In Argentina, football is more than just a sport. It’s an experience that concentrates locals’ defining characteristics: passion, intensity, loyalty, friendship and camaraderie. And when a match gets underway on “la cancha” – the pitch – an equally impressive spectacle begins up in the stands. This is also the case with the life-long Racing Club fan, Lucas.
Tell us something about yourself…
My name is Lucas, I am 32 years old, I work in a family business that my grandfather founded more than 60 years ago, dedicated to exhibitions and events in Argentina. Since childhood, I had always a weakness for football, something that gave me many friends in life and woke up in me my fanatism for Racing.
How did you become a Racing fan?
I became a Racing fan because of my father, and it was the best heritage he could ever leave me! We shared lots of incredible moments together thanks to Racing. More than once we ran in danger in certain neighborhoods that had to be crossed to reach different stadiums, especially outside Buenos Aires.
When did your fanatism for Racing start?
Undoubtedly it was in my childhood when I turned 13 years old, although I had been to the stadium a few times before that age and also followed the games on the TV; the turning point came when I moved from my neighborhood and I started meeting new friends. I was lucky to meet Franco, who is like a brother for me, he is a Velez Sarsfield fanatic. We became friends very fast, he lived in the house next door and he was obsessed with football, so most of the time we spent together was playing and talking about football.
What does it mean for you to be a Racing fan?
An immense feeling of happiness, I believe that even in a certain way it represents values that I carry as a person in my life. Racing is a very suffered club, for various reasons, we suffered a bankruptcy of the club, and for a moment it seemed that it would cease to exist, the support of all the fans made Racing out of that place which makes me tremendously proud.
Who is your all-time idol in Racing?
Diego Milito, who gave us a title after 35 years! After all his glory in Europe, he returned to Racing and managed to give us another championship in 2014!
How can you describe a game day?
Let’s say that my life is crossed by Racing, and the first thing that I have in my schedule is the match days of Racing when they play in the “Cilindro de Avellaneda”. Starting from Racing, the rest of my activities are organized, either at work or with my friends, everyone understands and accepts that if I miss any event, birthday or special day it is more than justified because of my Racing fanaticism.
Every time I go to see the game I go with a friend and his family and depending on the schedule we go some hours before to have a few beers. After each game, we also have some pizza and beers for dinner.
Can you describe the best experience you’ve had with Racing?
I would say that the celebration of the 2014 championship, it was an incredible experience, we managed to get leaders just a few days before the end of the championship, we beat River in our own stadium and then we kept to the top until the last date. On the day of the last game, the stadium exploded, it was one of the most beautiful nights that I witnessed with Racing!
What would you say to foreign people who live abroad who don’t know what Racing means and never went to the stadium to see a match?
Although I have a weakness for Racing the truth is that football in Argentina in all stadiums is lived with a passion that is difficult to describe honestly. You can’t visit Argentina without living a football experience. You will find the heat from the fans which is difficult to describe. It also has a familiar environment and fortunately, we didn’t have any major incidents in the last years.
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