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; 88 years ago (1932-05-11)
GroundEstadio Saroldi,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity6,000 (all seated)
ChairmanWillie Tucci
CoachJorge Fossati
LeaguePrimera División
2019Primera División, 7th
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.

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, 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; by those years River was coached by Juan Ramón Carrasco. 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 Vitória in the round of 16, 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, have reached the semifinals of an international CONMEBOL competition.

Last years[edit]

River Plate Montevideo playing against Palmeiras for Copa Libertadores 2016

River Plate was coached by Guillermo Almada between April 2011 and June 2015. During those 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 2016 Copa Libertadores, the first time in club's history. They were drawn in group B along with Rosario Central, Palmeiras, and fellow Uruguayans Club Nacional. They drew 3 games, earning 3 points, and ended in last place of the group. After Guillermo Almada joined 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). After Pablo Tiscornia and Jorge Giordano, Jorge Fossati took over as manager, in June 2019.

Statistics[edit]

Venues[edit]

Parque Federico Omar Saroldi[edit]

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

River Plate usually play their home games at Estadio Saroldi, which is located in Montevideo's 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.

Villa Colón Sports Complex[edit]

Located in the neighborhood of Villa Colón (northwest of Montevideo), 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 rooms, dormitories, fitness centers, and health services. It's considered one of the best equipped training camps in the country, and was inaugurated in August 1999.

Uniform[edit]

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]

1932
1994
1996
1996 away
2001
2005 away
2006 away
2012–2016
2012–2016
2016-present

Rivalries[edit]

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

River is based in the same neighborhood where Bella Vista and Montevideo Wanderers play, which is the Prado neighborhood. These three clubs have a long rivalry with each other, and matches between them are known as the "Clasico Del Prado".

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

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of Aug 24, 2020 [note 1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Uruguay URU Gastón Olveira
2 DF Uruguay URU Guzmán Rodríguez
4 DF Uruguay URU Horacio Salaberry
5 MF Uruguay URU Facundo Ospitaleche
6 DF Uruguay URU Facundo Silvera
7 DF Uruguay URU Nicolás Rodríguez
8 MF Uruguay URU Maximiliano Calzada
9 FW Uruguay URU Matías Arezo
10 FW Uruguay URU Tiago Galletto
11 FW Uruguay URU Nicolás González
12 GK Uruguay URU Lucas Machado
13 DF Uruguay URU Gonzalo Viera
14 DF Uruguay URU Marcos Montiel
15 MF Uruguay URU Juan Pablo Plada
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW Uruguay URU Mauro Da Luz
17 MF Uruguay URU Ribair Rodríguez
18 FW Uruguay URU Thiago Borbas
19 FW Uruguay URU Juan Manuel Olivera
20 MF Uruguay URU Sebastián Píriz
22 DF Uruguay URU Claudio Herrera
23 FW Uruguay URU Matías Alonso
24 DF Uruguay URU Santiago Brunelli
25 GK Uruguay URU Fabrizio Correa
26 DF Uruguay URU Santiago Pérez
27 FW Uruguay URU Agustín Morales
28 MF Uruguay URU José Neris
29 DF Uruguay URU Guzmán Rodríguez
30 MF Uruguay URU Adrián Leites

Managerial history[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International (unofficial tournaments)[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Plantel de River Plate (Montevideo) 2020". Tenfield.com (in Spanish).

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