er korrekt gættet kannibalens bror spiller også fodbold).

De nærmeste forfølgere fra Municipal fik kun 0-0 ude mod Mictlan, men Suchitepequez avancerede til tredjepladsen med en 2-0 sejr ude over Halcones bl.a på mål af "Pampas" Hansen.

Begge oprykkere tabte igen igen Iztapa til Malacateco 0-1 og Coatepeque 1-2 til USAC.

og endelig Heredia´s angriber Osmar López stod for rundens performance da han nettede 3 gange i los jaguares 4-3 sejr over Xelajú

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Indigente Cheto - "Uruguay Rusia Egipto Arabia Saudita. Tenemos mas chances de un atentado que de quedar eliminados"

Dette indlæg er blevet rettet 2. sep. 2013 12:04 af Deportivo FAS
Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 12:06

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Costa Rica Primera Division Wrap: Saprissa extend lead as rivals falter

Leaders Deportivo Saprissa extended their lead in the Costa Rica Primera Division with a convincing 4-1 win over Uruguay on Sunday.

Johan Condega´s equaliser after Manfred Russell´s opener was only the fifth goal Saprissa have conceded all season.

But Diego Estrada put Ronald Gonzalez Brenes´ men back in front with a quickfire double after the interval, before the league´s joint top goalscorer Mynoe Escoe capped off the win four minutes from time.

Saprissa were the only side in the top four to take all three points, with second-placed Puntarenas dropping points at Cartagines.

Ronald Chavez´s side could only draw 1-1 thanks to two own goals in either half at the Estadio Jose Rafael Fello Meza.

Bryan Sanchez put the ball into his own net after 26 minutes to give the hosts the lead, before Danny Fonseca did the same at the opposite end 20 minutes from time.

Herediano were beaten at Alajuelense in Monday´s only game thanks to a Kenneth Garcia goal in the 74th minute, while Carmelita were held to a goalless draw by UCR in San Jose.

Bottom side Limon´s wait for a win goes on as they were beaten 3-1 by Perez Zeledon, despite taking an early lead through Andrey Francis.

The Costa Rican scored from the spot after eight minutes, but an Armando Polo brace and an Armanda Contreras goal condemned Limon to their third defeat in four games.

Belen Siglo XXI are also without a win but will be pleased with their second-half fightback against Santos de Guapiles.

The visitors were 2-0 down after 19 minutes but two goals in the last 22 minutes from Cristian Carrillo and Ricardo Blanco earned Vinicio Alvarado´s men a point.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Indigente Cheto - "Uruguay Rusia Egipto Arabia Saudita. Tenemos mas chances de un atentado que de quedar eliminados"

Dette indlæg er blevet rettet 2. sep. 2013 12:07 af Deportivo FAS
Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 12:20

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Peru Primera Division Wrap: Group leaders held

Both Peru Primera Division second phase group leaders were held to draws at the weekend.

Group A pacesetters Real Garcilaso fought back twice to earn a 2-2 home draw against third-placed Alianza Lima.

Victor Ferreira completed a brace with a 90th-minute equaliser to spare the blushes of Freddy Garcia´s men, after Lima had taken the lead in the 55th minute and again on 70 minutes.

Elsewhere in the group, Sporting Cristal earned a 1-0 victory at home to Sport Huancayo, while bottom place Union Comercio moved within five points of safety with a 2-1 win at home to Cesar Vallejo.

Group B leaders Universitario had an early lead wiped out in their home fixture, as they were kept to a 1-1 draw with Cienciano.

Christopher Gonzales scored in the third minute for Universitario, but a Ramon Rodriguez penalty on 20 minutes earned a point for fifth-placed Cienciano.

Cellar-dwellers Jose Galvez overcame a rollercoaster start to their battle with second side UTC Cajamarca to post a 2-1 win.

After going ahead in the second minute, Jose Galvez´s celebrations were tempered by Cesar Doy´s dismissal a minute later.

UTC were level on 51 minutes, but 10-man Jose Galvez earned a penalty - converted by Sergio Almiron on 69 minutes - to give the home side a lead they would hold on to.

