Argentina Travelled to fulfil his dream
Danny Last, a 46-year-old Englishman, is a football fanatic and one of his dreams was to travel to Argentina and witness their football culture with his own eyes, something he finally was able to do in 2018.
His admiration for Argentinian football was born in 1978 as he watched the way in which the people took in their football and the euphoria that they showed; from this, from here, a journey to Buenos Aires had to happen.
“The trip was planned over 20 years ago,” said Last.
“Buenos Aires, for me, is the world capital of football – and I love football.”
On October 25, he landed in the Argentinian capital and began his marathon of matches – 14 games in two weeks across the Superliga, the Copa Sudamericana and the play-offs from the second division.
The games he watched in October were: Huracan–Colon; River Plate–Aldosivi; Racing Club–San Lorenzo; Velez Sarsfield–Belgrano; Deportivo Moron–Defensores de Belgrano; Ituzaingo–Central Cordoba; and Nacional–Fluminense in the Copa Sudamericana.
In November, he went on to watch: Defensa y Justicia–Junior; Atlanta–Almirante Brown; Boca Juniors–Tigre; Argentinos Juniors–Independiente; San Lorenzo–Talleres Cordoba; Almagro–Guillermo Brown, Lanus–Huracan; and Independiente–San Martin Tucuman.
To close his mammoth journey, Last watched the Copa Libertadores final between Boca and River in Madrid.
“I ended up seeing River–Boca in Madrid as I have family in Spain,” he said.
“But obviously I did not have the same experience that I would have had in Buenos Aires, where it should have been.
“I enjoyed the game in Madrid, but no way, in a million years, should it have taken place there.”