|Table - Primera División de Argentina|
"If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!" This often seemed the philosophy by which the former president of the Argentine Football Association, Julio Grondona, lived his life. Leading the organisation from 1979 to 2014, he was, until his death in July 2014, the last Argentine public figure in a position of power from the era of the country's last military dictatorship, and he often ruled Argentine football with an iron fist to match that legacy.
Of course, the quote isn't something Julio Grondona...
In the first of an ESPN FC series which will feature eye-witness insights into some of the biggest derbies in world football, Sam Kelly recounts his experiences when River Plate hosted Boca Juniors in October.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The chant is audible from half a block away.
"Come on, champs, don't let your fans down! I'm not gutless, like an Independiente fan! This is how I am, and I love River! We're going to kill all the bosteros [Boca fans]!" There are hours still until the game...
River Plate have once more been confirmed as a force to be reckoned with. South America's football writers underlined their return to greatness when Uruguayan newspaper El Pais announced the winners of their annual poll to find the best players on the continent.
The podium was completely dominated by River stars, and a further two made it into the Best XI.
The man crowned Rey de America ("King of [Latin] America"), the title given to the South American Footballer of the Year, was Colombia's World...
"In the good times, I'll be there, and in the bad times even more."
It's a popular chant in Argentine football stadiums. It is not, however, one that seemed all that relevant to River Plate when I first visited Buenos Aires in 2003 and even less so on my second trip here the following year. I was in attendance as they claimed their 33rd league title. Good times? For River fans, there had been plenty. But bad times had, up until then, been limited to a 17-year run without a league title from...