Newspapers which traditionally send over a dozen reporters to the World Cup will now get by with just two - and this in a year when their team is justifiably seen as one of the favourites.
Argentina's players will have plenty of microphones and tape recorders thrust under their noses in the next few weeks - but far fewer than usual will be from home.
They will also receive less encouragement from the stands.
Brazil's travelling support has always been a myth, only the priviledged can afford it, since overseas travel is beyond the dreams of the average fan.
But that was not the case with Argentina.
While the peso was equal in value to the dollar they flocked in their thousands.
In both 2000 and 2001 Boca Juniors even sent a massive contingent to Japan for the annual clash with the champions of Europe.
It will not be possible this year.
In the current climate only the rich and the insane will make the trip.
So Argentina's rich terrace culture, with its drums and wonderful non-stop singing, will hardly be in evidence this June - and the World Cup will be all the poorer for it.