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A groundhopper from Germany traveling to South America!

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As you all know we are active on several social media platforms and one of them is Instagram. One there we met a German football supporter from Stuttgart who is studying abroad and therefore visiting a lot of matches in Argentina. Read this article to see the great stuff he has seen when he was over there, from Germany to Argentina!

First of all, introduce yourself…
I’m 23 years old and I am studying social work close to Stuttgart. My passion is football. For me, there is nothing better than going to football games of VfB Stuttgart, awaydays and living this casual life with your friends, wild and free. Now I’m in Southamerica since the end of January, traveling ten weeks altogether as well as studying and living four months in Buenos Aires. Well, obviously more living than studying.

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Photo by seiwildundfrei

We met you on Instagram when we came across your beautiful pictures, can you us tell some more about that?
While I was traveling through Brazil, I visited only a few games. Mostly I was focused on traveling and exploring the world. But when I arrived in Buenos Aires and found a flat at the beginning of March, football was again the center of my life. As time passed, I wanted to share these unique experiences and thoughts about this ambivalent city and its football, so I started writing a blog, mostly for me and my best friends. That’s why taking photos became important, especially as it is kind of difficult to put the spirit of football in Buenos Aires into the right words. Sometimes one photo says more than 1000 words. You just need a good feeling and luck!

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Photo by seiwildundfrei

What’s the reason why you go groundhopping?
Well, my university in Germany wanted me to study in Córdoba, a city in the north of Argentina. But as we all know, Buenos Aires is the city you have to go to if you are a passionate football fan. When I was able to arrange studying here, I immediately knew that I would go to a lot of games. After one week I was lucky and happy meeting Martin, an hincha (Spanish for fan) of Huracán, and together we started going to different football games every week. Without him everything would have been a lot more difficult. So day by day, you’re talking with really everyone about football. With friends, roommates, barkeepers or bus drivers. Football is present, all the time and everywhere in this city. So I gained more and more experiences, felt the special spirit of each stadium and started understanding, what football truly means in Buenos Aires! So now I can answer your question with: Because I truly love football and everything that surrounds it.

Which clubs did you visit over there?
Except home games of the clubs Independiente, Boca and River, I think I saw quite a lot and visited different games, more or less 20 in total. Of course los clásicos San Lorenzo – Huracán and Racing – Independiente were the highlights. As well a clásico in the second league, which hasn’t been played for 15 years, was really incredible.
For me, I prefer going to a game in the lower leagues. It’s chilled, true and familiar, more authentical. Children are playing with footballs, baby’s with small trains, while their parents are insulting referees and players. On the other hand, seeing 50.000 people jumping and singing during a first division game give’s you fucking goose bumps as well. But still (as an example), last Saturday I preferred going to a game in the fifth league, while it was raining and pretty cold, instead of watching the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. And it was a good decision on my part!

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Photo by seiwildundfrei

What was your best memory of the matches in Argentina?
That’s really a hard question. I experienced going to games in the lower leagues, where you can walk around and play football with kids, as well as visited clásicos and top games, in which people are completely freaking out and the whole stadium is full of people. But I guess for me the best thing I experienced here was el clásico pequeño. C.A. All boys against Nuevo Chicago, a derby in the second division, which hasn’t been played for 15 years.

Moreover, the best sudden moment was probably the clásico of Montevideo in Uruguay. After Peñarol lost a player (but therefore didn’t concede the third goal), they scored 2:2 in the fourth minute of extra time. People were screaming for longer than two minutes and I saw so many people crying, actually nobody could believe what was happening.

Could you tell us a bit more about El Clásico Pequeño?
…. We started the day with a football game of the third division, which was played at the city limit. After that we took a bus to the area, where el clásico pequeño was played. When we got off the bus, we could see lots of posters, announcing this important game. There was a silence in this area, shops were closed, and it seemed that everybody was already looking forward to this game. Getting closer to the stadium, we saw many groups of home fans drinking, singing and holding paper graves with the colors of Nuevo Chicago. And every ten minutes firecrackers were exploding in the air. When we tried to enter the stadium, the police suddenly closed the entrance. So small riots started, ending again after a few minutes.

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Photo by seiwildundfrei

Then, when the players entered the ground, the whole stadium started singing and jumping, throwing pieces of papers in the air, lighting flares inside and fireworks outside the stadium. During the second halftime, I decided to go closer to where the barras bravas stood, so I was able to take this beautiful picture, with which you found me on Instagram. After an incredible and exciting game, All Boys finally won 5:2, including three beautiful golasos. The whole stadium was freaking out, jumping and screaming. And I was right there in the middle, surrounded by all of this. So many fans had tears in their eyes, holding their children up to the air, kissing their wives while others were climbing on the fence. Nobody could believe what had happed the last 90 minutes. And I was encircled by this crazy crowd, looking around, having goose bumps and trying to understand what was going on.

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Photo by seiwildundfrei

Will you travel more?
For sure, yes. This was my first backpacking experience and I don’t want to miss it. It was an incredible feeling, being whole, free and alone. Traveling spontaneous day by day, from city to city. Hanging out at lonely beaches, thinking about life and nature. Appreciating every single moment of life. I can recommend that to everyone out there.

Now I’m really up to travel more and explore the world. As well as every spirit of football and its stadiums all around the world. Football has something magical, and I want to inhale all its energies, doesn’t matter where.

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