History - 1981 a 1995

MARADONA JOINS BOCA

1981

Boca cleaned the market signing the Argentine phenomenon for which everyone could foreseen extraordinary future, in addition someone who called himself a fan of the club and had been a champion at youth level in 1979.

Apart from Maradona, Boca also signed Miguel Brindisi, who together with him would form a decisive pair in winning the Metropolitano. Boca won 20 games, drew 10, lost only four times and ona rainy evening of April 10 thrashed River 3-0 with Maradona being an absolute leader scoring a memorable goal past Fillol. That title was the beginning of a link between Boca and Maradona, but shortly after he was sold to Barcelona to return 14 years later...

THE CRISIS

1985

On 6 January 6 1985, when Antonio Alegre became president, the club was going through a deep institutional and sporting crisis.

Gradually, various sectors were fixed and foundations relayed. From a football point of view it was not a good year. With Alfredo Di Stefano on the bench, Boca passed the first round of the Nacional but were later eliminated by Independiente. Then Julio Olarticoechea, Carlos Tapia, Enrique Hrabina and Alfredo Graciani arrived. In the second part of the season the Xeneizes improved their image and with the inauguration of a new tournament they finished fifth thanks to 14 wins, 13 draws and nine defeats. The management of Alegre, who saved the club from their worst finish, would last ten years until the arrival of Mauricio Macri.

MORE CUPS IN THE TROPHY CABINET

1989

After eight years without official trophies, Carlos Aimar’s Boca won the 1989 Super Cup. The draw landed them directly in the quarter finals, where they eliminated Racing.

In the semifinals they beat Brazilian Gremio, then in the final celebrated by beating away Independiente on penalties. With the contributions of goalie 'Mono' Navaro Montoya, Blas Giunta in midfield and the talented Diego Latorre in attack, Boca were crowned continental champions. The following year, the Recopa enriched their palmarès (prize list) after beating Atlético Nacional of Medellin 1-0 (goal from Latorre), champions of the 1989 Libertadores, in a single match played in Miami. In 1992, when the coaching post had been passed to Oscar Washington Tabárez, Boca lifted the Masters Cup, a trophy organized by the South American Football Confederation and reserved for winners of the Super Cup. On this occasion they beat Paraguayan Olimpia1-0 and Brazilian Cruzeiro 2-1. In 1993, Boca got more satisfaction when another international trophy was lifted. It’s the Copa de Oro, that brought together the continental champions of 1992.The 'Maestro' Tabárez had been replaced by Jorge Habegger, first to succumb to Boca wereSão Paulo and then Atlético Mineiro, with the final played at La Bombonera.

A MASTER GROUP

1992

Winning the championship in 1992 was a real breath of fresh air. The international successes were not enough to calm the fans who hadn’t celebrated a local title since 1981.

Boca resolved this after 11 years without a title at national level, the home draw with San Martín de Tucumán was enough for Boca to celebrate in La Bombonera. The team managed by Oscar Tabárez and with 'Beto' Márcicoin midfield got 10 wins, seven draws and two defeats, and a 1-0 triumph in the Superclásico against River through a goal from Sergio 'Manteca' Martínez. Moreover, they took revenge for the final lost to Newell’s the year before, when after winning the Clausura (Newell’s had won the 1990 Apertura) closed the season empty-handed. The team of the 'Maestro' had ensured with merit a place in history.

THE MACRI ERA

1995

The 6-4 crushing defeat suffered against Racing, at La Bombonera, not only represented a footballing tragedy at the loss of the Torneo Apertura

This also coincided with the appointment of Mauricio Macri as club president. In this year, with Maradona back after 14 seasons, the cycle of the so-called 'golden era' began with some hiccups for the first two years with the new management but stabilized from 1998 thanks to Bianchi’s arrival. Under Macri, both club and La Bombonera were modernized. His 12-year presidency gave the necessary impetus to enter modern times with determination.