Say it quietly... The fútbol scene in Rosario may even be better than Buenos Aires
Ñuls are one half of a city divided and the scenes in Parque Independencia never disappoint, the Marcelo Bielsa stadium is a must visit for football pilgrims.
Where we'll meet - Your bilingual guide will meet you in Rosario - location to be arranged based on travel.
The Build-Up - We'll head straight to Parque Independencia, the centre point of Rosario and home of the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, the Coloso del Parque.
On match days it is thronged with Newell's fans drinking beer, fernet and the smoke from the barbecued chorizos and bondiolas wafts through the air over the sea of red and black.
The match - In advance of the game the stadium is full with expectant Leprosos (lepers): flag displays, banners covering the whole stand, fireworks, smoke bombs... the sights and sounds are out of this world, it's a breathtaking spectacle for this occasion.
The Coloso is a cauldron, your guide will be with you the whole time.
- Beer/soft drink, and a burger/choripan 🍺🍔
- Match Ticket 🎟
- Experience Bilingual Guide - to translate, answer your questions and keep everyone safe 😀
- Local transport (in Rosario)
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, 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.