Universidad San Martin enjoyed a 1-0 win over Leon de Huanuco, and Inti Gas came from behind against Juan Aurich to record a 2-1 triumph.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

Indigente Cheto - "Uruguay Rusia Egipto Arabia Saudita. Tenemos mas chances de un atentado que de quedar eliminados"
Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 12:29

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Sabella citó a Gago y a Maxi

BUENOS AIRES -- Los mediocampistas Fernando Gago y Rodrigo Braña son dos de los cinco futbolistas del medio local que el seleccionador argentino Alejandro Sabella convocó esta noche para que se sumen al plantel que visitará a los paraguayos en Asunción, en un partido en el que matemáticamente se puede asegurar la clasificación para el Mundial de Brasil 2014.

Además de Gago (Boca Juniors) y Braña (Quilmes), Sabella citó al arquero Agustín Orion (Boca Juniors), al defensor Sebastián Domínguez Vélez Sarsfield) y al volante Maximiliano Rodríguez (Newell´s Old Boys).

De todos modos, se advirtió que se deja abierta la posibilidad de ampliar este listado durante el transcurso de este lunes.

El martes 10 de setiembre en el Estadio de los Defensores del Chaco el equipo de la AFA buscará garantizar su boleto para la próxima Copa del Mundo, pero en la ocasión deberá soportar varias bajas por cuestiones de tarjetas o lesión.

Por suspensión faltarán los marcadores centrales Federico Fernández (Napoli, Italia) y Ezequiel Garay (Benfica, Portugal) y lo mismo ocurrirá con el mediocampista Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, España) y el goleador Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli, Italia).

En cuanto a problemas físicos, quien se ausentará será el defensor Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisboa, Portugal).

Según informó este domingo oficialmente Sporting de Lisboa, el ex futbolista de Estudiantes de La Plata tiene "una luxación acromio-clavicular de grado 2 en el brazo izquierdo" que le imposibilitará jugar en la capital paraguaya.

En su sitio web, el club portugués sostuvo que Rojo viajará de todas formas hacia Argentina para integrarse al plantel albiceleste, aunque con la certeza de que no podrá jugar el próximo partido.

A partir de este lunes los jugadores argentinos radicados en el exterior comenzarán a arribar al país tras sus respectivos compromisos en el fútbol europeo.

De momento, los elegidos por Sabella para el cotejo ante los guaraníes son: Sergio Romero (Mónaco, Francia), Mariano Andújar (Catania, Italia), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, Inglaterra), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter de Milán, Italia), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United, Inglaterra), Rojo (Sporting Lisboa, Portugal), José Basanta (Monterrey, México), Cristian Ansaldi (Zenit, Rusia), Ever Banega (Valencia, España), Lucas Biglia (Lazio, Italia), Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo, España), Angel Di María (Real Madrid, España), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter de Milán, Italia), Erik Lamela (Tottenham, Inglaterra), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, España), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, Inglaterra), Ezequiel Lavezzi (París Saint Germain, Francia) y Rodrigo Palacio (Inter de Milán, Italia).

Según informa AFA, el martes a las 10 será el primer entrenamiento del conjunto argentino en el predio que esa entidad tiene en Ezeiza.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo

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2. sep. 2013 12:38

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Fandme lækkert at San Lorenzo vandt over River Plate i den argentinske apertura. Kampens enlige mål kan ses her:

Nu skal San Lorenzo også lige sende River Plate ud af Copa Sudamericana, så har det været en fantastisk uge.
S.S.C. Napoli
San Lorenzo De Almagro
F.C. København
Deportivo FAS
2. sep. 2013 12:47

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Each year from 1963 to 1980 at least one Argentine team contested the final of the Copa Libertadores. At no time was the Argentine stranglehold on the competition more evident than the golden years of Independiente from 1972 to 1975. In the same way, arguably, no one player has made as profound an impact on the competition (before or after) as El Bocha, Ricardo Bochini.

Outside Independiente’s newly renovated home Estadio de los Libertadores de America a street carries the name of the great man. As we speak they are working on the Bochini Stand at the stadium, in between worrying about the ignominy of life outside the top flight for the first time in their history.

