Sunday the 16th of March 2003- Day 26.

Sunday the 16th of March 2003- Day 26.

Went to the San Telmo Market at 10.30am. A bit touristic, like a flea market with bric and brac but many stands selling antiques. Some good tango exhibitions there.











Buenos Aires – Demonstrations on the way to San Telmo Market.

Taken on the 16th of March 2003

Buenos Aires – More Demonstrations.

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Buenos Aires – San Telmo Market

Taken on the 16th of March 2003

Buenos Aires – San Telmo Market. Tango is a social dance form that originated in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The musical styles that evolved together with the dance are also known as tango. Early tango was the music of the thugs and gangsters who visited the brothels of a city with 100,000 more men than women (in 1914). The complex dances arose as men danced in groups, expressing machismo and sexual desire, leading to the aggressive and competitive mood of the dance form.

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Buenos Aires – San Telmo Market

Taken on the 16th of March 2003

A guy called Guiraldes played a major part of the international popularization of the tango, and wrote a poem which describes Tango music as the “all-absorbing love of a tyrant, jealously guarding his dominion, over women who have surrendered submissively, like obedient beasts”.

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Stayed until 1.00pm. Went to the Millhouse Hostel to find only two people had put their names down for the match. Very disappointed, but another guy also wanted to go, and decided to meet up at 4.00pm to go independently. it should be noted that the two companies in BA, called Gofootball and Tangol charge 100 P for the trips. anyway when I met Nick from London at 4.00pm, he had found two others from his hostel who also wanted to go. Rory from Cabintelly in Dublin and a American whose name escapes me.











Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires – River Plate Stadium

Taken on the 16th of March 2003

Anyway had a great time. Cost us 8p for a taxi, (2 p each), and the most expensive tickets were 20P. Alos 2P each back. So instead of the 70 ‘100P we would have spend, all done for 24P. Had a great time at the match where River were playing La Plata. Alot of security and La Plate fans were penned in, but they were very vocal. The Antonio V. Liberti stadium (known as el Monumental) is located in the Nuñez neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It has room for approximately 57,900 people, and was renovated for the 1978 World Cup (the opening and final matches were both held in the Monumental, which had a capacity of 78,000 at the time because some sections were standing-room).

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Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires – River Plate Stadium

Taken on the 16th of March 2003

Club Atlético River Plate, known also as River Plate or simply River, is a football team of Argentina, founded in 1901. Its home base is the neighborhood of Nuñez, in Buenos Aires, and it plays at the Estadio “Monumental” Antonio V. Liberti. The club’s name is the traditional English name of the river next to Buenos Aires. It is believed that, in the club’s early days, one of the founders saw sailors in the Buenos Aires port unloading boxes, and was intrigued by the markings on them: “The River Plate”.

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River was founded 25 May 1901, close to the La Boca neighborhood (home of rival side Boca Juniors). The team moved to Núñez on the northern side of the city in 1923.

In the early 1930s, the transfer of Bernabé Ferreyra involved much more money than any transfer before it, and the club became known as los millonarios (the millionaires).

In the 1940s, Alfredo Di Stefano and Eduardo Omar Sívori played for River before moving on to became stars in Europe. Some River players had stints in the Colombian league when it was the world’s wealthiest.

River’s attractive, offensive playing style earned it the nickname la máquina (the machine). The names of its five forwards (Muñoz, Moreno, Pedernera, Labruna, Lusteau) are known by heart by most Argentine fans.

Between 1952 and 1957, River won five out of six league titles, and then 18-year drought ensued. River returned to form in 1975 and had a string of championship titles under coach Angel Labruna with players like Daniel Passarella and Norberto Osvaldo Alonso.

In 1986, River won its first Libertadores cup. A new generation of home-grown players led by Claudio Caniggia went on to achieve success both in River and abroad.

River Plate has won 32 Argentine professional championships, as well as the Intercontinental Cup in 1986, the Copa Libertadores twice (1986 and 1996), the Copa Interamericana in 1987, and the Supercopa in 1997.

River has an historic and fierce rivalry with Buenos Aires side Boca Juniors. Each of their matches is called el superclásico (the super-derby).

Its president and manager is José M. Aguilar and its coach is Leonardo Astrada.

Met Rory later in the Kilkenny at 1..00pm. Stayed until 4.00am. Met Ronal from Leitrim when there. Very good night.