|Full name||Club Atlético Boca Juniors|
|Nickname(s)||Xeneizes (Genoese), Bosteros (Manure Men), Azul y Oro (Blue and Gold), La Mitad más Uno (Half plus One)|
|Founded||3 April 1905|
|Ground||Estadio Alberto J. Armando
La Boca, Buenos Aires
|Website||Club home page|
Club Atlético Boca Juniors (Spanish pronunciation: [kluβ aˈðletiko ˈβoka ˈʝunjors]) is an Argentine sports club based in the La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Although many activities are hosted by the club, Boca Juniors is mostly known for its professional football team which, since it was promoted in 1913, has always played in the Argentine Primera División and has remained the most successful club in South American soccer for the last few decades.
Boca Juniors is the most successful team of Argentina, having won 63 official titles to date. National titles won by Boca Juniors include 30 Primera División championships, and 11 domestic cups Internationally, the team has won 18 international titles recognized by FIFA, second in the world for number of international titles won, together with A.C. Milan and Real Madrid C.F., and behind Al Ahly SC with 20 international titles. Other international official titles won by Boca Juniors include Rioplatenses competitions Tie Cup, Copa de Honor Cousenier and Copa Escobar-Gerona, organized by Argentine and Uruguayan Associations together.
Boca Juniors is also one of only eight teams to have won CONMEBOL's treble (the others being Olimpia, São Paulo, Independiente, Vélez Sársfield, Cruzeiro, Internacional and LDU Quito). Their success usually has Boca ranked among the IFFHS's Club World Ranking Top 25, which they have reached the top position six times (mostly during the coaching tenure of Carlos Bianchi). Boca was also named by the IFFHS as the top South American club of the first decade of the 21st century (2001–2010). Boca is currently ranked 6th. Boca Juniors is also known to be the most popular football club in Argentina, due to its fanbase being composed of approximately 40% of the total population of the country.
Boca has always had a fierce rivalry with River Plate, due to both clubs were established in La Boca. Matches between them are known as the Superclásico, and are one of the most heated rivalries in Argentina and the world, as both clubs are the two most popular in the country. Boca's home stadium is Estadio Alberto J. Armando, which is colloquially known as La Bombonera. The youth academy has produced many Argentine internationals such as Oscar Ruggeri, Sebastián Battaglia, Nicolás Burdisso, Carlos Tevez, Éver Banega, and Fernando Gago, who have played or are playing for top European clubs.
In addition to football, Boca Juniors also has professional basketball and volleyball teams. Other (amateur) activities held in the club are: athletics, futsal, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts (judo, karate and taekwondo), swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.
- 1 History
- 2 Kit and badge
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Supporters
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Institutional
- 8 Honours
- 9 Records and facts
- 10 Merchandising
- 11 Other sports
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
On 3 April 1905, a group of Italian boys (more specifically from Genoa) met in order to find a club. The house where the meeting was arranged was Esteban Baglietto's and the other four people who attended were Alfredo Scarpatti, Santiago Sana and brothers Juan and Teodoro Farenga.
In 1913, Boca obtained the promotion to Primera División that the team had wanted for many years. This was possible when the Asociación Argentina de Fútbol decided to increase the number of teams in the league from 6 to 15.
In 1925, Boca made its first trip to Europe to play in Spain, Germany and France. The squad played a total of 19 games, winning 15 of them. For that reason Boca was declared "Campeón de Honor" (Champion of Honour) for the 1925 season by the Association.
During successive years, Boca consolidated as one of the most popular teams of Argentina, with a huge number of fans not only in Argentina but worldwide. The club is one of the most successful teams in Argentine football, having won 30 Primera División titles, second only to River Plate with 36. In South American and international club football, Boca Juniors have won 18 titles, the same as A.C. Milan; although Boca also won four international official titles (played between teams from the Argentine and Uruguayan Associations, although not recognized by FIFA yet.
Kit and badge
According to the club's official site, the original jersey colour was a white shirt with thin black vertical stripes, being then replaced by a light blue shirt and then another striped jersey before adopting the definitive blue and gold. Nevertheless, other version states that Boca Juniors' first jersey was pink, although it has been questioned by some journalists and historians who state that Boca, most probably, never wore a pink jersey, by pointing out the lack of any solid evidence and how this version stems from, and is only supported on, flawed testimonies.
Legend has it that in 1906, Boca played Nottingham de Almagro. Both teams wore so similar shirts that the match was played to decide which team 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 a Swedish ship, therefore 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 models
- First kit evolution
- Rare models and special editions
- 1 Worn as alternate jersey in a match versus Universidad de Chile (whose uniform was also blue) in the 1963 Copa Libertadores.
