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Football is the most popular sport in Argentina and has more registered participants than any other sport played in the country. 90% of Argentines declare support of an Argentine football club.

Football was introduced to Argentina in the latter half of the 19th century by British immigrants in Buenos Aires. The first Argentine league was contested in 1891, making it one of the oldest leagues outside Great Britain and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) was formed in 1893, being the eighth oldest in the world.

Argentina is one of the seven countries to have won the football World Cup, having done so in 1978 and 1986. They have also won the continental tournament Copa América on fourteen occasions. At youth level; the Argentina Olympic football team has won two Gold Medals and the Argentina Under-20 team has won a record six FIFA U-20 World Cups. There has been a national women's league in Argentine since 1991 and Argentina women's team qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2007.

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The Avellaneda derby in Estadio Juan Domingo Perónel Cilindro
The Avellaneda derby (clásico de Avellaneda) is the second most important rivalry in Argentine football. It is contested between Club Atlético Independiente and Racing Club, the 3rd and 4th most successful teams in terms of the total number of league championships won. It is the second most important local derby, behind to the Superclásico contested between Boca Juniors and River Plate, who are in the city of Buenos Aires; and it's a major football rivalry. Both teams are very popular in Argentina, and are two of the "five big teams of Argentinian football".

The two stadiums are only a few hundred metres apart, Independiente play at the Estadio Libertadores de América commonly known as "Doble Visera" and Racing Club play at the Estadio Juan Domingo Perón commonly known as "El Cilindro".

The first encounter between the two took place in 1907 with Independiente winning. The first top flight game between the two took place on December 12, 1915, Independiente won 2-1, but the result was overturned and Racing were awarded the victory. The 2 points from that game were enough for Racing to go on to win the 1915 championship. The 26 November 1961 saw the most violent game between the two clubs, the referee was forced to suspend the game for 6 minutes due to fighting amongst the players. The referee eventually sent off 4 players from each team. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Supporters of the Argentina national football team react as they are knocked out of the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals by hosts Germany. La Selección, as the team is known locally, have won the World Cup on two occasions and the Copa América fourteen times. Players who have worn the national colours include Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Mario Kempes, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa.

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Guillermo Schelotto attending a "meet the crew" event in Columbus
Guillermo Barros Schelotto (born May 4, 1973 in La Plata, Argentina) is a football player who plays in the winger position. Guillermo had played for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (1991-1996) and Boca Juniors (1996-2007) of the Primera División Argentina before moving to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in 2007.

El Mellizo ("the twin") started playing professionally at the end of 1991 with Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, where he scored 45 goals in 181 matches and in 1993 won the AFA Centenario Cup. On September 14, 1997 he transferred to Boca Juniors, for whom he played for almost 10 years. He remains one of Boca's top ten scorers.

On April 19, 2007 he announced he would sign a two-year contract with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. Schelotto made his debut in the US on May 5 as a substitute and went on to become a team leader and fan favorite in Columbus, helping to turn their season around. He led the team with 11 assists and scored 5 goals in 22 games in his first season with the club.

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