The man they knew as el duende rojo was every inch an unlikely hero. Jorge Valdano, stumbling for an appropriate phrase to describe such a unique talent, famously described him as ‘Woody Allen playing football’. Bochini certainly wasn’t the most athletic specimen to grace a football pitch, nor was he the fastest of players. Clearly his strength lay in his cerebral brilliance in the middle of the park measuring inch perfect slide rule passes into the front men, and slaloming gracefully past players as if they weren’t there.

Whilst the legend of El Bocha is, alas, largely unknown outside Argentina, you would be hard pressed to find an Independiente fan, or indeed any reasonable minded Argentine fan, who would exclude the influential enganche from the canon of Argentina’s all-time greats.

Bochini was a one club man who achieved all he could dream of and more besides in two glorious decades with one of Argentina’s proudest clubs. His pomp, clearly, was in the early 70s, when Independiente swept all before them in the years of Argentine dominance.

As many Argentines would tell you, particularly those from Avellaneda, Independiente were the first Argentine team to really make their mark on the competition, and remain the one club that is truly defined by its Libertadores success. Boca were beaten finalists in 1963, failing to shackle the genius of Pelé and Coutinho. Independiente would go one better a year later.

They ended the two-year reign of the Santos of Pelé and Coutinho, knocking them out in the Semi-Final stage before defeating Montevideo’s Nacional in the final. They went on to retain it the following year against Nacional’s great city rivals Peñarol, and in doing so, opened the way for the exploits of Avellaneda rivals Racing Club and the provincial world conquerors Estudiantes La Plata later in the decade.

Indeed, under the highly controversial leadership of Osvaldo Zubeldia, employing a maddening mix of legal and illegal destructive tactics to thwart their opponents (that would soon be labelled ‘anti-futbol’),

Estudiantes de La Plata won an incredible hat-trick of Libertadores victories and an Intercontinental Cup victory over Manchester United at the end of the 1970s.

As with the ‘Dirty Leeds’ side of the 70s in England, the collective memory of media coverage has perhaps done a disservice to a team not lacking in merit, but there is little doubt they were not averse to the uglier side of the game.

Though Independiente’s breakthrough victories (worthy of a post in their own right) came in the sixties, their zenith was clearly their four consecutive victories in the 1970s. It seems inevitable that one day Boca Juniors will better Independiente’s record seven Libertadores victories; the one record that may elude them for some time is that of winning four consecutive Libertadores trophies (or even Estudiantes three for that matter). Of all the truly emblematic Copa Libertadores teams, Independiente are also the only one that has never lost a final, triumphing seven times without defeat.

From an Anglo-speaking world perspective, it may seem reasonable, especially with Alex Ferguson’s retirement fresh in the mind, to ask which manager led the Independiente dynasty of remarkable triumphs over the rest of the continent. In reality, much like Real Madrid’s triumphs in the early years of the European Cup, there was no Fergiesque dynasty of continuity to explain the team’s success. Independiente’s South American consecutive champion-winning sides, incredibly, were managed by three different men.

There achievements are all the more impressive when you consider that the lack of stability on the field was matched by political instability as a period of military dictatorship was met with growing unrest by the urban proletariat who yearned for that very Argentine panacea: a return to Peronism. A conflictive atmosphere reigned as successive military dictatorships came and went. The success of Independiente provided a release valve in a highly charged (and disturbingly increasingly violent) society

The first of Independiente’s four consecutive Libertadores came in 1972, when Pedro Dellacha oversaw a narrow 2-1 victory over surprise package Universitario of Peru (who had made the final at the expense of much fancied Peñarol and Nacional). Eduardo Maglioni scored a crucial double in the return game in Avellaneda after a tense stalemate in Lima. A year later the same player would bag a record-winning hat-trick in one minute and fifty one seconds on the third week of the Torneo Metropolitano against Gimnasia La Plata.

