Why You Should Watch Boca Jrs v Riverplate in the Final of the 2018 Copa Libertadores at the Toffee Club
Wednesday December 5th update: This match has been confirmed for Sunday 9th December at 11.30 AM. We’ll show the game on all screens at the pub. Join us to enjoy what is sure to be a lively and passionate soccer experience.
Saturday November, 24th update: Due to the attack on the Boca Jrs bus by Riverplate fans (if the word fan can be used in this situation), the match has been postponed. We know there are many Riverplate fans who are very upset by today’s ‘fan’ behavior as well.)
Here is a Spanish language article on the topic.
The article below by Toffee regular Peter Erdahl gives the history of this intense Argentinian rivalry.
Even though the opening match was postponed to the following day, we still had an amazing turnout of over 30 people for this important first leg of the finals! It was great to meet passionate South American football fans like Ali.
Be sure to join us for the final game on Saturday 24th November!
11 AM River Plate vs Boca Juniors Clubhouse on our projector screen. It was a full group last time. Come early for at table and a pre match pint!
River Plate (2) v. Boca Juniors (2) Sunday, November 11th 12 PM 2-2 tie!
Boca Juniors v. River Plate Saturday November 24th 12 PM
Why You Should Watch the Copa Libertdores in 2018
Toffee Club Guest Writer Peter Erdahl tells us why this weekend’s Copa Libertadores games are so important to football fans in Argentina and beyond.
“…Y dale alegria alegria a mi corazón,
Lo unico que te pido ganemos hoy,
La copa libertadores es mi obsesión,
Tienes que dejar el alma y el corazón…”
“And give joy, give joy to my heart
The only thing I ask of you is that we win today
The Copa Libertadores is my obsession
You must give your soul and your heart”
Like the song suggests, for football fans in South America, winning the Copa Libertadores tournament is truly an obsession. Throughout the region the Copa Libertadores carries immense weight with each match providing a spectacle not seen anywhere else in the footballing world.
Akin to the UEFA Champions League, the Copa Libertadores is the elite club footballing competition of South America. The tournament consists of 38-teams competing over a 6-8 month period beginning in February and ending with a final consisting of two legs (home and away) in November.
While the Champions League arguably provides a more “technical” brand of football, the Copa Libertadores presents a unique and difficult challenge for South America’s top clubs due to external factors such as the states of the pitches, fan hooliganism, high altitude games and travel distances between matches, Because of these factors, it is much more difficult to predict the outcome of any one match, no matter how much money or how big the club may be.
This Saturday, for the first time in the tournament’s history, round one sees Club Atletico Boca Juniors (Boca Jrs) and Club Atletico River Plate (River Plate) face off in the mythical Bombonera. With visiting fans banned from the stadium due to safety concerns, the stadium will be filled to the brim with Boca Jrs supporters. If Boca Jrs can capitalize on the energy that their supporters will undoubtedly provide throughout the match, we could see Boca Jrs take one large step closer to lifting the Copa for the first time since 2007.
But…. never write off River Plate as not two months ago, they traveled to La Bombonera in similar circumstances and beat Boca Jrs 2-0.
With 2018 being the last year in which the Copa Libertadores will host both a home and away match for the final, it seems fitting that Buenos Aires, home to both Boca Jrs and River Plate, should host the final. With everything to play for this year’s Copa Libertadores Final will undoubtedly go down in history.
- Peter Erdahl is a writer and photographer focused on highlighting football throughout Latin America. Peter is a native of Lima, Perú currently based out of Soccer City, USA. (Portland, Oregon) Visit him on Instagram.
We will show both legs of the Copa Libertadores final on our big screen in the Clubhouse.
River Plate @ Boca Juniors Saturday November 10th @ 12 PM
Boca Juniors @ River Plate Saturday November 24th @ 12 PM
While you’re with us, make sure you check out Argentinian muralist Gordopelota’s work of art in the pub. See if you can spot the football references, inspired by his hometown of Buenos Aires combined with his recent visit to Portland.