Newell’s All Boys vs Rosario Central

With over 100 years of passion, deeds, legends and a kind of antagonism that rocks the entire City of Rosario, the historical duel between Newell’s All Boys and Rosario Central summons crowds and is considered one of the most intense derbies in Argentine soccer.

There are many derbies in Argentina, such as Boca-River, Independiente-Racing or Estudiantes-Gimnasia. Throughout history, these duels have been enriched by anecdotes and myths that only contributed to stirring up the passion for soccer. And this rule includes the Rosario derby: every time the ball inaugurates a new episode in this rivalry, this city in Santa Fe comes to a complete halt.

“Canallas” vs. “Leprosos”

Legend has it that the antagonism dates back to a time when an invitation to play a friendly match between the two teams in order to help the lepers in a hospital in Rosario was made by Newell’s. It seems that Central rejected the invitation, thus getting the nickname of “canallas de la ciudad”, which in Spanish stands for “scoundrels of the city”. To get back at the mock, the fans of Central gave their rivals the counter-insult of “leprosos”, which stands for “lepers”, thus ridiculing their interests to play this charity match in favor of the hospital.

As time went by, the nickname gained importance, to such an extent that it has become a symbol among the fans. Whether the derby takes place at El Coloso del Parque (Newell’s stadium) or El Gigante de Arroyito (Central’s stadium), today, the rivalry between “canallas” and “leprosos” summons 40,000 spectators at any of both venues.

  • The stadium Marcelo Bielsa

    The stadium Marcelo Bielsa

  • The Gigante de Arroyito Stadium

    The Gigante de Arroyito Stadium

  • The Colossus of Independence Park

    The Colossus of Independence Park

  • The

    The "Scoundrels"

Disputed in 1905, the result of the first match was a 1-0 victory over Central. The parity of the derby is so notorious that both clubs have achieved the same amount of official titles along history.

Passion for the Game

Many anecdotes have added a legendary touch to a century of duel. It is said that Ernesto “Che” Guevara himself was a fan of the blue and golden T-shirt of Central and that the fans of the red and black T-shirt of Newell’s had the honor to count Maradona as a player during five matches in 1993.

Another memorable event was “palomita de Poy”, a historical “flight” performed by player Aldo Pedro Poy when he headed a cross that would close Central’s 1-0 victory in the semifinals in 1971. That move was immortalized in the feelings of the fans, to such an extent that every year on December 19, they gather up to shout the new goal that opened up their way in the championship.

A game full of tension and incidents in 1974 was the prelude to another legend: playing as the visiting team, Newell’s was already considering it impossible to modify the 2-0. In a magical second half, the first goal scored by Capurro gave way to hope and, later on, a ruthless left-foot kick by Zanabria represented the tying goal, ensured the championship and unleashed such excitement that the player himself asserted: “I never kick so hard… somebody pushed my left foot”.

Even though the passion of this great derby between canallas and leprosos has been present for over a century, it is more alive than ever. We only need to wait for that the magic to awake again during the next match.

Autor Sebastián Picchetti Fotografo Gentileza de los Clubes de Fútbol

Tour typeTour type: History of the Rosario Derby
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