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Chelsea linked Paulinho: New agent doesn´t mean European move

Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has insisted that his recent change of agent does not indicate that he is looking to move abroad, despite his new management´s well-known connections with Premier League giants Chelsea.

Paulinho, 24, is now represented by Giuliano Bertolucci, one of the biggest and most famous agents in Brazil. Known for his contacts in Europe, Bertolucci´s clients include Chelsea-owned trio Oscar, David Luiz and Lucas Piazon, as well as former-Blue Alex.

The Corinthians midfielder, though, insists that it will be he who ultimately decides his own fate.

"He is working in partnership with P√£o de A√ß√ļcar (owner of Audax-SP, who own 50% of Paulinho´s economic rights)," the player told Globo Esporte. "There is no interference for me at all. He is a great agent who has made big deals, but we are just working in partnership. It´s just to help me, not so I can leave Brazil.

"I have learned one thing: the player has the final word. So, if Giuliano or anyone brings me a proposal, I will have the final say.

"I have not received calls from anyone. In my career, everything has always happened naturally. I will stay here and play.

"If there is a proposal, I will be the first to come here and talk to you. However, my thought is to stay and achieve great success and give continuity to my work."

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon unveiled at Malaga

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has spoken of his excitement at his loan move to Spanish side Malaga, where he will spend the rest of the season.

Piazon, 19 next week, has arrived at the Spanish club as he looks to continue his development and will hope for greater exposure to first-team football than he was receiving in London.

He will join a Malaga side who currently lie sixth in La Liga, are still competing in the Copa del Rey and who will face FC Porto in the Last 16 of the Champions League, meaning there should be plenty of opportunity for first-team action.

“Malaga are enjoying a good moment," Lucas told the press ranks at his unveiling. "I have come to Malaga with a purpose because it is a great club and I was promised that it would be beneficial for me and here I will be very happy."

Regarding the frequent comparisons with Real Madrid star Kak√°, Lucas was happy to allow the talk to continue‚ÄĒalthough he has previously stated the differences in his game to that of the Brazil star.

“Comparisons with Kaka? It is normal because I played in the city of Sao Paulo and so did Kaka," he added. |The press always talk about me, they say I am the new Kaka or Robinho. For me, there’s nothing wrong in that."

It has been confirmed by Chelsea that Piazon´s loan does not include an option to buy, with the Brazilian expected to return to London this summer ahead of the 2013-14 season.

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Flamengo announce 3-year Peugeot sponsorship
Flamengo will be sponsored by car manufacturer Peugeot for the next three seasons, the club revealed on their official website on Thursday morning.

The agreed contract with the French car giant will be voted upon by the club´s directors next Tuesday, with further details to be announced at a press conference on Monday.

In just 15 days at the helm, the new president and board have secured a new season-long sponsor for Brazil´s best supported club‚ÄĒsomething that the previous board failed to achieve for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

That is a fact made even more remarkable by the club´s sale of star players Ronaldinho Ga√ļcho and Vagner Love in recent times, both of whom add significant value to the club as a marketing tool.

The news comes after a disappointing few days of news for Flamengo fans in which the club has been forced to sell, or look to move on, first-team players to balance finances.

Under previous president Patricia Amorím, the Rubro-Negro missed payments to players and creditors on several occasions, earning the club a reputation for poor financial management.

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Carlos Bianchi har sin startopstilling klar til El Superclasico

Bianchi ya decidió titulares vs. River

TANDIL -- Carlos Bianchi ya tiene a todos los titulares en forma para el primer supercl√°sico del a√Īo, el s√°bado pr√≥ximo en Mar del Plata, al entrenar hoy Walter Erviti y Pablo Ledesma a la par de sus compa√Īeros.

Ledesma, quien soportaba la molestia de una u√Īa encarnada, y Erviti, que suele sufrir fatigas musculares, hab√≠an realizado trabajos diferenciados el mi√©rcoles pero hoy trabajaron con normalidad.

Así, integrarán el equipo titular de Boca que enfrentará a River en el primer superclásico.

Boca alistará a Agustín Orión; Franco Sosa, Matías Caruzzo, Guillermo Burdisso y Clemente Rodríguez; Pablo Ledesma, Leandro Somoza y Walter Erviti; Leandro Paredes; Lautaro Acosta y Santiago Silva.

Si bien Bianchi dijo que era una "estupidez" jugar tres clásicos no oficiales en quince días, el técnico pondrá lo mejor para enfrentar a River, por lo cual queda en claro que nadie quiere regalarle nada al histórico adversario, aunque sea en partidos sin puntos en juego.

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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Vold og El Cl√°sico Rosarino h√łrer √•benbart ul√łseligt sammen.


