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Club Atlético River Plate (, as in English) is a professional Argentina sports club based in the Núñez, Buenos Aires neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Although many sports are practised at the club, River is best known for its professional association football team, which currently competes in Primera B Nacional, the second division of the Argentine football league system.

River is one of the most successful football teams of Argentina, having won the Argentine Primera División a record 33 times; River's last domestic title was the 2007–08 Argentine Primera División season Torneo Clausura. In addition, the club won five international titles, including two Copa Libertadores, one Intercontinental Cup (football), one Supercopa Sudamericana, and one Copa Interamericana. River's success in the 1990s had led IFFHS to name it ninth in its All-Time Club World Ranking (and first in the Americas). They are currently ranked 253rd. However, after the 2011 Clausura, River's poor form over the past three years forced them into a relegation/promotion play-off against Nacional B side Club Atlético Belgrano. Belgrano won the tie over two legs 3–1 on aggregate, relegating River to second tier football for the first time in club history.

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 is amongst the most heated rivalries in the sport due to both teams' 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.


The beginning

River Plate was founded on May 25, 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", being elected Leopoldo Bard as its first president. The name was chosen because of a anecdote happened during the construction of Buenos Aires Port's: one of the members met 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", and that enigamatic inscription was taken to name the new club.

River Plate affiliated to Argentine Football Association in 1905 and debuted in the third division against Facultad de Medicina. The team played many matches (including one of its worst defeats ever at the hands of Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata: 1-10) before promoting to the second division.

Amateur era


River Plate remained in the second division from 1906 to 1908. On December 13, 1908, the team promoted to first division after beating Racing Club de Avellaneda 2-1. However, the match was declared nulled due to River supporters had jumped into the field to celebrate with the players, so a new match had to be disputed, River winning again (7-0) and achieving its promotion.

River debuted in the first division on May 2, 1909, against Argentino de Quilmes. Some highlights of that season was a 1-0 victory over legendary Alumni Athletic Club (football) and another big defeat 1-10 against Belgrano Athletic.

River only won 1 title during the Amateur era in Argentine football, in 1920. River still had its stadium along the Riachuelo and the jersey in red, white and black vertical stripes. In 1923 River moved to Palermo, Buenos Aires neighborhood, over Avenida Alvear.

River's best campaigns in the rest of the amateurism were in 1921 and 1922, where the squad finished 2nd.

Professional era

1931-39: "Los Millonarios"

With the establishment of the professionalism in 1931, River Plate acquired right wing Carlos Peucelle in 1931 for $10,000 and Bernabé Ferreyra for $ 35,000 (a huge amounts of money in those years) in 1932. Because of that, River was nicknamed "Los Millonarios" ("The Millionaries"), which has remained since. Ferreyra was the top scorer with 43 goals. River and Club Atlético Independiente finished in the first position so both teams had to face in a new match in order to declare a champion. River defeated Independiente 3-0 obtaining its first professional title.

River would later obtained its second title in 1936, defeating San Lorenzo de Almagro in the final game. The following year River won the title again, totalizing 58 points in 34 matches, having scored 106 goals and only receiving 43. José Manuel Moreno was the top scorer with 37 goals. Other notable players were Adolfo Pedernera, Renato Cesarini and José María Minella.

On May 25, 1938, the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti is officially opened, with a match between River and Peñarol, which River won 3-1.

1940s: "La Máquina"

The decade of the 1940s is considered as one of the best eras in the history of the club, having won the titles of 1941 (44 points, 19 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses; 75 goals scored) and 1942 (46 points, 20-6-4, 79 goals). The team was also sub-champion in 1943 and 1944. River had a powerful offensive line formed by a group of skilled players was nicknamed "La Máquina" ("The Machine"). The forwards were Juan Carlos Muñoz, José Manuel Moreno, Adolfo Pedernera, Ángel Labruna and Félix Loustau. That offensive line became a legend so they only played 18 matches together. In 1945 River won another title, being Labruna the top scorer with 25 goals. Moreno had left the club but other players (such as center-midfielder Néstor Rossi) had arrived.

In 1947 River won a new championship with 48 points, totalizing 90 goals scored and only receiving 30. Some relevant players were goalkeeper Amadeo Carrizo and center-forward Alfredo Di Stéfano, which came from the youth categories. Distéfano was River top-scorer with 27 goals.

