Carlos Tevez Makes Boca Juniors Return in Style
Boca Juniors have reached the round of 16 for the 2014 – 2015 Copa Argentina tournament, and local favorite son Carlos Tevez is one of the men most responsible for the victory. Tevez may currently be a nominee for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award—thanks to his dynamite performance at Juventus last season—but his days in European football, it seems, are done. On July 13th, just two days before Tevez was named to the UEFA award shortlist, Juventus announced that he would be transferring to Boca Juniors for a €6.5 million fee. And now as Carlos Tevez makes Boca Juniors return he has also officially scored his first goal since returning to the club that made him famous.
A Foregone Conclusion
To outsiders, it may seem surprising that Carlos Tevez is heading to Argentina for the 2015 – 2016 season. In his two years at Juventus, he helped the Italian soccer club win two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, and a Supercoppa Italia. He also played a big role in the team’s runner-up Champions League campaign, and was named Juve’s “Player of the Year” for both the 2013 – 2014 and 2014 – 2015 seasons. He was also Juve’s top scorer both seasons, netting 20 league goals and 29 overall this past season, and 19 league/21 overall in 2013 – 2014.
Needless to say, Tevez has enjoyed a very good couple of years in Italy, and with one year left on his original contract, it seems like a no-brainer that Juve would have kept him around for another season—and that Carlos would have wanted to be kept around.
For those who have been following Tevez over the past few months, though, the move to Boca Juniors seems more like a foregone conclusion. The Argentine was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and has been a fan of Boca Juniors all his life. He began his senior career there, joining Boca’s squad in 2001 after having been a part of the club’s youth program since 1997. He’s also been vocal, over the past year especially, about wanting to end his career back at Boca. In other words, this move indicates that Carlos Tevez is entering the final stage of his time as a professional soccer player.
A Happy Homecoming
While Juventus will undoubtedly miss Carlos, Boca Juniors are clearly thrilled to have him back, and for good reason. Between 2001 and 2004, Tevez made 110 appearances and scored 38 goals for the Buenos Aires football club. He helped Boca to numerous titles—including a 2003 Apertura victory in the premier division, a win in the Intercontinental Cup—and more, and earned a number of individual honors as well. For example, he was a three-time winner of the South America Footballer of the Year award, a two-time winner of the Player of the Year of Argentina, and more.
Perhaps best of all, Tevez returns to don the Boca Juniors home shirt 2015 – 2016 with plenty of gas left in the tank. While the Buenos Aires native has been quite transparent about this being his final transfer, that doesn’t mean we’re going to be reading his retirement message in a year’s time. On the contrary, while Tevez is 31 years old, his performances in the 2014 – 2015 Serie A and the 2014 – 2015 Champions League prove that he still has the talent, physicality, and drive to help Boca Juniors win titles.
The first of those titles could well be the 2014 – 2015 Copa Argentina. The Juniors are officially in the round of 16, after a 3-0 win against Banfield in the round of 32. The July 29th game gave fans in the Boca Juniors home shirt 2015 – 2016 their first chance since 2004 to see Carlos Tevez record a goal for their soccer squad.
In the match, Carlos scored at the 58-minute mark, netting the third and final goal of Boca’s impressive victory. It was a symbolic moment of homecoming for the soccer star, and it undoubtedly had Juniors fans feeling pretty good.
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