Cl√°sico rosarino: sigue la violencia

ROSARIO -- Un negocio de un hincha y conductor de programa partidario de Central fue atacado con bombas molotov; en tanto que un hincha recibi√≥ un tiro en un pie en dos nuevos hechos de violencia de una secuencia que parece no tener fin, a tres d√≠as del cl√°sico del f√ļtbol local.

En horas de la noche una inmobiliaria de Gonzalo Lazzarini, conductor de Rosario, de Central, en el macrocentro rosarino, sufri√≥ un ataque con bombas molotov, supuestamente lanzadas por dos j√≥venes, seg√ļn habr√≠an dicho testigos del hecho.

Fuentes policiales se√Īalaron que el ataque a la inmobiliaria ubicada en Viamonte y Corrientes se produjo en momentos en que un corte de luz afectaba a toda esa zona y dos muchachos tiraron una molotov contra la persiana del local.

En declaraciones radiales, Lazzarini, quien comparte el negocio con su padre Rubén, aclaró que "nada tiene que ver mi participación en la política de Central". "Esto no es una interna, está relacionado con el clásico y nada tiene que ver con el folclore, esto es vandalismo", sostuvo Lazzarini.

El otro confuso episodio se dio en Iriondo al 300, en proximidades del Cruce Alberdi, en momentos en que tres hinchas canallas se encontraron con otros muchachos que realizaban pintadas en favor de Newell´s Old Boys. Uno de los integrantes de esos grupos result√≥ con un tiro en un pie.

Los hechos de violencia se est√°n dando de un d√≠a para el otro. Ya fueron atacados la subsede Brit√°nica y una dependencia de Central, y ayer fue el turno de la tienda oficial de Newell´s.

La organizadora de los partidos ya pagó el millón de pesos a los clubes para los dos amistosos, el del domingo en el Gigante de Arroyito y el del 27 en el Parque Independencia.

Tras el ataque a la tienda de Newell´s y los ataques a las sedes centralistas se decidi√≥ que ambos encuentros se jueguen sin p√ļblico visitante.

Asimismo, la jueza de instrucción Alejandra Rodenas, reconoció a la radio La Ocho que "El problema no es la cancha, sino las adyacencias y la ciudad. Y la ciudad está complicada".

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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J.A. Pizzi, preocupado por Coloccini

BUENOS AIRES -- El t√©cnico de San Lorenzo, Juan Antonio Pizzi, admiti√≥ hoy su preocupaci√≥n por la demora en la incorporaci√≥n del zaguero Fabricio Coloccini ante la necesidad de "reforzar" el √ļltimo sector de la defensa.

En tanto, ma√Īana San Lorenzo afrontar√° su primer amistoso del a√Īo, cuando enfrente desde las 22 a Juventud Unida Universitario en el estadio Juan Gilberto Funes, de la ciudad de La Punta, en San Luis.

"Me preocupa el tema Coloccini. A medida que se va acortando el tiempo, algunas ofertas de algunos jugadores que podíamos contratar si no llegaba él se empiezan a caer", dijo Pizzi en la conferencia de prensa que dio en el Bajo Flores.

Resaltó que "se va acortando el margen de espera" y si bien aclaró que no ponía fechas, sí que se "necesita reforzar cuanto antes esa posición".

Es que desde el principio Pizzi quiere reemplazar a Nicol√°s Bianchi Arce, quien se fue al Pescara de Italia.

Marcelo Lombilla, representante de Coloccini, se encuentra en Inglaterra intentando la salida del zaguero del Newcastle United.

El presidente del club azulgrana, Matías Lammens, adelantó que aguardará hasta el domingo o lunes la resolución del tema Coloccini. La alternativa, admitió el dirigente, es Mauro Cetto, del Palermo de Italia.

Admitió que hubo intentos de conseguir un delantero pero que por un motivo u otro no se dio. "Hemos buscado pero no hemos encontrado el jugador que satisfaga a todos los que estamos acá, sea por cuestiones deportivas o por temas económicos o porque los clubes no lo quieren ceder", apuntó.

En cuanto a los partidos amistosos cuya secuencia comenzar√° ma√Īana dijo que se enmarcan en el proceso de preparaci√≥n de pretemporada y que se repartir√°n minutos entre los jugadores.

Por caso, habr√° un mix ma√Īana ante Juventud Unidad Universitario, club que juega el torneo Argentino A.

Ma√Īana en San Luis formar√≠a con Pablo Migliore: Mat√≠as Catal√°n, Pablo Alvarado, Jos√© Luis Palomino, Walter Kannemann; Enzo Kalinski, Juan Mercier; Leandro Navarro, H√©ctor Villalba, Gonzalo Ver√≥n; Denis Straqualursi. Ser√°n 16 los jugadores que viajar√°n.

Los que quedan en Buenos Aires jugar√°n un amistoso ante San Telmo.