After a footballers strike in 1948 many footballers went to Colombia, "Pipo" Rossi and DiStefano were among them. River finished the 1948 and 1949 tournaments in the 2nd position.

1950s: The tri-championship

River went to a European tour in 1951 and the next year the team proclaimed champion. River totalized 40 points, with 17 matches won, 6 draws and 7 losses. That team was nicknamed "The Maquinita" ("The Little Machine") and had Labruna, Uruguayan Walter Gómez, Santiago Vernazza, Eliseo Prado, Lousteau and goalkeeper Carrizo as some of its most relevant players. In 1953 River won another title, with 60 goals scored and only receiving 36.

With the addition of "Pipo" Rossi (returned from Millonarios Fútbol Club), Federico Vairo (traded from Rosario Central) and the rise of Enrique Omar Sívori from the youth categories River won the 1955, 1956 and 1957 titles consecutively, becoming tri-champion for the first time in the history of the club.

After the 1957 South American Championship held in Lima, Peru, Sívori was acquired by Juventus F.C paying $ 10 millions. That amount of money was used by the club to finish the Estadio Monumental grandstands.

After the demise of the Argentina national football team in the 1958 World Cup (where Labruna also played with 10) River would spend a long time without obtaining any title. On October 12, 1959, Angel Labruna retired from football at the age of 41. Labruna is still the all-time Argentine football top scorer (along with Club Atlético Independiente forward Arsenio Erico with 293 goals over 514 matches played. Moreover, Labruna was one of the greatest idols in River Plate's history.

The 1960s: a decade without titles

River could not win any championship during the 1960s, although the team had a bunch of talented players such as Ermindo Onega, José Ramos Delgado, scorer Luis Artime, Vladislao Cap and Oscar Más. This is considered the worst club's age ever, which would last until 1975, totalizing 18 years with no titles for the club.

River's best position during those years was the 2nd place. In 1962 the team lost the title at the hands of arch-rival Boca Juniors, with the famous penalty-shot stopped by Antonio Roma to Delem. Another chance lost was in 1968 when Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield finally got the championship in a mini-tournament organised in order to declare a champion (due to River, Vélez and Racing Club de Avellaneda had finished in the first position at the end of the season). Another domestical title lost was the 1969 final against Chacarita Juniors, which beat River 4-2.

In 1966 River played the Copa Libertadores final against Uruguayan team Peñarol. River had finished the first half with a partial win of 2-0, but Peñarol scored two goals in the 2nd half so an extra time had to be played. Peñarol scored two goals more winning 4-2 and proclaiming new South American champion. The team's performance in that match originated the pejorative nickname "Gallinas" ("Chicken") which has been used by rivals to refer to River's players and supporters and has remained since.

1970s: Return to greatness

In 1975 Angel Labruna became team's coach. Under his command, River could win a championship after 18 years without obtaining any title (in fact, River won two titles: 1975 Argentine Primera División tournaments). Some of the most important players of that squad were goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol, backs Roberto Perfumo and Daniel Passarella, midfielders Juan José López, Reinaldo Merlo and Norberto Alonso and strikers Carlos Morete and Oscar Más.

In 1976 River reached the Copa Libertadores finals, where had to play against brazilean team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. After two matches ended with a victory per team, a third game had to be played in Santiago, Chile, and Cruzeiro defeated River 3-2.

River also won the 1977 Argentine Primera División championship, with the same player structure than earlier years with the addition of striker Leopoldo Luque and left wing Oscar Alberto Ortiz. For the 1978 World Cup hosted in Argentina, River gave 5 players to the national team that would win the championship: Fillol, Luque, Passarella, Ortiz and Alonso.

In 1979 River achieved another tri-championship, when winning the 1979 Argentine Primera División and the 1980 Argentine Primera División tournaments. Some notable players during those seasons were Fillol, Alberto Tarantini, Luque, Luque and Emilio Commisso.

Angel Labruna was not only River's all-time top scorer but he won 6 titles as coach of the first division team, which would be a record to date.

