Club Atlético River Plate

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River Plate
Full name Club Atlético River Plate
Nickname(s) Los Millonarios (The Millionaires)
La Banda (The Strip)
El Campeón del Siglo XX (The Champions of the 20th Century)[1]
Founded 25 May 1901; 113 years ago (1901-05-25)
Ground Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti,
Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Ground Capacity 66,145[2]
President Rodolfo D'Onofrio
Manager Marcelo Gallardo
League Primera División
2014 Transición 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Atlético River Plate is a professional Argentine sports club based in the Nuñez neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Although many sports are practised at the club, River is best known for its professional football team, which has won many of the most important tournaments in the world, including Copa Libertadores, and Intercontinental Cup.

River Plate has won the Primera División championship a record 36 times,[3][4][5][6] being its latest title the 2014 Final. Domestic titles also include eight National cups, being the last the 2014 Copa Campeonato.[7]

In addition, the club's international titles include two Copa Libertadores (both against the same rival, America de Cali of Colombia), one Intercontinental Cup, one Supercopa Sudamericana, one Copa Sudamericana, one Recopa Sudamericana, one Copa Interamericana and one U-20 Copa Libertadores, apart from six tournaments organized by AFA and AUF together: five Copa Dr. Ricardo Aldao,[8] and one Tie Cup.[9]

In 2000 River Plate was named by FIFA as the 9th club of the century and it was the best Argentine football club in that ranking.[10] In 2010, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics placed River Plate in the 9th place in a ranking that included the best teams of the world during the 1990 and 2000 decades. River was the South American club with the best position in the table.[11]

The club was officially founded in 1901 and took its name from the common English name for the Río de la Plata. River has a fierce rivalry with Boca Juniors. Matches between them are known as Superclásico, and the two teams' rivalry is amongst the most heated in the sport, due to their local and global popularity. River's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, known simply as "El Monumental", which is the largest stadium in the country.

Apart from football, the club hosts a large variety of sports such as athletics, basque pelota, bowls, chess, basketball, cestoball, gymnastics, field hockey, karate, roller hockey, roller skating, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and waterpolo.[12]


The team that achieved the promotion to first division in 1908.

River Plate was founded on 25 May 1901, close to the La Boca neighborhood (later the home of fierce rivals Boca Juniors). The institution was formed since the merge of two clubs, "Santa Rosa" and "La Rosales", with elected Leopoldo Bard being elected as its first president. The name was chosen because of an incident during the construction of Buenos Aires Port: one of the members had seen how the workers of Dique 3 left their duties for a while to play a football match. The boxes they were working with just said "The River Plate" (the name the English gave to the Río de la Plata) and that 'enigmatic' inscription was taken to name the new club.

River Plate affiliated to Argentine Football Association in 1905, debuting in the third division against Facultad de Medicina. On 13 December 1908, the team promoted to first division after beating Racing Club 2–1. However, the match was declared null due to River supporters jumping onto the field to celebrate with the players, so a new match had to be played, River winning again (7–0) and achieving its promotion.

In 1914 River won its first domestic championship, the Copa de Competencia Jockey Club.[13] and its first international title, the Tie Cup. The nickname Los Millonarios came after the acquisition of wing Carlos Peucelle in 1931 for $10,000 and Bernabé Ferreyra for $35,000 (huge amounts of money in those years) in 1932.

During the succeeding years, River Plate consolidated as one of the most popular teams of Argentina, with a great number of fans in Argentina.



1909–32 (1)

Rare kits[edit]

1980 away (3)
1985 away (4)

(1) This jersey, worn as the home kit during the amateur era, has remained (with few exceptions) as the away kit since the professional era began.
(2) Worn only in four matches in club's history: 1969 (vs. Deportivo Morón), 1971 (vs. Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata), 1975 (vs. Banfield) and 2008 (vs. Huracán).[14]
(3) Host club Barcelona loaned River Plate its away jerseys to play the 1980 Joan Gamper Trophy match against PSV Eindhoven that wore white shirts.[15]
(4) Worn just once in 1985.
(5) Worn in the 1999-00, 2002–03 and 2009–10 seasons, being the first time River wore a black jersey.

Sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsors
1979–80 Sportlandia none
1981–82 Olimpia
1982–85 Adidas
1985–89 Fate O
1989–91 Peugeot
1991–92 Carta Credencial
1992–95 Sanyo
1996-02 Quilmes
2002–06 Budweiser
2006–08 Petrobras
2009–10 Petrobras and
2010–12 Petrobras and Tramontina
2012–2013 BBVA and Tramontina
2013– BBVA and Netshoes


Main article: Superclásico

River Plate and Boca Juniors are the two largest football clubs in Argentina, with more than half the country's football fans supporting the clubs. Due to the rivalry between them, the Boca Juniors vs River Plate Superclásico local derby match was listed by the BBC as one of the most famous derbies in the world.,[16] and also as number one of the Fifty sporting things you must do before you die by The Observer newspaper.[17]

Club nicknames[edit]

Sun screen at a sports betting house in Belgrade, Serbia, bearing a picture of River Plate players

The "River Plate" name was chosen in 1901, when the team was still located at the La Boca neighbourhood, next to the Río de la Plata ("River Plate" in some English sources). Proposed names as "Club Atlético Forward", "Juventud Boquense" or "La Rosales" had been rejected. Pedro Martínez saw the name "The River Plate" written at ship containers, and proposed it as a name, which was finally accepted as the official name.[18]

River fans and the press are fond of the nickname Los Millonarios. This name derives from the 1930s after some expensive transfers of players from other clubs, including Carlos Peucelle from Sportivo Buenos Aires in 1931 and Bernabé Ferreyra from Tigre in 1932. Between 1979 and 1981, the River squad was reputed to be amongst the most expensive in the world.

The Lion emblem used between 1984–89

When Hugo Santilli become chairman in 1984, he soon called to a competition where a new emblem would be chosen. The main objective of this new image was to eradicate the nickname Gallinas (Chicken) that River's rivals (Boca Juniors fans mainly) used to mock them. Some of the most important artists from Argentina took part in that competition so the club finally chose a logo designed by the famous artist Caloi. This emblem showed the figure of a lion (wearing a River jersey) raising from the Monumental stadium. The lion logo was immediately added to the uniforms (on the field and training clothes) having River Plate won the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup using the lion logo. In 1989, when Santilli left the club so the lion went with him and has not been reestablished since.[19]

Due to the red band in their shirt, it is also common to refer to River as El Equipo de la Banda (the team with the band) or simply La Banda (which also means "the band" -both as in "gang" and "musical group"). Some famous River teams earned nicknames, notably La Máquina (the machine), the team that astonished Argentine football between 1941 and 1945.

In 1996 and 1997, during a run of title wins (three Argentine titles, one Copa Libertadores and one Supercopa), River were sometimes called La Maquinita ("The Little Machine") by the press. That team featured Francescoli and younger players such as Juan Pablo Sorín, Hernán Crespo, Ariel Ortega, Marcelo Salas and Marcelo Gallardo.


The stadium built by River Plate in La Boca. The club played its home games there from 1915 to 1923.

The Estadio Antonio Liberti (nicknamed El Monumental) placed in Belgrano neighborhood of Buenos Aires is River Plate's stadium. With a capacity of 65,645, it was inaugurated on 25 May 1938. The Argentina national football team usually plays its home games at the stadium.

Since its establishment in 1901, River Plate stadiums has been:[20]

  • Dársena Sur (1901–05, 1907–15): Placed on the corner of Wenceslao Villafañe and Caboto streets of La Boca. The club returned in 1907 from Sarandí.
  • Sarandí (1906–07): The club moved to that district in Greater Buenos Aires, near to railway station.
  • La Boca (1915–23): River built a stadium on the corner of Pinzón and Gaboto streets in La Boca.
  • Alvear y Tagle (1923–37): in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires. The lands where the stadium was built had been owned by Juan Manuel de Rosas.
  • Antonio Liberti (Monumental) (1938–present): Built on the same lands where the Bajo Belgrano Horse racing track had existed years ago.


