Boca Juniors Reserves and Academy

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Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors logo.png
Full name Club Atlético Boca Juniors
Ground Estadio Alberto J. Armando
(La Bombonera)
La Boca, Buenos Aires
Ground Capacity 49,000

Boca Juniors Reserves and Academy are the reserve and youth academy teams of Boca Juniors.

Reserve team[edit]

Boca Juniors reserve team play in the Primera División de Reserva. The team plays home matches at La Bombonera in La Boca.

The Academy[edit]

Known as The Boca Factory, Boca Juniors youth divisions contains teams from under-8 to under-20 level, they participate in Argentina's youth leagues organized by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. In 1996 new ownership took over Boca Juniors and the ownership stated that rather than buy players for huge money only to put too much expectation on them and watch them under-perform, they wanted to create their own stars. Boca hired two very influential figures; one was leading expert of youth in Argentina who at Newell Old Boys created a fantastic scouting network. The second was the king of 'baby football' (indoor 6-a side football for 5-12 year olds). Since then Boca's academy has brought through, and also sold, more than 350 home-grown players from all age categories. From the list of the 350 players, more than 130 of the academy graduates would play around the world, including in Argentina, Spain, Italy, England, and many others in places ranging from Germany and Holland to China and Israel. More than 35 leagues contain players that were raised and developed by the Boca academy system. The players are taught the same formation (4-3-1-2) from early on to the first-team. This makes fitting into the first-team far easier for a young player. Boca's under-20 team are regular participants in the Under-20 Copa Libertadores and other international youth football tournaments.[1][2]


The scouting system is comprehensive. There is a Boca Juniors scout in every small town and close to every village. Nearly all are ordinary people, such as teachers, butchers or policemen, and the head of the youth system, Jorge Griffa, regularly travel around Argentina when he took over and listened to the watching crowd, hiring the most appropriate as a scout for the area.



Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Argentina GK Alexis Budiño
Argentina GK Iván Comino
Argentina GK Bruno Galván
Argentina GK Carlos Marques Semeao
Argentina GK Joaquín Mattalia
Argentina DF Maximiliano Amarilla
Argentina DF Nicolás Fernández
Argentina DF Ezequiel Hosan
Argentina DF Agustín Lucero
Argentina DF Alejandro Maciel
Argentina DF Christian Moreno
Argentina DF Maximiliano Padilla
Argentina DF Arian Pucheta
Argentina DF Joel Rodríguez
Argentina DF Matías Romero
Argentina DF Nicolás Trejo
Argentina MF Leonardo Baima
Argentina MF Leandro Canelo
No. Position Player
United States MF Joel Soñora
Argentina MF Francesco Celeste
Argentina MF Iván Colman
Argentina MF Ezequiel Coronel
Argentina MF Mauro González
Argentina MF Jonathan Mazzola
Argentina MF Lucas Rancic
Argentina MF Maximiliano Cabrera
Argentina MF Pedro Silva Torrejón
Argentina MF Matías Zaragoza
Argentina FW Agustín Bouzat
Argentina FW Jonathan Chmea
Argentina FW Mauro Dalla Costa
Argentina FW Lucas Delgado
Argentina FW Francisco Di Franco
Argentina FW Yamil Romero
Argentina FW Facundo Taborda
Argentina FW Juan Manuel Torres
Argentina FW Guillermo Villalba

Notable graduates[edit]