Many football fans in our country knowthe famous Argentine magicians of the past ball, such as Diego Maradona, Jose Moreno, Omar Sivori, Daniel Passarela, Gabriel Batistuta, Diego Milito, Juan Sebastian Veron. They admire the current stars - Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and others. All these players are familiar to us from performances in leading European teams.
And what we know about the championship of Argentina and itsleading teams? Take for example, the most famous of them - "Boca Juniors". Do you know that this club (along with the Italian "Milan") is the world record holder in the number of winning international tournaments?
History of the club
The history of Boca Juniors dates back to 1905year, when the club was formed by five immigrants from Italy in the working area of La Bocca, the city of Buenos Aires. Since 1931 (the birth of the professional football league of Argentina) the team has become the national champion 24 times, six times won the Cup of Libertadores and three times - the Intercontinental Cup. In different years, stars such as Diego Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelme, Martin Palermo, Claudio Canigia, Ezequiel Lavessi, Clemente Rodriguez, Carlos Tevez played in the "yellow-blue".
Home matches "Boca Juniors" spends onstadium "Estadio Alberto Armando" built in 1940 and accommodating 49,000 spectators. The current name of the building was received in honor of the president of the club, in which the team in the 70-80s of the last century achieved the most striking success in its history. Another name of the stadium - "Bombonera" - is connected with the shape of the stands, resembling a box of chocolates. Due to the fact that "Boca" is the most popular football club in Argentina, the fans regularly fill the seats in the arena. A special agitation happens when the derby of Boca Juniors - River Plate is held.
The history of the confrontation between the two teams goes their own wayroots in the early 20th century. It was then in 1901 in the area of La Bocca, the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, the football club "River Plate" was formed. After a while, as we remember, Boka Juniors was also born there. A little later, the two teams began to closely exist side by side and it was decided to hold a test match, after which the losing side will forever leave the La Boca area.
"River Plate" lost and moved first toItaly, and then returned to the country and from 1925 settled in the Nunes area in the north of the Argentine capital. Between the teams met 352 times. Of these, 127 victories were won by the players of Boca Juniors. In 112 games, success was celebrated by "River Plate", and 113 times a draw was recorded.
Uncompromising fight on the football fieldsometimes pours out beyond its limits. So, in 1968 at the "River Plate" stadium during the match, riots broke out in the stands, during which 71 fans were killed and more than 150 were seriously injured. In May 2015, in a match of the 1/8 finals of the Libertadores Cup, a fan of the Boca Juniors club in a podtribunnom room sprayed pepper gas, which affected five players, River Plate. For such actions, the fan of Estadio Alberto Armando was disqualified for four games, and the club was removed from the tournament.
Academy of the club
The pride of Boca Juniors is undoubtedlyclub football academy. More than 350 boys from 7 to 21 years old are members of different age groups of the school. Every day there is a viewing of gifted children on three natural and one artificial lawn bases. Throughout the country there is a network of scouts of the club, which looks for boys who are in love with football. "Boka Juniors" annually concludes a contract with 7-8 graduates of the academy, who will further forge the glory of the club. Graduates of the school are such stars as Juan Roman Riquelme and Carlos Tevez, Nicolas Gaitan and Fernando Gago.