MIAMI. – With a fever on the doorstep of the World Cup, thousands of Argentines have an appointment this Friday. Whether from Aventura or Key Biscayne, Weston or Pinecrest, the national selection In what may be the greatest church of pale blue and white roots in Miami history will achieve: Friendly, led by Lionel Messi, against Honduras, The passion for football that elevates the Argentine is still a secret, even away from home.
Tomas Horcada is 20 years old, and with four friends living in Miami, he booked a night at the Le Meridien Hotel in Dania Beach, where the team is staying. But the security protocol stunned him. “It was almost impossible to see the players. We saw De Paul and Papu Gomez from afar. The security was very heavy, with a man chasing us 24 hours a day. We were so honored, we didn’t try to talk to him or get in touch with him. About nine Argentines stayed to see the national team, but hotel security also let out anyone who had a little pain,” says Horcada.
There are 10 to 30 curious fans outside the hotel every day. the crowd swirls They all feel like they are leaving empty handed. They can’t even go near, police cars and yellow tape blocking access to the building. The place is Frank.
Horcada went to the Inter Training Center on Wednesday, where the Argentine team practices, but was unsuccessful. “It’s almost impossible to see the players. They cover all the places. There were also TV channels but they stayed and went for 15 minutes. At one point we found a small space that you could see a little bit inside and they took us out.” But luck turned on Thursday: he returned to the stadium where the team was training, attracted by rumors that the doors might open. And it happened: he had the privilege of watching the practice and hearing the voices of the players, Who had fun in the warm-up and then played the match in less space. A good opportunity to take photos like the one this note depicts.
Tonight, Horkada—who is accompanied by several friends and his parents—plans to dress up as Spider-Man. “This leads me to contact Julian lvarez (who is nicknamed “The Spider”). I’m from the river and he’s a great guy. Seeing him for me is my biggest inspiration. I think a lot Everyone will go and not just Argentina. This is an opportunity to see Messi play.”ends
Married with two children aged 13 and 16, Juliette Porporato is the fanciest in her family. The day the team arrived, he finished the work at 2:00 pm and after seeing a post of the players on Instagram, sat in the car and went to Inter. The training was already over, she changed her route and went to the hotel, where she managed to get in the car as if she were staying. “Until I reached a locked door, and there I was stopped by a security guard, who did not let me go. That was Uruguay, and he told me he couldn’t even talk to the players, there are even Argentines who got a room in the hotel and can’t even come close. They suggested I wait outside, as they might be out once in a while,” he says.
On the sidewalk he is joined by a group of youths in Albiceleste shirts. “After a while the police came and very kindly took us out. They told us that the hotel was chosen for that structure and security, so that not many people pass by. As an American the policeman told us that can’t believe our bigotry”, says Juliet, who will hit the ground with her husband and children. “In the match I am going to pitch, I am going to touch Messi. My kids hold their heads,” he laughs.
In Argentinian chat, “Do you know how long a passport is taking?”, “Any good dentists to recommend?”, or “Do you know that children under 2 can enter the stadium. We do?” Commercial advertisements also aired: Fan pack of flags, scarves, hats and makeup for $20, Or pack decorations, with a flag, ensign, balloons and garland for the same price. “The initial idea was to sell them to Qatar. We are great cotillion producers in Argentina”, says Noemi, who lives in Miami. “Everything was sold there for the World Cup. We delivered Carrefour, Jumbo… Here we bring some packs for you to try. I published them in July and almost all of them took off. Now for the match, I re-published them in the chat and sold the rest”, says Noemi. A light blue and white curly wig, triple harlequin, bunting or makeup are also sold separately for $6 each.
“A lot of people are asking us for tickets,” says a source at the Argentine consulate in Miami. “Some close traders have asked us, as if we had a branch of the AFA – they laugh – but we don’t have tickets”, he says.
The match will be played at Hard Rock Stadium with a capacity of 75,000. guess it will fill
for its part, swamp boys They are sewing a big flag. The football-playing group of men in Weston (a town bordering the Everglades swamps to the north and west) declares itself football every week. “The vast majority are Argentines, some Chileans and Mexicans. We’re all going to court together, we’re like 40, between 30 and 60 years old. We all play amateur, except for one former player who lives here And sometimes it’s involved. We’re planning to go halfway in a caravan and we’re sewing a flag, because later one of the boys, Ariel, goes to Qatar and takes it with him”, Gonzalo Torres Ragot, who has lived in Miami for two years. He doesn’t deny that the exit ends in a dinner together. “Every Argentine is a fan of the national team, but the plan also inspires. More here, that you are far from the homeland, and colors are thrown at you,” says Torres Ragot.
For dinner, in Las Olas, Argentina A restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with more than 50 pennants from Argentine clubs hanging on its walls, they already have a post game plan. Any fan who comes in on a Friday night with a national team shirt will get 10% off. “The match is quite the event, every customer who comes, especially Latin, brings up the topic that Argentina is playing, that Messi is coming. I think it’s going to explode with Argentina, we Everyone talked to buy their tickets,” says restaurant owner Maria Iraola, which is about 15 minutes from the hotel where the team is staying.
Too There are companies that make a global ruckus, Edistec, a Miami-based IT company that is owned by Argentina, invited its entire staff to a suite in the stadium. “We’ll go with a light blue and white shirt. Employees from other countries also participate, it is a multicultural and collective event”, says Marcelo Gardelin, America’s director of media and entertainment.
A group outing is being organized at the rental farm La Conchita in downtown Doral, where the boys’ soccer club has also been operating for 16 years. Behind are two Argentines, Andrea Gamarra and his partner Jorge Moly. “The World Cup in La Conchita has been won wonderfully. We cook Argentinian food, we turn idols every day. Although the people who come are football fans, the World Cup is a special folk song, we put on the big screen, We make Roast and Choripani, We’re announcing two tickets to this game on Instagram and we’re organizing a caravan ride, one from La Canchita and another from a gated community in Doral. It is a party”, says Gamra.
On Thursday night before the match, players and coaching staff enjoyed a barbecue to celebrate the birthday of AFA President Claudio Tapia. “Through our meat importing companies, the Pampa de Vere; And the wine, mirokos, we were in charge of feeding the chosen one. We organize a very Argentine festival with the finest meat and the finest wines”, concludes Adriana Gorosito.