A Tale of One City: Asunción

SMALL LANDLOCKED COUNTRIES TEND NOT TO GET INVOLVED WITH INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT, and Paraguay is no different. During the Second World War, the league system continued virtually unaffected as Higinio Moríñigo’s government officially remained neutral, despite the relatively high number of German immigrants, until aid from Dwight Eisenhower prompted the South American nation to declare war on…

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A World of Ultras: Vélez Sarsfield

Welcome to Buenos Aires, a furnace of football fanaticism and arguably the epicentre of ultra activity in the Southern Hemisphere. Argentina’s capital is notorious for being a city that breathes football, and the combination of quality on the pitch and passion in the stands gives it a unique allure that draws worldwide appreciation. Whilst there is…

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The pioneers of South American football

Collectively, the three South American footballing giants, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, have been crowned World Champions on nine occasions. Between them they have competed in 11 of the 19 finals played. The inaugural FIFA World Cup finals were hosted by the eventual winners and reigning Olympic champions Uruguay, who were crowned World Champions in 1930 after…

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