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Club Atletico Boca Juniors

Club Atletico Boca Juniors, known simply as Boca Juniors or Boca, is a popular Argentine sports club, best known for its football team. Its home base is the neighborhood of La Boca, in Buenos Aires, and their home field is Estadio Alberto J. Armando, better known as La Bombonera. Their main rival is River Plate, with whom they contest the Superclasico.

Boca Juniors has won a record 18 international titles, equal to A.C. Milan. Their haul includes six Copa Libertadores, four Recopa Sudamericana, three world club titles (Intercontinental Cup), two Copa Sudamericana, one Copa Oro, one Supercopa Sudamericana, and one Supercopa Masters. Boca Juniors is one of eight teams to have won CONMEBOL's treble . Domestically, the club has won 23 national championships, second only to River Plate (33).

The club is usually a permanent fixture in the IFFHS Club World Ranking top 25 and has reached the top position of the monthly ranking 6 times (mostly during coach Carlos Bianchi's tenure). Boca is currently ranked 55th.

The youth academy has produced many Argentine internationals such as Juan Roman Riquelme, Nicolas Burdisso, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Gago who have played or are playing for top European clubs.



On 3 April 1905, five Italian immigrants gathered in the Plaza Solis, located in the heart of the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

Esteban Baglietto, Alfredo Scarpati, Santiago Sana, and brothers Juan and Teodoro Farenga founded Boca Juniors. The use of English language in football team names was commonplace, as British railway workers had originally introduced association football into Argentina.

Boca Juniors played in local leagues and the amateur second division until being promoted to the first division in 1913, when the division was expanded from six teams to 15. Boca were never relegated; they won six amateur championships . With the introduction of professional football in Argentina, Boca won the first title in 1931.

First Match: April 21, 1905. vs. Mariano Moreno.

First international match: December 8, 1907. vs. Universal

First professional match: May 31, 1931 vs. Chacarita Juniors.

Team colors

The original jersey colour was pink, but this was quickly abandoned for thin black-and-white vertical stripes. Legend has it that in 1906, Boca played another team that used this strip to decide who would get to keep it. Boca lost, and decided to adopt the colors of the flag of the first boat to sail into the port at La Boca. This proved to be the 4146 ton freighter "Drottning Sophia", a Swedish vessel sailing from Copenhagen. As a result, the yellow and blue of the Swedish flag were adopted as the new team colours. The first version had a yellow diagonal band, which was later changed to a horizontal stripe.

Kit evolution and rare kits

;First kit evolution

;Rare models and special editions

*: This model was worn just for 2 matches during 2005 Torneo de Verano (Summer Tournament) in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the institution.

**: This model was worn just for 2 matches versus River Plate in 2010 Torneo de Verano

Kit manufacturer and Shirt sponsors


A list of all the original jerseys is available at the club's official website.


2004-05 Away


The club has had five different designs for its crest during its history, although its outline has remained unchanged throughout its history. In 1955, laurel leaves were added to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary, and the colours were changed to match those on the team's jersey.

In 1970, one star was added to the badge for each title won domestically and internationally (at the bottom). A new star was added to the corresponding section whenever Boca wins a title. To the delight of fans, the crest had to be modified several times in recent years. In 2007, the club changed its crest to include only 3 stars, one for each Intercontinental Cup / Club world title .


Boca Juniors used several locations before settling on their current ground on Brandsen. Their first ground was in la Darsena Sur but it was vacated in 1907 as it failed to meet the minimum league requirements. They then used three grounds in the Isla Demarchi area between 1908 and 1912. Between 1914 and 1915, the club moved away from La Boca for the only time in its history, moving to Wilde in the Avellaneda Partido of the Buenos Aires Province but a relatively poor season and poor attendances in 1915 forced them to move back to La Boca.

On 25 May 1916, Boca opened their new stadium at the intersection of Calle Ministro Brin and Calle Senguel, playing there until 1924 when they moved to their current location on Calle Brandsen and Calle Del Crucero.