1980s: First Copa Libertadores

By 1981 Alfredo Di Stéfano replaced Labruna as the coach, Boca Juniors acquired Diego Maradona, which caused a huge impact in Argentine football. To mitigate the effects of such relevant event, River hired national team top scorer and superstar Mario Kempes, apart from other players such as defender Julio Olarticoechea and Américo Gallego. With the addition of those players and based on a strong defensive line and a effective offensive with Kempes and a youth Ramón Díaz, River became 1981 Argentine Primera División champion, defeating Ferro Carril Oeste in the finals with the same score in both matches: 1-0. Norberto Alonso, one of the greatest idols in the history of the club, did not take part of the first team because he had left behind by DiStefano.

In 1982 some of River players that had contributed to the recent championship, left the club: Alonso was traded to Vélez Sarsfield due to his conflicts with DiStefano and Kempes returned to Valencia CF. Moreover, Ramón Díaz and Daniel Passarella were sold to S.S.C. Napoli and Fiorentina respectively. River Plate was eliminated from the Copa Libertadores at the hands of Flamengo and Peñarol (which would be the champion). In 1983 Fillol left the club because of an economic conflict with the institution.

With the sold of Alonso, River acquired Uruguayan midfielder Enzo Francescoli to replace him as playmaker. 1983 would be one of the worst in club's history, finishing 18th of 19. Rules indicated that the two teams that finished the season in the last position would be relegated to Primera B Metropolitana, but a restructure of the Argentine football league system introduced at the beginning of the season saved River to be promoted to the second division.

In 1984 Héctor Veira was hired as coach, being River the runner-up of the 1984_Argentine_Primera_División Nacional_Championship losing the final against Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1985 there was a restructure of the league system, and a new tournament was created, with a format similar to European system. River won the first tournament, the 1985–86 Argentine Primera División, proclaiming champion six fixture before the end of the season. The team won 23 games, with 10 draws and only 3 losses. Enzo Francescoli was the top-scorer.

In 1986 River won its first Copa Libertadores, defeating América de Cali in the finals (2-1 in Cali and 1-0 in Buenos Aires). River achieved its second international title, obtaining the Intercontinental Cup (football) against CSA Steaua București, which beat 1-0 in Tokyo. The team would close its most successful era in club's history winning in 1987 the Copa Interamericana against L.D. Alajuelense. After Veira's depparture, River designed César Menotti as coach. Although River acquired a bunch of renowned players such as Ángel Comizzo, Omar Palma, Claudio Borghi, Abel Balbo, Jorge Orosmán da Silva and Daniel Passarella (who had returned from Italy), the team did not make a good performance.

Decade of 1990s: the success continues

In 1990 Daniel Passarella is named coach, winning the 1989–90 Argentine Primera División tournament and reaching the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, being eliminated against Barcelona de Guayaquil. 1991 was the year which started the longest period of no victories against Boca Juniors: 13 matches. That year Ramón Díaz returned to the club, after his run on Europe, and River obtained the 1991–92 Argentine Primera División with Díaz as top scorer with 14 goals.

But Ramón Díaz emigrated again (this time to Yokohama Marinos) in 1993, nevertheless River won the 1993–94 Argentine Primera División with a team formed by youth promises such as Ariel Ortega, Marcelo Gallardo and Hernán Crespo.

In 1994 Enzo Francescoli returned to the club, winning another title that year with River Plate (the 1994–95 Argentine Primera División), along with Roberto Ayala and goalkeeper Germán Burgos (both acquired to Ferro) and being coached by former player Américo Gallego. River also remained unbeaten that season, for the first time in club's history.

After the brief Carlos Babington's run as coach, Ramón Díaz came to be his replacement in 1995. The following year River won its second Copa Libertadores, defeating América de Cali in the finals another time. América won the first game 1-0 but River overcome 2-0 in Buenos Aires, winning the Cup by goal average. Hernán Crespo scored the goals in the decissive match.

River would later win its second tri-championship, obtaining the 1996–97 Argentine Primera División and the 1997–98 Argentine Primera División. Internationally, River won (also for the first time in club's history) the 1997 Supercopa Sudamericana defeating São Paulo FC in the finals.

In 1999 River won the last title under the coaching of Ramón Díaz, the 1999–2000 Argentine Primera División tournament, with Javier Saviola as top-scorer with 15 goals. Saviola is also the youngest player debuted in River Plate, at the age of 16.