In the intercontinental games against the champions of Europe, Los Diablos Rojos went on to draw with the imperious Ajax of Cruyff, Neeskens and Keizer, before finally succumbing to genius as a young Johnny Rep came off the bench to bag a brace in a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of a spellbound crowd at Amsterdam’s Olympic Arena.

As popular unrest grew the following year (1973) populist ex-President Juan Perón saw his opportunity to return from exile in Spain, though he was technically barred from participating in the election, which the military had begrudgingly allowed, to find a new president. He returned to a complex panorama of left and right-wing Peronists jostling for power within the movement.

The complex but characteristically Latin American cult-of-personality that he (and his wife) had spawned saw thousands of Argentines of diverse political persuasions gather at Ezeiza airport to greet his return.

Unfortunately camouflaged right-wing factions of the Peronist movement opened fire on Montoneros (left-wing Peronists) and members of the Peronist youth leaving an unknown number dead, in an incident that as yet has not been fully investigated.

The premeditated attack proved effective in de-stabilising the moderate left-wing administration of recently elected Héctor Cámpora, who had recently taken power. So just eleven days after a CIA-supported coup had ousted elected left-wing leader Salvador Allende in neighbouring Chile, a new set of elections would have to be held after foul-play in Argentina.

The tragedy was symptomatic of a dark period in Argentine history, which ironically coincided with some of the country’s finest moments on the football field. A nationalistic inward-looking mentality prevailed, making Argentina a hostile place to visit for opposing teams.

Amidst the off-field turbulence, Independiente regrouped and thrived to retain the Libertadores trophy the following year.

In order to do so they would first meet a side from Chile, which was also deeply divided by the highly controversial Pinochet coup. The series of three games put on by the two sides produced one of the most memorable and tense finals in Libertadores history. In the days before the now ubiquitous penalty shoot-out was viewed as a necessary evil to decide drawn games, Independiente finally saw off a spirited Colo Colo outfit in a play-off game, played in neutral Montevideo after two fiercely contested games watched by volatile crowds in Argentina and Chile failed to separate the sides.

Independiente, then, would represent the continent against Europe’s finest once again. This Intercontinental Cup Final game provided the moment that the team is most remembered for on both sides of the Atlantic. La Roja came up against European runners-up Juventus. Ajax, the champions of Europe, had pulled out citing economic difficulties, which some believe were a pretext for their distaste for both the brusqueness of the Argentine football and the political situation within the country. This would be a precursor for Johan Cruyff’s non-participation in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, as the political situation spiralled out of control.

Star players Ricardo Bochini and Daniel Bertoni expertly exchanged three one-twos which left the experienced Italian defenders standing before Bochini, slotted away the goal that saw Independiente crowned champions of the world for the first time. Independiente triumphed narrowly by a goal to nil, leaving Rome’s Olympic Stadium in shock. The Argentine press christened the goal ‘la pared que cautivó al mundo (the one-two that captivated the world) and the orchestrators of the goal ensured their place in history.

Such was the esteem in which el duende rojo (the red elf) was (and still is) held in Argentina, a precise and incisive through ball has come to be known as a ‘pase bochinesco’ (a Bochini-pass), and no less than Boca Juniors diehard Diego Maradona gushes with admiration in his autobiography yo soy El Diego:

‘En aquel tiempo, mientras me iba formando como jugador, estaba enamorado de Bochini. Me enamoré terriblemente y confieso que era de Independiente en la Copa Libertadores, a principios de los setenta, ¡Bochini me sedujo tanto! Bochini. y Bertoni. Las paredes que tiraban Bochini y Bertoni eran una cosa que me quedó tan grabada que yo las elegiría como las jugadas maestras de la historia del fútbol.’ (Back then, in my formative years as a player, I was in love with Bochini, and I confess I was an Independiente fan when they played in the Libertadores, at the beginning of the seventies, Bochini(‘s style) seduced me! The one-twos that Bochini and Bertoni played stuck in my mind, and I’d put them amongst the greatest pieces of play in the game’.

El Bocha’s foil right-winger Bertoni went on the shine in Cesar Luis Menotti’s cavalier crowd-pleasing 1978 World Champions scoring the third goal against Holland in the final to ensure Argentina’s first World Cup triumph at River Plates’s Estadio Monumental.

