WITHOUT THE STREETS OR DUSKS OF BUENOS AIRES, A TANGO CANNOT BE WRITTEN

IBWM ASSIGNMENT #5 - BUENOS AIRES

 

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Part 3

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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE BLACK BANDS OF '78

A Scotsman's fascination with the nets in Argentina, 1978. 

David Forrest

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FAITH AND FOOTBALL IN LA REINA DEL PLATA

You go to Mass, you play football, you eat, you sleep, you pray, you watch football and you do it all over again.

James Rushton

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MARADONA ARRIVES AT NAPOLI 

After two lost years, Maradona is starting his career all over again. Originally appeared in the August 1984 edition of World Soccer. 

Keir Radnedge

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ALFREDO DI STÉFANO: KING OF THE RINGERS

The great international nomad's forgotten spell at Midland. Originally published in 2013.

Sam Kelly

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JOSÉ LUIS CHILAVERT AND VÉLEZ

The story of one of football's most fascinating goalkeepers, who scored 36 goals for Vélez Sarsfield.

Ben Spratt

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WHEN EL ROJO HUMBLED LOS BLANCOS

Club Atlético Independiente remain El Rey de Copas (The King of Cups), as Real Madrid found out in 1953.

Peter Coates

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MARTIN PALERMO: THE OPTIMIST GOALSCORER

Every goal from Palermo was an act of love

Joel Slagle

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TRINCHE

The best player in Rosario, according to Diego Maradona. 

Peter Coates

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CARLOS TEVEZ, BOCA JUNIORS AND A COMPLICATED LOVE AFFAIR

Tevez had to break a lot of hearts in his hometown.

David Tully

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THE PITBULL

Few have been at home in Buenos Aires like Gary Medel.

Scott Salter

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THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS: THE ROMANCE AND TRAGEDY OF BATISTUTA'S FIORENTINA

The rise and fall of Viola. 

George Roberts

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BUENOS AIRES, ROME AND BIRMINGHAM

Mauro Zárate would get another chance in Europe, wrote Adam Durack in 2014.

Adam Durack

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THE WORLD CUP, TWO MATCHES AND A REALLY LONG BUS RIDE

No country, city or ground can match the joy of making it back to Buenos Aires, and to the Boca.

Gemma Teale

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CLASSIC KITS: SUPERCLÁSICO

Some bloody lovely retro gear from Buenos Aires' biggest rivals. 

Luke Taylor

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LA PASIÓN BOQUENSE

The beating heart of Boca Juniors. 

Peter Burt

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Part 2

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GAMBETA ON THE DANCEFLOOR: TANGO AND FOOTBALL IN BUENOS AIRES

For Argentines, there is football and there is tango.

Sam France

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ALEJANDRO SABELLA: THE MARTIAN THAT LANDED IN SHEFFIELD

When Harry Haslam couldn't get Maradona, he returned with Sabella.

Thomas Barrett

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INTIMIDATE AND DESTROY: ESTUDIANTES AND EUROPE 1969

How the Buenos Aires club shocked European giants throughout 1969. 

Joseph Solomon

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EL MAS GRANDE

How a sports shop in Leicestershire inspired a life-long love affair with River Plate.

James Taylor

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GLASGOW: BIRTHPLACE OF ARGENTINE FOOTBALL 

No, really. Messi, Tevez, Maradona, Kempes.  They owe it all to Scotland.

Dan Brennan

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ARIEL ORTEGA: THE NEW OLD MARADONA

One of the first players described as “The New Maradona” – before Leo Messi was out of nappies – Ariel Ortega had the world at his feet.

Ryan Hubbard

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SPURS AND THE INVISIBLE ARGENTINA WHIZZ KID

Remember José Vea Murguia?

Sam Kelly

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ONE BLAZE TOO MANY FOR THE FIREFIGHTER

Ricardo Caruso Lombardi; one of the most controversial, farcical and thus thoroughly watchable characters in Argentina.

Tom Robinson

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IN PHOTOS: BUENOS AIRES

Photographer Bett Moron showcases his Buenos Aires collection. 

Paul Mortimer

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SEEING RED

I didn’t choose my football team.

Alfonso Pastorino

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THE ROOTS OF EL CHOLO

For Diego Simeone, his various roots have shaped who he is and how he sees football.

Rahul Warrier

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JAVIER SAVIOLA: THE LITTLE RABBIT WHO NEVER GREW UP

We wanted so much more from Javier Saviola.

Olly Ricketts

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DARIO DUBOIS: HEAVY METAL MAESTRO

A clown who paints his face but who is killed by the shirt…' – Dario Dubois.

Chris Kelso

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THE IBWM GUIDE TO MATCHDAYS IN BUENOS AIRES

Is attending a match in Buenos Aires dangerous? 

Bett Moron

 

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Part 1

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THE IBWM SPOTIFY BUENOS AIRES PLAYLIST

Press play and enjoy the sound of Buenos Aires.

John Dobson

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CLUB ATLÉTICO ATLANTA

The story of Los Bohemios, one of BA's underappreciated clubs.

Chris Weir

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A NEW YORKER IN ARGENTINA: RENATO CORSI AND THE RISE OF ARGENTINOS JUNIORS

How an all-American boy helped a plucky side reach the big time.

Nick Wells

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LA PAUSA DE RICARDO BOCHINI

Diego Maradona's idol - not bad, eh?

Harry Robinson

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BUENOS HEIRS

How Miguel Reyna, once settled in New Jersey,  began to share his passion with his sons Claudio and Marcelo

Jason Rothman

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ARGENTINA'S LAST NUMBER 10

Juan Román Riquelme - we may never see another quite like him.

Marcus Bliss

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BREAKFAST WITH CHILAVERT

Ralph Hannah sat down with 'Chila' for breakfast in 2011. 

Ralph Hannah

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CROSSING THE DIVIDE

The best striker Argentina has ever produced? It took crossing the Buenos Aires divide for Gabriel Batistuta to make his name.

Stevie Green

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INDEPENDIENTE 1964: TEAM OF THE FUTURE

El Rojo led the way for Argentine football in 1964, as per World Soccer in November of that year. 

Eric Batty

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THE SHIRT, THE PLAYMAKER, THE NICKNAME

My lifelong love affair with River Plate.

Gus Sanchez

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THE FORGOTTEN GEM OF BUENOS AIRES AND THE PERENNIAL STRUGGLE OF ARGENTINE CLUBS

The renaissance may be reaching its apex in Caballito.

Nicolas Berlinski

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SUMMER OF 69: CHACARITA JUNIORS AND THEIR METROPOLITANO MIRACLE

The status of the club before and after their Metropolitano triumph perhaps magnifies the incredulity of their achievement.

Somnath Sengupta

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ARGENTINA'S CLÁSICOS

One weekend in Argentina, 24 hours, seven of the biggest rivalries in the country.

Copa 90