Looming industrialization in Buenos Aires when a group of workers of the la Boca neighborhood, mostly Italian —nothing strange in a district taken over by the genoese— planted face to the insatiable thirst of the production. “More wages and less hours,” he claimed. And on the banks of a river (the Stream) that could not erase the nostalgia of the Tyrrhenian Sea, in 1882, is hoisted the flag of Genoa and was informed via letter to the King of Italy, Umberto I, from the creation of the Independent Republic of The Mouth. The legend says that the illusion separatist lasted the time it took to reach the general Julio Roca, years after the country's president.
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The genoese were eager to raise his flag. But fate had saved another symbol to take its name from the world: Mouth. In 1905, five Italian founded their club, named in honor of the neighborhood after ruling out other names such as Sons of Italy, Defenders of the Mouth and Star of Italy. Missing the colors. The president of the club, a dock worker, opted for the pragmatism. The club would take the colors of the flag of the first boat landing in the port: there was a transatlantic Swedish for first, decorate in blue and gold the team and then to the neighborhood. Only lacked a nickname, and the loving was xeneize (derived from zenéix, as it's called the genovese in Liguria); the mocking, bostero (dung, manure, odor from the contaminated Stream).
The era amateur (1891-1930) catapulted to Mouth on the podium of the most winners, six championships. Then, he began to weave his international fame: it was the first Argentina team to cross the puddle. In 1925 he organized a tour that began in Montevideo, passed by Rio de Janeiro and ended up in Vigo. Six years later, the team ran Mario Fortunato was consecrated as the first champion of professionalism. The energy of a club of neighborhood it is transcended to all the extracts social of Buenos Aires, after becoming a national symbol, a mysticism which was crowned with the opening of The Pillbox in 1940. “It is the true temple of world football,” says Maradona. “This is not a lie when they say that in the Pillbox the area trembles,” said Batistuta.
The Pillbox generated on a show in the environment, not always in tune with what was happening on the field. The football Mouth hardly generated amazement, until, paradoxically, in 1969, a landmark of the River and sat down on the bench. “The team of Alfredo Di Stéfano played the best football that I saw in the Mouth. A style that had nothing to do with the traditional. Too bad that was short-lived,” recalls Ratín, totem xeneize. No one doubted the power of Mouth in Argentina, but lacked the conquest of America. In 1977, emerged the legend of the Toto Lorenzo, the manager who led him to raise two Libertadores in a row and the Intercontinental in 1978.
Although a young Diego Maradona spread football The Bombonera in 1981 and 82, the neighborhood of the Mouth doesn't she put in the focus of the world until Carlos Bianchi took the helm of the team. And came never seen: nine titles in six years, including a party of newspaper against Real Madrid in the Intercontinental in 2000. With the ingenuity of Riquelme and the smell scorer of Palermo, Mouth, collapsed to the Madrid of Figo.
The flag of Genoa is not flame in the Mouth, it matters little now. Is the blue and yellow that has a little bit of Sweden, but a lot of football.