The 2011/12 Apertura has begun in Argentina, and for the first time in its history, River Plate will not be present. After a historic relegation just a few months ago, the Buenos Aires club will compete this season in the unflattering second division. And while deep down, the Boca Juniors supporters may feel some remorse about a season without an opportunity to face their eternal rivals, they are surely not making it known.
At a match over the weekend against Unión de Santa Fé, the home supporters expressed their “love” for River Plate’s descent into anonymity – for this season at least. The song went as follows:
Esa lluvia de mierda, no quiere parar, los de River, que no paran de llorar
Translation: “That shower of shit won’t stop from River supporters, who won’t stop crying”
One can assume that as the season progresses, so too will the depth and creativity of the chants from La Bombonera. This space will surely update you as they emerge.
Video courtesy of Olé
Every supporter reacts to their team’s successes and failures in different ways. Some are loud, outgoing, boisterous folk who can barely stay seated throughout an entire match. Others are laid back and quiet, more comfortable beating themselves up rather than a piece of furniture. Of course, there is no right or wrong way to support your club. However, I think everyone can agree that whatever your personality, a game of unprecedented historical significance involving your beloved club or country can evoke unbridled enthusiasm from even the most reserved of individuals.
Which brings us to the gentleman in this video. A diehard River Plate supporter, he witnessed his club’s relegation to the Argentine Second Division at the hands of Belgrano from the confines of his home along with the rest of his family. Facing an event never before seen in the 110 year history of the Buenos Aires club, it is little surprise this match tugged at the very fabric of this man’s heart and soul. Luckily, his son set up a camera to record his father’s shenanigans over the course of ninety minutes. Somehow, it was summarized in seven.
I won’t even bother translating the tirades as they are extremely offensive and vulgar, and frankly you don’t really need to understand what is being said. Just sit back and enjoy.