Luego de jugar en San Luis, el 21 estar√° en Salta para jugar con Juventud Antoniana, el 25 enfrentar√° a Sarmiento de Resistencia y el 1¬ļ de febrero con Estudiantes en el Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. Queda abierta la chance de un partido el 28 a√ļn sin rival.

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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THERE IS NO POWER LIKE HIM - THE (UPDATED) WILD WORLD OF RAM√ďN AGUIRRE SU√ĀREZ (PART ONE)

Mix one part footballer with one part heavyweight boxer; add a liberal dose of viciousness, a pinch of spitefulness and a splash of sheer remorselessness and you have the recipe for the wildest footballer who ever kicked a ball in anger. Ramón Aguirre Suárez might not be a familiar name to you, but this was a player whose career in Argentina and Spain twisted out of shape all preconceived ideas of what a hard man was all about.

His crimes against football were so extensive that we can´t do justice to them in a single article. This is part one of a two-part story, covering the early years of his career with the notorious Estudiantes de La Plata. Welcome to the Wild World of Ram√≥n Aguirre Su√°rez.

In decades past, high-profile hard men proliferated and roamed football pitches with malevolent scowls and malicious intent. At the top of the hard-man hierarchy was a distinct group of players whose notoriety had inspired menacing nicknames from imaginative journalists: ´Chopper,´ ´Bites Yer Legs,´ ´The Beast of Barcelona´ or ´The Butcher of Bilbao,´ were among some of the more lurid examples.

Such players usually revelled in their infamy and the implied threat their nicknames carried, yet, however deserving of their reputations they might have been, the top hatchet-men of the day were but mild models of restraint when compared with a certain Argentinian defender of Paraguayan descent. This particular player was unflatteringly nicknamed ´El Negro,´ because of his dark skin, and he was an exception to the rule. His benign nickname gave opponents no clue whatsoever to the horrors he had in store for them.

´El Negro´ was none other than the infamous Ram√≥n Aguirre Su√°rez. He is widely considered the wildest footballer the game has produced, his name still sending shivers down the spines and shins of the unfortunates who faced him during his infamous career with Estudiantes de La Plata and Granada. If opponents were not initially intimidated by his unthreatening nickname, he did earn a second one as his cartoonishly violent career developed. This one served as a much more apposite warning of what he represented - ´The Killer´.

Football in Argentina had undergone a sea change in the 1960s, a new breed of coach sweeping away the outdated methods that had seen the nation´s attractive, but fragile, game consistently undermined by poor tactical and physical preparation. The new approach was more European and based upon resolute principles of counter-attack, robust physicality and raw psychological warfare. Club sides saw this new arch-pragmatism yield competitive gains, both domestically and in the Copa de Libertadores - first Independiente, then Racing Club and ultimately an Estudiantes de La Plata side under coach Osvaldo Zubeld√≠a that took the concept to its most extreme limits.

Estudiantes was the first team to use calculated, controlled aggression as a tactical and psychological weapon against opponents. The result was all that mattered and the manner in which that result might be achieved was merely incidental detail. This atmosphere was to prove an unfortunately fertile one for a player as morally ambivalent as Ramón Aguirre Suárez to prosper in.

He was a graduate of the Estudiantes youth sections and, while not especially quick or mobile, Zubeldía saw in him a defender of raw power and presence. Aguirre Suárez emerged in 1966 and became a regular the following year in the defensively solid, well-drilled side that became the first provincial winner of an Argentinian championship in 36 years. That title was won despite a shocking disciplinary record - easily the worst in the division - with Aguirre Suárez the worst individual culprit. A feeble disciplinary system that typically fined, rather than suspended offenders meant there was little incentive for him to clean up his act. Even the fines had little impact; he had an agreement that the club paid them on his behalf.

He was revelling in the roving assassin role that Zubeld√≠a had given him and besides the kicks, elbows, gouges and head butts, there were the less obvious practices that were difficult for referees to spot. Aguirre Su√°rez regularly used the faux-benevolence tactic. This involved leaning over an opponent he had just felled as if enquiring after his wellbeing, then, with others distracted, poking him in the eye. He would often, apparently, politely, help an opponent back to his feet, yet he would grab his victim by the skin under his armpits as he did it. Try it yourself and see how painful that is. Another underhand tactic he was a keen exponent of was the ‚Äėpincharratas‚Äô - literally ´rat stabbers´ - involving the carrying of pins to jab into opponents at set pieces. And few players relished provoking opponents with taunts about dead mothers or sick children as much as ´El Negro´.

The title win brought a debut entry and surprise success in the Copa de Libertadores of 1968. Palmeiras of Brazil were defeated in the Final, but it was their semi-final games against holders and compatriots, Racing Club, that brought home to the South American public the full horror of the new order. Three violence-strewn matches produced eight dismissals and constant running battles all over the field. Aguirre Su√°rez was relishing the opportunity to extend his growing reputation beyond mere domestic competition. In the third and decisive match, he provoked a bench-emptying brawl by deliberately standing on the head of a prostrate opponent. Order was finally restored and Aguirre Su√°rez was sent off, yet, showing an habitual absence of contrition, he stood again on the head of the same, stricken player as he left the field. He was one of several players to be jailed for a month by Buenos Aires police chief Mario Fonseca under public order offences, and it was not to be the only jail time football would bring him.