Construction work on the concrete structure of their current stadium started in 1938 under the supervision of Engineer Jose L.Delpini. Boca played their home matches in the Ferrocarril Oeste ground in Caballito until it was completed in 1940. A third level was added in 1953, giving the ground its nickname La Bombonera ('The Chocolate Box'). The stand opposite the Casa Amarilla railway platforms remained mostly undeveloped until 1996, when it was upgraded with new balconies and VIP boxes. Three sides of the Bombonera are made up of traditional sloping stadium stands, but the fourth side had to be built vertically, with several seating areas stacked one on top of the other, to stay within the stadium's property. La Bombonera is renowned for vibrating when fans start to jump in rhythm; in particular, the unique vertical side will sway slightly, leading to the phrase, "the Bombonera does not tremble. It beats." (La Bombonera no tiembla. Late.)

The Bombonera currently has a capacity of around 61,000. The club's popularity make tickets hard to come by, especially for the Superclasico game against River Plate. There are further improvements planned for the stadium, including measures to ease crowd congestion, use of new technology and improved corporate facilities.

Darsena Sud: 1908 - 1912

Wilde: 1914 - 1915

Brins y Senguel: 1916 - 1924

Brandsen: from 1924


Boca Juniors is traditionally regarded as the club of Argentina's working class, in contrast with the supposedly more upper-class base of cross-town arch rival Club Atletico River Plate.

Boca Juniors claims to be the club of "half plus one" (la mitad mas uno) of Argentina's population, but a 2006 survey placed its following at 40%, still the largest share. They have the highest number of fans, as judged by percentage in their country.

The Boca-River Superclasico rivalry is one of the most thrilling derbies in the world. Out of their 327 previous meetings, Boca have won 121, River 105 and there have been 101 draws. After each match (except draws), street signs cover Buenos Aires at fans' own expense, "ribbing" the losing side with humorous posters. This has become part of Buenos Aires culture ever since a Boca winning streak in the 1990s.

In 1975, a film (La Raulito) was made about the life of Mary Esher Duffau, known as La Raulito, a well-known Boca Juniors fan. She died at the age of 74 on 30 April 2008, the same day Boca Juniors played a Copa Libertadores match against Brazilian club, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube with the players and fans observing a minute's silence in her memory.


Boca fans are known as los xeneizes (the Genoese) after the Genoese immigrants who founded the team and lived in La Boca in the early 20th century. Flags of the World article. The word xeneize is Genoese dialect for the Ligurian word zeneize, which means "Genoese".

Many rival fans in Argentina refer to the Boca Juniors' fans as Los Bosteros (the manure handlers), originating from the horse manure used in the brick factory which occupied the ground where La Bombonera stands. Originally an insult used by rivals, Boca fans are now proud of it.

Reflecting the team's colors, Boca's shirt is also called la azul y oro (the blue and gold).

There is also a society which dedicates all of its activities to supporting the team known as la numero 12 or la doce


Penas (fan clubs) exist in a number of Argentine cities and abroad in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Israel and Japan.

Boca Juniors are particularly popular in Japan because of the club's success in recent years at the Intercontinental Cup held in Japan. All over the world, fans are drawn to Boca by the club's international titles, and by the success of Boca players who went on to play in European football such as Hugo Ibarra, Rodolfo Arruabarrena, Diego Cagna, Enzo Ferrero, Roberto Abbondanzieri, Nicolas Burdisso, Fernando Gago, Diego Maradona, Claudio Caniggia, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Roman Riquelme and Carlos Tevez.

Boca have fans throughout Latin America, especially in Colombia and Peru , and also in parts of the United States where there has been Latin immigration and where in July 2007, after the club had toured pre-season, it was reported that the club were considering the possibility of creating a Boca Juniors USA team to compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) with in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Arizona mentioned as possible locations.


