Rosario Central – Newell’s Old Boys
As with England, there are world-famous football rivalries in Argentina that are known all over the world. One of them is, of course, the Buenos Aires Superclasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate, considered by many as one of the most important football derbies in the world.
Another is the Avellaneda Derby between Independiente and Racing whose stadiums are a few hundred meters from each other. A lesser-known but equally felt rivalry in the South American country is between Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys, the two clubs that compete for Argentina’s third-largest city, Rosario. The city lives on football and the two clubs are the most complete expression of this. In Rosario there is no such thing as not taking a position, if you are born there you have to cheer one of the two.
The Clasico Rosarino has very ancient origins and dates back to the 1930s. At that time the hygienic conditions of the city were not optimal and leprosy that filled the hospitals spread in the poorest quarters. It was therefore decided to organize a charity match between the two teams to collect money to use to improve the hygienic conditions of the city. The Newell’s immediately agreed to come but the Rosario Central using various excuses eventually refused.
The controversy immediately started with the Rosell’s supporters who accused their rivals of being Canallas scoundrels. In response, those of Central began to raise doubts about the great interest of the adversaries in the cause, insinuating that perhaps they too were Leprosos, lepers in Spanish. These two nicknames of Canallas and Leprosos are still used today to refer to the two rosarine groups. Since that day the rivalry between the two teams has only increased and has led to many memorable matches on the pitch between the teams and in the stands between the fans.
The cheering, in particular, is a particularly strong point of this rivalry with the fans of the two teams that at every challenge clash both with beautiful choreography and songs and unfortunately with violent physical clashes to establish who is the number one in Rosario.