Boca Juniors Reserves and Academy

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Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors 2012.svg
Full name Club Atlético Boca Juniors
Nickname(s) Xeneizes (Genoese), Azul y Oro (Blue and Gold), La Mitad Más Uno (Half plus One)
Founded 1910; 107 years ago (1910)
(Reserve teams)
Ground Complejo Pedro Pompilio, La Boca, Buenos Aires
Ground Capacity 49,000
Chairman Daniel Angelici
Manager Rolando Schiavi
Website Club home page

Boca Juniors Reserves and Academy are the reserve and youth academy teams of Boca Juniors. The reserve team is coached by former club player Rolando Schiavi,[1] who debuted in February 2015.[2]

Boca Juniors is the most winning Torneo de Reserva championships with 21 titles won since it was established in 1910.[3] Boca Juniors reserve team plays in the "Primera División de Reserva", the reserve division of Primera División. Home matches are played at Complejo "Pedro Pompilio", sited in La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

The Academy[edit]

"Complejo Pedro Pompilio", current venue of Boca Juniors reserve teams.

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 Argentine Football Association. In 1996 Mauricio Macri (who had been elected president of the club one year later) 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. Therefore, Boca hired two very influential figures; one was Bernardo Griffa, a leading expert of youth in Argentina who had created a successful scouting network at Newell's Old Boys.[4] The second was Ramón Maddoni,[5] the king of 'baby football' (indoor 6-a side football for 5-12 year olds), who had a long career at Club Parque at the moment of being hired by Boca Juniors.[6][7]

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 were regular participants in the Under-20 Copa Libertadores and other international youth football tournaments.[8][9]


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 Julio Herrera
Argentina GK Lautaro Llarín
Argentina GK Alejo Romano
Argentina DF Leonardo Balerdi
Argentina DF Mariano Bettini
36 Argentina DF Gonzalo Goñi
Argentina DF Thiago Grandis
Argentina DF Eros Mancuso
Argentina DF Franco Ramos Mingo
Argentina DF Oscar Salomón
Argentina DF Marcelo Vaca
Argentina MF Ezequiel Almendra
Argentina MF Ezequiel Cañete
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Nicolás Capaldo
38 Argentina MF Iván Coronel
Argentina MF Alexis Messidoro
Argentina MF Adrián Sánchez
Argentina MF Gonzalo Virano
Argentina FW Lucas Brochero
Argentina FW Lisandro Cabrera
Argentina FW Jonathan Farías
Argentina FW Tomás Fernández
Argentina FW Gonzalo Lamardo
Argentina FW Kevin Mergen de Olivera
Argentina FW Matías Roskopf

Out on loan[edit]

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 Carlos Marques Semeao (at Chicago)
Argentina DF Ricardo Cabrera (at Gimnasia (J))
Argentina DF Fernando Evangelista (at Atlético Tucumán)
Argentina DF Agustín García (at Santamarina)
Argentina DF Alejandro Maciel (at Talleres)
Argentina DF Pedro Silva Torrejón (at Middlesbrough)
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Tomás Pochettino (at Defensa y Justicia)
Argentina FW Agustín Bouzat (at Defensa y Justicia)
Argentina FW Mauro Dalla Costa (at Colón)
Argentina FW Juan Manuel Torres (at Estudiantes (BA))
Argentina FW Guido Vadalá (at Unión (SF))

Notable graduates[edit]






Players gallery[edit]


  • Torneo de Reserva de Primera División (21): 1918, 1919, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1937, 1940, 1955, 1956,
    1962, 1967, 1968, 1991–92,[3] 1997–98, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12


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