Boca Juniors has had a long standing rivalry with River Plate. The Superclasico is known worldwide as one of world football's fiercest and most important rivalries. It is particularly noted for the passion of the fans, the stands of both teams feature fireworks, coloured confetti, flags and rolls of paper. Both sets of supporters sing passionate songs (often based on popular Argentine rock band tunes) against their rivals, and the stadiums are known to bounce with the simultaneous jumping of the fans. Sometimes the games have been known to end in riots between the hardest supporters of both sides or against the police. The English newspaper The Observer put the Superclasico at the top of their list of 50 sporting things you must do before you die.

The two clubs both have origins in the poor riverside area of Buenos Aires known as La Boca. River however moved to the more affluent district of Nunez in the north of the city in 1923.

Boca Juniors and River Plate have played 327 games all time against each other, with Boca winning 121, River 105 and 101 times the games ended in a draw. In the Professional Era the two clubs have played 184 games with Boca winning 68, River 61 and 55 draws.

This intense rivalry has not stopped players from playing for both clubs, most notably Gabriel Batistuta and Claudio Caniggia.

Top scorers

see also Boca Juniors topscorers

Roberto Cherro (1926~1938) 221 goals

Martin Palermo 218 goals*

Francisco Varallo (1931~1939) 194 goals

Domingo Tarasconi (1922~1932) 193 goals

Jaime Sarlanga (1940~1948) 128 goals

Mario Boye 124 goals

Delfin Benitez Caceres (1932~1938) 115 goals

* Still Active as of March 3, 2010.


To appear in this section a player must have played at least 50 games for the club

Amateur Era (1905-31)

Pedro Calomino

Americo Tesoriere (GK) (1916~27)

Alfredo Garasini (1916~28)

Ramon Muttis (1923~32)

Ludovico Bidoglio (1922~31)

Domingo Tarasconi (1922~32)

Roberto Cherro (1926~35)

Antonio Alberino (1929~34)

Pedro Arico Suarez (1929~42)

Professional Era (1931-present)

1930s - 1970s

Francisco Varallo (1931~39)

Juan Elias Yustrich (GK) (1932~37)

Delfin Benitez Caceres (1932~38)

Natalio Pescia (1933~42)

Ernesto Lazzatti (1934~47)

Domingos da Guia (1935~37)

Victor Valussi

Juan Alberto Estrada (1938~43)

Jaime Sarlanga (1940~48)

Carlos "Lucho" Sosa (1941~51)

Mario Boye

Severino Varela (1943~45)

Jose Borello (1945-50)

Eduardo Ricagni (1947~49)

Juan Francisco Lombardo (1952~60)

Julio Musimessi (1953~1959)

Antonio Rattin (1956~70)

Silvio Marzolini (1960~72)

Antonio Roma (GK) (1960~72)

Paulo Valentim (1960~64)

Carmelo Simeone (1962~67)

Alfredo "El Tanque" Rojas (1964~68)

Norberto Ruben Madurga (1965~71)

Ramon Hector Ponce (1966~74)

Julio Melendez (1968~72)

Ruben Sune

1970s - 1990s

Enzo Ferrero (1971~75)

Osvaldo Potente

Roberto Mouzo (1971~84)

Hugo Curioni (1970~1973)

Marcelo Trobbiani

Alberto Tarantini (1973~77)

Vicente "Tano" Pernia (1973~81)

Jorge "Chino" Benitez (1973~83)

Jorge Ribolzi (1976~1981)

Carlos Veglio

Carlos Garcia Cambon (1974~77)

Dario Felman (1975~78)

Mario Zanabria (1976~80)

Ernesto "Heber" Mastrangelo (1976~81)

Pancho Sa (1976~81)

Hugo Gatti (1976~89) (GK) (765 matches)

Ricardo Gareca

Diego Maradona

Miguel Angel Brindisi (1981~82)

