What was done by Esteban Baglietto, Alfredo Scarpatti, Santiago Sana and brothers Teodoro and Juan Antonio Farenga on 3April 1905 was not much different from what, in those times, other groups of friends used to do in Argentina and that was to create an
an irrepressible passion for football and build a team. The peculiarity of this case was that they were unknowingly starting something that would become the greatest club in the country, a club that would become a global giant and a passion to a multitude of fans. The meeting in Baglietto´s house, which was interrupted by unexpected visitors, was moved outdoors where there was a
bench in the Plaza Solís. Here is where they decided on the name, which was borrowed from the neighborhood with the addition of ‘Juniors’ that gave it a touch of English prestige which was customary in those times. Baglietto was appointed as president. Then, on 21 April 1905, on the grounds of Independencia Sud, Boca thrashed Mariano Moreno 4-0 in the first game of its history. A taste of what was to come.
Boca had a name, a pitch to play on and a handful of Italian immigrants who supported them with a passion, but it lacked a colour to identify them with. In those times football kits were sewn up roughly, so
Farengas’ sister, Manuela, sewed a few black stripes on white shirts to allow them to have a kit for their first games. The only restriction was that they couldn’t be red and white because of Alumni, the dominating English club in that era. Boca also wore sky blue and for a short time thin blue stripes until eventually they adopted
blue and yellow, inspired by the colours of the Swedish flag ofa ship which was at that time docked in La Boca. Juan Bricchetto, who worked on the bridge where the ships passed under, gave them the idea. In the beginning it was blue with a yellow stripe but later in 1913, to avoid confusion with the direction of the yellow stripe, it was eventually decided to adopt the golden one that crosses
the chest of every Boca fan.
On 13 April 1913 Boca made its official debut in the First Division against Estudiantil Porteño in Ituzaingó, which ended with a 4-1 win. Next was the first Argentine football derby between Boca and River who were both from the district. They had a rivalry that
had grown over the early years of competition and hence it became the ‘derby of derbies’of Argentine football and one of the most watched shows in the world, especially if played at La Bombonera, which was considered by the foreign press as an incredible show for tourists visiting Argentina.
The first official match in history was a friendly which took place in Racing and River won by 2-1. Before that game, there were also other matches, always friendlies, which helped to shape a rivalry which would become a symbol of Argentine football.
Despite the difficulties in finding their own ground in the early days, the popularity of Boca continued to grow. Since its foundation in that square and the first game on the field of Independencia Sud, Boca played on a ground bordering Carboneras Wilson
and then left the district to briefly settle in Wilde until a loss of shareholders (1,500 to 300) forced them look for a ground back in La Boca. The club first settled between Ministro Brin, Senguel, Caboto and Tununyan, and then in 1922 the club finally took root once and for allin Brandsen, Del Valle Iberlucea, Aristóbulo Del Valle and the Ferrocarril Sud tracks. The club achieved its first title in
1919 and this coincided with the explosion of players that stood out, that had guts and a ‘gritty’ style which then became the pioneers of the Xeneize (Genoese). These players were goalkeeper AméricoTesoriere, icon Pedro Calomino and brave heart Alfredo Garassino. There in La Boca, in a stadium with stands of wood, came the first successes of the golden era of the Twenties. In total they won six First Division titles
(1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1930), plus three Carlos Ibarguren Cups (1919, 1923 and 1924), the Competition Cup (1919 and 1925), the Copa de Honor (1920) and the Encouragement Cup (1926).
Boca were already loved by so many people in those glorious years, the Xeneize seeds had been spread throughout Argentina. But it was in 1925 that would mark the international turning point. The European tour, at a time when moving a group of players was unusual, marked a
milestone. The roster was made up of 12 players and 5 guests, but there was also a fan that had paid for his own ticket and served as masseur and warehouse worker: Victorio‘Toto’Caffarena, who started the myth of the Player Number 12. Boca embarked on 5 February in Montevideo and 22 days later got to Vigo. They played 19 games winning 15,
drawing one and losing just three, with 40 goals for and 16 against. This was echoed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, setting the foundations of the international glory to come many years later. Boca received international recognition and enthused so much passion that on their return on 12 July the Argentine Football Association decided to
declare the club Champions of Honor forthe 1925 season. Boca were recognized already as great all over the world.
