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10,000 kilometers from Buenos Aires and unusual security measures, Ray Lee and Boca Juniors will play in Madrid on Sunday at 16:30 in Copa Libertadores, a contest that must be "the end of the century" and ending with violence.
It is a very first game in Bombonera November 11, settled by 2-2, and even the return November 24 in Monumental when a group of river fans attacked the Boca bus and the final was postponed.
As Ray claims to support the area, and Boca wants in vain the disqualification of his opponent, Connol chose to take the final between the two historical rivals born in the same quarter of Buenos Aires.
It will be remembered "Like the huge shame of Argentine football", the president of River Plate, Rodolfo d'Onofrio, complained in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Friday.
On the other hand, Boca went to the Sports Court of Arbitration (TAS) to stop the game, but his request was rejected, a statement said on Saturday by the body that will consider the case later.
The "Winners' Cup"
The stage of the final will be the emblematic stadium Santiago Bernabeu in Real Madrid, which will host millionaires and will bring fans from around the world to its 81,000 places.
Spain has the largest colony of Argentines abroad and has a good air link with Latin America, but it is also of which Libertadores gave his name to the race.
"Now is Copa Conquistados de America", regretted AFP Robbie Kozy, a Barcelona phenomenon, but will move to Madrid for the match.
Like him, tens of thousands of Argentinians will go to the Spanish capital to witness the meeting. The 40,000 tickets offered to Argentines abroad had a strong demand.
On the other hand, of the 10,000 tickets reserved for fans in the country still had over 4,000 sales on Friday, before the high travel costs – more than 2,000 euros for the flight – were unacceptable to many in the face of the volatile economic situation in Argentina.
The security device will be exclusive: more than 4,000 police officers and private security agents, a display that is better than that of the 2010 Champions League final in Santiago Bernabeu.
In theory, the two fans should not cross: they were activated two "ventilation zones" divided 2 kilometers north and south of the stadium, will be located in opposite stands and will have different areas to celebrate the title.
Special attention will be paid to the "brave bars": authorities expect the arrival of between 400 and 500 particularly brutal fansSome will be immediately deported, as happened on Thursday with a Boca follower.
At the full risk, the competition will be an opportunity for Spain to defend itself in view of the World Cup in 2030, for which it wants a joint bid with Portugal and Morocco to compete with that of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
"Let's leave the party in peace," said the main Spanish sports newspaper "Marka" on Saturday, with photographs of the fans of Boca and the River.
The clubs of both clubs in Spain are calling for peace: "You do not have to kill anyone to wear another shirt," said Martin Barbarilla of the subsidiary of River Plate Barcelona.
Mobilized massively for a party they did not expect to enjoy, both try to take the breath of Monumental and Bombonera to Santiago Bernabeu, which is planned to be painted in white, red, yellow and blue.
In an atypical scenario and four weeks after the first game, the teams installed in Madrid from the middle of the week will have to make efforts to focus on the match.
The bet is the South American scepter – who will be the seventh for Boca, on the edge of Independence as the laureate or fourth place for the river plaque – and participation in World Cup of the Club from 12 to 22 December in the UAE together with his current host, Real Madrid.
"This is a rare average score," admits striker Carlos Tevez, franked by the Franco Armani goalkeeper who admits "strange taste" to playing in Madrid.
The exciting match of the first leg left the score completely open, especially given that the distant goals have no double value in the draw and the pitch is neutral.
And with so many bets, Boca coach Guillermo Barros warned fans: "I do not think it will be a very attractive game in the visual but very tight game, it's fighting very hard."