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Boca barra brava set up sightseeing service

Now thatâÂÂs service...

Usually, service in the Argentine capital can be a little brusque. Steaks, stunning though they are, are usually dumped before you by a 130-year-old waiter in a dirty tux, and wine swamped in ice (you know the wine is bad when they donâÂÂt even ask if you want ice).

But it appears things are on the up in the most unlikely place of Buenos Aires... La 12.

ThatâÂÂs right, Boca Juniors' hooligan group are unofficially offering services to tourists, taking them into the stadium and keeping an eye on them.

And then the next day⦠following up with a courtesy call to make sure they had a good time.

A recent story from a German tourist reveals how effective the tour is.

"Thank you, please come again..." 

Approaching La Bombonera on the morning of the Superclasico a couple of weeks back, the said tourist and a friend were sold âÂÂentranceâ to the game.

For AR$300 â about ã50 and substantially lower than the usual âÂÂthereâÂÂs a tourist, lets fleece him with a fake ticket rateâ - a member of the barra brava invited the German to enter with La 12.

Barra bravas in Argentina donâÂÂt pay an entrance fee (in fact they are usually given tickets to sell on around the stadium), they just barge past helpless police carrying streams of banners, fireworks and wine in a box (ice essential) to their usual position in the ground.

The tourists were invited to help carry the flag â a hallowed position in the strictly hierarchal barra brava â and taken into the centre position, before watching the game surrounded (and protected) by the hardest guys in BA.

And the next day? The phone call comes: "CanâÂÂt wait to see you next week."

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