Boca had won the last tournament of the Amateur era and were also the first professional champions of that time. The team led by Mario Fortunato took the title beating
Talleres de Remedios de Escalada, and had the great satisfaction of beating River away by 3-0 in the last game. Boca counted on a pair of explosive forwards, who were able to understand each other at a glance and would remain in history: Varallo-Cherro. The ‘Cañoncito’, who had arrived from Gimnasia, scored 27 goals in 24 games, while
the ‘Apilador’ scored 19 in 30. Another key player was Florentino Vargas, the first Boca goal-scorer in the Professional era. Boca had beaten River on both occasions and ended the tournament with 50 points the result of 22 wins (at that time 2 points were given per win), 6 draws and 6 defeats. More successes would soon arrive...
It all began the day Argentina beat Paraguay by 4-1 in San Lorenzo, in 1929. Boca managers watched that match to observe the ‘Guarani’ González and Lagos,
but fell in love with the intensity of Delfín Benítez Cáceres. Nevertheless it was only in 1932 and after tough negotiations with Libertad that Boca could sign the striker. He joined the club supposeedly to gain experience and everyone thought he would have time to settle but Benítez Cáceres proved to be ahead of schedule: in a match against the River Reserves he scored a hat-trick earning a place in the first team where he joined Cherro and
Varallo. The ‘Machetero’, a left-footer who was also able to use his right, won two titles (1934 and 1935) and broke all records scoring 107 goals and is still the most prolific foreigner in the club’s history.
Between 1934 and 1935, Boca won the first double crown of Argentine football in the Professional era. In the first tournament, played in a three-stage system, Boca scored more than 100 goals and finished first by one point ahead of
Independiente. The top scorer was Cherro with 22 goals. The following year, with the same base of players as the previous one and the addition of Brazilian centre-half Domingos Da Guide, Boca won the 1935 title. They were strong in defense but above all the best in effectiveness with an impressive 85% of gained points, with a result of 27 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses.
This season brought great news to Boca world: the opening of the Bombonera and the achievement of a new title. The homelessness of the early years was over
and the poor ground with wooden stands in Brandsen, Del Valle Iberlucea, Aristóbulo Del Valle and the Ferrocaril Sud tracks belonged to the past. The Xeneize religion needed a temple, and this came in 1940. La Bombonera, a titanic dream carried out by the management, led by Dr. Camilo Cichero, was inaugurated on 25 May with a 2-0 win over San
Lorenzo, and that friendly was a real encouragement for Boca, who then won all 13 home games to take the title. A worldwide legend was born and in 1952 a third tier and artificial lighting were added, and then in 1966 VIP boxes. Even then it was a worldwide monument to football and a must-go for tourists and fans from
On 26 September 1943, at La Bombonera, Boca were losing by 1-0 to River when right fielder Lucho Sosa sent a cross in the centre and Severino Varela, the Uruguayan with a white beret, scored the equalizer with a full-length dive. Then he scored again, gaining himself immortal affection of the
fans and a place in history. In 1943 Boca would be champions by one point ahead of River, remaining unbeaten during 26 matches throughout two seasons, a record that would pass into the hands of José Pizzuti’s Racing in 1966 to return to La Boca in the late 90s thanks to Bianchi’s Boca that played 40 games without being
defeated. The crowning was against Racing at the Monumental Stadium.
The Boca campaign of 1948 was a warning of what was to come a year later. After the first players’ strike, the team finished 8th, their worst placement in the Professional era. In 1949 more disappointments and troubles would come. Despite the arrival of a
large number of players, the team played so badly that 5 days from the end of the season they were seriously in danger of being relegated. In a packed La Bombonera, though, Boca crushed Lanús by 5-1 and avoided relegation. Between 1945 and 1959, there were more disappointments than joys, winning just one title, and it became the worst period in its history.