Manchester United were the next victims as Estudiantes defeated them over two legs for the unofficial World Club Cup title. The games were typically violent, but Aguirre Su√°rez was atypically one of the lesser offenders; his resilient performance in keeping the English club at bay during the second leg at Old Trafford even drawing praise, admittedly qualified, from an English press otherwise scathing about the South Americans behaviour. Now a South American and World Club champion, the player was developing a reputation as a cult anti-hero: feared and loathed by his opponents, but earning some grudging respect for his undiluted fundamentalism on the pitch. Legendary Racing Club player Roberto Perfumo said in an interview at the time: "There is no power like him; he is like a caveman who fiercely defends his territory to the death".

After 1968´s great successes, Estudiantes struggled domestically the following year. Their limited counter-attacking game was finding goals hard to come by and, too often, increased violence was filling the void where form should have been. Matches against Boca Juniors and an ongoing vendetta with Racing Club were especially difficult for police and referees to handle. It was a worry for Zubeld√≠a; the Estudiantes ethos was based around controlled provocation, but Aguirre Su√°rez in particular was undermining it. He was rapidly becoming an uncontrollable Frankenstein´s monster, the footballing worth he had displayed at Old Trafford losing out to his relentless propensity for violence.

Retaining the Copa de Libertadores became vital for Estudiantes. The club was reliant upon the financial benefits that came with being continental champions, but with their domestic form ailing, winning it was now their only viable route to continuing entry. The benign format certainly helped: the holders gained a bye straight to the semi-finals and raised their game to defeat first Universidad Cat√≥lica, then Nacional in the Final. ´El Negro´ was to the fore again in the preparations for the lucrative World Club Cup Final games with Milan. A tetchy performance, leading to another dismissal for attacking the referee might have represented a typical Aguirre Su√°rez day at the office, but this particular incident came in a friendly match across the border in Brazil against Internacional. With delicious irony, it was a game organised by the Estudiantes president, Mariano Mangano, specifically to improve the club´s gutter reputation abroad. The referee was scathing: ‚ÄúI only let the game run to full-time in respect of the public who had spent good money to see the world champions. But this riff-raff were spoiling for a fight‚ÄĚ

Within weeks, the 1969 World Club Cup matches against Milan would see new depths of appalling behaviour plumbed by Aguirre Su√°rez and his teammates, alienating even the few remaining journalists who had continued to justify their methods. Heavily defeated 3-0 in the First Leg in Italy - a match in which watching Brazilian team manager Jo√£o Saldanha commented he would have sent off all 22 players within the first five minutes - Estudiantes took a spiteful revenge in the return game. After a half hour of constantly disrupted and foul-strewn football, Milan´s Gianni Rivera collected a through pass, left Aguirre Su√°rez clumsily lunging at thin air and rounded keeper Poletti to score.

Nothing good could come of making a notoriously intolerant individual like Aguirre Su√°rez look foolish, especially in a game that was now all but lost. Rivera´s fellow forward, Pierino Prati, was the first to suffer the fallout just minutes later, Aguirre Su√°rez catching him heavily on the thigh with his studs - for the second time - and putting him off on a stretcher. Prati got off relatively lightly compared to his teammate, the unfortunate Franco-Argentinian striker Nestor Combin. Aguirre Su√°rez became embroiled in a second half wrestling match with the Milan player and struck him with a frightening forearm smash. Combin was unconscious before he hit the ground, his cheekbone badly fractured and his nose broken. Doctors later suggested that he could have lost an eye and Combin needed extensive plastic surgery to repair the damage. Rivera was later to say that it was a contact more forceful than any he had seen from a heavyweight boxer.

Aguirre Su√°rez was dismissed after much argument, yet still managed to attack yet another Milan player before he left the pitch. Almost forgotten amidst the chaotic scenes was the rare goal he had scored, just before half time, that had put the home side ahead on the night. Watching the game on television, the furious Argentinian President, Juan Carlos Ongan√≠a, witnessed Manera and Poletti also sent off for the home side. He immediately ordered the arrest of all three: Manera was seized in the dressing room, but Poletti and Aguirre Su√°rez, still in full kit, ran away from the stadium before handing themselves in to police the following day. All three were jailed for a month in the notorious Villa Devoto prison for inciting disorder and causing injury. There were heavy football punishments too, in Aguirre Su√°rez´s case a thirty-match club and five-year international ban. Twelve months earlier he had been received at the Presidential Palace as an all-conquering hero, now he was languishing in jail as a common criminal.

