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1. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 10y

Hi, I know football is a massive sport in South America and everyone is so passionate about it.

What I wanted to know was how accessible some of the bigger games are?

Big league games, cup games, international games etc.

How much would you expect to pay to go? I assume this will massively vary on type of match and location.

I plan to visit Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru so any advice on this would be superb.

Which cities do the better teams play in?

Most importantly is probably any safety advice. Are there any games to avoid, stadiums to avoid.

As always, many thanks for reading and hopefully repying.

2. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 10y

A MUST: Boca-River classical match in Buenos Aires, just check at the time you´ll be around the schedule.

3. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 10y

also, if anyone knows when the seasons start and finish in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru it would be very helpful.


4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Everything one could possible want to know about football in SA can be found on or via the website of CONMEBOL, the SA counterpart of UEFA.


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 30, 2007, at 9:19 AM by bentivogli ]

5. Posted by mariaines (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

the 1st part of the season has just started here in chile (it sinished on june i think, and the 2nd championship starts on july and finishes in december) but you won't find it very amusing.. i'm a big football fan and i regularly attend to my home city stadium, but that's because i care about the team, not the football. Definetly, chile is not the place to watch football. Now, tennis, is a different matter ;)
I think libertadores cup is about to start (february).
if you still want to attend to a match here in chile, i would recommend:
1. Any match at san carlos de apoquindo stadium; safe but accesibility problems (it's very very far from the city's center); beautiful stadium tough
2. The most important match is universidad de chile vs. colo colo but i would strongly recommend you to be careful. I haven't been to a match here in santiago for almost 7 years now.
The cheapest tickets are about 10 USD and you have a good view, since our stadiums are not too big. The most expensive ones can vary from 50 to 100 USD but it¡s not worth it.
Stadiums have good access by subway except san carlos de apoquindo.
Football in other cities is quieter and more authentic: people get very identified with the team they support because it's usually the only professional team in the city.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 30, 2007, at 8:39 PM by mariaines ]

6. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 10y

Great advice there thanks.
Have found quite a few links too since I first posted.

The tennis is a great idea. I love to watch it too, especially the ever improving Andy Murray.

I would love to see many sporting events when I travel so if you have advice on anything you consider to be great entertainment then I would love to hear. Quite probably the other sports are much safer to go and watch as the rivalries will not be so big.

7. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 10y

Quoting Macachae

A MUST: Boca-River classical match in Buenos Aires, just check at the time you´ll be around the schedule.

but be sure to be in the Boca end or even better, at La Bombonera or whatever it is called, 90 minutes with RP fans would be horrendous! well, so my Boca fans tell me! "El superclassico" is apparently one of the 10 things you have to see before you die, so definately try and see it. I am hoping that lady luck will shine on me and the superclassico is played this September. But if not, I would actually travel from England in the future just to watch that game. Then again, it kinda helps if either you and/or your country is nuts about football, a la England, Argentina (because we gave it to them didn't we mis amigos argentinos!!!!!) and of course Brazil.

oh yeh, it is probably not a good idea to remind the Argies that Brazil are so much better than them at football! And remember also that Diego Maradonna "es el dios, el pipe d'oro."