The Pitch: La Bombonera

Opened: 1940

Location: Buenos Aires

Club: Boca Juniors (since 1940)

Country: Argentina

Capacity: 49,000

The Estadio Alberto J Armando is one of the worlds most infamous football cauldrons for generating noise and atmosphere. Nicknamed ‘The Chocolate Box’ in English for its square tight compact shape the 49,000 venue regularly houses ‘la dolce’ Boca Junior’s twelfth man during their Argentine Primera Division games.

Situated in La Boca district of Buenos Aires this unique looking open air stadium has three large sides of seating and one small stand with a large executive boxed area.

The stadium was used in the 1978 FIFA World Cup and has housed a number of Argentina internationals since 1956.

World-renowned for the noise the venue can create through its fanatical supporters La Bombonera is typically South American and its a hotbed for football in a country most passionate about the game.

Famous Finals:

1963: Boca Juniors 1-2 Santos (Copa Libertadores Final) *2nd leg

1977: Boca Juniors 1-0 Cruzeiro (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

1978: Boca Juniors 4-0 Deportivo Cali (Copa Libertadores Final) *2nd leg

1979: Boca Juniors 0-0 Olimpia (Copa Libertadores Final) *2nd leg

2000: Boca Juniors 2-2 Palmeiras (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

2001: Boca Juniors 0-1 Cruz Azul (Copa Libertadores Final) *2nd leg

2003: Boca Juniors 2-0 Santos (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

2004: Boca Juniors 0-0 Once Caldas (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

2007: Boca Juniors 3-0 Gremio (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

2012: Boca Juniors 1-1 Corinthians (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

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