Current squad[edit]

Current squad of Club Atlético River Plate as of March 12, 2015 (edit)
Sources: Official website and Argentine Soccer

No. Position Player
1  ARG GK Marcelo Barovero
2  ARG DF Jonathan Maidana
3  COL DF Éder Álvarez Balanta
5  ARG MF Matías Kranevitter
6  ARG DF Ramiro Funes Mori
7  URU FW Rodrigo Mora
8  URU MF Carlos Sánchez
9  ARG FW Fernando Cavenaghi
10  ARG MF Gonzalo Martínez
11  ARG MF Osmar Ferreyra
13  ARG DF Bruno Urribarri
14  ARG MF Augusto Solari
15  ARG MF Leonardo Pisculichi
16  ARG MF Ariel Rojas
17  ARG MF Martín Aguirre
18  URU MF Camilo Mayada
No. Position Player
19  COL FW Teófilo Gutiérrez
20  ARG DF Germán Pezzella
21  ARG MF Leonel Vangioni
22  ARG FW Sebastián Driussi
23  ARG MF Leonardo Ponzio
24  ARG DF Emanuel Mammana
25  ARG DF Gabriel Mercado
26  ARG GK Julio Chiarini
27  ARG GK Augusto Batalla
28  ARG MF Guido Rodríguez
29  ARG MF Ezequiel Cirigliano
30  ARG MF Tomás Martínez
31  ARG FW Lucas Boyé
34  ARG FW Juan Cruz Kaprof
 ARG FW Giovanni Simeone

Manager: Marcelo Gallardo

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
- Argentina DF Víctor Cabrera (at Montreal Impact)
- Argentina GK Gonzalo Marinelli (at Huracan)
- Argentina DF Esteban Espíndola López (at Atletico Rafaela)
No. Position Player
- Argentina DF Sebastián Silguero (at Tigre)
- Argentina DF Diego Martínez (at Sarmiento)

Top goalscorers[edit]

La Máquina in 1941. From left: Muñoz, Moreno, Pedernera, Labruna, Loustau.
Pedernera and Peucelle covered on El Gráfico.
Rank. Player Position Tenure Goals Matches
1 Argentina Ángel Labruna FW 1939–59 293 515
2 Argentina Oscar Más FW 1964–73, 1974–77 198 382
3 Argentina Bernabé Ferreyra FW 1932–39 187 185
4 Argentina José Manuel Moreno FW 1935–44, 1946–48 180 320
5 Argentina Norberto Alonso MF 1970–76, 1977-81 149 374
6 Uruguay Enzo Francescoli FW 1983–86, 1994–97 136 197
7 Argentina Adolfo Pedernera FW 1935–46 131 278
8 Argentina Carlos Peucelle FW 1931-41 113 307
9 Argentina Carlos Morete FW 1970-75 103 195
10 Argentina Félix Loustau FW 1942-57 101 365
Argentina Fernando Cavenaghi FW 2001–04, 2011–12, 2014– 101 182

Most appearances[edit]

Rank. Player Position Tenure Matches
1 Argentina Amadeo Carrizo GK 1945-68 520
2 Argentina Ángel Labruna FW 1939–59 515
3 Argentina Reinaldo Merlo MF 1969–84 500
4 Argentina Juan José López MF 1970–81 466
5 Argentina Norberto Yácono DF 1938-53 393
6 Argentina Oscar Más FW 1964–73, 1974–77 382
7 Argentina Norberto Alonso MF 1970–76, 1977–81 374
8 Argentina Félix Loustau FW 1942-57 367
9 Argentina Ubaldo Fillol GK 1974–83 361
10 Argentina Ricardo Vaghi DF 1935-49 323

Player gallery[edit]

Notable managers[edit]

The most successful all-time manager is Ramón Díaz, who won nine championships during his three tenures on River Plate (1995–2000, 2001–02 and 2012–14). The list of honours include six Primera División titles (1996 Apertura, 1997 Clausura, 1997 Apertura, 1999 Apertura, 2002 Clausura, 2014 Final), one Superfinal (2013–14),[a] one Copa Libertadores (1996) and one Supercopa Sudamericana (1997).

José María Minella was another notable manager with eight titles won with River Plate, seven Primera División championships (1945, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957) and one Copa Aldao (1947).