On 11 November 1954 Boca defeated Tigre by 1-0 and became champions for the first time in nine years. The team led by Ernesto Lazzatti distinguished itself by great strength in its defense, with most merit belonging to goalkeeper Elijah Musimessi, the ‘singing goalkeeper’,
and defenders Eliseo Mouriño and Natalio Pescia, later nicknamed ‘Leoncito’. In attack, it was José ‘Pepino’Borello who had to score goals. He was a tenacious forward,with a powerful shot, also remembered for scoring a goal from midfield against Vélezin Liniers. Borello did his duty with 19 goals and he was the top scorer of the tournament.
Yet another success that placed Boca at the top of Argentine football, where they were meant to be.
Boca were already a popular passion but more episodes would increase their legendary status. One of these was the Boca championship in 1962, which will always be remembered for the defeat of River at LaBombonera thanks to a penalty taken
by Brazilian Delem and saved by Roma. It was a tough and intense team that scored a goal and then tightened. In 28 games they suffered just 18 goals against. Besides having Antonio Roma, Silvio Marzolini, Carmelo Simeone and Antonio Rattin, Boca could also count on a Brazilian striker who shone anytime he faced River, beating them 10 times. One of those goals earned a 1-0 win on the day
Boca conquered another star. His name, Paulo Valentim.
The afternoon of 19 May 1963 will remain unforgettable for the Boca fans. At La Bombonera, against Vélez, Angel Clemente Rojas made his debut. He’s a champion who would leave his mark thanks to his unconventional game, feints, dribbling and unparalleled ability. By playing innumerable games, scoring goals and
making spectacular move he earned the affectionate nickname Rojitas, which is nothing more than the diminutive of his own name. He became one of the major idols of the club. In 1970 he scored the goal against Rosario Central that gave Boca the title of the Nacional. The following year he moved abroad. The wonderful Rojitas was champion five times and left an indelible memory in the minds of fans.
The third time that Boca won two titles in a row was between 1964 and '65, two seasons that proved very different from each other. The first, the team was strong in defense and suffered no goals in 19 of the 30 matches played. Boca finished five points ahead and won the tournament
at La Bombonera against River. 1965 will be remembered for a spectacular comeback in the last fixtures, with a head-to-head against River who came to La Bombonera on the penultimate fixture ahead in points. When Artime scored, the guests caressed the title but later through goals from Menéndez and Pianetti Boca overturned the result. First place went to Boca,
who celebrated by beating Atlanta in the last fixture.
Almost becoming a habit, Boca humbled River and won the title. This time however, with a plus: they played in the Monumental. This ishow Boca celebrated the conquest of the 1970 Nacional,
after a 2-2 draw with archrivals, gol by Madurga. The team coached by Di Stefano played brilliantly and in the first 12 fixtures they were unparalleled with eleven wins. Rojitas, Ponce, the 'Negro' Medina, Novello and Madurga are names that remain in the history of Boca linked to the idea of a beautiful game. More satisfaction
was gained when they won the ArgentineCup after beating Atlanta in the final.
When Juan Carlos Lorenzo arrived in 1976 and indicated the reinforcements he wanted, all were astonished. The ‘Loco' Hugo Gatti, Francisco Sá, Rubén Suñé, Carlos Veglio
and Mastrángelo were already of a certain age, but time was to prove 'Toto' right with his demand for experienced players. A great goal by 'Chino' Benítez to Huracán, a candidate for the title, in River, was crucial to Boca’s conquest of the Metropolitano, but the icing on the cake was without doubt the Nacional. It was won against River
in the only occasion in which they faced each other in a final, that took place at the Racing stadium. Rubén Suñé quickly tapped a free kick and put the ball in the corner, while the River goalkeeper, Ubaldo Fillol, was still setting the wall, and that earned Boca the title. Elderly fans still tell their children and grandchildren about that memorable night in Avellaneda. It was unforgettable.
In the mist and cold of a magical night on 14 September, in Montevideo, in the mythical Centenario Stadium that hosted the first World Cup, a legend was born. The 'Loco' Gatti dived to his left and saved Vanderley’s penalty. Boca were crowned
continental champions for the first time in their history. Their opponents were Brazilian team Cruzeiro, and after a 1-0 home win each it was necessary to play a third game, ended 0-0 after extra time and resolved on penalties. This was a dream come true after the 1963 defeat in the final against Pele’s Santos. Boca had eliminated River, Defensor, Peñarol, Libertad and Deportivo Cali. They reached the final
against Cruzeiro, the strong defending champions, who counted on several national players and had never lost. The game at La Bombonera ended 1-0 thanks to a Carlo Veglio’s goal, but the defeat in Belo Horizonte lead to a playoff. On that occasion, Boca played in white and Gatti became an immortal idol thanks to that tenth penalty.
