Boca Juniors de Cali is a professional football club which represented the Colombian city of Cali from its creation in 1937 until its exit from professional football in 1957 and again from 2019 onwards competing in the Categoría Primera B, the second tier of Colombian football. Since its early years it adopted the jersey from Argentine team Boca Juniors.

Boca Juniors de Cali
Full nameClub Deportivo Atlético Boca Juniors de Cali
Nickname(s)La Ciencia Boquense
Founded25 September 1937; 86 years ago (1937-09-25)
12 March 2019; 5 years ago (2019-03-12) (Refounding)
GroundEstadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero
ChairmanAlexander Otero
ManagerJosé Manuel Rodríguez
LeagueCategoría Primera B
2023Primera B, 12th of 16
WebsiteClub website



Early years


Founded on 25 September 1937,[2] and joining the professional league in 1949, Boca Juniors de Cali was one of the most important teams of the El Dorado era, rivalling with clubs such as Millonarios from Bogotá and crosstown rivals América de Cali. Boca Juniors placed as runners-up in the 1951 and 1952 seasons, finishing behind Millonarios in both cases and third in the following season, behind Millonarios and Deportes Quindío. After those three campaigns, and although the team's performance started dwindling, it was able to stabilize in the middle of the table. During this period, the club also won the Copa Colombia in the 1950–51 and 1951–52 seasons. In the 1952–53 season, they finished as runners-up in that competition, once again behind Millonarios.

In 1958, Boca Juniors de Cali did not take part in the professional league.[3] The club suffered the economic crisis that engulfed several Colombian clubs after El Dorado, and the lack of sponsorships, fanbase, and income caused the club to withdraw, leading to its disbanding and making way for the return of Deportivo Cali, who bought their membership in the professional league and along with América went on to become the city's most representative clubs.[4]

Refounding and return to professional football


In 1987, a group of football executives led by Hernando Ángel refounded Boca Juniors as an amateur club and football academy taking part in the tournaments of the Valle del Cauca regional league. It has also participated in the youth tournaments organized by the FCF and has built an important reputation due to its success in different tournaments and the number of players it promotes to professional football. Several well-known players such as Giovanni Hernández, Wilman Conde, Hugo Rodallega and others have emerged from its ranks.[5] Owing to Ángel also owning both Deportes Quindío and Universitario Popayán, the latter clubs became a platform for the Boca Juniors players to access professional football, being first promoted to Universitario and then to Deportes Quindío.[6][7]

On 12 March 2019, the General Assembly of Dimayor approved a proposal to relocate Universitario Popayán from Popayán to Cali starting from the second half of the 2019 season, with the aforementioned club being rebranded as Boca Juniors. This move allowed the return of Boca Juniors to professional football after 61 years.[5]

Current squad

As of 18 August 2021[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   COL Nelson Ramos (captain)
3 DF   COL Jhon Mario Pájaro
8 MF   COL Edwin Benítez
12 GK   COL Juan Sarmiento
15 DF   COL Job Sadovnik
16 DF   COL Bairon Escobar
18 MF   COL Gerson Díaz
22 FW   COL Héctor Moreno
23 MF   COL Alexis Giraldo
27 FW   COL Álvaro Montaño
31 GK   COL Neiron Asprilla
32 FW   COL Edison Toloza
DF   COL Hermes Angulo
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   COL José Carlos Cabarcas
DF   COL Klisman Cabrera
DF   COL Anuar Hurtado
DF   COL Juan Camilo Sánchez
MF   COL Ronald Angulo
MF   COL Johnatan Cuéllar
MF   COL Johan Mafla
MF   COL Alexander Morales
MF   COL Juan David Quintero
MF   COL Johan Rentería
FW   COL Alexander Barrios
FW   COL Jan Lucumí
FW   COL Juan David Sarmiento




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  2. ^ "Semblanza del Boca Junior de Cali en la década del 50". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. ^ Un Poco de Historia. Periódico Nuevo Estadio Archived 3 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Estará de regreso en Cali" (in Spanish). El Deportivo. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Dimayor aprobó la llegada del club Boca Juniors de Cali" (in Spanish). Futbolred. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Los 4 equipos en Colombia que "fabrican" talentos" (in Spanish). 7 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Aprobado el cambio de nombre y sede de Universitario" (in Spanish). Código Fútbol Comunicaciones. 20 April 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  8. ^ "CLUB BOCA JUNIORS DE CALI". Dimayor. Retrieved 10 February 2020.