Argentina's national game is fútbol (soccer), which was introduced in the
1860s by British soldiers. The Argentinian national team has become one of the best in the world and
won World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986. In the streets, you may hear "Boca or River?" on the
day of a fútbol game between the Boca Juniors and the River Plate team. Some Porteños
ask this to strangers because they assume everybody is interested in fútbol.
Since an Argentinian team won the first Olympic gold medal in polo
in 1924, Argentinians have dominated the sport. Polo is played by teams of four on
horseback. Players use long wooden mallets to hit a wooden ball the size of a tennis
ball towards a goal at the end of the field. Polo ponies are small thoroughbreds that
are specially trained for the sport. Both Argentinian ponies and Argentinian polo players
are sought by polo teams in other countries. The polo player Gonzalo Pieres is one of the best in the world.
Did you know?
That Argentina won both Basket and football gold medal in Athens 2004.
Pato is a special Argentinian sport, first played by the Gauchos. Pato
means "duck." Pato was originally played by two teams on horseback using a duck in a leather
pouch with handles. Two players would grab the handles and pull until one let go. The winning
eam would ride away, while the opposing team tried to stop them and grab the pato. The sport became
dangerous and it was banned in 1882. In the late 1930s, the sport was revived with new rules. Now
two teams of four men on horseback attempt to throw the modern pato, a leather ball with
six handles, into one of two baskets at either end of a large field.
Basketball, Volleyball and rugby are very important sports as well. The country got
the 2ND place in the last basketball world cup and the 1st place in the last Olympic Games
in Athens, aften beating the Dream Team in semifinals and Italy in the final. While the national team reached the
final again in Basketball World Cup 2006.
Another sport that has become quite important is the Field hockey where the Argentinean Women Team won the
last world cup in Perth - Australia.
Horse racing is another popular spectator sport. Races are held throughout
the year. The two most important events are the Argentine Republic Prize, held
in April, and the Grand National in November.
Tennis was once a sport reserved for the wealthy until
the Argentinian Guillermo Vilas did well in international
competitions. Now it is played by young people throughout the country. Gabriela
Sabatini was ranked as one of the top women tennis players during her teenage years.
Families often go to the Atlantic coast in summer. Mar del Plata, southeast of
Buenos Aires Province, is a popular destination for summer holidays. In winter, many Argentinians
enjoy Andinismo, which means hiking, mountain-climbing or alpine or cross-country skiing in the Andes Mountains.
“Peninsula Valdes – El Calafate – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires, awesome !”-May 23th 2012
Our trip could not have been more perfect. It was amazing how everything went so smoothly. Argentina is certainly a beautiful place. We loved the natural beauty. All of our transports were prompt and friendly. Our guides were really informative, knowledgeable and fun to get to know...
wasup everyone i need to do a project on Argentina could i have help
belieber | 07 May 2013, 23:53
i luv writting on here because i am not allowed to have any social
accounts. don't judge me, i like to keep my private buisness private. btw
i am in grd.6 and i got a c on my math test and the next one i got an A
......alright i got an A- but ut is still an A. LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
LA LA LA . I LOVE TYPING ITS ONE OF MY HOBIES . OOOPPPSSS my caps lock was
on well ia m out of room to write so bye bye. oh wait i have more room, and
by the way this website was so use ful (no sarcasim) and i am from
aregentina. BTW ..............ARGENTINA RULES SO DOES peru.!!!!i love jb
especially his songs which is on right now' and iwas like baby baby baby
ohh, like baby baby baby oh, thought youd always be mine mine... wen i was
13 i had my own love....' 'if i was ur gf i never let u go
i luv JB | 07 May 2013, 02:28
Hey, this website is awsome. when i have a topic to look up i am surely to
go here. BTW you people who write bad stuff, the police can see what you
write!Be careful and im in grade 6
jaskcon | 07 Sep 2012, 09:07
Argentina Ranking in popular sports :
http://sportsmaths.com/index.php/ranking/arg ( updated weekly)
Rightnow TOP 10 in the world , in Football , Hockey, Rugby, Basketball,
suger | 23 Apr 2012, 19:42
I disagree with Abi. Futbol is a boring sport and we should not stop
playing football to play futbol. Besides we already play futbol, but our
focus be on football because that is where the cute boys are!!!!
kim hull | 22 Feb 2012, 22:18
futbol is my favotie
Abi | 15 Feb 2012, 22:08
I think futbol is the most exciting game in the world!! South Americans
have all the fun, playing it all the time. We Americans should give up on
"footbal" and play a true sport!!
argentina is awesome. im doing a report on it and this is very
informational site for the sports. i love soccer the most. its the best
sport in the world and its the most interesting. pato sound fun too but i
think soccer would still be better
me | 07 Apr 2010, 18:05
hello i luv brazil and argentina
reports suck! | 14 Mar 2010, 18:20
i have to do a stinken report on argentina and this was veryyyyy useful!!!
iplaypato | 02 Mar 2010, 17:40
PATO IS THE NATIONAL SPORT SOCCER IS THE MOST POPULAR GET YOUR ASHIT
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