´El Negro´ had to watch from the sidelines as Estudiantes and their suspension-decimated squad endured a difficult 1970 season. Domestic form was still poor and they remained an unpleasant and quarrelsome side, but they did retain the Copa de Libertadores for a third successive year. This time they benefitted from Brazilian sides being absent while Pe√Īarol, their opponents in the Final, had eight of their players unavailable as they were in national team training for the forthcoming World Cup. Feyenoord thoroughly outplayed Estudiantes in a roughhouse World Club Cup Final, just as Milan had the previous season.

An off-the-pace Aguirre Su√°rez was back for the 1971 season, but he could do little to arrest the decline as the malign Estudiantes era drifted to a close. The iron grip they had exerted over South America´s premier club competition was ended in the Final by a Nacional Montevideo side that successfully aped their opponent´s brutal style. Aguirre Su√°rez could do little as he was thoroughly eclipsed by a younger, fresher and more talented version of himself - Nacional´s skilled, but vicious defensive midfielder Julio Montero Castillo.

Defeat spelled collapse for the club. President Mangano killed himself with a bullet to the head, leaving a widow, two daughters and a club several million dollars in debt. Zubeldía had moved on, several players had retired and most of the high earners were shipped out to clubs in Argentina or Mexico for nominal fees.

There was not expected to be transfer interest in Aguirre Suárez though - this, after all, was the player who had left an indelible stain on the Argentinian game in his role of malevolent poster boy for the ultimate anti-establishment club. With the domestic game opening up under a new generation of attack-minded coaches like Menotti, Ramón Aguirre Suárez now represented little more than a discredited relic of a best-forgotten era.

Yet demonstrating some of the belligerence off the pitch that had characterised him on it, Ram√≥n Aguirre Su√°rez showed he was not willing to bow out quietly at the relatively young age of 27. To disbelief on two continents, he managed to negotiate a legally questionable transfer to newly promoted Spanish club Granada. Aguirre Su√°rez´s second career in Europe would not be as successful as his time at Estudiantes, but it was to prove just as uncompromising and controversial.

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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TODAY THE CENTRE IS YOUR VIETNAM - THE WILD WORLD OF RAM√ďN AGUIRRE SU√ĀREZ PART TWO

by Craig McCracken

To be a prominent player in an unfashionable team that kicks, mauls, gouges and intimidates its way to huge overachievement might be seen as an accident of circumstance. If it happens a second time, with a different club and in a different country then it´s no coincidence: it´s a habit. Ram√≥n Aguirre Su√°rez was a footballing pariah with a lengthy charge sheet of vicious excess from his Estudiantes de La Plata days. In the second part of his tale we take a look at his equally turbulent time in Spain with Granada. Welcome back to the wild, wild world of Ram√≥n Aguirre Su√°rez.

Leaf casually through the Spanish League Panini album for the 1971/72 season and you might chance upon the sticker of one particular player: a powerfully built, but otherwise undistinguished looking defender. His picture shows him looking slightly off camera and smiling broadly as if sharing a joke with a teammate on a sunny day.

It´s a sticker that doesn´t seem particularly distinct from any other, except this one was portraying no ordinary player and the joke he appeared to be enjoying was ultimately to be on Spanish football. This grinning assassin was the reviled Argentinian defender Ram√≥n Aguirre Su√°rez, football´s wildest player and the vicious anti-hero of the successful Estudiantes de La Plata side that had brutalised club football for the past half decade. A pariah figure on two continents, his reputation for relentless and remorseless violence was legendary and now, for reasons very few people liked nor could even understand, he had pitched up in an obscure corner of southern Spain ready to play for the newly promoted Granada club.

An appalled Spanish press took no time in castigating him as an "animal," an "assassin," and a "killer" who would "disfigure the Spanish game." These headlines were delivered with little sense of irony, Spanish football in the early 1970s was itself no place for the shy and retiring. Uncompromising as it might have been, the difference between Spanish violent and Aguirre Su√°rez violent was akin to the difference between fouling a player and hospitalising him. No Spanish player had ever been jailed for his actions on the pitch; Aguirre Su√°rez had been detained on two occasions. No Spanish player had forced the advancement of pioneering plastic surgery reconstruction techniques; Aguirre Su√°rez did when he shattered the cheekbone of Milan striker Nestor Combin with frightening force in the World Club Cup Final of 1969.

There were legal as well as moral objections too. Foreign imports had technically been banned by the Spanish Federation since 1962, though Granada was just one of a number of clubs exploiting a loophole that allowed the signing of uncapped South Americans capable of proving Spanish lineage. Proper records were sketchy though, so South American agents would happily supply fake documentation to push through deals. Producing paperwork to prove a familial link to Pamplona was an easily surmountable hurdle for Aguirre Su√°rez, claiming he had never represented Argentina in a full international match was a harder one for critics to swallow - he was after all a three-time South American club champion. He claimed to have been called up, but had only ever attended training camps. No matter, he could acquire suitable confirmations to this effect from a compliant official back home anyway.

