Boca Juniors

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Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors logo18.svg
Basic data
Surname Club Atlético Boca Juniors
Seat Buenos Aires - La Boca , Argentina
founding April 3, 1905
Colours Blue yellow
Members 132,432 (February 5, 2016)
president Jorge Ameal
First soccer team
Head coach Miguel Angel Russo
Venue La Bombonera
Places 49,000
league Primera División
2019/20 1st place
Hinchada de Boca desplegando sus telones.JPG

The Club Atlético Boca Juniors (short CABJ ), known as Boca Juniors , is an Argentine sports club from the district La Boca in Buenos Aires .

He is best known for his football department . The first team is one of the most successful soccer teams in Argentina and has played in the Primera División since the founding of the modern Argentine league system . Home games are played at the Estádio Alberto J. Armando or, more popularly, La Bombonera . Boca's greatest rival is River Plate . The games between the two clubs are called Superclásicos and put the whole country in a state of emergency.

In addition to football, basketball and volleyball are professionally operated in the club . There are also departments in numerous amateur sports.


The club colors are said to have been chosen because of a Swedish ship lying in the harbor.
Fan graffiti by the team in the La Boca district

The club was founded on April 3, 1905 by mainly Italian immigrants from Genoa in the port of La Boca , a poor district in Buenos Aires , initially as a pure football club. They received significant support from the Irish Patrick MacCarthey. The first part of the club name is also the name of the La Boca district, where the Estadio Alberto Jacinto Armando , known as “ La Bombonera ” (German: “The box of chocolates”) still stands today. The second part (Juniors) was chosen to give the club an English feel.

In 1907 the club colors blue and yellow were determined. Before that, there should have been a playoff between Boca and city rivals River Plate for the colors red and white, as both claimed these colors for themselves. Boca lost the game and is said to have chosen today's colors because of a Swedish ship that was anchored in La Boca at the time. However, this cannot be proven with sources.

From 1923 the club was expanded to include new sports, initially boxing , balón, boccia and basketball . The dominant department, however, remained the soccer department, even if Boca is now one of the major sports powers in Argentina in basketball and volleyball.

Alberto Jacinto Armando had been long-time president of the association from 1954 to 1955 and 1960 to 1980. President and at the same time manager of the club from 1995 to 2007 the industrialist Mauricio Macri , the 2007 mayor of Buenos Aires, and from 2015 to 2019 in December President of Argentina was . He was followed by Pedro Pompilio in 2008 and Jorge Amor Ameal from 2008 to 2011. Daniel Angelici has been President since December 4, 2011.

Rivalry with River Plate

The rivalry between the Boca Juniors and River Plate can already be seen in the contrast of the districts in which the two clubs are based and which is particularly important in football, which dominates Argentine sports. La Boca is a working, emigrant and poor district of Buenos Aires , while the districts of Belgrano and Núñez , on the border of which the River Plate stadium is located, are dominated by the middle and upper classes. 40% of Argentinians are fans of the Boca Juniors, while 33% are fans of River Plate. This means that 73% of the Argentine population are supporters of one of the two capital city clubs. The following of the remaining clubs, however, is in the single-digit percentage range.

The supporters of Boca are called "Bosteros" by fans of the rival club River Plate, after the city servants who used to clean the streets of horse droppings in the district. The Boca fans themselves call themselves "Xeneizes", which means something like "residents of Genoa". This is due to the fact that mainly dock workers of Italian origin had settled in Boca. In return, the "Xeneizes" call the supporters of River Plate "Gallinas", in German "Chicken", in the figurative sense "Cowards". This, for its part, derives from River's mascot, a chicken.

Football department


As an amateur team, Boca Juniors won seven championships (1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1930), the Copa Competencia Chevallier Boutell in 1919 and the Copa de Honor in 1925 .

The " Bombonera " stadium , 2006

As a professional team, Boca Juniors has won the Argentine championship a total of 34 times since 1931 (as of 2020). Also in 1969 the Copa Argentina (Argentina Cup) and the Campeonato Nacional (national championship), 1970 the Nacional , 1976 the Campeonato Metropolitano (city championship) and the Nacional , and in 1981 the Metropolitano .

The Copa Libertadores (the South American counterpart of the UEFA Champions League ) have been won six times by Boca Juniors (1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007). Also three times the Copa Europea-Sudamericana (1977, 2000 and 2003). Other international titles were the Supercopa Sudamericana (1989), the Recopa Sudamericana (1990, 2005, 2006 and 2008), the Copa Master de Supercopa (1992), Copa de Oro Nicolás Leoz (1993) and the Copa Sudamericana 2004 and 2005.

By winning the Copa Libertadores 2007 , the club was together with AC Milan the world record holder for victories in international competitions until December 2007 . Boca won 17 international titles. On December 16, 2007, the two clubs met in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup . Milan won and took their 18th title. Real Madrid broke the record of 18 international titles by winning the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup .

