The old rivalry between Brazil and Argentina saw a new episode on Monday, When the men’s volleyball teams from both countries met in a real match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The trans-Andean team entered directly to risk their lives. They seemed to give the biggest surprise when they won the first two sets, but The Olympic champions flip the scoreboard, They won the next three rounds and scored a big win
Argentina was completely upset, while Brazil was full of ecstasy. Of course, for sure. The former lost to his archenemy, after a great start, and the latter returned from a semi-lost match.
What happened in men’s volleyball at the Olympics. It is just another example of the historical and bitter rivalry that exists between the two powers in South America. Not only in football, but also in other less popular sports. What’s more, in whatever discipline the Argentine vs. the Brazilian competes in, there will surely be passion and dedication, but above all self-love and pride. Yesterday, for example, while Canarinha reached the quarter-finals of football, Albiceleste was bid farewell to the first stage. In rugby, at least, there was joy: Pumas 7 beat Great Britain and took the medal.
More games or less games, it’s the Superclásico of South America. however, What was the moment when this real struggle began? For some historians, this goes back two centuries, when both countries were political and economic rivals.
It began in the nineteenth century, when both countries established themselves as the two most important nations in the Southern Cone, claiming dominance and supremacy. and crystallize it”The Brazilian historian and political scientist has argued BBC’s Boris Fausto, in 2016.
That particular year, at the Olympics in Rio, there were several attempts between trans-Andean fans and Brazilians in the stands. In fact, it was the most controversial episode in tennis, during the match between Argentine Juan Martín del Potro and Portugal’s Joao Sousa, Where it hit some fans.
At the time, Clarín newspaper reported the presence of a ‘Dangerous atmosphere of tension’ warned about it “It seems that the discord between partners and neighbors is confined to a very small container, which is about to explode at any moment.”.
The political and economic struggle for dominance in South America at the beginning of the last century moved to society and thus to football. The events of the game revolve around two countries with high soccer game, which has brought the rivalry between them to the most popular sport. While it’s Olympic time, the sprinter is also up to all the disciplines they can take on. It is no longer about Pele or Diego Maradona, or who has more World Cups or America’s Cup.
Both Brazil and Argentina know that they cannot compete at the medal table with major world powers, such as the United States, China, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, among others. Both focus their disagreement on who is the best in South America. That is why, every time they face each other, they ignite sparks and make very emotional matches, as happened Monday in men’s volleyball in Tokyo 2020, and as it certainly happened, it will continue.