Guide from A to Z to follow Boca Juniors – River Plate


This weekend, for the first time in history, the two most beloved Argentine football clubs, Boca Juniors and River Plate, play the Copa Libertadores final, the main club competition in South America. 15 years ago the rules that avoided the finals between clubs of the same state had changed and since then, only one Brazilian final had been played between Porto Alegre International and São Paulo in 2006. The Boca-River final, however, is quite different. This is certainly the strongest rivalry in South America and, in the past, there were clashes, like the one that caused a man to burn a neighbor's house in a city. The final will be played for the first time on the weekends. Normally, the Libertadores final, always doubled, was played on Wednesday evening, but for security reasons this year happened on the following two Saturdays in the afternoon, and with the light of day. The first leg, at the Boca Juniors stadium, is played on Saturday at 9.00 pm, Catalan time (Movistar champions). The return will take place on Saturday November 24th, always at 9:00 pm

The rivalry between the two clubs is so strong that around them are born traditions, debates and polemics typical of a football, the Argentine, in which the subsequent stories of the parties can become better than the same party. Land of popular debates, imagination and love of words, Boca-River lives in the neighborhood cafes Buenos Airesbut also in the Andean mountain ranges or in the Argentine Antarctic station. From north to south, an entire country discusses two eternally admired clubs, with a rich football culture around them. Born in the same neighborhood, in La Boca, where boats full of Italians, Galicians or Russians have come in search of a new life, the two clubs have chosen different paths. River Plate, baptized in honor of the Riu de la Plata with an unsuccessful translation, headed north of Buenos Aires and created a winning football school with elegant players. El Boca, remained at home, with a popular culture and an aggressive football school, until Maradona and Riquelme evolved. For those who have not followed, this is a small guide to understand who they are bosteros and who are those hens. Who are i Xeneizes and who the Millonarios. A single rivalry, which no comparison could be made with the Barça-Madrid. Nothing to behold, at the River Plate-Boca Juniors, everything is original.

Ángel Labruna:

With 16 goals in 36 games, Ángel Labruna is the best scorer in Boca-River, always with the River Plate t-shirt. Labruna was part of the front known as The car, The 40s, perhaps the best in the history of River Plate. Then there were no international competitions, but every fan of the river can still say in memory the front of Muñoz, Moreno, Pedernera, Labruna and Loustau. In Argentina, black and white football is still alive.

& # 39; & # 39 ;: Bosteros

To insult fans of Boca, they are called "bosteros", a word that derives from "many" (excrements). The origin could be the bad smell of the neighborhood of La Boca when the river was not yet well channeled or perhaps the fact of having crossed the river in robots, and the "boteros" would be passed to the "bosteros". The Boca fan proudly made this word, but the river still covers the nose while visiting the rival stage. Recently, one of the last fans of the River-Boca with a visit – in the league was banned for security reasons – the fan of the river has flown an inflatable pig with the shirt of Boca in front of the fans' area bosteros.


Defining a game of great rivalry like a classic is an Argentinian creation that ended up exporting. It is often said that Argentine football has five great clubs: River, Boca, Independiente de Avellaneda, Racing de Avellaneda and San Lorenzo. Each duel between these clubs, as well as direct duels like the Rosary derby between the Newell and the central Rosary, is a "classic". To emphasize Boca-River, however, the term "superclassic" is used.

Diego Armando Maradona:

The best player in the history of Boca Juniors could have been the River when the club wanted to get it out of the Argentinos Juniors. But Maradona wanted to play Boca and scored five goals against the millionaires. Maradona, of course, is the best player in the history of this rivalry. Curiously, a nephew now plays in the lower classes of the River Plate.


The Monumental Stadium takes its name from Americo Vespuci Liberti, president of River Plate. Opened in 1935, the largest stadium in Argentina is a giant with so much space under the stands that there is a primary school and several pools, basketball courts and gyms. The River Plate home is also usually the Argentine national team. It will be the defense phase.

Funes, Juan Gilberto:

This striker has played only six months on River Plate, but he made two of the three goals of the Libertadores final in 1986, when he finally won the millionaire club against Cali's America for the first time. The river took 26 years to win the Libertadores, a tournament created in 1960. It was a wound that has not yet been completely closed, since the river, the club with more local titles, has never triumphed internationally like Boca Juniors.

& # 39; & # 39 ;: Gallinas

The hobby of the mouth uses this nickname to tease the river. In 1966, River Plate won 0-2 in the Libertadores final, but Uruguayan Peñarol lifted the game and won 4-2. In the next league game, in the Banfield field, River players threw a chicken and the word was corrected. All in all, the popularity of the river made him famous and you can see hat-shaped hats in his games. In 2004, Boca eliminated the river in the semifinals of the Libertadores. In the return leg, Carlos Tévez, who still plays with Boca, scored a goal in the River field and celebrated with the gesture, with his arms, to be a chicken, to provoke rivals. He was expelled.

& # 39; & # 39 ;: Huevo

In Argentina, "putting egg" means playing strong, with character. The Boca Juniors football school is usually identified with this more aggressive style than the more elegant river school. At Blas Giunta, violent companion of Boca, La Bombonera has always shouted: "Giunta, Giunta, Giunta, egg, egg, egg" and celebrated the faults he committed.


Boca Juniors always claims to have more Liberators (6) than the River Plate (3). And also to have more international titles than his rival (from 22 to 16). The club with most cups Libertadores, however, is the independent of Avellaneda, also Argentine, with 7. If Boca wins, then, binds to the "red devils". In Argentina, there is a term "paternity" in sport, used when you have won more games than your opponent or more titles. Boca claims to be "father" of River, but the Independent claims to have children like other clubs internationally.

