Tag: Boca Juniors

The 20 “Most Important” Football Clubs In The World

It doesn’t do any of us any harm to occasionally remind ourselves of the sheer blustering pomposity of the biggest clubs in football. Tonight’s ambassadors for “giving the fans what they want” (as ever, a thin mask for “making more money for ourselves”) are Milan, who had some very important opinions to give on the subject of a European Super League. “”I still believe a European league will be an unavoidable step, though it may take more time than expected,” said the Milan director Umberto Gandini. “Between the 50 most important continental clubs, none would give up playing in their respective countries”. Disregarding the increasingly popular opinion that perhaps the “most important” clubs should perhaps be expelled from all other competitions, packed onto a space shuttle with anyone that likes the idea of Milan playing Manchester United every week for the rest of eternity and sent to Jupiter so that they can get on with it there without inflicting it upon the rest of us, the use of the phrase “most important” which is the giveaway. The winding up of G14 and subsequent inclusion of the biggest clubs into the European Clubs Association was supposed to put an end to all of this, but it was simplistic to assume that the more atavistic tendencies of the biggest clubs would vanish merely because Michel Platini invited them for tea and...

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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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