It was the first international star and many more would come.
Few people had trust in Boca for the final game of the 1977 Intercontinental Cup, a clash that was played the following season in two legs. The 2-2 draw at home with Borussia Mönchengladbach was a dull and the Europeans were favourites for the
second game. In Germany however, 'Toto' Lorenzo fielded a squad that tactically disoriented the hosts to the point that with just 35 minutes gone the odds had changed. Felman, Mastrángelo and Salinas scored the goals on that cold night of August 1, 1978. Back in Argentina, Boca qualified directly to the semis of the Libertadores as
defending champions and eliminated River and then Cruzeiro. They played another final this time against Colombian Deportivo Cali. After drawing away, they won 4-0 playing brilliantly and securing success for the second time. That was 'Toto' Lorenzo’s last title with Boca, a club where he left an indelible mark.
Boca cleaned the market signing the Argentine phenomenon for which everyone could foreseen extraordinary future, in addition someone who called himself a fan of the club and had been a champion at youth level in 1979. Apart from Maradona, Boca also signed Miguel Brindisi,
who together with him would form a decisive pair in winning the Metropolitano. Boca won 20 games, drew 10, lost only four times and ona rainy evening of April 10 thrashed River 3-0 with Maradona being an absolute leader scoring a memorable goal past Fillol. That title was the beginning of a link between Boca and Maradona, but shortly after he was sold to Barcelona to return 14 years later...
On 6 January 6 1985, when Antonio Alegre became president, the club was going through a deep institutional and sporting crisis. Gradually, various sectors were fixed and foundations relayed. From a football point of view it was not a good year. With Alfredo
Di Stefano on the bench, Boca passed the first round of the Nacional but were later eliminated by Independiente. Then Julio Olarticoechea, Carlos Tapia, Enrique Hrabina and Alfredo Graciani arrived. In the second part of the season the Xeneizes improved their image and with the inauguration of a new tournament they finished fifth thanks to 14 wins, 13 draws and nine
defeats. The management of Alegre, who saved the club from their worst finish, would last ten years until the arrival of Mauricio Macri.
After eight years without official trophies, Carlos Aimar’s Boca won the 1989 Super Cup. The draw landed them directly in the quarter finals, where they eliminated Racing. In the semifinals they beat Brazilian Gremio, then in the final celebrated by beating away
Independiente on penalties. With the contributions of goalie 'Mono' Navaro Montoya, Blas Giunta in midfield and the talented Diego Latorre in attack, Boca were crowned continental champions. The following year, the Recopa enriched their palmarès (prize list) after beating Atlético Nacional of Medellin
1-0 (goal from Latorre), champions of the 1989 Libertadores, in a single match played in Miami. In 1992, when the coaching post had been passed to Oscar Washington Tabárez, Boca lifted the Masters Cup, a trophy organized by the South American Football Confederation and reserved for winners of the Super Cup. On this occasion they beat Paraguayan Olimpia1-0 and Brazilian Cruzeiro 2-1. In 1993, Boca got more
satisfaction when another international trophy was lifted. It’s the Copa de Oro, that brought together the continental champions of 1992.The 'Maestro' Tabárez had been replaced by Jorge Habegger, first to succumb to Boca wereSão Paulo and then Atlético Mineiro, with the final played at La Bombonera.
Winning the championship in 1992 was a real breath of fresh air. The international successes were not enough to calm the fans who hadn’t celebrated a local title since 1981. Boca resolved this after 11 years without a title at national level, the home draw
with San Martín de Tucumán was enough for Boca to celebrate in La Bombonera. The team managed by Oscar Tabárez and with 'Beto' Márcicoin midfield got 10 wins, seven draws and two defeats, and a 1-0 triumph in the Superclásico against River through a goal from Sergio 'Manteca' Martínez. Moreover,
they took revenge for the final lost to Newell’s the year before, when after winning the Clausura (Newell’s had won the 1990 Apertura) closed the season empty-handed. The team of the 'Maestro' had ensured with merit a place in history.
