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Wed Apr 23 12:34:20 SAST 2014

Argentine soccer fans claim record

Reuters | 09 October, 2012 08:510 Comments
River Plate fans
Image by: Marcos Brindicci / REUTERS

River Plate soccer fans in Argentina unveiled a 7,8 kilometre (4 mile) banner on Monday they claim is the longest in the world and fit for the Guinness Book of Records.

The red and white banner measuring 7829,74 metres was paraded by thousands of fans from the site of River’s former ground in the Palermo district of the capital to the Monumental, their giant World Cup stadium in Nunez opened in 1938.

The fans’ timing coincides with the team’s improved form in their last two matches in which they have scored nine goals and conceded none, including Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Godoy Cruz at the Monumental.

Organisers said more than 50000 people took part in the procession along Alcorta Avenue that lasted nearly three hours.

Fans then watched a match in the Monumental between the River reserves and their under-20 team, who are South American champions.

Sunday’s victory was River’s first at home this season after two draws and two defeats following their promotion back to the first division. They are in mid-table with 15 points from 10 matches.

The immensely popular River were relegated for the first time in June 2011 after a decade of poor management.

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