Want to get a Boca Juniors Retro Shirt? Read on…
Team: Club Atlético Boca Juniors
Nickname: Xeneizes (Genoese)
Team Colours: Blue and Gold
Year Founded: 1905
Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Boca Juniors are ranked fourth in the world in terms of titles won and their youth system has produced many Argentian internationals like Carlos Tevez, Ever Banega and Fernando Gago. If you want to get a Boca Juniors retro shirt, then see what your options are:
I don’t know a huge amount about Boca, I associate them with the great Diego Maradona, as it was where he made his name before transferring to Barcelona for £5million in 1982. I do know that their rivalry with River Plate is one of the most heated in the world and their derby games are apparently a sight to behold. I love some of the South American kits though and Boca have had some great ones. Steve
Favourite player: Diego Maradona – The Hand of God aside, a footballing genius.
Favourite kit: The 1996 home shirt – lovely design that heralded Boca’s 90th anniversary. Available from Classic Football Shirts (see below for link)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have just under 20 classic Boca Juniors shirts from 1992 to choose from including an ultra rare 1992 home shirt. This was the year Boca finished four points ahead of bitter rivals River Plate to claim the title. It ended eleven years of misery for the club who had last won the title in 1981.
Much of the upturn was due to the appointment of Antonio Alegre as club president in 1985. At this point Boca were in danger of collapsing completely and going bankrupt. Alegre settled 153 lawsuits and mortgaged his own business to help the club survive and ultimately flourish again.
You can also get a 1996 home shirt (above) complete with Maradona 10 printed on the back. This shirt was worn in the penultimate of season of Maradona’s career.
Maradona initially joined Boca in 1981 – signing for $4million and spent just over a year at the club helping them to win the league and scoring 28 goals in 40 games before leaving to join Barcelona for $7.6million after the 1982 World Cup.
Maradona’s career came full circle when in 1995, at the age of 35, he re-joined Boca spending two seasons at the club and scoring seven goals in 30 games.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
Vintage Football Shirts don’t have any retro Boca Juniors shirts but they do have a great range of other retro shirts.
Liverpool and Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal, Rangers and Celtic, Barca and Madrid might all think differently but many people see this game as the biggest and most intense derby match in world football:
Amazon have a small selection of Boca Juniors shirts including a 2005 home shirt (above) worn during their centenary year.
The season was touched by controversy when, during a Copa Libertadores match, Boca coach Jorge Chino Benitez spat at an opposition player, causing a huge melee which led to the referee abandoning the game. Benitez was immediately sacked and replacd by Alfio Basile.
This proved to be a good move as under Basile Boca won every tournament they were eligible for.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Boca Juniors shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!