That same year, a special edition of the Argentine sports magazine "El Gráfico" named River Plate as "Champions Of The Century" ("Campeón Del Siglo"), noting the clubs achievements, especially their then 28 Primera División Argentina Top-three finishes against Boca Juniors' 19 and Club Atlético Independiente's 13 (all figures as of 1999). And, the following year, in a FIFA sponsored poll, River were voted the best Argentine team of the 20th century.

Decade of 2000s: ups and downs

On May 25, 2001 River Plate celebrated its 100 years of existence with a march, called "Monumental Caravan" and a friendly match against Peñarol of Uruguay. This was a year without a title for River, being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Libertadores against Cruz Azul of Mexico. That year were transferred Pablo Aimar and Javier Saviola to Valencia to Barcelona respectively.

In 2002, Ramón Díaz returned to replace Gallego, the return of Ortega and youthful figures as Andrés D'Alessandro and Fernando Cavenaghi, River Plate won the Clausura tournament, getting his seventh title to Ramón Díaz as coach of River, which included a 3:0 victory against Boca at the Bombonera. Ramón Díaz leaves River at the end of that year by differences between him and the President Jose Maria Aguilar.

In 2003 River won the Clausura tournament, led by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and a team of players like Leonardo Astrada (who retired at the end of the tournament), D'Alessandro, Cavenaghi, Javier Mascherano and Martín Demichelis.

In 2004, with Leonardo Astrada as manager, achieved again the Clausura tournament, this was its thirty-second domestic championship. Return to the semi-finals of the Libertadores facing Boca Juniors. Losing 1:0 in the first math, where there were incidents between players from both clubs, and in the Monumental win 2:1 with goals from Luis Gonzalez and Cristian Nasuti and left out in the penalty shootout. After dispute of the America's Cup and Olympic Games in Athens (where Argentina would get his first gold medal in soccer with Mascherano and Lucho González on the roster), the team falls apart, being sold to Russian football Cavenaghi, Lucho González to Porto and Javier Mascherano to Corinthians in Brazil.

In 2008, Diego Simeone was appointed manager of the club, in his first season he led them to their first league title in four years, winning the 2007–08 in Argentine football Torneo_Clausura_("Closing"_Tournament) championship. The following season the club suffered a poor run of form resulting in Simeone's resignation mid-season. The club went on to finish in last place in the 2008–09_in_Argentine_football Torneo_Apertura_.28Opening_tournament.29, the first time they had ever finished bottom of a league in 107 years.

Decade of 2010s: Starting all over

In 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season, River Plate was facing both an institutional and sports crisis. José María Aguilar left the presidency of the club with a debt of over 75 million dollars, being replaced by Daniel Passarella. The team ended the 2008 Apertura tournament at the bottom of the table, and River's poor form followed through the 2011 Clausura tournament. Almost immediately following River's relegation, Juan José López resigned as manager.

Almeyda retired at the end of the Promoción to become team's coach, while Fernando Cavenaghi and Alejandro Damián Domínguez returned to the club to play at the second division. In January, 2012, David Trezeguet and Leonardo Ponzio arrived to the club to play the second half of Nacional B starting February.



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 Major football rivalries Boca Juniors vs River Plate local derby match was listed by the BBC as one of the most famous derbies in the world., and also as number one of the Fifty sporting things you must do before you die by The Observer newspaper.

Club nicknames

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.

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.

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 (football) using the lion logo. In 1989, when Santilli left the club so the lion went with him and has not been reestablished since.

Due to the red band in their shirt, it is also common to refer to River as El Equipo de la Banda Roja (the team with the red 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 Sudamericana), 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.


El Monumental
is River's home stadium in the Belgrano, Buenos Aires barrios of Buenos Aires. With a capacity of 65,645, the stadium was inaugurated on May 25, 1938. It is also used in matches by the Argentina national football team.


