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Boca Juniors and River Plate Arrive at Superclasico Amidst Crisis

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - FEBRUARY 10:  Paulo Ferrari of River Plate is congratulated by team mates after scoring the second goal during the Primera Division closing season match between River Plate and Gimnasia de Jujuy at the Estadio Monumental on February 10, 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Pablo ImazContributor INovember 12, 2010

In the history of Argentina’s biggest derby, the Superclasico between River Plate and Boca Juniors, there has perhaps never been a time when both clubs arrived in such poor form. The Buenos Aires giants have long since bid farewell to their title hopes and neither is in contention to reach next year’s Copa Libertadores.

For both teams, the problems do not stop with poor form on the field, but go into the boardroom and coach’s bench.

River Plate president Daniel Passarella sacked coach Angel Cappa after his team fell to promoted side All Boys, but what he did not anticipate was that his top two candidates would turn down the job.

Passarella’s former friend and teammate with River and the Argentina National Team Americo Gallego passed up the job due to differences with El Kaiser in recent years, while Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa, who will walk away from that post in January, also ruled himself out.

With no proper coach, youth team ...

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