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All You Need To Know About… Boca Juniors

Day one – July 29th 2009, Manchester United vs Boca Juniors, 5.30 GMT, Allianz Stadium.

1. Nicknames: The Manure Handlers (Los Bosteros) and The King of Trophies (El Rey de Copas)
2. Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), with a 49,000 capacity.
4. Boca had a poor second half of the season in the Torneo Clausura which concluded a few weeks ago, finishing 14th out of 20. But they won the Torneo Apertura which was decided in December.
5. Boca hold a record (as well as AC Milan) of 18 official international titles.
6. There is a line of Boca coffins available for dead fans, as well as the official Boca’s cemetery.
7. Boca Juniors fans in action.
8. Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Carlos Tevez, Juan Román Riquelme and Nobby Solano are amongst the players who’ve turned out for Boca.
9. Boca Juniors main rivals are River Plate and their matches, known as Superclásico, is one of the biggest games in world football.
10. Boca fans are known as Bosteros and there is a society which dedicates its entire life to the team which is known as la número 12 or La Doce (player number Doce or 12, meaning “the 12th player”). 40% of Argentina consider themselves Boca fans.
11. Boca’s first kit was pink but they adopted the colours of a boat that sailed the port at La Boca in 1907, from Copenhagen. The boat came from Sweden and Boca’s kits since have always been yellow and blue.
12. Martín Palermo, who has played for Villarreal and Real Betis, was within the top ten scorers in Argentina last season. Aged 35-years-old, he is 10th place in the Argentine League Primera División Top Scorers of All Time in a Career with 197 goals.
13. Maradona, Riquelme and Tevez in action for Boca.
14. Lucas Viatri, a Boca forward, was sent to prison after commiting an armed robbery to a beauty shop in March 2008.
15. Boca’s shirts over the years.

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  1. aig alex is god says:

    is it a knockout match?
    are u doing the match live scott?

  2. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    manchester united cofins are an item brought up at marketing meetings at least once a year i read in a manchester united fact book as well as united condoms

  3. aig alex is god says:


    r u sure?i m hearing of anthing like this for the first time.

  4. gazmask says:

    if i had to be buried 6ft under i would want it to be in a man utd coffin

  5. spacemanspiff says:

    Any idea why Boca Juniors are called Manure Handlers? Is it a literal meaning or is there something derogatory about it?

  6. aig alex is god says:

    u knw even the minutest of facts ghtt.didnt mean to say u were lying but cudnt smehow believe it .sorry and thanks.

  7. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    i just love my team

  8. Red Dave says:

    we should all apsire to have the kind od knowledge some of the regular posters on here have, its unbelieveable

  9. confoundedbridge says:

    That’s what you call great support.

    I really wish that Rosso Bianchi chant (based on a River Plate chant I believe) took off, that would have been wonderful to hear in full voice at Old Trafford. Too long and complicated I guess.

  10. willierednut says:

    Last time we played boca there was a free for all, butty was involved, keano as well it was only a friendly to, 02/03 season.

  11. theboogeyman says:

    Coffins are OK,but CONDOMS?!?DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE USED FOR??I mean,just the thought of a United condom makes me cringe a bit.

  12. willierednut says:


    What was that all about yesterday, you wearing a united top at a wedding, these shity fans get more obsessed with us by the day, suppose wen you hav’nt won anyfink in 33 years it begins to take its toll.

  13. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    that was last week mate about wearing the jersey at the wedding
    it was a city and dipper wedding when it came to the familys so i wore my owen 7 jersey

  14. keano99 says:

    You can wear the condom when you do some scouse bitch up the shitter.

  15. Anon says:

    do the players get em for free?! i wonder

  16. willierednut says:

    Owen on the back must ave hurt them.

  17. Pi says:

    United condoms…. now that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day! Can just imagine it :-)

  18. mrplatinum says:

    Gabriel Batistuta – now there is an Argie I wish we had signed….

  19. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Gabriel Batistuta was heavily linked with united for months and if remember correct united would not talk about the rumors at all till an itv reporter lady asked sir alex or alex as he was called back then about them after a champions league game and sir alex just smiled and said no no talks
    it was so deflating thats when i decided to wait for the offical word and not listen to the media

  20. ash says:

    i want to see roonry and owen play together. and also valencia.
    i want to see it live how can i see it.


    I was in Buenas Aires a couple of years back and went to La Boca to see them play. In fairness to them they are fucking brilliant supporters. They start singing and then just never ever stop not even once. The atmosphere is as good as anywhere as the stands are really steep. It is called “the chocolate box” because of the gawdy colours it is painted – All the houses in La Boca are the same – it stems from all the shipyard workers nicking paint being used to paint ships they worked on to paint their houses.
    I would love to have seen United play them in South America though as United are loved down there too.

  22. doncobaino says:

    GHTT… you really have a shirt with Owen 7 on the back??



    Boca fans are considered poor. River plate fans are considered rich.
    They are called Manure handlers because of the Beef/Livestock industry which is a massive employer (shit shovelling being the lowest paid)
    It is not a compliment but it is nothing the Boca fans are ashamed of either seeing themselves as working class heroes.
    Their enemy No1 is River Plate who are from Buenas Aires aswell and have always been supported by the Rich “Estancia” or Ranch owners – The bosses.
    Hope that clears up why they are called Manurer Handlers.

  24. Kevos says:

    why are they called boca “juniors”

  25. red_devil says:

    doncabiano! yes gthtt got owen 7 shirt, i have seen in his video. emily was chanting michael owen showing the shirt.

  26. red_devil says:

    i hav got owen 7 shirt. who wouldnt if a scouser come and wear red devil shirt and kissing our beloved club. i love that, thats y we call SAF the great.

  27. lidija says:

    Scott – lucky u going to Munich- enjoy it max


    @kevin – not sure why they are called Boca “juniors” I guess it is because it is a young mans game. In Peru there is a team called Sporting Boys. You may think that sounds a bit gay? Well they play in a PINK shirt aswell.

  29. King Eric says:

    “You can wear the condom when you do some scouse bitch up the shitter.”

    Ha ha quality keano99!

  30. RedHarry4Life says:


    Boca is the district of Buenas Aires that they come from, down near the docks. Totally agree they are stunning fans. Watched a game against a Brazilian team in the Libertatos cup. Boca scored a 2nd goal, meaning that they were through and the commentator said there is nothing wrong with your picture the stadium is literally bouncing up n down. God the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up, so wanted to be there.

  31. afromanc says:

    Don’t know how much one should read into this game…

    United lost to Inter in a friendly beginning of last season(i think it was).
    I really thought it was a bad sign; our season didn’t turn out too badly!
    I expect a tough game for us, but most importantly it gives new players experience in a new squad against great opposition!

    Hope Owen can shine against a top class defense!
    Going to be interesting to see Valencia aswell…


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