Out on loan

(at Ferrocarril Oeste)
(at América Futebol Clube (MG))
(at Deportivo Saprissa)
(at Club Sportivo Independiente Rivadavia)
(at Fluminense Football Club)
(at Club Atlético Banfield)

(at Club Atlético All Boys)
(at Atlético Tucumán)
(at Club Atlético Tigre)
(at San Martín de San Juan)
(at SE Palmeiras)
(at Unión Española)

Top goalscorers

Most appearances

Notable former players

Early days and La Máquina

- Adolfo Pedernera
- Omar Sívori
- Alfredo Di Stéfano
- Néstor Rossi
- Marius Hiller
- Leonardo Cilaurren
- Ricardo Vaghi
- José María Minella
- José Soriano (footballer)

- Carlos Peucelle
- José Manuel Moreno
- Juan Carlos Muñoz
- Walter Gómez
- Renato Cesarini
- Ángel Labruna
- Félix Loustau
- Bernabé Ferreyra
- Norberto Yácono

1950s, 1960s and 1970s

- Luis Artime
- Federico Vairo
- Eladio Rojas
- Oscar Coll
- Amadeo Carrizo
- José Ramos Delgado
- Juan Carlos Sainz
- José Ramos Delgado
- Vladislao Cap
- José Varacka
- Ermindo Onega
- Daniel Onega
- Roberto Matosas
- Luís Alberto Cubilla
- Hugo Gatti
- Oscar Más

- Roberto Perfumo
- Norberto Alonso
- Juan José López
- Ubaldo Fillol
- Carlos Manuel Morete
- Alejandro Sabella
- Reinaldo Merlo
- Daniel Passarella
- Pablo Comelles
- Leopoldo Luque
- Ricardo Lazbal
- Óscar Ortiz (Argentine footballer)
- Miguel Ángel Raimondo
- Héctor Artico
- Américo Gallego
- Emilio Commisso


- Ramón Díaz (1975–82; 1991–93)
- Héctor Enrique (1980–90)
- Mario Kempes (1981–82)
- Antonio Alzamendi (1982–83; 1986–88)
- Enzo Francéscoli (1983–86; 1994–97)
- Jorge Borelli (1983–87)
- Nery Pumpido (1983–88)
- Sergio Goycochea (1983–88; 1993–94)
- Néstor Gorosito (1984–88)
- Pedro Troglio (1984–88)
- Claudio Caniggia (1985–88)
- Claudio Morresi (1985–88)
- Oscar Ruggeri (1985–88)
- Juan Gilberto Funes (1986–88)
- Abel Balbo (1988–89)
- Jorge Higuaín (1988–91)


- Ángel Comizzo (1988–92; 2001–03)
- Ramón Medina Bello (1989–93; 1996–1997)
- Hernán Díaz (1989–99; 2000–01)
- Gabriel Batistuta (1989–90)
- Rubén da Silva (1989–91; 1992–93)
- Leonardo Astrada (1989–00; 2001–03)
- Sergio Berti (1990–92; 1993–95; 1996–99)
- Matías Almeyda (1991–96; 2009–11)
- Ariel Ortega (1991–96; 2000–02; 2006–08; 2009–11)
- Roberto Ayala (1993–95)
- Marcelo Gallardo (1993–99; 2003–06; 2009–10)
- Hernán Crespo (1993–96)
- Germán Burgos (1994–99)
- Celso Ayala (1995–98, 2000–05)
- Julio Ricardo Cruz (1996–97)

- Marcelo Salas (1996–98; 2003–05)
- Juan Pablo Sorín (1996–99)
- Santiago Solari (1996–99)
- Pablo Aimar (1996–00)
- Roberto Bonano (1996–01)
- Eduardo Berizzo (1996–99; 2000)
- Marcelo Escudero (1996–02)
- Diego Placente (1997–00)
- Roberto Trotta (1997; 1999–01)
- Martín Cardetti (1997–98; 1999–02)
- Juan Pablo Ángel (1997–00)
- Pedro Sarabia (1997–02)
- Nelson Cuevas (1998–03)
- Javier Saviola (1998–01)

2000s to date

- Mario Yepes (1999–02)
- Eduardo Coudet (1999–02; 2003–04)
- Andrés D'Alessandro (2000–03)
- Esteban Cambiasso (2001–02)
- Martín Demichelis (2001–03)
- Ricardo Ismael Rojas (2001–06)
- Germán Lux (2001–06)
- Alejandro Damián Domínguez (2001–04; 2011-)
- Fernando Cavenaghi (2001–04; 2011-)
- Lucho González (2002–05)