The 6-4 crushing defeat suffered against Racing, at La Bombonera, not only represented a footballing tragedy at the loss of the Torneo Apertura (after that game, the team didn’t perk up and eventually gave the title up to Vélez despite
despite a six-point advantage with five games to play), this also coincided with the appointment of Mauricio Macri as club president. In this year, with Maradona back after 14 seasons, the cycle of the so-called 'golden era' began with some hiccups for the first two years with the new management but stabilized from 1998
thanks to Bianchi’s arrival. Under Macri, both club and La Bombonera were modernized. His 12-year presidency gave the necessary impetus to enter modern times with determination.
On the afternoon of 10 November 1996, during the 2-0 home win against Unión, Juan Román Riquelme made his debut for the blue and golds. This shy and freckled young man would become a legend over the years. He proved decisive and broke
Marzolini’s record by being the most capped player at La Bombonera, which he liked to call his courtyard. The first titles under Carlos Bianchi, the Libertadores Cups, the Tokyo final against Real Madrid, the Superclásicos, goals, thousands of assists... Riquelme means Boca.
"I was born 'bostero' and I’ll die 'bostero", he keeps repeating. And no one doubts it.
After six years without official trophies, Boca celebrated again under Carlos Bianchi. In July of 1988 the best cycle in its history began and the'Virrey' (Viceroy) became the club’s most successful coach ever. In his first season, he formed a tough group and won the title
without losing (13 wins and 6 draws). The 'Virrey' improved Riquelme and launched a historical pair formed by Guillermo and Palermo, that in the 1998 Apertura would score 20 goals helping to establish record after record in short tournaments. This team eventually proved relentless, devastating and apparently invincible extending their unbeaten run to 40 games, and with the victory
of the 1999 Clausura got the so-called back-to-back. Bianchi had begun his road to immortality.
The new millennium brought an air of international glory. After 22 years, Boca were again South American champions lifting the Libertadores. The road to glory was memorable, with a historic 3-0 win over River in the quarter finals, and then in Brazil on penalties
against a strong Palmeiras. That golden year would continue with the conquest of the Apertura: despite the loss of Arruabarrena and Walter Samuel, the team were able to stay strong and celebrated the title after 12 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses. In the current championship came the cup that made Boca the best club in the world: on a magical night, with two goals from Palermo they beat Real Madrid
by 2-1 and brought the Intercontinental Cup back to Argentina. It was an epic triumph against all odds. An unforgettable season that would be repeated.
The hero, Palermo, was gone, but Riquelme wasn’t and to contribute to the cause were Marcelo Delgado on the pitch and Bianchi with his wisdom on the bench.Boca made it a double win, immediately winning another Libertadores. In the two-legged final, they beat Cruz Azul in Mexico
and lost at LaBombonera. Penalty shoot-out, then, and here the one who shone was Oscar Córdoba. The Colombian goalkeeper saved the first shot, then the Mexicans missed twice. In the second part of the year the group lost more players, both Ibarra and Bermúdez left. In the final of the Intercontinental against Bayern Munich
it was impossible to repeat the performance of the previous season. After a tough game, in extra time they were defeated 1-0. This match would be Bianchi’s last in his first cycle at the club.
After a year without titles, the return of Bianchi would bring back glory, making it a triple. Without the charisma of Riquelme but with the electrifying presence of Carlos Tevez, Boca shone in the two-legged Libertadores Cup final and wiped out Brazilian Santos 5-1 overall.
After a hiccup in the second round against Brazilian Paysandú, Boca won the last seven games. In the second half of the year they wouldn’t’ slow down. They repeated what was done in 2000, won the Argentine championship with a wonderful campaign (11 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses) and the contribution of Fabián Vargas
and Brazilian Pedro Iarley. On December 14 the second season of the 'Virrey' would reach the absolute best ever. Once again in Japan against Italian giants Milan, Boca became world champions. It was1-1 after extra time (goal by Matías Donnet), then goal keeper Roberto Abbondanzieri proved himself an idol saving shots from eleven meters by Pirlo and Costacurta (Seedorf pulled out) and Boca
won. Another amazing year, with Tokyo again at Boca’s feet.
