Which countries hate Argentina
"We love to hate each other"
by Matthias Heidrich, sportschau.de
Brazil and Argentina. That is love and hate at the same time. Especially lived out in football. At the Olympic Games in Rio, the eternal brotherly duel between the two largest countries in South America reached its climax not in the Maracana Stadium, but next door, in the Maracanazinho. At a volleyball quarter-finals that was so much more than that.
The conditions on this evening in the Maracanazinho are already settled when the two teams are introduced. Argentina is the first to enter the arena with a capacity of almost 11,500. The gauchos are accompanied by a deafening whistle concert. Your fans have no chance of disrupting the yellow-green chorus of dislike. Incoming of the Brazilians: madhouse atmosphere, although not a ball has yet been thrown.
This is bigger than an Olympic volleyball quarter-finals. There is much more to it. About the eternal brotherly duel between the two largest countries in South America, which for decades has been connected and at the same time separated by a love-hate relationship. "We love to hate each other. And we hate that we love each other," is how Brazilians describe the complicated relationship.
"Maradona is better than Pelé"
Both countries once waged war against each other, over today's Uruguay, which ultimately emerged from the conflict as an independent state. That is almost 200 years in the past, but somehow also to blame for the fact that Brazil was able to concede the epoch-making final defeat against Uruguay at the first football World Cup in their own country in 1950 - in the Estadio Maracana of Rio, in the heart of Brazilian football.
No wonder that the bitter rivalry between the two nations is fostered above all in the football stadiums. Above all, the Argentinians' "Decime qué se siente" with the provocation "Maradona is better than Pelé" drives the Brazilians to white heat. In the duel of the football saints, neither side understands fun. The Argentines don't miss an opportunity to add salt to the second big wound in Brazilian football: the 1: 7 two years ago in the World Cup semi-final against Germany.
Fair play appeals from governments go unheard
All of this resonates in this quarter-finals in the "little Maracana". Fair play, a big topic at these Olympic Games because Brazilian and Argentine fans have often trampled on, is the foreign word of the evening. All the appeals from the governments, whose state secretaries for sport even agreed to hold a special meeting in Rio, do not help either.
Pure Brazilian patriotism
The Brazilians are even more patriots than usual in this knockout game and want to see their team win, especially against Argentina. The neighbors' serves are accompanied by whistles and boos. Every point that the two-time Olympic champion and runner-up world champion wins is celebrated like the last. A decibel meter would probably show values from a jumbo jet taking off.
When the Brazilians turn the match point into a 3-1 victory and advance to the Olympic semifinals, the Maracanazinho takes off. Now it's up to the defending champions Russia in the semifinals, while Italy and the USA meet in the other semifinals. Argentina's Facundo Conte had tried to classify things before the duel with Brazil: "Football is football. The World Cup is over, these are the Olympic Games." The 11,500 Brazilian and Argentine fans in the Maracanazinho don't care. They love to hate each other that evening.
Volleyball, men, final score
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