- Javier Mascherano (2003–05)
- Gonzalo Higuaín (2004–06)
- Juan Pablo Carrizo (2005–08; 2010–11)
- Radamel Falcao (2005–09)
- Sebastián Abreu (2008–09)
- Alexis Sánchez (2007–08)
- Diego Buonanotte (2006–11)
- Erik Lamela (2009–11)
- David Trezeguet (2012-)

Players gallery

File:CPeucelle.jpg, was a notable Forward (association football), playing 10 years for River Plate.
File:Bernabeferreyra.jpg was an implacable scorer: 187 goals in 185 matches.
File:Yacono.jpg made 393 appeareances, playing 16 consecutive years.
File:Labrunaangel.jpeg is the all-time top scorer of Argentine football, with 293 goals.
File:Charro moreno 1940s.jpg is considered one of the best River's players ever.
File:Walter_Gomez.jpg, a notable player of the 1950s.
File:Alfredo_Di_Stefano.jpg played for River before his outstanding career in Spain.
File:Amadeoriver.JPG, whose style revolutioned the goalkeeper position.
File:ErmindoOnega.jpg, maybe the most notable player in the 1960's.
File:Ubaldo_Fillol.jpg was an extraordinary goalkeeper also for Argentina national football team.
File:JJLopez.jpg, 424 appeareances and 11 titles won with River.
File:Alonso_1972mb.jpg, one of the greatest idols of all-time.
File:Passarella 1981.jpeg played 258 games for River Plate, then became club's coach and chairman.
File:Enzo_Francescoli.JPG won seven titles with River Plate.

Notable managers

See also List of Club Atlético River Plate managers

The following managers have all won at least one championship or, in the case of Reinaldo Merlo, coached many games in a championship that was ultimately won.



Amateur era
- Segunda División Argentina (1): 1908
- Argentine Primera División (1): 1920

Professional era
- Argentine Primera División (33): 1932 Argentine Primera División, 1936 Argentine Primera División, 1937 Argentine Primera División, 1941 Argentine Primera División, 1942 Argentine Primera División, 1945 Argentine Primera División, 1947 Argentine Primera División, 1952 Argentine Primera División, 1953 Argentine Primera División, 1955 Argentine Primera División, 1956 Argentine Primera División, 1957 Argentine Primera División, 1975 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano, 1975 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, 1977 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano, 1979 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano, 1979 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, 1980 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Metropolitano, 1981 Argentine Primera División Campeonato Nacional, 1985–86 Argentine Primera División, 1989–90 Argentine Primera División, 1991–92 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, 1993–94 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, 1994–95 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, 1996–97 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, 1997–98 Argentine Primera División Torneo Apertura, 1996–97 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura .28.22Closing.22 Tournament.29, 1999–2000 Argentine Primera División, 1999–2000 Argentine Primera División Torneo Clausura, 2001–02 Argentine Primera División, 2002–03 Argentine Primera División, 2003–04 Argentine Primera División, 2007–08 Argentine Primera División season


Continental Cups
- Copa Libertadores (2): 1986 Copa Libertadores, 1996 Copa Libertadores
- Supercopa Sudamericana (1): 1997 Supercopa Sudamericana

Intercontinental Cups
- Intercontinental Cup (football) (1): 1986 Intercontinental Cup
- Copa Interamericana (1): 1987 Copa Interamericana

Other unofficial titles

- Copa Río de La Plata (6): 1936, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1947, 1955
- Copa de Competencia Jockey Club (1): 1914
- Cup Tie Competition (1): 1914
- Copa de Competencia (1): 1932
- Copa de Oro (1): 1936
- Copa Ibarguren (4): 1937, 1941, 1942, 1952 (shared)
- Copa Adrián C. Escobar (1): 1941
- Copa San Martín de Tours (10): 1965, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996
- Liguilla Pre-Libertadores (5): 1969, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1999
- Trofeo Día de los Museos Municipales (1): 1990
- Copa Estado de Israel (1): 2008

Other sports

River Plate also has a basketball team playing 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 volleyball teams in regional and national competitions, male and female handball teams among the best in regional and national competitions and a female field hockey team that made its debut in Buenos Aires' top division in 2007.

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