Livin’ The Vida Boca

Later today (if you’re in Japan) or tomorrow morning (if you’re in Europe), the first of the giants finally take their bow in the FIFA Club World Cup, and they don’t come much bigger than Boca Juniors. The Argentinian giants from Buenos Aires are one of the biggest club sides in the world and, as ever, they’re going to be massively difficult to beat in this competition. The Tunisians of Etoile Sportive De Sahel did exceptionally well to see off Pachuca in the quarter-finals, but this lot are a different kettle of fish altogether. It’s difficult to know where to start when discussing a club of the size and importance of Boca Juniors. Here’s a quick quick recall of just some of their alumni: Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Antonio Rattin, Carlos Tevez, Kily Gonzalez, Alberto Tarantini, Claudio Caniggia, Juan Roman Riquelme, Carlos Montoya, Roberto Abbondanzieri and Juan Roman Rocha. I could go on. It’s not far short of a who’s who of Argentinian football. Their current team contains such luminaries as Fabian Vargas, Alvaro Gonzalez and Martin Palermo. Juan Roman Riquelme has re-signed for them and would have been playing had his signing gone through in time. They are one of the most successful club sides in the history of world football. They’ve won the Copa Libertadores six times and the Copa Sudamericana three times. They’ve won the Argentinian...

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