La Rioja will host an event that has not taken place for 22 years: Boca Juniors Y Railroad West They meet again for the 16th final of the Argentine Cup. Two teams that animated epic battles, steeped in history, but that have not crossed paths since the Green descended to the First National in 2000.
Oeste was face to face with River Plate during his Via Crucis in Ascenso: in Gallardo’s debut as coach in 2014, also for Copa Argentina, and in the season that the Millionaire passed through the B Nacional. But with Boca there was no revival, until this meeting that will decide who will access the round of 16 of the tournament.
Beyond the clashes that left a milestone in the life of each club, there are points that unite their timelines. For example, Boca (as well as the other four teams of the so-called “big ones”) knew how to be local in the Caballito stadium. It was during the two years that Xeneize made La Bombonera out of cement. In addition, as part of the pass Arcadio Manuel Lopezwho began to dress in blue and gold, the institution of La Ribera sent Ferro the planks of its north grandstand (on Aristóbulo Del Valle street), along with 410 stall seats, according to the agreement described in The Ironpedia.
There is more: great Boca idols were formed on the Train: Antonio Roma, Silvio Marzolini and Beto Márcico, to name three. At the end of the 30s, in Caballito a quintet stood out that they called “the purslane gang”. they made it up Maril, Borgnia, Sarlanga, Gandulla and Emeal. They all ended up being sold: Juan José Maril, to Independiente. Alfredo Borgnia, to San Lorenzo. And Xeneize was left with three: Jaime Sarlanga, Bernardo Gandulla and Raúl Emeal. All three were champions, although Sarlanga left an even greater mark, with 8 Olympic laps and placing him as one of the five players with the most goals in auriazul history.
Precisely on date 17 of the 1946 championship, Piraña Sarlanga was the protagonist of Boca’s maximum win over Ferro: it was 6-0, with a goal from the aforementioned striker, two from Atomic Mario Boyé, two from José Vázquez and one from Pío Corcuera.
Counting amateurism and professionalism, they met 140 times, with an advantage for La Ribera, who won 69 times, against 25 for Ferro and 46 draws. Despite the distance in history, West knew how to put in trouble and beat Xeneize in several heads-up.
A climactic moment for Boca was the match that ended up putting the title on the Metropolitan 81the only one Diego Maradona got to party at the club. Ferro offered him a long-term career, in which he even knew how to be a pointer (he would maintain the same fight in the National that same year with Mario Kempes’ River). Until on August 2, at La Bombonera, those led by Marzolini won 1-0 with a goal from Hugo Perotti after a pass from Pelusa, in a titanic clash that even had blood: that of Saccardiafter a collision with Oscar Ruggeri. Dizzy and with a bandaged head, Cacho remained on the playing field, like two gladiators.
Bonus track: the visiting central midfielder, when he was replaced, earned a standing ovation from the Boca fans. It is not for less: he could have easily played that match as Ruggeri’s partner, given that Xeneize tried to hire him on two occasions; the last one upon his return from Hércules de Alicante, in 1979. But his loyalty to the club that had formed him and had supported him even when he was going to be released from action was stronger than the contract and the exposure they offered him at La Ribera . “We have a house, food and vacations. We don’t need anything else.”he told Graciela, his wife and lifelong companion, when justifying his life decision.
Almost like a wink of fate, when he returned to Ferro from Spain, his second debut was against… Boca. On March 11, 1979, for the second date of the Metro, Green won 2-1, with a goal from the hero who returned avoiding temptations. He celebrated it by climbing the fence, facing the fans who made it an anthem.
Another face to face with Ferro offers a menu of good memories to the people of Boca. On Sunday, August 9, 1998, at the architect Ricardo Etcheverri stadium, Carlos Bianchi officially debuted as Boca coach. His team won 4-2, with goals from Sartori (against), Fernando Navas, Martín Palermo and Juan Román Riquelme. Discounted Ariel Giaccone (whose son will start this afternoon in the West) and Leonel Martens. It was the first step in a golden era, in which, under the tutelage of the Viceroy, the institution won nine titles, including three Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups.
But in the 1980s (a decade in which they won two First Division stars, in 1982 and 1984) and 1990, Purslane knew how to savor positive streaks against Boca, with matches that left their mark on the history of this confrontation. For example, the particular brand of Claudio Cristofanelli, who in two consecutive duels beat Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya in La Bombonera. In the 89/90 season, he nailed a popcorn header after Oscar Agonil’s cross for Ferro’s 1-0 win. And in the Opening 90, he signed “the wind blow” for the final 1-1: he took a distant center-shot from the side of the field, took Mono ahead and the weather completed the work.
At the beginning of the Macri era in La Ribera, before the success of Bianchi’s hiring, Boca composed several dream teams, with renowned technicians, who failed to be crowned as indicated by the generous investment. Ferro twice took advantage of the instability of those squads of great individuals, but without a reliable physiognomy.
the step of Ruben Piaggio by elite football he is remembered for three great axes: his unmistakable nickname (plum), his excellent punch and… His three goals against Boca. On October 13, 1996, Ferro beat Xeneize led by Carlos Bilardo 3-1, with a performance that the midfielder who later went through Brazil, Mexico, Greece and Spain could never match.
He opened the scoring after fighting a ball that Gustavo Reggi dropped, sealed the 2-0 with a tight definition after loan from Jorge Cordon, closed the account capturing a rebound in Navarro Montoya after an attempt by Bustos. Sebastián Rambert discounted for the visitor.
The last great joy of Ferro in these crosses occurred on April 26, 1998. By the 13th date of the Clausura of that year, a multi-star Boca (with names like Palermo, Caniggia, Latorre, Serna and Abbondanzieri), directed by Héctor Veira , suffered an almost KO blow: he lost 4-1, with an outstanding performance by Diego Bustoswho contributed a triplet (Beto Yaqué converted the remaining conquest for the winner, Palermo -with a header- scored the discount).
The peculiarity of that match was that A large part of the Boca fans (spurred on by La Doce) decided to leave the stadium in protest.
On March 19, 2000, Boca thrashed Ferro 4-0 in Caballito in the last match between the two. The Copa Argentina confronts them again being in different categories, although the common points, the ties, are proud to appear: the first West reinforcement in this transfer market is called Kevin Duarte, is a central midfielder, and came on loan from Xeneize. Perhaps it represents a sign, the outstretched hand of an old adversary to, beyond the rivalry for what is played this afternoon, ensure that the clashes that were usual in the First Division fixture are not again an exception with a parenthesis 22 years old.