Boca is glory and passion


Dr. Daniel angelici

President of Boca Juniors

The history of Boca is centennial, glorious and passionate. It is the most popular club of Argentina and one of the most acknowledged worldwide.
The 18 International football titles attained, place it at the top of any ranking table. Its fans' enthusiasm surprises everybody for their warmth and fervour. La Bombonera is the stadium all sport lovers must know some day. Boca Juniors is an important part of Argentine history, and it is a synonym worldwide. To say Boca is to say Argentina. In every city, in each country town, there is always a passionate fan loving the blue and yellow colours. Being Boca Juniors' president is a non transferable object of pride. It is a tremendous responsibility, though everyday's work is most gratifying.

Boca Juniors is an avant-garde club in permanent growth, During 2012, we surpassed the number of 100,000 members, for the first time in our history. Boca Juniors is in its essence, a football club, though many other sports are also developed there in a professional and amateur way, and other cultural and social activities are organized. The connection of the club with La Boca's neighbourhood, full of history and colour, is permanent. Boca is a "must"for every visitor of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

The best footballers of Argentina and the world donned Boca Juniors shirt: Diego Armando Maradona, Juan Román Riquelme, Martín Palermo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Sebastián Battaglia, Hugo Ibarra, Hugo Orlando Gatti, Roberto Mouzo, Angel Clemente Rojas, Antonio Rattin, Silvo Marzolini, Antonio Roma, Fancisco Varallo, Roberto Cherro, Américo Tesorieri and Pedro Calomino were only some of the names who defended the colours of the most cherished and winning shirt for over 100 years. Trough these pages we invite you to know a little more about our origin, the all-time idols and the activities and works developed in the club's different areas. Boca Juniors' doors are open for all those who want to visit us. I wish some day they may share with us the emotion of enjoying a match in La Bombonera, with the fervour, passion and warmth that have made us famous worldwide. Thanks for sharing this moment with us, Boca's colours will reach your heart.

Foundation

Football, the game brought to the shores of the River Plate by the English in the middle of the 19th Century, which was played by sailors in nearby open fields close to the harbours, started to grow into the hearts of South Americans in a most powerful way. In the early 1900s, the habit of playing football spread with amazing popularity and some groups of friends began to organise their matches to compete according to certain rules. Esteban Baglietto, Alfredo Scarpatti, Santiago Pedro Sana and the siblings Juan Antonio and Teodoro Farenga shared the game, theirfriendshipandtheXeneixeneighbourhood(Genoese)called "La Boca del Riachuelo", which was inhabited mostly by Italian immigrants from Genoa. One day, these five boys decided to get together and found a club and in order to do it they met with some other boys at Baglietto's house to outline the main traits of this new organisation. However, some unexpected visitors forced them to change the meeting place and they moved to the park across the street. On a bench at the "Plaza Solís" (Solís Park) on Monday, April 3rd 1905 the five friends together with some other ones signed the foundation document of the new football club.

The name


Once the founding of the club had been carried out, there was one important detail left to consider: the name of the brand new club. A debate between the friends took place as they tried to decide on one. In those times it was customary to use the location of the club as the basis of the name, therefore there was no resistance to the name "Boca". "Juniors" was added making reference to the young age of the members of the club and was proposed by Santiago Pedro Sana who studied English at the time. Back then, the use of a word in English was considered an undeniable symbol of status. Thus, the name "Boca Juniors" prevailed upon other names proposed by the founders.


the colours


The final choice of the design for the shirt would take 8 years. The first patterns were worn in 1905 and 1907, one was white with thick black stripes and another one was white with blue and light blue stripes. The shortage of fabric, among other issues, created great uncertainty which grew as time went by until Juan Rafael Bricchetto, a youth who had joined the club shortly after its creation, proposed standing on the bridge where he worked and choosing the colours of the first ship to cross the bridge. Everybody agreed and like this it was chance that determined that the blue and gold colours of the Swedish flag, which was the flag of the first ship to cross the bridge, would as from 1907 be the colours that would identify Boca all over the world. The first shirt was blue with a yellow stripe crossing the chest diagonally and it was used until 1913. From that year until now, Boca has had its present shirt.


the badge

It is the most representative symbol of the club after the shirt.The first of the five different badges the club had, was created in 1922. The worldwide-known initials CABJ in yellow with a blue stripe in the middle were placed on a white base. It was not until 1994 that the badge became part of the kit for the match. Until then, the badge was used in brochures and club pennants. Since 1932, the Boca badge started adding stars to its design. Each star represented a cup won. There came a moment when there was no more room for more stars, therefore three stars were left representing the three Intercontinental Cups won by Boca.The present badge shows 51 stars, each one representing a cup won by Boca.

the stadium: la bombonera

There are modern, gigantic stadiums with mid-field screens. Others provide the latest developments in terms of accessibility and reclining seats. However, no stadium is like "La Bombonera" and no stadium will ever be. It owns a design and vibrations which are unique. Boca's temple is a sight that cannot be missed when touring Buenos Aires. As regards the origin of its name, there are two versions. According to the first version, the name "La Bombonera" was given to the stadium when the Yugoslav architect Victorio Sulsic received a box of chocolate candy similar in shape to the stadium he was designing. The second one, mentions Engineer José Luis Delpini, who was trying to build a big stadium in a small plot of land and in doing so he designed the ideal pitch, severing the surface extending over the adjacent-owned land. The result was similar to the so-called "bombonera" carts, used by sweepers to clean the streets in those times.

player number 12

Boca always plays with an extra player without breaking any regulation established by FIFA. Reluctantly accepted by the other football clubs in Argentina, the football fans that move the world with their commitment, that support their team in the most exotic places on earth, that may change the result of a match with their presence, those are the Boca fans. They are admired both in Argentina and all over the world for their strength and intensity they are justly known as "El Jugador N° 12" (Player Number 12). What is the origin of this name? We have to go back to Boca's tour in 1925. Victoriano Caffarena, known as El Toto, came from a very wealthy family. His passion for Boca drove him to join the tour although he had to pay a part of the trip's expense and despite his parents' disapproval. Caffarena showed such disposition that he participated in all of the 19 matches in the tour as delegate, props man, masseur or fan. It was those players in 1925 who baptized him "El Jugador N° 12". Thus, he became the first fan of the great xeneize fans.

CUPS


Boca Juniors is, together with Milan from italy, the team with the highest number of international cups in the world: 18. This is an achievement that seemed impossible to reach at the beginning of the 21st century since by the year 2000 it had only obtained 7 international cups. Here's the detail of the 18 cups won.