- 2 For the first time since 1913, two white stripes were added to the jersey.
- 3 Designed exclusively for the 1998 Copa Mercosur.
- 4 Designed exclusively for the 2000 and 2001 editions of Copa Mercosur.
- 5 A similar jersey was worn just for 2 matches during the 2005 Torneo de Verano (Summer Tournament) in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the club.
- 6 This model was worn just for 2 matches versus River Plate in the 2010 Torneo de Verano in order to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the club.
- 7 A similar model was worn during the 2012 Torneo de Verano honoring this jersey.
- 8 Designed exclusively for the 2013 Torneo de Verano.
- 9 A similar model was used as the alternate kit in the 2006–07 season, 100 years after it was worn by the first time.
Kit manufacturer and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit Manufacturer||Shirt Sponsors|
|1995–96||Olan / Topper||Quilmes|
|2003–04||Pepsi & Goodyear|
|2004–05||Red Megatone & Goodyear|
|2006||Megatone & Goodyear|
|2007–09||Megatone & Unicef|
|2009–11||LG & Total|
|2012–2014||BBVA & Total|
|2014–||BBVA & Citroën|
The club has had five different designs for its badge during its history, although its outline has remained unchanged through most of 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 (at the top, above the initials) and internationally (at the bottom). A new star is added to the corresponding section whenever Boca wins a title, currently standing at 52.
Boca Juniors used several locations before settling on their current ground on Brandsen. Club's first ground was in Dársena Sur of the old Buenos Aires port (currently Puerto Madero) but it was vacated in 1907 as it failed to meet the minimum league requirements. Boca Juniors 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 Greater Buenos Aires but a relatively poor season and poor attendances in 1915 forced the club to move back to La Boca.
On 25 May 1916, Boca Juniors opened its new stadium at the intersection of Ministro Brin and Senguel streets, playing there until 1924 when the club moved to its current location on Brandsen and Calle Del Crucero (current Del Valle Iberlucea) streets.
Building of Boca Juniors' current stadium began in 1938, under the supervision of Engineer José L. Delpini. Boca played its home matches in the Ferro Carril Oeste ground in Caballito until it was completed in May 25, 1940. A third level was added in 1953, originating then 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 quite expensive VIP boxes. Three sides of the Bombonera are thus made up of traditional sloping stadium stands, but the fourth side was built vertically, with several seating areas stacked one on top of the other, the only way that makes it stand into the club premises.
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, "La Bombonera no tiembla. Late" (The Bombonera does not tremble. It beats)
La Bombonera currently has a capacity of around 49,000. The club's popularity make tickets hard to come by, especially for the Superclásico 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.
List of stadiums used by the club
- Dársena Sud: 1905-07 
- Isla Demarchi: 1908–12 
- Wilde: 1914–15
- Ministro Brin and Senguel: 1916–24
- Brandsen and Del Valle Iberlucea:[a]
- Old stadium: 1924–38
- Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera): 1940–present
Boca Juniors claims to be the club of "half plus one" (la mitad más 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 Superclásico rivalry is one of the most thrilling derbies in the world. Out of their 338 previous meetings, Boca have won 126, River have won 107 and there have been 105 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.
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 número 12 or la doce (player number doce or 12, meaning "the 12th player") "La doce" is a criminal organization similar to other "barra brava" gangs associated with football clubs in Argentina. Illegal activities by La doce include assault, drug sales and trafficking, extortion, and murder. La doce finances it's activities by selling parking, reselling club tickets as well as extorting commission from the sale of players. La doce also extorts Boca Juniors for transportation to domestic and international events as well as their means of financing their activities. If their demands are not met they threaten violence at home matches or to take down club officials.
The naming of "La 12″ (the twelfth player), by which Boca Juniors' fans became known, dates back to the year 1925, during the European tour they made that year. At that time, the team was accompanied by a Boca fan called Victoriano Caffarena, who belonged to a wealthy family and funded part of the tour. During that tour he helped the team in everything establishing a strong relationship with the players, so they named him "Player No. 12″. When they returned to Argentina, Caffarena was as well known as the players themselves. Nowadays, this nickname is used primarily to name their group of supporters, known as "La 12″.
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, Nicolás Burdisso, Fernando Gago, Diego Maradona, Claudio Caniggia, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Román Riquelme and Carlos Tevez.
Boca have fans throughout Latin America 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 New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Arizona mentioned as possible locations.
Boca Juniors has had a long-standing rivalry with River Plate. The Superclásico 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 Superclásico (played at La Bombonera) 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 Núñez in the north of the city in 1923.
