Since the late 1800s, Argentina has grown as an agro-exporting country along with the development of its railways which were built by English companies. As a consequence of this, British immigrants arrived with their customs including new sports such as cricket, rugby, and football. In the surroundings of Buenos Aires, the pioneering teams played the first football matches on improvised playing fields.
Arriving in the 20th century, the first football clubs founded by Argentinians generated intense rivalries in Buenos Aires neighborhoods and the countryside. Tango brought football stories to music, and the love for a squad made an unbreakable loyalty … the only thing that cannot be changed in life is the football team.
Football has permeated from the political class to the most humble one. And it was from the muddy grounds – known as potreros- where skilled talents such as Alfredo Di Stefano and Javier Saviola emerged. And since Argentina is such a vast country, it was also the countryside’s Pampa Gringa that gave many other virtuosos such as Gabriel Batistuta, Mario Kempes, and Lionel Messi.
Along with a volatile economy, local teams have achieved results from the 1960s on; Argentinian teams triumphed in Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cups. While the national team obtained its first five years in the controversial 78´ World Cup held in the country, it consecrated in quality in Mexico 86´ led by the nation´s most prodigal son´s hand: Diego Armando Maradona.
The rivalry, the trophies, and relegations mark the pulse of the daily conversations in every Bar in the country. Argentina is a nation which has always breathed football and generates stories and legends decade after decade along with a barbecue paired with a good wine or fernet.
This Talk will include a pictorial collection and Question & Answers along our journey .
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