Juan Roman Riquelme:

The last Libertadores won by Boca was 2007, with Juan Román Riquelme who scored 3 of the 5 goals in the final. In the first leg, Boca defeated the Brazilian Gremio 3-0, and won the return by 0-2 with two other goals from Riquelme, who won three Libertadores with the Bocca. This is 50% of the Libertadores titles, with Riquelme. And with Carlos Bianchi on the bench, a winning coach.

Kranevitter, Matthias:

In 2015, the two teams faced Libertadores in the quarterfinals. At the beginning the River won 1-0. On their return to La Bombonera, with the 0-0 counterattack, the local radical fans have thrown pepper in the eyes of the River players, which caused the suspension of the game. Matías Kranevitter was the most impressed, but ended up winning the Libertadores with the river that year. The Boca fan, feeling superior to the Libertadores, did not want to be eliminated by a rival who a few years earlier had fallen in Second.

La Bombonera:

Opened in 1940 in the La Boca neighborhood, La Bombonera is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Despite its old and small cabinets and installations, its closed form impresses. The hobby of the mouth says that "La Bombonera late", due to the vibration of the structure when the fans jump and come alive.

& # 39; & # 39 ;: Millonarios

The River Plate is known as the "millionaire" club since 1931, when at the beginning of the professional system in local football Carlos Peucelle bought the Sportivo Buenos Aires for 10,000 pesos, and the striker Bernabé Ferreyra in the tiger for 35,000, in the most expensive signature of all time.

Norberto Alonso:

Known as Beto, this striker of the river made two goals in a very well remembered victory of the River Plate in Boca camp, in 1986. The River gave the Olympic round to the opponent's field, having won the championship. Furthermore, the game was played with an orange ball. He is the famous "classic orange ball".


A legend says that the two clubs chose the colors when they were founded in the neighborhood of La Boca, where boats arrived from all over the world. According to the legend, the show consisted of dressing with the colors of the flag of the first ship arrived. In the case of Boca, a Swedish ship entered. In the case of the river, one of the Germans, when the German flag was red, white and black. Of course, it's a legend.

Paulo Valentim:

This Brazilian has played five years at Boca Juniors, in the '60s, enough time to give him 10 goals in just seven games in the River. Valentim is, with Martín Palermo, the man who scored more goals for Boca to his eternal rival.


One of the few points where both teams agree is in the beer, since the official beer of the two teams is the same: Quilmes. El Boca earns about 11.4 million advertising annually, but now River Plate has no sponsor for the T-shirt. Looking for one.

Reinaldo Merlo:

Known as El Mostaza, Merlo is the player who played the most Argentine classic in history, always with the "millionaire" shirt. In total, he played 25. Interestingly, it is unclear what the first Priemr of the Boca-River history was, but it is believed that Boca won the game 88 times and the River, 81.

Silvio Marzolini:

With 29 games played, this defender is the player that most of the games between the two teams have always played wearing the Boca Juniors jersey. Marzolini won five leagues with Boca, but won two at the River. Boca fans now dream of "going round", that is, of maintaining a title, of returning to the field of the eternal rival. It would be the first Libertadores won at the Rvier's home.


The argument says that Boca Juniors fans are more popular, poorer, and River Plate is richer, partly because of the confusion caused by the nickname of "millionaires". Both clubs, however, have grown so much that they have fans in all social classes. Another topic says that immigrants arriving in Argentina from lands such as Bolivia or Paraguay are usually made by Boca, which has caused xenophobic insults against club supporters.


Both teams always have Uruguayan players. El Boca was 49 years old and the river 55, including Enzo Francescoli and Walter Gómez, were considered two of the best players in the club's history. At the moment the river has four Uruguayans and Boca, two. Furthermore, the game was played three times in Uruguay. The other time he played outside Argentina was in Miami.

Victoriano Caffarena:

In 1925, Boca Juniors was the first Argentine team to take a tour in Europe. An amateur, Victoriano Caffarena, accompanied the team during all the games and won the nickname "player number 12". The club's fans are still called, and Barra Brava, the violent group of fans, is called La 12. The radical group of River Plate is the "drunkard of the council". the Tablón It is a reference to wood that was used as seats in the stadium's first stands.


The two clubs were founded in La Boca, but they left. The river did it first in Sarandí, to the south, but eventually found land in the north, where it remained and where it still rings. El Boca also moved to the Wilde neighborhood in 1914, where he still has many fans today, but after 17 games he returned to La Boca, where he has not moved.


The hobby of Boca is known as Xeneizes. The word means "Genoese" in the dialect of Genoa (and the city is called Xena). Between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, the Genoese community was so important in the neighborhood of La Boca that the word came to define the whole affection of Boca Juniors.


In 2011, for the first time in its history, River Plate dropped to second place. El Boca has never come down, so the Xeneize fan missed the "millionaire" remembering this fact. The descent is very reminiscent of Tano Pasman, a veteran River fan who was recorded by his daughters as he watched the game and insulted his team's players. The video was one of the 10 most viewed on YouTube that year. Tano Pasman admitted that a cardiac check was performed before the final.

Zatelli, Ricardo:

In total, 101 players defended the two shirts. One of the first was Ricardo Zatelli, a striker of the 30s who spent three seasons at the River at Boca Juniors. Batistuta, Caniggia, Ruggeri and Tarantini are some of the most famous names.


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