The end of the 2020 season and the imminent start of the new year of competition once again put the discussion about tournament formats, averages, the calendar and also the distribution of money for the two soccer giants at the center of the scene. Argentinian. And in that, both Rodolfo D’Onofrio and Jorge Ameal, since winning the elections, have been united in the search for a common good: that Boca and River are rewarded in a different way from the rest of domestic football, aware that they drive a good part of local and international consumption.
As happened at the beginning of last year, and which was repeated during the pandemic in joint calls that led them to express themselves in public almost simultaneously in disagreement with the way of playing the tournaments after the brake by the coronavirus, the presidents of both clubs they agreed on a new meeting. A private meeting, even with people linked to the political world and with various concerns based on the ball but also on the devalued football industry.
The Boca-River tandem so far works much better than the one between D’Onofrio-Angelici left, although it is true that for now they have not emerged victorious from the small disputes they had in AFA. Something else: both are already positioned so that in the new term of Tapia they occupy the vice-presidencies. Perhaps a new space of power to take football in the direction they want, where income can be multiplied.
Other concerns that unite Boca and River have to do with the scheduled schedule, with almost 40 games to play in 2021 (it has not yet been approved) while both teams, as happened in recent years, also play the Copa Libertadores. Will there be any complaints or presentations in the Professional League in the next few days?
The economic part was not left aside. In River and Boca, the giants that receive the most sponsoring money from the country, they are also in difficulties due to the purchase and sale of foreign currency. That complicates the payments of fees, debts and even being able to incorporate renowned footballers.
“In order to have a more attractive Argentine football, in which Boca and River are always protagonists, we need facilities to be able to retain the players,” they entrusted to Clarion from the leadership. The account is simple: they receive dollars that they must pesify in 72 hours at the official exchange rate, but to buy foreign currency they have the same restrictions as anyone else. And thus, contracts or debts incurred abroad are increasingly complex.
The relationship with the League also had short circuits in the last time. Just as Tinelli always seemed an ally of D’Onofrio in his fight against Tapia and Angelici, in recent months the head of River distanced himself from the man who also presides over San Lorenzo. In the case of Ameal, the talks are more frequent and even in San Juan they shared the award to Boca. Of course: D’Onofrio (at the end of the year he will leave the presidency) and Ameal also go hand in hand in the complaint before the Professional League. It is that the two seek more income, according to what they generate.