Club Atlético River Plate (Montevideo)

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This article is about the club founded in 1932. For the amateur club dissolved in 1929, see River Plate F.C..
For the club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, see Club Atlético River Plate.
River Plate
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Full name Club Atlético River Plate
Nickname(s) Darseneros (Dockers)
Founded 11 May 1932; 82 years ago (1932-05-11)
Ground Estadio Saroldi,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Ground Capacity 6,000 (all seated)
Chairman Alvaro Silva
Coach Guillermo Almada
League Primera División
2013–14 3rd

Club Atlético River Plate is an Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo. The club currently plays in the Primera División, the top level of the Uruguayan football league system.

History[edit]

The beginnings[edit]

River Plate de Montevideo is the result of the merger of former clubs Olimpia and Capurro. After its foundation on 11 May 1932, one of the first objectives reached was the settlement of a new football pitch. The managers decided to establish the "Olimpia Park" (today called Estadio Saroldi) as its home stadium. The name of the stadium was settled in honour of River's first goalkeeper, Federico Omar Saroldi, who died after playing a match against Central Español from an injury suffered during the game.

During the early years (from 1932 until 1942) some of the greatest players in Uruguay's history played in River Plate, such as Severino Varela and Héctor Sena Puricelli. Before Olimpia and Capurro were merged, Isabelino Gradín, who can be considered the first Uruguayan football star, played for the Olimpia side.

Rise in the Primera División[edit]

River Plate's highest league position was reached in 1992. Osvaldo Canobbio, Juan Ramón Carrasco, Luis Diego López and Edgardo Adinolfi were involved in the squad during those times. Nacional won the title based on the skills of the notable forward Julio Dely Valdés.

Another great performance by the team in the 2007/2008 season resulted in River achieving second in the annual qualifying. Some of the best players of the tournament were part of that squad; Robert Flores was considered the best player of the season, other great players such as Pablo Tiscornia, Henry Giménez, Mauricio Prieto, Bruno Montelongo and goalkeeper Álvaro García were also part of the first roster. Some of the most important victories during the tournament were against Peñarol (6–3), Defensor Sporting (5–1) and Danubio (5–1). The highest score registered was against Rampla Juniors (7–0).

2009 Copa Sudamericana[edit]

River Plate played semifinals in 2009 Copa Sudamericana, which was the best result achieved in an international competition. Coached by Juan Ramón Carrasco, River Plate eliminated San Lorenzo in quarterfinals and lost against LDU Quito, reaching the top four. Only Danubio and Defensor Sporting, among the so-called "minor" uruguayan clubs, reached semifinals of an international CONMEBOL competition, apart from River Plate.

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

Matches in Copa Sudamericana[edit]

Total: 18 games played – 11 Wins – 2 Draws – 5 Losses – 27 Goals for – 21 Goals against
Team GP W D L GF GA
Chile Universidad Católica 4 3 0 1 7 4
Bolivia Blooming 4 4 0 0 8 1
Brazil Vitória 2 1 1 0 5 2
Argentina San Lorenzo 2 1 0 1 1 1
Ecuador LDU Quito 2 1 0 1 2 8
Paraguay Guaraní 2 1 0 1 4 4
Colombia Águilas Doradas 2 0 1 1 0 1
Ecuador Emelec - - - - - -

Matches in Copa Conmebol[edit]

Total: 6 games played – 1 Wins – 3 Draws – 2 Losses – 9 Goals for – 10 Goals against
Team GP W D L GF GA
Uruguay Porongos 2 1 1 0 8 2
Argentina Rosario Central 2 0 1 1 0 4
Uruguay Huracán Buceo 2 0 1 1 1 4

Uniform[edit]

C.A. River Plate's kit is similar to that used by River Plate F.C., its predecessor, which dissolved in 1929. C.A. River Plate's away kit is sometimes a sky blue jersey, black shorts and socks. This kit was adopted by the Uruguay national football team in 1910 as a homage to the disbanded River Plate F.C. (four times champions of Uruguay) who defeated the best team of the Americas at the time, the Argentine team Alumni. Thus, the worldwide known "celeste" jersey was taken by the national team from the club away kit. Before 1910 Uruguay wore several jerseys including dark blue, green, striped white and sky blue, similar to that of Argentina among others.

Rivalries[edit]

River is based in the same neighbourhood where Bella Vista and Montevideo Wanderers play. These three clubs have a long rivalry with each other.

Recently, River have had the upper hand in derby matches against both rivals, winning most of the matches played.

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 August 2014[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Nicola Pérez
2 Uruguay DF Williams Martínez
19 Uruguay DF Diego Rodríguez
22 Uruguay DF Claudio Herrera
5 Brazil MF Gabriel Marques
6 Uruguay DF Cristian González
7 Uruguay MF Bruno Montelongo
8 Uruguay DF Luis Torrecilla
9 Uruguay FW Santiago García
10 Uruguay FW Michael Santos
11 Uruguay FW Cristian Techera
12 Uruguay GK Gastón Olveira
13 Uruguay FW Jonathan Ramírez
14 Uruguay MF Jonathan Blanes
No. Position Player
15 Colombia DF Flavio Córdoba
16 Uruguay FW Diego Casas
17 Uruguay MF Claudio Innella
18 Uruguay FW Leandro Rodríguez
4 Uruguay MF Christian Maciel
15 Uruguay MF Robert Flores
30 Uruguay DF Rodrigo Sosa
21 Uruguay FW Alexander Rosso
25 Uruguay MF Agustín Alé
24 Uruguay MF Ignacio Ratti
27 Uruguay DF Fernando Gorriarán
26 Uruguay MF Ángel Rodríguez
28 France FW Walter Vaz

Former players[edit]

Famous coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International (unofficial tournaments)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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