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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Boca Juniors and River Plate: A Childhood Memory from a Classic Football Derby



Oscar Amoia wrote a great commentary for Soccerlens.

It discussed the first time he ever attended one of the classic derbies of World Football: Boca Juniors x River Plate.

For me, the amazing thing was that he remembered one game in great detail from many years ago (1962) when he was only six years of age. It would be the first of many derbies that he would see in person in the oasis of world football.

The Penalty of the Championship: Boca Juniors x River Plate.
"All of the most fervent Boca supporters were behind the goal posts. The Brazilian had to face all of that multitude in front of him. And there was Delem. He took a few steps, and kicked the ball to the right of Roma who plunged and parried it to the side. Even still today, I see this image of that moment in my eyes, and it still moves me to think about it. The shouts of the people, without being able to see too much since everyone was hugging each other, the joy, weeping of emotion, etc. As you can read, it was my first great memory of Boca, its people, her emotion, its glory."
To read it, please click the image above or here.

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