A Less Then Super Superclásico?By: Christian | November 16th, 2010
A Superclásico is a spectacle like no other in football, a stunning display of noise and color that could hold its own against similar derbies from England, Spain, Brazil, or Scotland. And this afternoon it returns to us once again at the Monumental, whenRiver Plate will look to seal a win over Boca in front of thousands of screaming fans. The match will be on TyC Sports on DirecTV at 5PM ET/2PM PT. (The match was moved to today to give River enough time to prepare the stadium after this weekend’s concert by the, um, Jonas Brothers.)
Too bad the game will mean nothing.
OK, OK, maybe not nothing. The bi-annual fixture between Argentina’s BIGGEST CLUB and it’s distant second is a final unto itself, a fixture that grips the entire nation. A victory for River will give the club bragging rights over their hated rival, at least until the next Superclásico, when the drama starts all over again.
But honor and personal opinion aside, today’s game has to be one of the least meaningful clásicos in some time, featuring two both clubs on the decline. River Plate have self-destructed after a fine start to the season, and after their previous loss to bottom-dwellers All Boys, fired coach Angel Cappa, meaning los millonarios go into their biggest game of the season with a reserve coach. The club remains in the relegation zone and could very easily go down at the end of next year’s Clausura if things don’t turn around quickly.
Boca meanwhile are faring little better. While not in danger of going down, their season was finished weeks ago. Coach Claudio Borghi is living on borrowed time and will almost certainly be coaching elsewhere by year’s end. Like River, the club won’t be qualifying for any international tournaments in the near future.
Will any of this make a difference in today’s game? Probably not. Both clubs tend to show-up for the big match to produce an entertaining, if hardly Real Madrid-Barcelona quality, show. With fans resigned to winning nothing else this year, players from both sides will be under enormous pressure to get a win at all costs.
River are so unpredictable that it would be futile for me to predict the result. I think it will be an emotional match with a great atmosphere, with a less than stellar performance from both sides. It will produce a few controversies, maybe a great goal or two, and enough talking points to last us long enough until the next meaningless league match, when we can all go back to sticking our heads in the sand at the shocking state our clubs is in.
But until then, Vamo’ River!