Club Atlético River Plate (Montevideo)

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River Plate
CA River Plate.png
Full nameClub Atlético River Plate
Nickname(s)Darseneros (Dockers)
Founded11 May 1932; 87 years ago (1932-05-11)
GroundEstadio Saroldi,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity6,000 (all seated)
ChairmanWillie Tucci
CoachJorge Fossati
LeaguePrimera División
20198th (2018)
Current season

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.


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, Diego López and Edgardo Adinolfi were involved in the squad with Víctor Púa as coach. Nacional won the title based on the skills of the notable forward Julio Dely Valdés.

Another great performance was reached in 2007/2008 season, which resulted in River achieving the second position in the annual qualifying. Some of the best players of the tournament were part of that roster: Robert Flores was considered the best player of the season, other key figures 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.

Last years[edit]

River Plate Montevideo playing against Palmeiras for Copa Libertadores 2016

River Plate has been coached by Guillermo Almada since April 2011 to June 2015. During the four last years River Plate positioned among the top six almost every season, qualifying for CONMEBOL official tournaments. Some key important players in those years were: Michael Santos, Cristian González, Damián Frascarelli, Leandro Rodríguez, Cristian Techera, Gabriel Marques, Gabriel Leyes, Gonzalo Porras, Felipe Avenatti, Lucas Olaza, Sebastián Taborda among others. The highest point of this process was reached after qualifying for the Copa Libertadores, the first time in club's history. After Guillermo Almada joint Barcelona SC, since June 2015 until September 2016, Juan Ramón Carrasco was the coach of the first roster with disastrous results (a very different situation from his first campaign). Following Carrasco's resignation, Pablo Tiscornia, a former River Plate's player, he took over as manager.


The Club[edit]

Parque Federico Omar Saroldi[edit]

A view of Saroldi's pitch from the visitors' entrance

River Plate usually play their home games at Federico Omar Saroldi stadium, which is located in Montevideo Prado neighborhood (western side of the city), has a capacity of 6000 spectators and one of the best pitches in the league. The stadium was originally named "Olimpia Park", as it was Club Atlético Olimpia's home ground. After joining Olimpia and Capurro, and the unfortunate death of goalkeeper Federico Omar Saroldi (one of the first River's goalkeepers), the stadium was renamed in honor of the said keeper.

Complejo Villa Colón[edit]

Located in the neighbourhood of Villa Colón (northwest of Montevideo city), these facilities are used to train both the first-team squad's as the youth squads. This sports complex has six football pitches, first-division team's base camp, locker room and health services. It's considered one of the best equipped training camps in the country.


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.

Kit evolution[edit]

1996 visitant
2005 visitant
2006 visitant


River Plate's supporters at Jardines del Hipódromo stadium, in June 2015

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

During the last ten years, River Plate has had the upper hand in derby matches against both rivals, winning most of the matches.


First team squad[edit]

As of Jun 23, 2019 [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 Gastón Olveira
2 Uruguay DF Agustín Ale
4 Uruguay DF Horacio Salaberry
5 Uruguay MF Facundo Ospitaleche
6 Uruguay DF Facundo Silvera
7 Uruguay DF Nicolás Rodríguez
8 Uruguay MF Maximiliano Calzada
9 Uruguay FW Matías Arezo
10 Uruguay FW Facundo Vigo
11 Uruguay FW Luis Urruti
12 Uruguay GK Francisco Tinaglini
13 Uruguay DF Gonzalo Viera
14 Uruguay DF Sebastián Gorga
15 Uruguay MF Juan Pablo Plada
16 Uruguay MF Joaquín Piquerez
No. Position Player
18 Uruguay MF Diego Vicente
19 Uruguay FW Juan Manuel Olivera
20 Uruguay MF Sebastián Píriz
21 Uruguay FW Cristian Martin
22 Uruguay DF Claudio Herrera
23 Uruguay FW Matías Alonso
24 Uruguay DF Joaquín Fernández
25 Uruguay GK Lucas Machado
26 Uruguay DF Santiago Pérez
27 Uruguay DF Emanuel Hernández
28 Uruguay MF José Neris
30 Uruguay DF Adrián Leites
33 Uruguay FW Gabriel Leyes
34 Uruguay DF Matías Streccia
35 Uruguay DF Marcos Montiel

Managerial history[edit]



International (unofficial tournaments)[edit]


  1. ^ "Plantel de River Plate (Montevideo) 2019". (in Spanish).

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