BUENOS AIRES - Claudio Borghi was handed
the task on Thursday of returning Boca Juniors to the top of
Argentine football, five days after steering Argentinos Juniors
to the Clausura title.
Borghi, who was part of the Argentina squad that won the
1986 World Cup, signed a one year contract to coach the fallen
giants, four times South American champions since 2000.
"At Boca, there's a thin line between what's good and
what's bad, so Boca will be a big challenge," the 45-year-old
told a news conference at his official presentation at the
Bombonera (chocolate box) stadium.
"The only objective here, as in all big clubs, is to be
champions," said Borghi, who steered Colo Colo to four
successive Chilean titles before taking charge at his former
club Argentinos in January.
"It shows this is Boca, at Argentinos there were two or
three journalists," added Borghi with a grin.
"We as a coaching staff feel very proud to be at this club
with so much history at national and international level."
Borghi said he has discussed reinforcements with Boca
president Amor Ameal and said midfielder Matias Fernandez who
is going to the World Cup with Chile and is unsettled at
Sporting in Portugal is a potential target.
"Matias is a player I know well, we had him at Colo Colo,
he was sold to the 'Yellow Submarine' (Villarreal), he's an
Argentine naturalised Chilean so he won't fill a foreigner's
berth (in the squad)," said Borghi.
Boca finished the Clausura last weekend in 16th place with
20 points from 19 matches and the worst defence having conceded
"I don't want to be rude to the coaches who were here
before me and I believe there's a bit of balance lacking," said
He is the latest signing as Argentina's big clubs attempt
to pull out of a slump. Boca's arch-rivals River Plate hired
Angel Cappa last month.
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