Boca Juniors and River Plate have played 338 games all time against each other, with Boca winning 126, River winning 107 and 105 draws. In the First Division Professional Era the two clubs have played 198 games with Boca winning 72, River 66 and 60 draws.
This intense rivalry has not stopped players from playing for both clubs, most notably José Manuel Moreno, Hugo Orlando Gatti, Alberto Tarantini, Oscar Ruggeri, Julio Olarticoechea, Carlos Tapia, Gabriel Batistuta and Claudio Caniggia.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current squad of Boca Juniors as of February 25, 2015 ( )
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer
Manager: Rodolfo Arruabarrena
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Reserves and Academy
For the reserve and academy squads, see Boca Juniors Reserves and Academy
Top 10 scorers of all time
|1||Martín Palermo||FW||1997–01; 2004–11||236|
|6||Mario Boyé||FW||1941–49; 1955||123|
|7||Delfín Benítez Cáceres||FW||1932–38||115|
|9||Pedro Calomino||FW||1911–13; 1915–24||96|
|10||Juan Román Riquelme||MF||1996–02; 2007–14||87|
Last updated on: 18 August 2013 – Top 10 all time scorers at historiadeboca.com.ar
Top 10 most appearances of all time
|4||Martín Palermo||FW||1997–2001; 2004–11||404|
|5||Carlos Navarro Montoya||GK||1988–96||400|
|8||Rubén Suñé||MF||1967–72; 1976–80||377|
|9||Juan Román Riquelme||MF||1996–2002, 2007–14||370|
Last updated on: 29 September 2013 – Top 10 most appearances of all time at historiadeboca.com.ar
- This section lists players who have appeared in least 100 matches or scored at least 35 goals for the club.
- 1930s – 1970s
- 1970s – 1990s
- 1990s – 2000s
Pedro Calomino scored 97 goals in the amateur era.
Ramón Muttis played for Boca between 1923 and 1932.
Ludovico Bidoglio made 209 appearances and played 10 years for the club.
Roberto Cherro is the 2nd. all-time top scorer with 213 goals in 292 matches.
Francisco Varallo, the 3rd. all-time top scorer with 181 goals.
Delfín Benítez Cáceres scored 162 goals in 8 eight years playing for the Xeneize.
Natalio Pescia played 347 matches in 14 years at the club.
Ernesto Lazzatti played 379 games for Boca Juniors.
Carlos Sosa played 294 matches in the 1940s.
Antonio Rattín in 15 years with Boca Juniors played 352 matches.
Angel Rojas played from 1963 to 1971 becoming one of the greatest idols.
Silvio Marzolini played 387 games from 1960 to 1972.
Hugo Gatti is the 2nd. all-time most capped player.
Diego Maradona finished his professional career with Boca Juniors in 1997.
Román Riquelme has won 11 official titles with the team.
Martín Palermo, is the 1st. all-time top scorer with 236 goals in 404 matches.
Boca's two most successful coaches were Juan Carlos Lorenzo (1976–79, 1987), and Carlos Bianchi (1998–2002, 2003–04, 2012–2014). Toto Lorenzo won five titles with the team, including the Copa Libertadores in 1977 and 1978, the Intercontinental Cup in 1977, and the Metropolitano and Nacional in 1976.
On 22 August 2006, it was announced that Ricardo La Volpe would take over as coach on 15 September, 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 Ángel Russo was hired as Lavolpe's replacement. Boca was second to San Lorenzo in the 2007 Clausura, but went on to win the Copa Libertadores that same year with a 5–0 overall rout of Brazilian Grêmio.
Executive Board 2011–2014
- President: Daniel Angelici
- 1st Vice-president: Oscar Moscariello
- 2nd Vice-president: Juan Carlos Crespi
- 3rd Vice-president: Rodolfo Ferrari
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 30 October 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, took charge after.
In December 2011, the same day Boca defeated Banfield to win the Apertura 2011 title, Daniel Angelici was elected as new president of the club over Ameal, getting 54% of the votes.