Bochini, on the other hand, along with a young Diego Maradona were surprisingly overlooked. For that reason, years later when Bochini was finally given his chance in the dying minutes of 1986 World Cup Semi Final against Belgium, Maradona remembered his idol’s 1978 torment and warmly welcomed him onto the field ‘Maestro, lo estábamos esperando’ (Teacher, we were waiting for you). When a Boca fan as partisan as Maradona recognises a player from a rival team, it is with good reason.

Bochini, however, when questioned about the 1986 triumph told El Gráfico that he hardly felt like a champion of the world for the following reason:

Porque jugué tan pocos minutos que no puedo sentirme campeón. Eso lo deben sentir los muchachos que jugaron casi todos los partidos y que realmente hicieron méritos para lograr el título. Yo estoy acostumbrado a los torneos que ganamos con Independiente, donde sí tuve una participación más decisiva (because I played so few minutes that I cannot feel like a champion. That is what the players who played almost all the games must feel and really they deserve it. I am used to the titles that I won with Independiente, in which I did participate decisively).

Mutual admiration and respect has always existed between Maradona and Bochini, but in the eyes of Independiente’s fans, their longest serving player will always be the most special. Julio el Gran Diablo, a famous Independiente fan sums up the differences between student and teacher in the following statement: ‘Maradona es un solista, Bochini un director de orquesta’ (Maradona is a soloist, Bochini an orquestra director’.)

The frontman of Argentine rock-band Bersuit Vergarabat (catchy name? they are good honestly) likens Bochini’s nimble style to that of a dancer and assured El Grafico that: ‘Bochini es un verbo para mí, bochinear es pensar antes que los demás. No hubo un tipo en el mundo con esa velocidad mental.’ (Bochini is a verb for me, bochinear is to think before everyone else. There’s never been anyone in this world with his mental speed). He goes on to add that Javier Pastore knows how to bochinear at times. High praise indeed.

Argentine football has always been subject to crude dichotomisation between its artistic, aesthetic side and its uglier more pragmatic characteristics, between the same amateur spirit that prizes entertaining the masses over the win at all costs mentality. Argentina’s two World Cup winning coaches achieved their great successes playing the game in the way they saw fit, and in doing so provided the framework for the Menottismo and Bilardismo, once again carrying the names of those who supposedly personify a distinct ideology worthy of being followed by the masses.

In his own words in a 1994 interview, el bocha clearly positioned himself in the Menottisti camp (see my other post Futebol Arte vs Futebol Força: The Great Latin American Football Debate), to his eternal credit showing no bitterness towards the man who overlooked him for the 1978 World Cup. Considering the historical style of Argentine football and the style of the great Independiente sides, it is perhaps inevitable that Bochini, ever the purist, laments the shift towards pragmatism:

‘Argentina siempre se adhirió al jugador de toque y de gambeta, por eso la gente tuvo como ídolos a los jugadores de esa calidad. Eso se está perdiendo ahora porque el periodismo hace que la gente joven se conforme con un resultado y aunque el equipo juegue mal (Argentina always developed the short, sharp passer who could dribble, that is why people here have so many idols of such quality. That is being lost now, as journalism makes people believe that the result is all-important, even if the team plays badly.)

This kind of thinking, in some quarters, is increasingly seen as antiquated, mawkish or unrealistic, as the pragmatism of Bilardismo is evident in many of the games great coaches like Mourinho, and in many of the young breed of Argentine coaches like Simeone. Argentine writer Roman Iucht, however, sets about the considerable task of examining ‘el ultimo romantico’ (the last romantic) in a fascinating biography of Marcelo Bielsa.

It has to be said of course, that Bielsa has a number of disciples operating in the game now, and that the classic Argentine style has had a profound influence on no less than Pep Guardiola, who looks to continue where he left off with Barcelona on his new adventure in Bavaria.

