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Try telling 50,000 + screaming fans at Boca Junior’s La Bombonera or River Plate’s El Monumental stadium that soccer is just a game and you will understand that soccer, futbol, in Argentina is more of a livelihood than a hobby!The Argentine futbol league, or Primera División Argentina, is ranked in the top five leagues in the world.Argentina also won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, a gold medal in 2004, and is home to such internationally recognized figures such as Diego Maradona and the up and coming superstar Lionel Messi.A season in the Primera División is set up as two separate single-round tournaments named the Apertura (August to December) and the Clausura (Feburary to to June.) Buenos Aires is also host to the Superclásico between Boca Junior and River Plate which is one of the fiercest rivalries in the soccer world. Since these two teams are the larger of 8 Buenos Aires Premiera División futbol clubs and consist of about 75% of all Argentina futbol fans, this rivalry is a much anticipated event and a must see for all sports fans.

Whenever attending a sporting event foreigners are advised to only take the money you will need for the day as well as to leave expensive electronics (cell phone and camera) at home as the crowd are known to be unruly and petty theft does occur.