Boca Juniors, Jorge Griffa And Mauricio Macri: The Title Of Mexico In The Under-17 World Cup In Peru 2005 Had Xeneize Influence

This October 2 marks the 14th anniversary of that surprising title obtained by the Mexican soccer team in the 2005 U-17 World Cup in Peru. The Aztec team thrashed Brazil 3-0 and consumed their first major achievement in minor teams, same that perhaps it would not have been possible without the influence of Mauricio Marci and Boca Juniors.

At the beginning of this century, the xeneizes dominated the continent. They won the Copa Libertadores in 2000, 2001 and 2003 thanks to a prodigious generation of soccer players. But the then president of the club and now of Argentina, wanted more.

Macri dreamed of conquering the world of football and developing more and more talents. For this, he had the support of the legendary Jorge Griffa and Lucio Bernasconi, as well as a Mexican little known at the time.


Jesús Ramírez had been chosen by the Atlantean Iron Colts to finish his training as a coach at Casa Amarilla.

“Necaxa, América and Atlante made a sports exchange agreement with Mauricio Macri, then sports president of Boca. We had the opportunity to go as leader and as coach Jesús Ramírez, who was beginning his career. We chose him because he had the right profile and spent a year working with Boca, directly with Jorge Griffa, and watched the development of the basic forces of that team, ”Alejandro Bocardo, former president of Necaxa, told ESPN.

It was so that Griffa learned tactical details, but above all, the ability to detect young talent and mold it as a diamond in the rough.

"Chucho saw the work of the first team, the reserve, basic forces and the systems that were applied at that time, it was very complete," said José Antonio García, then director of the Atlantean.

Macri told his then Necaxist counterpart that his plan was for "Boca Juniors to become the Factory of the World." But for this we had to refine the methods of attracting talent.

"Chucho" Ramírez witnessed in the front row the attempts of the managers of the lower Boca to fulfill the task of the president of Argentina today. Just as Marcelo Bielsa got into his car and toured that country to detect hidden talents to form that mythical Newells of the early 90's, Boca's coaches searched every corner.

"‘ Chucho "began his course as a technician, in the basic forces of the Atlantean. He had a good eye for football and (the owner of Atlante, Alejandro) Burillo agreed to go to Argentina for a year, ”said Bocardo.

“Chucho was treated very well, he was integrated as one more and with him was Abel Alves, who was part of the Griffa working group and then came to Mexico. Sometimes we played mincemeat with Macri and talked about the project of making Boca Juniors an international brand, ”insisted the former director of Necaxa.

Ramírez remained a year in Argentina and when he returned to Mexico he was in charge of the U-15 team. “From there he went to the Under-17 and made his own story, the one we all know, that of the world champion,” recalled José Antonio García.

As soon as he began working with the minor Aztec teams, he printed the xeneize style in his training, something that quickly paid off and gave Mexico the first great achievement in its history in football.

Players like Carlos Vela, Giovani dos Santos, Héctor Moreno, Adrián Aldrete, Patricio Araujo and Efraín Juárez owe, to a large extent, the success of their careers to Jesús Ramírez and his learning at the Yellow House.