So, thanks to the bullishness of ambitious Granada President Don Candido Gomez, the transfer was pushed through for a modest fee - albeit still a club record. A pompous and abrasive character, Granada´s President claimed the deal as "Spain´s most important signing of the season." He had a young squad and reasoned that he needed experienced players like Aguirre Su√°rez as a stabilising influence. The player himself was charm personified as he politely answered questions from the press about his reputation. Their questions were, in reality, just one, single question asked many different ways about his propensity for violence.

"I like to play strong but have never shown treachery or been in trouble with another player" he stated. "When on the field I defend my team with justice, I´m an honest and responsible player.‚ÄĚ Stirring stuff indeed from a master of the disingenuous - this was a player known to assault injured opponents as they received medical treatment.

He was ready to debut in the third round of the championship against Espa√Īol and his off field smiles and platitudes were quickly to be forgotten. Any prospect that he was likely to temper his scorched earth approach was quickly dispelled as he launched two-footed into his new career with relish. His first thirteen appearances yielded an unprecedented five bookings - this in an era when you could commit half a dozen bad fouls before the referee would even think of booking you. Those were the fouls that the referee saw of course, Aguirre Su√°rez had forgotten none of his tricks and he remained the master of sly, cunning assaults calculated to hit when the referee´s attention was elsewhere.

It was no coincidence that his career had shown a pattern of prominent performances in games against the biggest, strongest clubs. The psychology originated from his Estudiantes days and the logic made perverse sense - the bigger the gulf in quality between you and your opponent, the greater the need to intervene and diminish their advantage by whatever means possible. The gulf between little Granada and the four giants of the Spanish game in Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Atlético Madrid was huge, thus it made perfect sense to Aguirre Suárez that these were the matches that necessitated his most extreme interventions.

Games between Granada and Real Madrid proved especially volatile. In their first encounter, relentless fouling by Aguirre Suárez pushed mild-mannered Madrid legend Amancio to breaking point. The final straw was a thuggish knee-high assault on the veteran by the Argentinian’s partner in crime Fernando Fernandez, a roughhouse Paraguayan full back. With both players on the ground, Amancio retaliated by kicking Fernandez in the head and causing a bench-emptying brawl. Standing well away from the ensuing chaos with his hands on his hips was Aguirre Suárez. As was so often the case, he had been the instigator but stood back when things boiled over and let others take the punishment. Amancio and Fernandez were both sent off, the latter on a stretcher.

Within half an hour of a match against champions Valencia he put opposing striker Claramunt in hospital, much to the fury of their coach Alfredo Di Stefano. The fouling continued throughout the second half and each time he assailed a Valencia player, he would turn to the touch-line and wave or blow kisses at the opposition bench. In his report, the referee supervisor wrote that Aguirre Su√°rez should have been sent off within the opening 10 minutes, yet he collected only a booking. Others came off worse as usual: the referee was suspended and a volcanic Di Stefano fined for trying to attack his compatriot at the end of the game.

Controversy continued to plague his debut season. Promising 21-year-old Real Madrid striker Carlos Santillana was gaining rave reviews for his elegant forward play, until his progress was violently curtailed in the Granada return match. Santillana was repeatedly kicked by the Granada defender, but showing commendable bravery, he refused to be intimidated away from the opposition penalty area. Perhaps tiring of the young Spaniard´s belligerence, Aguirre Su√°rez coldly ended his involvement in this game and football at large for the next three months with a jaw-fracturing, elbow to the face.

The Argentinian was methodically intimidating and often injuring his way through the list of top centre forwards in Spain, just as a contract killer works through a list of assassination targets. Atl√©tico Madrid strikers Garate and Luis both came off worse in encounters and the club complained vociferously about their treatment at his hands. Barcelona´s strikers fared little better with Marcial and Asensi both left battered and bruised. Asensi was quoted as saying: "playing in Granada is like going to war."

Granada were the most penalised team in Spain, but their approach yielded results despite the unpleasant methods underpinning it. Their debut season back in the top division saw them finish in a best ever sixth place, all achieved on the back of an unbeaten home record and memorable home wins against each of the big four. Their Los C√°rmenes stadium had become a fortress; a citadel of intimidation with Aguirre Su√°rez the anti-hero provocateur-in-chief and darling of the home fans. History was repeating itself and once again a limited, but organised team with Aguirre Su√°rez at its fulcrum was overachieving thanks to a calculated, brutal amalgam of cold logic and hard violence.