Ángel Labruna had an outstanding career not only as player (he is club's all-time topscorer with 293 goals in 515 matches played) but as coach for the club, having won six Primera División championships (Metropolitano 1975, Nacional 1975, Metropolitano 1977, Nacional 1979, Metropolitano 1979, and Metropolitano 1980) before his sudden death in 1983.

Héctor Veira won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate, in 1986. That same year the club won the Intercontinental played in Tokyo. Under his coaching the club also won the 1985–86 domestic championship totalizing three titles with River Plate.




National cups[edit]


International youth[edit]

Other international[edit]

Official titles but still not recognized by CONMEBOL.[29]

Friendly tournament contested between Copa Sudamericana and UEFA Europa League winners.[30]

Other sports[edit]

The women's field hockey team is affiliated to the Buenos Aires Hockey Association (AHBA)[31] and currently playing in Torneo Metropolitano A, the top division of regional hockey in Argentina.

The basketball team currently plays in the amateur Buenos Aires league. It played 10 seasons in the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol between 1985–1993 and 2004–06, reaching the finals in 1988 and obtaining 2nd place in 2004 and 2005 editions of Copa Argentina, but in July 2006 the club got expelled by the League because of a debt in player's salaries.

River Plate also has professional male and female handball and volleyball teams in regional and national competitions.


  1. ^ The "Superfinal" is considered as a national cup by the Argentine Football Association.[21]
  2. ^ On 5 July 2013, The Argentine Football Association recognized the 1936 Copa de Oro won by River Plate as a Primera División honour. The information was also added to AFA's website.[23][24] The Copa de Oro was a final played between the champions of previous competitions held that same year: River Plate (Copa Campeonato) and San Lorenzo (Copa de Honor Municipalidad de Buenos Aires). River won the final match by 4–2.[25]
  3. ^ Organized by dissident association Liga Argentina de Football
  4. ^ Title shared ex aequo with Liga Cultural de Santiago del Estero.[28]


  1. ^ "El campeón del siglo" on La Nación, 29 December 1999
  2. ^ Diario Uno
  3. ^ Campeones de la Primera División (era amateur 1891–1934) at AFA website
  4. ^ Campeones de la Primera División (era profesional: desde 1931) at AFA website
  5. ^ "Torneo Argentino de Primera División – Títulos por Equipo",
  6. ^ "Todos los campeones del fútbol argentino" by Oscar Barnade, Clarín, 18 May 2014
  7. ^ "Campeones de Copas Nacionales" on AFA website
  8. ^ Copa Ricardo Aldado at RSSSF
  9. ^ Tie Cup overview at RSSSF
  10. ^ "FIFA Club of the Century". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 March 2015.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "El Barcelona es el mejor equipo de las últimas dos décadas", Marca newspaper, 21 January 2010
  12. ^ "Departamento Físico" on official website
  13. ^ Argentina - Copa de Competencia "Jockey Club" - 1914
  14. ^ "River Plate estrena camiseta violeta", Olé, May 2008
  15. ^ "River amarillo 1980", En una Baldosa, 5 September 2006
  16. ^ BBC Academy, famous football derbies
  17. ^ 50 sporting things you must do before you die
  18. ^ Historia- Decada 1900–1910 (Spanish)
  19. ^ River Plate: La Banda Roja y el León (Spanish)
  20. ^ "River, sus comienzos y sus estadios" by Gabriela Miño on La Nación, 7 Jul 2011
  21. ^ "La AFA homologó la Superfinal de River como una Copa Nacional", Cancha, 28 May 2014
  22. ^ "Memoria y Balance 1936", p.33, AFA Library
  23. ^ "La AFA les reconoció otro título a San Lorenzo y a River", Clarín, 6 July 2013
  24. ^ "77 años después: San Lorenzo y River, campeones!", Crónica, 5 July 2013
  25. ^ Argentina 1936 at RSSSF
  26. ^ a b c d "Copas Nacionales" at AFA website
  27. ^ at RSSSF
  28. ^ 1952 Copa Ibarguren at RSSSF
  29. ^ Torneos on CONMEBOL website, retrieved 11 Dec 2014
  30. ^ "Presentaron oficialmente la Supercopa Euroamericana". Infobae. 10 March 2015. 
  31. ^ Guia de Clubes at AHBA website, 11 Oct 2014

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