Sport in Buenos Aires

Soccer is undoubtedly the passion and the number one sport in Buenos Aires and, in fact, throughout Argentina. Buenos Aires has the most football teams in any city in the world. Only the 24 professional football teams in the capital highlight how much football has control over the country. The most famous rivalry is between River Plate and Boca Juniors and seeing a clash between these two titans has been rated as one of the 50 most important sports things you should do before you die. Other major clubs include the Athletic Club, Independiente, San Lorenzo Almagro and Huracán.

Buenos Aires often hosts major Formula One events organized on the great Oscar Galvez race track, which to date has hosted 20 editions of the Grand Prix between 1953 and 1988; Today the event is suspended due to financial reasons. Now, smaller events are organized in local categories most weekends. Another great racing event organized in Buenos Aires is the Dakar Rally that begins and ends in the city.

After football and racing, another great passion for Argentines is horses and it is seen in all its forms. From horse races at the Hippodrome on the race track in Palermo, polo in the field to horseback riding through the vast plains and mountains of Argentina. Another popular sport based on horses is duck which is a type of basketball that is played on horseback and was only officially named a sport in 1953.

One of the most famous athletes in Argentina is Diego Armando Maradona, known as one of the best soccer players in football history. Starting his football life in Argentinos Juniors, moving to Boca and then to the national football team. Guillermo Vilas was one of the best tennis players of the seventies and eighties and made tennis popular in Argentina.