His success led to a demand for better financial terms, but Candido Gomez´s relationship with Aguirre Su√°rez was complex. While publicly he blithely defended his player from the perpetual criticism his appalling behaviour brought, privately he was irked at his popularity with the home supporters who saw him, and not the President, as the reason for their success. Partly because of this and partly through injury, the Argentinian was frozen out of the first team picture for most of the 1972/73 season. Perhaps not surprisingly Granada never looked as effective and finished in a lowly thirteenth position.

Relationships were repaired and the Argentinian was back in favour for the 1973/74 season. He had a welcome-back gift from his President too with a new, like-minded partner in central defence. Julio Montero Castillo was a talented, but brutal Uruguayan arriving from Nacional with his own mean reputation. Aguirre Su√°rez knew him well as an old adversary from Libertadores Finals past. As an intimidatory statement of intent, it could not have been more successful. The rest of Spanish football took a sharp intake of breath and surveyed a back line that was a compendium of horrors: featuring as it did the most notorious players that Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - Fernandez was still a regular - could offer up.

Di Stefano had consistently been Aguirre Su√°rez´s biggest critic and he proposed his own solution to the problem when deciding that he would field youth players in matches against Granada, so as to avoid risking the limbs of his Valencia stars. The other big sides followed suit: Cruyff did not turn out for Barcelona, Netzer did not play for Real Madrid. Granada results were strong once more and another sixth placed finish was secured with just a single home defeat. Granada had developed from a team that kicked the big names out of games to one that barely had to - the big names were too scared to even turn out against them.

Aguirre Su√°rez was not offered new terms when his contract expired in 1974 and he reluctantly left the club. He stayed close to the fans however and remained a regular visitor over the next few years, sometimes even watching games from the bench as the team declined rapidly in his absence. He signed for newly promoted Salamanca, but played only three games before returning home. In 1977 he came out of retirement to play four games for Lan√ļs and then remained linked to football, coaching teams in Tucum√°n and working in schools in the La Plata area.

When interviewed in later years he proved to be an entertaining and disarming interviewee who spoke with humour and an unabashed lack of remorse about the excesses of his playing days. For him the ends always justified the means; he posed the question how else his teams could have achieved the success they did without the brutally fundamentalist approach that defined them. For him the notion that the particular price of this success might have been too high to pay was utterly incomprehensible. Of the threats, the violence and the intimidation he said: "We were constantly playing or preparing and only had family contact every three weeks. As a team we shared a roast together but nothing else. Where else would we get our fun?"

The 1960s and early 70s had seen a culture shift towards increasingly cynical methodology, but the footballing authorities remained mired in outdated attitudes of supposed Corinthian values and acceptance of old-fashioned physicality. They were slow to react to the new threat that players like Ramón Aguirre Suárez had brought and he was adept at taking advantage of this disconnect. How could you separate out his football from his intimidation in an era where a game would be watched by a single black and white camera and referees were amateur, poorly protected and often neither fit, nor smart enough to keep a grip on powerful athletes with malevolent streaks? He was a player who was simply ahead of the rules and he knew it.

The era spawned many hard men who realised they too could forge decent careers for themselves by virtue of forcing the submission of more talented opponents, yet still Aguirre Suárez stood apart from his peers and copyists. Few had the same range of physical and psychological weapons in their arsenal, few were as cunning in their deployment and few were mentally strong enough to face down the huge outcry their behaviour caused without tempering their approach. It took nothing less than jail sentences handed down by Argentinian Presidents to temporarily slow Ramón Aguirre Suárez in his tracks. Ultimately no other player was prepared to go just quite as far as he did for a cause, and none appeared quite so utterly and ruthlessly devoid of empathy for the welfare of his fellow player.

There is a reported story of a young forward about to kick off a match against Granada. Aguirre Su√°rez beckons him over and tells him: "Bambino, you must play on the wings because today the centre is your Vietnam.‚ÄĚ No story could better encapsulate this monster of a man.

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

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EXCURSIONISTAS

It is the 24th of April 2000 in Argentina, and the turn of a new millennium has seen the continued upturn in fortunes of Club Atl√©tico Excursionistas, a Primera C side who have racked up ten successive victories under director t√©cnico N√©stor Rapa. Sitting pretty at the top of the table, they have a home clash versus Club Comunicaciones at Pampa y Mi√Īones, the 8,000 capacity ground that hides, camouflaged, in the Belgrano neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

Come the final whistle, Excursio, as they are referred to by their fans via both mouth and graffiti daubed on the surrounding walls, hadn´t made it eleven in a row, with The Postman holding them to a draw. Nevertheless the team in green and white were still in a position to look down at the rest of the league table and, with five games left, set to take a step closer to the heights of the Primera Division and their esteemed rivals Boca Juniors, who less than a century ago they had faced on an equal footing. The result is not a bad one for Excursio, but equally not bad for Club Comunicaciones, who opt to share the celebrations with their travelling fans.

One away supporter, giddy from excitement, breaks free from the hordes to smell, touch and taste the sweat of his heroes.