After the arrival of Alfio Basile in the middle of the year, with the signing of Federico Insúa and 'Cata' Díaz, among others, the team was resurrected after a quiet season. Also talented youngsters Rodrigo Palacio and Fernando Gago came on the scene and eventually Boca obtained the Apertura having won 12 times, drawn 4
and lost 3.This would not be the only achievement of the 'Coco' era. In the space of just one year, until mid-2006, the team won all tournaments they competed in. Boca won the Recopa against Once Caldas at the end of a two-legged clash and also won the Copa Sudamericana to close the centenary the best possible way.
In the Copa Sudamericana final, against the Mexican Pumas, they drew both home and away sealing triumph from the penalty spot thanks to another super performance byAbbondanzieri. The following year, Boca won the championship again with a game in hand, away to Independiente, and in the Recopagot the better of Brazilian team São Paulo:
Basile’s era reached its climax winning all five competitions, but the 'Coco' eventually left and took over as the Argentine National team manager.
The year began with a blessing. After four and a half years in Europe, Juan Román Riquelme returned in full splendor. It was just a six month romance, but enough to lift another Libertadores Cup. Under the command of Miguel Russo, the team boasted players who had golden
feet (Banega, Riquelme and Palacio) and thanks to the wonderful form of Riquelme travelled the continent showing off football of the highest quality. In the two-legged final, Brazilian Gremio were wiped away 5-0 overall. In December came disappointment: without Riquelme (who had to return to Spanish team Villarreal) Boca surrendered 4-2 to AC Milan in the final of the Clubs World Cup (goal by Palacio
and anowngoal by Ambrosini) and so the Italians took revenge for the 2003 defeat. After that game, Miguel Russo left the bench.
With the appointment of President Pedro Pompilio, after Mauricio Macri left to follow his political ambition, Carlos Ischia arrived on the bench and Riquelme returned to stay. In the first half of the season, Boca were eliminated by Fluminense in the Libertadores Cup
semifinals. In the second half of the season Boca reacted to the rupture of the cruciate ligaments of Palermo (he was replaced by young Lucas Viatri) and were able to regain 11 points to San Lorenzo earning a play-off tournament with San Lorenzo and Tigre in order to decide the Apertura champions. They beat the first and lost
to the Matador, but did enough to celebrate in LaBombonera. That year Boca also secured a new international star, that of the Recopa, at the end of a two-legged clash with Arsenal de Sarandí.
The love and goal story started in 1997 and ended on 18 June 2011 on the grounds of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. There, Palermo officially retired from football ending a unique career
that would remain indelibly fixed in the memories of the fans. With 236 goals in 404 games, the so called Titan became the greatest scorer in the history of Boca. After his retirement, in the second half of the season the team led by Falcioni won the title at the end of a campaign
remaining unbeaten and 11 points clear of the runner-ups. At the end of the year news came at an institutional level: with the elections that took place on February 4, and with a record attendance of nearly 25,000 members, Daniel Angelici became president assuming the post not only in thesign of continuity but also modernisation.
After winning the 2011 Torneo Apertura, undefeated, Boca began 2012 diving into the adventure of the most prestigious continental competition. The team, led by Julio Falcioni, reached the finals of the Libertadores Cup and finished inches away from glory losing the decisive game to
Corinthians. A few months later Boca took revenge. They became the first champions of the Argentine Cup in its new formula. Boca had already won this trophy in 1969 and now, in 2012,did it again. They played six games prevailing twice in 90 minutes and amazingly four times on penalties. In the final they then defeated Racing
2-1 with goals by Santiago Silva and Lucas Viatriand were crowned champions.
Carlos Bianchi, the coach who became a myth, returned one afternoon in late 2012, interrupting the break he had taken from his activities to reach an agreement with President Daniel Angelic after a short discussion. At La Bombonera, on the occasion of his presentation, he was greeted by a crowd.
2013 marked the beginning of his third season with Boca. The most successful coach in club history formally began his job on January 5 and immediately, that warm morning, began to break into the new season. His return reunited him with Juan Román Riquelme,
the partnership that between 1998 and 2001had given Boca fans so much joy.