**PLEASE NOTE, THE FIXTURES FOR 2023 WILL NOT BE ANNOUNCED UNTIL JANUARY, WITH EXACT TIMES AND DATES USUALLY BEING ANNOUNCED AT THE START OF EACH MONTH**
**THIS GAME REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 3 GUESTS TO OCCUR**
Deep down in Southern Buenos Aires is Defensa y Justicia, a club from humble Florencio Varela that has been historically in lower divisions and made it recently to primera. Under a disciplined management and a long-term footballistic project, El Halcón de Varela formed a squad of talented youngsters and experienced players that gave the title the prestigious Sudamericana Cup, their first and only continental trophy. Defensa y Justicia is truly a club de barrio, one of the favourites of the Pibe.
Where we'll meet - Our group will meet in Palermo or downtown and travel South to Florencio Varela. Your bilingual guides will explain the context of Argentine football, the day’s game and Defensa's history. More importantly, they’ll let you know exactly what you need to do and be aware of to be one of the lucky few to gain entry into the 10.500 capacity stadium.
The Build-Up - Florencio Varela is a humble neighbourhood, so we'll do the previa (pre-match) at a rough and ready parrilla or at the streets in the stadium surroundings, making sure everyone is comfortable and safe. We'll mingle with other fans and learn their traditions, especially how to do the correct wrist-flick for our agite and how to prepare a Fernet&Coca viajero. Your guide will accompany you in reduced groups (6-8 pax) to the correct entrance gate, through the squeeze of security controls and police checkpoints, and finally into the ground.
The Match - Through the turnstiles and up the stairs - the Norberto "Tito" Tomaghello Stadium is the smallest stadium of primera, which gives you the opportunity to be in front row and enjoy the game as if you were playing it yourself. You will be close to the pitch and the barrabravas supporters as well, so you can hear and learn the cheering anthems.
The Come-Down - The game is over but memories are forever. You’ll head back to the station and grab a bus/train or taxi with your guide, making sure you get back home safely.
- Beer/soft drink, and a burger/choripan 🍺🍔
- Match Ticket 🎟
Experience Bilingual Guide - to translate, answer your questions and keep everyone safe 😀
This experience includes public transportation.
What you need
- National Photo ID (not a copy/screenshot)
- Very casual clothing and comfortable footwear for walking/standing (dress-down!)
- Coats/jackets for the cold/rain
- You can bring your phone to take pictures
- Leave your valuables at home and travel light - no handbags, make-up, power banks, water bottles, lighters, umbrellas… these will be confiscated
- Some cash if you want to buy something extra as credit cards are not often accepted
- Your psyched-up self, it will be intense!
Important to know
- For some clubs, tickets are very hard to come by and are available exclusively to members, to sponsors, or can only be found through various levels of re-sale. For others, tickets are available but can only be bought in-person, with local ID/bank cards, or through various other inventive ways of wasting your time. We will make sure to find tickets for you and guarantee their authenticity.
- The access to the stadium is filled with different controls and security checks in which police and fans get mixed up, sometimes creating tension. Our expert guides have navigated these sites dozens of times, know the ins and outs, and can anticipate and handle these situations so you don’t have to.
- Many football fans in Argentina are not used to seeing tourists and barely speak English. In a way, this is what makes our experience truly authentic, and we will help with Spanish so no language barriers affect your match-day.
- Many supporters will appreciate it if you show your support through your clothing, by wearing the club's merchandise like a shirt, beanie, jacket, etc. Dressing with the club colours will be fine, but if you want a jersey make sure to take a look at our store.
- Football in Argentina is an amazing subculture. Our expert guide will let you know everything you need about the context of the game, the history of the clubs, the traditional pre-game rituals, the meaning of the songs you will hear, the significance of the flags and symbols, and more.
- The chaos and unpredictability in Argentine football are what makes it uniquely beautiful, and uniquely frustrating. The League often decides fixtures at the last moment, and changes can happen late on also. If this is the case, we will let you know in advance for you to make a decision according to your availability.