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The end of nightmares

In Fandom, NASCAR, Soccer on July 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

by Rwany Sibaja

363 and 1462. Two numbers that some fans in Argentina and the United States knew all too well.

Trezeguet and River celebrate

For fans of River Plate, one of the major soccer clubs in the world and Argentina, 363 days of playing in the “Nacional B” division was unthinkable. It was bad enough that the club was relegated for the first time in its 111-year history last July, but the possibility of being unable to ascend back to the first division was too much. How could a club that won 34 national championships struggle to defeat teams playing in stadiums that looked more like practice facilities? Yet, here was River Plate suffering through a 0-0 tie against Almirante Brown in front of 60,000 of their own fans who were on pins and needles. Outside the stadium, irate fans clashed with the police during the first half of the match. Inside the “Monumental” a collective sense of disbelief created a tense situation by halftime, with many fans holding back tears.  In a “nightmare” season, many River fans wondered what they did to deserve such punishment…despite the fact that they entered the final day of the season tied for first place.

1462 days also seemed like a long nightmare for fans of “Junior Nation”. Read the rest of this entry »


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