|the bolshevik in camouflage |
at la bombonera
the other weekend we went to la bombonera for our first boca juniors match. since it's a bit tricky to get tickets, we decided to go with a tour. so about 20 or so expats from a variety of english speaking countries all went to the stadium with a loca tour guide who would protect us from the "virtually lawless" streets of la boca.
now, there are two sections of the stadium for "hooligans." we were in the "guest hooligan" section. apparently there are more "official hooligans" who get to be in a different section which was directly across from us. due to safety reasons, we had to arrive to the stadium very early. while we were waiting for the game to start, i snapped this shot of the bolshevik. can you find him? he blends in with the scenery so well here.
now, the bolshevik makes fun of me for owning so many dresses. to be honest, i could wear a different dress every day and i wouldn't have to repeat for a fortnight. (and those are just the ones i've brought with me to buenos aires) but my beloved bolshevik now owns enough sports-related apparel to put on a small futbol fashion show: track jackets, jerseys, scarves, hoodies, etc. he is prepared for almost any sporting event.
anyway, once the game was about to begin there was a whole lotta spectacle. first there was all this blue smoke that came from various parts of the stadium.
then, across the field in the "official hooligan" section, all these people with blue and yellow umbrellas came marching down the aisles beating drums and playing horns (actual horns, not those annoying vuvuzela things). soon they were lowering all sorts of banners and flags. then they actually lowered a gigantic boca jersey that covered the entire section of the stadium. it was rather impressive. i can barely fold sheets with the rounded corners, and here a huge group of people were coordinating the folding and unfolding of a 3-story tee-shirt.
this shirt belongs to jugador numero 12, or player number 12. it was explained that only 11 players can be on the field and that the "12th player" is the boca fans. apparently, number 12 is never given to any player as it is reserved to honor crazy boca hooligans. that's nice.
then after all this rigmarole, the game actually started. i had almost forgotten there was a futbol match at hand. for the first 15 minutes our boca juniors were playing a great game. they were on like gangbusters. they scored a goal pretty quickly and things were looking good. but then all of a sudden the opposing team scored, and then boca just lost all their pizazz. and yes, pizazz is a term often used in futbol commentary. in the end, boca lost 1-2. a sad sad day.
then, just when we thought we could drown our sorrows in the free pizza and beer that came with our tour, we were told that we had to wait 20 minutes before we were allowed to leave the stadium. you see, for their own safety, the away fans need to be evacuated from the stadium before they let any of the hooligans out.
now, if you read my previous boca juniors post, you know that the away fans are penned into a special barbed wire "away" section. as they were leaving this section, they were hooting and hollering, stamping their feet, and banging on the walls, making a very loud ruckus as they exited. (stupid away fans always rubbing it in)
|"official hooligans" quarantined in la bombonera|
we continued to wait a good long time, wondering if they ever left fans in the stadium before. but eventually we were freed from the stadium. the end.