Julio Olarticoechea (1985~86)

Jose Milton Melgar (1985~88)

Carlos Daniel Tapia (1985~94)

Jorge Comas (1986~89)

Jose Luis Cuciuffo (1987~90)

Diego Latorre

Claudio Marangoni (1988~90)

Juan Simon (1988~94)

Diego Sonora (1988~95)

Carlos Navarro Montoya (1988~96) (GK)

Blas Giunta

1990s - 2000s

Alberto Marcico (1992~95)

"Beto" Carranza (1992~95)

Sergio "Manteca" Martinez (1992~97)

Rodolfo Arruabarrena (1993~2000)

Nelson Vivas (1994~97)

Alphonse Tchami (1994~97)

Ruben Da Silva (1994~95)

Diego Cagna

Juan Roman Riquelme

Claudio Caniggia (1995~98)

Anibal Matellan

Walter Samuel (1997~2000)

Oscar Cordoba (1997~2001) (GK)

Jorge Bermudez (1997~2002)

Nolberto Solano (1997-1998)

Cristian Traverso

Roberto Abbondanzieri (GK)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (1997~2007)

Martin Palermo

Mauricio "Chicho" Serna (1998~2002)

Hugo Ibarra

Sebastian Battaglia

Nicolas Burdisso (1999~04)

Marcelo Delgado

Jose Maria Calvo (2000~2006~present)

Raul Alfredo Cascini (2001~04)

Rolando Schiavi (2001~05)

Carlos Tevez (2001~04)

Clemente Rodriguez

Fernando Gago (2004~07)

Claudio Morel Rodriguez (2004~present)

Rodrigo Palacio (2005~2009)

Daniel Diaz (2005~07)

Cristian Chavez (2005~present)

Federico Insua

Juan Krupoviesa

Gabriel Paletta (2007~present)

Julio Cesar Caceres (2008~2010)

Nicolas Gaitan (2008~present)


Boca's two most successful coaches were Juan Carlos Lorenzo , and Carlos Bianchi, . Toto Lorenzo won five titles with the team, including the Libertadores Cup in 1977 and 1978, the Intercontinental Cup in 1977, and the Metropolitano and Nacional in 1976. Bianchi won nine, including Aperturas in 1998, 2000 and 2003, the 1999 Clausura, the Libertadores Cup in 2000, 2001, and 2003, and the Intercontinental Cup in 2000 and 2003.

On 22 August, 2006, it was announced that Ricardo Lavolpe would take over the post of coach on September 15, replacing Alfio Basile, who had been selected to manage Argentina National Football Team. Lavolpe failed to continue Basile's chain of success, losing the 2006 Apertura championship in spite of a 4 points advantage with only two rounds to go.

Miguel Angel Russo was hired as Lavolpe's replacement. Boca took second place to San Lorenzo de Almagro in the 2007 Clausura tournament, but went on to win the Copa Libertadores with a 5-0 overall rout of Brazilian Gremio.

Carlos Ischia was hired after Miguel Angel Russo left to go be San Lorenzo de Almagro's Coach.


Pedro Pompilio was the club's last elected chairman, succeeding Ing. Mauricio Macri (current Head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires). Pompilio died during his presidency on October 30, 2008 due to heart attack. His family asked not to send flowers to his funeral and donate money to UNICEF instead. He was 58 years old at that time. He was married and had two children.

Jorge Amor Ameal, 1st vice president during Pedro Pompilio's direction, is the new Boca Juniors president. Boca's most successful president was Mauricio Macri (1996-2008). During his era, the club has won almost all of its international titles.