- Primera División (30): 1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1954, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969 Nacional, 1970 Nacional, 1976 Metropolitano, 1976 Nacional, 1981 Metropolitano, 1992 Apertura, 1998 Apertura, 1999 Clausura, 2000 Apertura, 2003 Apertura, 2005 Apertura, 2006 Clausura, 2008 Apertura, 2011 Apertura
- Copa Argentina (2): 1969, 2012 
- Copa de Competencia Jockey Club (2): 1919, 1925 
- Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren (5): 1919, 1923, 1924, 1940, 1944 
- Copa Estímulo (1): 1926 
- Copa de Competencia Británica George VI (1): 1946 
- Copa Reformista (Liga Central)[b] (1): 1906
- Copa Barone (Liga Albión)[b] (1): 1908
- Champion of Honor [c] (1): 1925 
- Copa San Martín de Tours [d] (5): 1964, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1991 
- Torneo Clausura (1): 1991 [e]
- Intercontinental Cup (3): 1977, 2000, 2003
- Copa Libertadores (6): 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007
- Copa Sudamericana (2): 2004, 2005
- Recopa Sudamericana (4): 1990, 2005, 2006, 2008
- Supercopa Sudamericana (1): 1989
- Copa de Oro (1): 1993
- Copa Master de Supercopa (1): 1992
- Tie Cup[f] (1): 1919
- Copa de Honor Cousenier[f] (1) : 1920
- Copa de Confraternidad Escobar–Gerona (2): 1945[g], 1946 
Records and facts
- Seasons in Primera División: 102 (all seasons, since team's debut in 1913).
- Largest win:
- Worst defeat:
- Worst position in official domestic tournaments: 19th. at Torneo Final 2013
- All-time topscorer: Martín Palermo (236 goals)
- Topscorer in a single tournament: Domingo Tarasconi (40 goals in 33 games during 1923 Primera División)
- Topscorer at international tournaments: Martín Palermo (43 goals)
- Topscorer at Copa Libertadores: Román Riquelme (25 goals)
- Most games unbeaten in domestic tournaments: 40 matches (from 15th fixture of Clausura 1998 to 16th fixture of 1999 Clausura)
- Most caped player: Roberto Mouzo (426 matches)
- Player with most titles won: Sebastián Battaglia (17 titles)
- Goalkeeper with minute-record scoreless goal: Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya (824' with no goals allowed)
- The 2nd. club in the world with most international cups won (18)
Boca Juniors has expanded its activity beyond sport, providing its fans with a number of other products and services.
- In 2003, it became the fifth football club in the world to open its own TV channel. Boca TV broadcasts 24 hours a day, featuring sports programs and talk shows.
- There is a line of Boca coffins available for dead fans, as well as an official Boca Juniors cemetery.
- Boca has its own fleet of taxis operating in Buenos Aires.
- The club also sells its own brand of wine, called Boca Wine.
- In 2012 Boca Juniors opened in Buenos Aires its first thematic hotel not only in Argentina but worldwide. The hotel was designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. All the rooms were decorated with the colours of the club, apart from photos and paintings of notable players in the history of the club.
The Boca Juniors basketball team has won the Argentine league three times (1996/97, 2003/04, 2006/07), five Argentine Cups (Copa Argentina 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), the Argentine Top 4 (2004), and three South American Club Championships (2004, 2005, 2006). It also reached the 2004–05 national finals (losing to Ben Hur). Their home arena is the Estadio Luis Conde, better known as La Bombonerita (small Bombonera).
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.
The Boca Juniors women's football team plays in the Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino and have won the championship a record 19 times of which 10 were in succession from the 2003 Apertura to the 2008 Clausura.
- Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino (20): 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000*, 2001 Apertura, 2002 Clausura, 2003 Apertura, 2004 Clausura, 2004 Apertura, 2005 Clausura, 2005 Apertura, 2006 Clausura, 2006 Apertura, 2007 Clausura, 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura, 2009 Apertura, 2010 Apertura, 2011 Clausura and 2011 Apertura
- * Unbeaten champion
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 Pernía drive for the Boca team; Ortelli finally won the first Top Race V6 championship for Boca Juniors.
In Futsal, Boca has won 6 Championships: 1992, 1993, Clausura 1997, Apertura 1998, Clausura 2003 (Men), and 2004 (women).
There is an Argentine steakhouse in Queens, NYC which is a Boca Juniors theme restaurant.
- Formerly, Del Crucero street.
- Minor league where the team competed during its first years of existence.
- In 1925 the Argentine Football Association named Boca Juniors as "Champion of Honor" in recognition to the great campaign made for the team during its tour on Europe. Boca played 19 matches winning 15 with only 3 loses.
- Not recognized as an official title by the Argentine Football Association.
- Not recognized as an official title by the Argentine Football Association. Boca had to play two final matches vs. Newell's Old Boys (the 1990 Apertura champion) in order to proclaim a champion. Boca lost the series and therefore the title was given to Newell's Old Boys, which was recognized as the 1990–91 champion.
- Established by the Argentina, Uruguay and Rosario Football Associations before CONMEBOL was created.
- Title shared with Nacional.
- International Tournament played in Casablanca, Morocco, in memory of the King of Morocco, Mohammed V.
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