Independiente to rename stadium after icon Bochini

Argentinian Superliga football team Independiente has announced that it will rename its stadium after Ricardo Bochini, regarded as its greatest-ever player.

The Avellaneda-based club’s 50,000-capacity home is currently known as the Estadio Libertadores de América. Members voted on the name in 2005 to honour Independiente’s seven Copa Libertadores triumphs.

However, Independiente vice-president Pablo Moyano has said the stadium will be renamed Estadio Ricardo Enrique Bochini from March, with a board meeting set to confirm the move early next month.

Bochini, now 66, spent his entire club career with Independiente, making his debut in June 1972 before playing his final match in May 1991 having made 634 appearances in total.

In addition, Moyano said two other Independiente legends will be recognised with the stadium’s north and south stands renamed. He added to Radio Cooperativa AM 770: “One will be named after (Ricardo) Chivo Pavoni and the other for (Miguel Ángel) Pepe Santoro, who are two historical references of Independiente that have given so much joy to us.”

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