A brief history...
Boca Juniors' proud claim to be the club of half plus one of Argentina's football fans is unconnected to the aims of its founders. The club officially came into being on 3 April 1905 when a group of friends from La Boca - a dockside immigrant suburb backing onto the River Plate - decided to set up a football club that reflected the indomitable spirit of a neighbourhood where the game was played with makeshift balls made of rags and rubber. In the years that followed the identity of the new club was forged as the dreams of its founders became reality.

The word Juniors was added to give the name an English feel and a cachet that was somewhat at odds with the suburb's working-class character. Known as los xeneizes (the Genoese) after the large number of Italian immigrants who lived in La Boca at the time, the club took its famous blue-and-gold colours from the Swedish flag perched on a boat moored in the port. In 1908, the distinctive design featuring a broad gold band on a blue background was adopted, leading Boca's favourite son Diego Maradona to describe it years later as "the most beautiful jersey in the world".

Boca fans are rightly proud of their magnificent stadium, La Bombonera (the chocolate box), which rises impressively in the heart of the suburb. Its reputation speaks for itself and when the ground is packed to the rafters the pitch is said to move. Boca diehards have another way of describing its cauldron-like atmosphere, though: "La Bombonera doesn't shake, it beats".

The club's haul of domestic silverware is second only to eternal cross-town rivals River Plate, and the derby between the two is widely regarded as one of the ten biggest sporting spectacles in the world. La Azul y Oro's recent success in international club football has also made it one of the country's best-known clubs on the world stage.