Greatest Games: River Plate P-P Boca Juniors, 2018

Mar 23, 2021, 02:34 AM

Rory Smith joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller on this week’s Greatest Games to reflect on one of football’s most highly-anticipated fixtures to have never even happened – the postponed 2018 Copa Libertadores final second-leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors.

A rousing 2-2 draw at La Bombonera had perfectly set-up a winner-takes-all Copa Libertadores superclásico final – the like of which never to have been witnessed before in the 58-year history of the competition. 

However, it was an occasion that proved too seismic to even taken place – where it was originally intended to have been hosted, at least.

The local and global significance of the superclásico, Conmebol tribulations, Jacaranda trees and more.

About the panel:

Jonathan Wilson founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

Marcus Speller is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

Rory Smith is the chief soccer correspondent for the New York Times, a regular on BBC Radio Five Live and author of Mister: The Men Who Gave The World The Game.

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