National titles

  • Argentinian champions : AAF 1919, AAF 1920, AAF 1923, AAF 1924, AAF 1926M, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1954, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969 (Nacional), 1970 (Nacional), 1976 (Nacional), 1976 (Metropolitana), 1981 (Metropolitana), 1992 (Apertura), 1998 (Apertura), 1999 (Clausura), 2000 (Apertura), 2003 (Apertura), 2005 (Apertura), 2006 (Clausura), 2008 (Apertura), 2011 (Apertura), 2012 (Apertura), 2015, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2019/20
  • Copa Argentina : 1969, 2012, 2015
  • Copa de Competencia Jockey Club: 1919, 1925
  • Copa Dr. Carlos Ibargurs: 1919, 1923, 1924, 1940, 1944
  • Copa Estímulo: 1926
  • Copa de Competencia Británica George VI: 1946

International titles

The first team

Squad of the 2018/19 season

As of January 31, 2019

No. position Surname
1 ArgentinaArgentina TW Agustín Rossi
2 ArgentinaArgentina FROM Paolo Goltz
3 ArgentinaArgentina FROM Emmanuel Más
4th ArgentinaArgentina FROM Julio Buffarini
5 ArgentinaArgentina MF Fernando Gago
6th ParaguayParaguay FROM Júnior Alonso
7th ArgentinaArgentina ST Cristian Pavón
9 ArgentinaArgentina ST Dario Benedetto
10 ArgentinaArgentina ST Carlos Tevez
12 ArgentinaArgentina TW Marcos Díaz
13 ArgentinaArgentina FROM Kevin Mac Allister
15th UruguayUruguay MF Nahitan Nández
17th ArgentinaArgentina ST Ramón Ábila
18th ColombiaColombia FROM Frank Fabra
19th ArgentinaArgentina ST Mauro Zárate
No. position Surname
22nd ColombiaColombia ST Sebastian Villa
23 ArgentinaArgentina MF Iván Marcone
24 ArgentinaArgentina FROM Carlos Izquierdoz
25th ArgentinaArgentina TW Javier Bustillos
27 ColombiaColombia MF Jorman Campuzano
28 ArgentinaArgentina TW Manuel Roffo
30th ArgentinaArgentina MF Emanuel Reynoso
31 ArgentinaArgentina TW Esteban Andrada
37 ArgentinaArgentina MF Nicolás Capaldo
39 ArgentinaArgentina MF Agustín Almendra
40 ArgentinaArgentina MF Julian Chicco
42 ArgentinaArgentina FROM Marcelo Weigandt
- ArgentinaArgentina FROM Lisandro Lopez
- ArgentinaArgentina MF Alexis Messidoro
- ArgentinaArgentina ST Agustín Obando

Trainer and function team (selection)

Head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto (2014)
Nat. Surname function
Coaching staff
ArgentinaArgentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Head coach
ArgentinaArgentina Gustavo Barros Schelotto Assistant coach
ArgentinaArgentina Ariel Pereyra Assistant coach
ArgentinaArgentina Juan José Romero Goalkeeping coach
Fitness trainer
ArgentinaArgentina Javier Valdecantos Health and Fitness (Head)
ArgentinaArgentina Carlos Roberto Cappella Fitness trainer
ArgentinaArgentina Carlos Hugo Cappella Fitness trainer
Medical department
ArgentinaArgentina Pablo Ortega Gallo Team doctor
ArgentinaArgentina Rubén Araguas Kinesiologist

Well-known former players

Particularly noteworthy among the club's many well-known players is Diego Maradona , who played here from 1981 to 1982 and from 1995 to 1997. Boca Juniors was and is "his" football club. His farewell game took place in 2001 in La Bombonera

Well-traveled Boca fans at the Audi Cup 2009 in Munich's Allianz Arena

Before 1970

1970s and 1980s



Top 10 by goals

(As of December 18, 2016; all competitive game hits are given)

1 ArgentinaArgentina Martin Palermo 1997-2000,
2 ArgentinaArgentina Roberto Cherro 1925-1938 221
3 ArgentinaArgentina Francisco Varallo 1931-1939 194
4th ArgentinaArgentina Domingo Tarasconi 1922-1932 193
5 ArgentinaArgentina Jaime Sarlanga 1940-1948 128
6th ArgentinaArgentina Mario Boyé 1941-1949, 1955 123
7th ParaguayParaguay Delfín Benítez Cáceres 1932-1938 115
8th ArgentinaArgentina Pio Corcuera 1941-1948 98
9 ArgentinaArgentina Pedro Calomino 1911-1924 96
10 UruguayUruguay Sergio Martínez 1992-1997 86
ArgentinaArgentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto 1997-2007 86
* = still active with the Boca Juniors


Basketball department

Boca Juniors is also one of the most successful clubs in Argentina in basketball . The club was able to achieve the following successes in this sport:


The Boca Juniors volleyball division is also successful at the national level. The women are record champions and currently play in the highest Argentine league. The men also played a total of ten seasons in the Argentine top league between 1996 and 2015.

Among other things, the following titles were achieved (as of Feb. 2019):

  • Argentine Championship (women): 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2018.

Other sports

In addition, the club is in futsal , aerobics , gymnastics , rhythmic gymnastics , weightlifting , judo , karate , taekwondo , wrestling and track and field running.


Boca's most famous and influential fan group La 12 has around two thousand members.

Web links

Commons : CA Boca Juniors  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Boca Juniors membership
  2. ^ Mathias Ehlers: The hottest derby in the world. In: 11 friends . May 8, 2009, Retrieved December 8, 2009 .
  3. Maradonas farewell game
Panorama La Bombonera (Buenos Aires, Argentina) looking east.jpg