Returning to the exploits of Los Diablos Rojos of Avellaneda, the team continued from the Juventus triumph under Roberto Ferreiro, again reaching the final in 1974, defeating São Paulo. After a narrow defeat Independiente forced another play-off game after victory after winning at their Avellaneda fortress.

This time, the play-off game was played in Chile, against the backdrop of the infamous Pinochet coup the year before. In Santiago’s national stadium, Uruguayan left-back Ricardo ‘El Chivo’ Pavoni netted the only goal, to seal a third consecutive Libertadores triumph.

The popular Uruguayan summed up the prevailing mood in the following statement: ‘En la década del 70, Independiente era más famoso aún que el Santos de Pelé. Nos reconocían en todos lados’ (In the 70s Independiente were even more famous than the Santos of Pelé, they recognised us everywhere.)

In 1975 Independiente once again faced a trip to Santiago’s National Stadium, to face Union Española, a game they lost, only to force yet another play-off with a comfortable victory in Buenos Aires. The historic 4th consecutive Libertadores was secured, once again on neutral territory in the hostile surroundings of Asunción’s Estadio Defensores del Chaco. Paraguayans have a long-running grievance with Argentines, dating back to a loss of territory in the Battle of the Triple Alliance in the 1800s. Daniel Bertoni and Ricardo Ruiz Moreno netted to silence a largely pro-Chilean crowd of 55,000 spectators.

Critics of Independiente’s golden period correctly point out that, as defending champions, la roja benefitted from the privilege of entering the Libertadores at the semi-final stage. It is certainly worthy of mention, but surely the criticism falls squarely at the door of football’s authorities rather than as any kind of denigration of the achievements of a great side.

Equally it would be difficult to argue that the current seeding systems used in many club and national competitions are anything other a transparent measure to protect commercial interests and ensure the participation of the big guns in the final rounds, guaranteeing high television audiences and all the lucrative spin-offs.

For good measure Independiente added narrow victories over Olimpia of Honduras (1973), Deportivo Municipal of Guatemala and finally Atletico Español of Mexico (1976) in the now defunct Copa Interamericana, a celebration of Inter-American solidarity that was brought to an abrupt end by being embarrassingly gate-crashed by a gringo victory in the shape of DC United in 1998.

Bochini would go on to finally win Argentine player of the year in 1983 and to star in Tokyo in the Intercontinental Cup final of 1984 against Joe Fagan’s Liverpool. By then under the stewardship of Pastoriza, the Independiente line-up would boast a number of International players including Giusti, Burrachaga and Pedro Monzón. Jose Percudani beat Bruce Grobelaar to notch the only goal of the game, winning another famous victory.

For reasons too numerous to name, one side triumphing year-on-year in this way seems a near impossibility in the modern game. Only maybe the Real Madrid of Puskas and Di Stefano have achieved a similar feat in European football, and in comparison to the modern day greats, even the imperious Barcelona of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi, with their tiki-taka possession-dominating, have never managed to retain the Champions League.

The Independiente of El Bocha, Bertoni and Pastoriza will always be fondly remembered in Avellaneda and beyond, and may always hold some small bragging rights over their big city rivals. They have had a pivotal role in the rich history in Argentine football, from Raimundo Orsi (one of the infamous oriundi), through to Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero’s debut in the Argentine top flight at the tender age of 15. They played ‘tiki-taka’ decades before some daft Spanish commentator coined the phrase, and even held the affections of an impressionable young shantytown dweller called Diego for a while.

Bochini goes some way to explaining his relative anonymity outside his homeland with the following statement made during an interview with Argentine television, ‘Si hubiera hecho en Boca lo que hice en Independiente, la popularidad hubiera sido el doble’ (If I’d done with Boca what I did with Independiente, my popularity would have been double.) Whilst there is a hint of hyperbole to the maestro’s statement, he articulates the frustrations of millions of Argentines tired of an ever increasingly Boca-centric view of national football, perhaps by extension of fans in other countries where mass media tends to focus on a couple of sides. Such is the all-consuming passion/media hype surrounding the Xeneizes, few would even notice that to this day the most successful side in the Libertadores remains the Red Devils of Avellaneda.
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