Executive Board 2008-2011

President: Jorge Amor Ameal

2nd Vice-president: Jose Beraldi

3rd Vice-president: Juan Carlos Crespi

Secretary: Oscar A. Vicente


Domestic titles (31)

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Amateur (7)

Professional (24)

International (18)

Copa Libertadores

*Winners (6): 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007

*Runners-up (3): 1963, 1979, 2004

Copa Sudamericana

*Winners (2): 2004, 2005

Recopa Sudamericana

*Winners (4): 1990, 2005, 2006, 2008

*Runners-up (1): 2004

Intercontinental Cup / FIFA Club World Cup

*Winners (3): 1977, 2000, 2003

*Runners-up (2): 2001, 2007

Supercopa Sudamericana

*Winners (1): 1989

*Runners-up (1): 1994

Supercopa Masters

*Winners (1): 1992 Supercopa Masters

Copa de Oro (CONMEBOL) Nicolas Leoz

*Winners (1): 1993


Boca Juniors and Milan both hold a world record 18 official international titles.

Boca Juniors has the most official titles (domestic and international) for an Argentine football club with 41 titles in the professional era (48 including amateur titles).

Boca Juniors were awarded the title "Campeon de Honor" (Honour Champion) in 1925, due to a highly successful tour through Europe in which the club played Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad, as well as German and French teams, with an impressive record of 15 wins, one draw and three defeats. This title was declared official by the Argentine Football Association, thereby increasing the total number of amateur and professional titles to 49 (31 domestic and 18 international titles).

40 consecutive Primera Division matches unbeaten - an Argentine record: from 5 May 1998 to 2 June 1999, with 29 victories and 11 draws.

Three times winner of the Intercontinental Cup (now replaced by FIFA Club World Cup), a record tied with Penarol, Nacional, Milan and Real Madrid.

Other facts

Boca Juniors was the fifth football club in the world to have its own TV channel, opened in 2003. Boca TV broadcast 24 hours a day, featuring sports programs and talk shows. The channel was closed in 2005.

There is a line of Boca coffins available for dead fans, as well as the official Boca's cemetery.

Boca has its own fleet of taxis operating in Buenos Aires.

Another of Boca Juniors' products is the Boca Wine.

Carlos Bianchi has been their most successful coach.

Other sports


The Boca Juniors basketball team has won the Argentine league three times , five Argentine Cups , the Argentine Top 4 (2004), and three South American Club Championships . It also reached the 20042005 national finals (losing to Ben Hur). Their home arena is the Luis Conde Arena, better known as La Bombonerita (small Bombonera).

Team Roster 20092010

As of January 11, 2010.

Manager: Pablo DAngelo


Boca Juniors has a professional volleyball team that won the Metropolitan championship in 1991, 1992 and 1996, and achieved the second place in the 1996/97 A1 season. Because of a lack of sponsors, the team was disbanded, but later it was reincorporated through the coaching of former Boca player Marcelo Gigante; after playing in the second division, it returned to the A1 league in 2005.


Starting 2005, the Argentine Turismo Carretera stock-car competition league spun off the Top Race V6 category, in which teams are sponsored by football teams. Veteran race pilots Ortelli and Bessone and former Boca player Vicente Pernia drive for the Boca team; Ortelli finally won the first Top Race V6 championship for Boca Juniors.

Women Football Titles 8: 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000 (unbeaten), 2001 Apertura, 2002 Clausura, 2003 Apertura, and 2004 Apertura.

In Futsal, Boca has won 4 Championships: 1991, 1992, Clausura 1997, and Apertura 1998.

Boca representatives also compete in other disciplines such as judo, karate, taekwondo, and weight lifting.

External links

Boca Juniors

Official website

Informe Xeneize, news

Italian Forum

Boca Juniors results and Statistics at RSSSF

History of Boca Juniors

Bocampeon fan site

Boca Juniors forum

El Foro de la Pasion Xeneize forum

Player biographies

Boca Juniors Webs

afrupacionxeneizes unofficial website

estoesboca unofficial website

La Mitad Mas Uno unofficial website

Carnaval Toda La Vida unofficial website

La Numero 12 - Boca Juniors unofficial website

Comunidad Xeneize

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