The No Dancing, No Dreaming Weekend Preview
With its poles, its silicone, and its thongs, Marcelo TinelliÃ¢ÂÂs Bailando por un sueÃÂ±o Ã¢ÂÂ Dancing for a Dream Ã¢ÂÂ is, for some obscure reason, a particularly successful TV show in Argentina.
But when Tinelli is not shouting into a microphone, surrounded by a harem of goddesses and addressing over a third of the nationÃ¢ÂÂs TV audience, he can be seen at San Lorenzo.
Together with Lord Aragon, he is the highest-profile ciclÃÂ³n supporter.
Viggo Mortensen wears San Lorenzo shirts during interviews and converts fellow actors into club supporters.
Tinelli, however, has a slightly more hands-on role, or at least he did up until this week.
The TV presenterÃ¢ÂÂs investment group was responsible for bringing the likes of coaches RamÃÂ³n DÃÂaz and Diego Simeone, along with AndrÃÂ©s DÃ¢ÂÂAlessandro, Diego Placente and Santiago Solari, amongst others, to the club.
Tinelli was something of a sugar daddy for San Lorenzo, a wealthy fan who could bring the kind of players to the club that could win that elusive Libertadores Cup for the fans.
The problem was, it never happened.
And last weekend, another of Ã¢ÂÂTinelliÃ¢ÂÂs playersÃ¢ÂÂ, the brilliant but prickly Papu GÃÂ³mez, was sent off as the team crashed to a 3-0 home defeat.
The supporters werenÃ¢ÂÂt happy, and GÃÂ³mez was almost beaten up by particularly irate fans on his way out of the stadium.
While GÃÂ³mez said he considered retiring from the game, Tinelli decided it was time to leave San Lorenzo.
"It seems that some fans are only happy when the team lose," he said, telling the clubÃ¢ÂÂs president he didnÃ¢ÂÂt want such an important role at the club.
For now he will take a back seat, and only help out with the clubÃ¢ÂÂs marketing.
"By him leaving," claimed the clubÃ¢ÂÂs treasurer, with a wording clearly inspired by hours watching Tinelli on TV, "San Lorenzo arenÃ¢ÂÂt left naked."
Maybe they are not, but they will have to decide what to do with the coach, Diego Simeone, who Tinelli took to the club.
Less than two months ago the CholoÃ¢ÂÂs side were amongst the favourites to win the league and Sudamericana. Neither are now going to happen.
This weekend they take on HuracÃÂ¡n in the derby, but if their minds are elsewhere, they need not worry Ã¢ÂÂ the Globo are in a similar position.
HuracÃÂ¡n havenÃ¢ÂÂt so much lost an investor Ã¢ÂÂ the club has never had money - but rather their spiritual leader.
Their coach, ÃÂngel Cappa, quit a week ago, but his players convinced him to stay on.
This week he quit again, but will stay on till the end of the year.
According to Cappa, his relationship with some of the clubÃ¢ÂÂs directors has Ã¢ÂÂworn thin.Ã¢ÂÂ
The vice-president doesnÃ¢ÂÂt quite see it that way, stating that the moustachioed maestro (not the viceÃ¢ÂÂs choice of words) is Ã¢ÂÂHuracÃÂ¡nÃ¢ÂÂs Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C.Ã¢ÂÂ
Cappa insists heÃ¢ÂÂll be leaving, so the club will have a task on their hands making the successor feel wanted.
The fans are having none of it. This seasonÃ¢ÂÂs two wins in 14 games hasnÃ¢ÂÂt changed their opinion of Cappa, who came so close to winning the title just months ago playing brilliant football.
The supporters know that, as OlÃÂ© put it, "without Cappa the tiki tiki dies, and HuracÃÂ¡n will become just another team that plays like all the others."
Perhaps that is why the quemeros have set up an online petition for Cappa to stay, and why on Friday night theyÃ¢ÂÂll meet outside the club offices to make some noise.
It seems like itÃ¢ÂÂll be too little too late, but as one supporter put it in the comments section of CappaÃ¢ÂÂs own blog, "hopefully itÃ¢ÂÂs not an adios, but a hasta pronto."
Whatever it is, donÃ¢ÂÂt expect dancing or dreaming from the either sets of fans when HuracÃÂ¡n take on San Lorenzo this weekend.
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