This pivotal moment was the catalyst for an upturn in fortune becoming grotesquely wrenched into a downward spiral of chaos.

Immediately an Excursionista took umbrage at this act of ecstasy before him, on his turf, and entered the field of battle to confront his adversary. The Comunicaciones players defended their own and then, as one lifelong fan who was there that day puts it, ‚Äúall hell broke loose‚ÄĚ. An army of Excursio fans rushed to join the melee, assaulting the Club Comunicaciones players to such an extent that one, forward Adri√°n Barrionuevo, was rushed to hospital.

The riot sent shockwaves rippling through Argentinian football. All games, including the Supercl√°sico, were postponed while the Argentine Football Association decided what punishment to mete out. Those calling for the club to be made an example of had their wishes granted as the AFA docked them 21 points and thus ended their hopes of promotion.

Despite a portion of their fans bludgeoning almost certain success to near-death, Rapa´s players rallied the following year and won the Clausura, the second round of 19 matches in Primera C. Unfortunately for them, though those who believe in karma may opine otherwise, the AFA chose this year to restructure the promotion format, meaning despite being champions Excursionistas were entered into a four-way tournament for the chance to reach Primera B. Deportivo Laferrere were the scourge of Excursio, overcoming them 4-3 on aggregate at the semi-final stage and turning off the light at the end of Club Atl√©tico Excursionistas´ tunnel for a second successive season.

Two years later Rapa left the club, who went on to experience the bitter taste of near-success on three further occasions in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Although Excursio still threatened Primera B with their arrival without Rapa at the helm, violence was not a feature in his absence. It took only two months into his return in October 2012, however, for this to be rectified.

On December 15th in Los Polvorines, San Miguel played host to Excursionista. At half time, with the visitors a goal to the good thanks to a neat flick from a corner, San Miguel fans began pelting the away side with bottles and bricks. The attack brought further shame to Primera C, and the AFA are still to decide on the sanctions to face San Miguel.

The local neighbourhood hasn´t forgotten this air strike though. The name San Miguel is scrawled on walls and objects outside of Excursionista´s ground ‚Äď inside a coffin. Primera B, C and D games no longer permit away fans, and currently one can only see this as a good thing until peace is restored. The support for C.A.E is clear to see during the day or night. Whilst the sun is up you can see the streets decorated in mostly green spray paint, slowly dissipating as you move further away from Pampa y Mi√Īones. Most is simply pro-Excursionista, especially celebrating their centenary year in 2010. Other graffiti, darker in its sentiments, flickers between the lines though. Boca are hated. San Miguel have now earned the wrath of the neighbourhood. And I have been told I will never, never, never, have a friend who supports Club Atl√©tico Defensores, the local rivals in Belgrano from the Nu√Īez neighbourhood, a single train stop and one division ‚Äď the Primera B Municipal ‚Äď away.

There are also numbers mixed in among the letters, specifically ´22´. I asked what this meant. ‚ÄúCrazy man,‚ÄĚ was the response.

Club Atl√©tico Excursionistas and their contemporaries may be a far cry from Boca and River in terms of league standing, but you cannot put walls up to segregate them in the city. Each team has their own barra brava, and although the head of Boca´s has just been arrested on a murder charge and Excursionista´s loiter around their ground´s entrance after dark during the school holidays, each team, regardless of stature, feels the need for this close community element containing codes and connections.

Across the league and lower divisions, it is not just the players who suffer when the barra brava take matters into their own hands for what they deem necessary acts. Elder fans lament the passion being strangled from their beautiful game thanks to the ban on visitors and hark back to a time they could meet their friends, share stories and a beer and watch their respective teams contest a game of football. Of course nothing stops them from buying a ticket in the home end, but just to sit there in silence?

Even during the close season you can feel the club´s heartbeat as you walk around Belgrano, and at the centre of this are the supporters who watched Excursio rebuild during the 70s and 80s to consolidate themselves in Primera C and build for a promotion push. Their passion, knowledge and, above all else, honesty, is infectious. One supporter, Adri√°n, says he would be lying if he portrayed his team to outsiders as a great team with supporters to match, but this is not why he continues to follow the green and white stripes of Excursio. His and is friends´ love for the club is ‚Äúborn from failures‚ÄĚ and, rather than push blame on those who make the wrong decisions or wallow in the sadness of losing another play-off final, choose to take strength from the adversity and help build their team back up, again and again and again.

You cannot condone the violence that occurred in 2000 but you also cannot help but hope that thirteen years later a conclusion is reached whereby fans like Adri√°n, who has watched his team suffer at the hands of foolishness and fate for three decades, can once again get the train to Tigre, eat a parrillada with old friends and cheer his team back up to the Primera B.

If they´re lucky, of course.

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

MENG√ÉO BI DA AM√ąRICA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RlVt8zJhXQ
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