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Club Atlético River Plate

Club Atlético River Plate

Club Atlético River Plate, commonly known as River Plate, is an Argentine professional sports club based in the Núñez neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and named after the British English name for the city's estuary, Río de la Plata. Although many sports are practiced at the club, River is best known for its professional football team, which has won Argentina's Primera División championship a record of 36 times, being its latest title the 2014 Final. Domestic achievements also include 11 National cups, with the 2017 Supercopa Argentina as the most recent.[14] Those achievements place River Plate as the most winning team of domestic competitions with 47 titles won in the top division.[15][16][17] In Second Division, the club has won two titles, in 1908 and 2011–12.[18]

At international level, River Plate has won 18 titles,[19][20] with 12 organised by CONMEBOL[21] and other international bodies. River Plate's achievements include four Copa Libertadores, one Intercontinental Cup, one Supercopa Sudamericana, one Copa Sudamericana, three Recopa Sudamericana, one Copa Interamericana and one Suruga Bank Championship.[22] Furthermore, the club has also won six tournaments organized by AFA and AUF together: five Copa Dr. Ricardo Aldao,[23] and one Tie Cup.[24] In addition, River Plate's reserve team won the U-20 Copa Libertadores in 2012.

In a survey published by the Argentine Football Association in 2016, 6 out of 11 players of the all-time Argentina national squad had played for River Plate.[25] Previously, in 2000, River Plate had been honored by FIFA as the 9th best club of the century in the world and the best Argentine football club in that ranking.[26]

Among other achievements, River Plate is at the top of the list in the All-time Argentine Primera División table, being the Argentine team with most won games, fewest defeated games, most points accumulated, most goals scored, fewest goals against and best goal difference since the first championship held in 1891 and is first in the Historical table of the Copa Libertadores being the South American team with most won games.[27]

River Plate is the first and only team to simultaneously hold CONMEBOL's four current major international competitions,[28][29] after winning the 2014 Copa Sudamericana, 2015 Recopa Sudamericana, the 2015 Copa Libertadores,[30] and the 2015 Suruga Bank Championship.[28]

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.[26] 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 1990s and 2000s. River was the South American club with the best position in the table.[31]

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 located in the Belgrano district, 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, handball, cestoball, gymnastics, field hockey, karate, roller hockey, roller skating, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, waterpolo and eSports.[32][33]

River Plate
Full nameClub Atlético River Plate
Nickname(s)Los Millonarios (The Millionaires)
La Banda (The Stripe)[10]
Las Gallinas (The Hens)[11]
Founded25 May 1901 (1901-05-25)
GroundEstadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti,
Belgrano, Buenos Aires
ChairmanRodolfo D'Onofrio
CoachMarcelo Gallardo
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website [107]
Home colours
Away colours


The team that achieved the promotion to first division in 1908

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 after the merger of two clubs, "Santa Rosa" and "La Rosales", with 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 nº 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 inscription was taken to name the new club.

River Plate affiliated to the Argentine Football Association in 1905, debuting in the third division against Facultad de Medicina. On 13 December 1908, the team was 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 again won (7–0) to achieve promotion.

In 1914 River won its first domestic championship, the Copa de Competencia Jockey Club[34] and its first international title, the Copa de Competencia Chevallier Boutell. The nickname Los Millonarios came after the acquisition of winger Carlos Peucelle in 1931 for $10,000 and Bernabé Ferreyra for $35,000 (Large sum of money for the period) in 1932.

In the following years, River Plate consolidated its place as one of the most popular teams of Argentina, and the 20th century brought much success. The club's record of 28 official tournaments saw them dubbed El Campeón del Siglo (The Champions of the Century).[35]


Kit evolution

1901–1904 [36]
1904–09 [1]
1909–1932 [2]
1932–present [3]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

River Plate jerseys exhibited in a corner of the city of Buenos Aires in 1955

River Plate jerseys exhibited in a corner of the city of Buenos Aires in 1955

A 1985 Adidas jersey worn by Américo Gallego at the River Plate Museum

A 1985 Adidas jersey worn by Américo Gallego at the River Plate Museum

Adidas has been River Plate's uniform supplier since 1982, becoming one of the company's largest sponsorship deals in the world, only behind German club Bayern Munich.[39] The US$60 million partnership with the German sports company signed in 2015 (extending the deal to 2021) marked the most expensive kit agreement in the history of Argentine football.[40][41]

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1910–19Gath & Chavesnone
1920–32Saint Margaret
1985–89Fate O
1989–91Peugeot and Sevel
1991–92Carta Credencial
2009–10Petrobras (Main) and Pokerstars.net (Sleeves)
2010–12Petrobras (Main) and Tramontina (Sleeves)
2012–13BBVA (Main) and Tramontina (Sleeves)
2013–16BBVA (Main) and Netshoes (Sleeves)
2016BBVA (Main), Netshoes (Sleeves) and Staples (Shorts)
2016–18BBVA (Main) and Huawei (Sleeves)
2018Huawei (Sleeves), Axe (Shorts) and PES 2019 (Numbers)
2019–Turkish Airlines (Main), AXION energy (Sleeves), Axe (Shorts) and PES2020 (Numbers)


The "lion" emblem used between 1984–89

The "lion" emblem used between 1984–89

As in many football shirts and sports in general, the team's jersey has a badge on its front, as a symbol of the institution. When the River Plate jersey was created it did not have a badge, and its presence varied throughout the history, according to the designs of each era.[42] Currently it is embroidered on the jersey, with three colors (red, white and black). Its format resembles that of the jersey, as it has a red stripe that crosses it, along with the acronym of the club (CARP) in black, and the background is white, in a stylized design.

When Hugo Santilli became 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. Artists from Argentina took part in that competition. The club finally chose a logo designed by the artist Caloi. This emblem showed the figure of a lion (wearing a River jersey) rising 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 de América and European/South American Cup using the lion logo. In 1989, when Santilli left the club so the lion went with him and has not been reestablished since.[43]


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.[44] It was also acclaimed as number one of the Fifty sporting things you must do before you die by The Observer newspaper.[45]

Club nicknames

La Máquina in 1941. Fltr: Muñoz, Moreno, Pedernera, Labruna, Loustau

La Máquina in 1941. Fltr: Muñoz, Moreno, Pedernera, Labruna, Loustau

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.[46]

River fans and the press are fond of the nickname Los Millonarios (The Millionaires). 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.[47]

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 means "the stripe", but can also mean "the band" -both as in "gang" and "musical group"). Some famous River teams earned nicknames, mostly notable La Máquina (The Machine), nickname given to River Plate's forwards due to their synchronization and movements on the field, between 1941 and 1946.[48]

There was also a River Plate team that was known as La Maquinita (The Little Machine, as tribute to its predecessor) in the 1950s. Managed by José María Minella, the team earned the nickname after winning five championships in six years (1952–57).[49] Some notable players were Alfredo Di Stéfano, Santiago Vernazza, Walter Gómez, Enrique Omar Sívori, among others. Some members of the original Máquina of the 1940s such as Labruna and Loustau, were also part of the team.[50]


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

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

Panoramic view of the Monumental Stadium in 2013.

Panoramic view of the Monumental Stadium in 2013.

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:[51]

  • 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 V. Liberti (Monumental) (1938–present): Built on the same lands where the Bajo Belgrano Horse racing track had existed years ago.


River Plate supporters walking towards the stadium in 1938

River Plate supporters walking towards the stadium in 1938

River Plate fans welcome the team in a superclásico in 2010.

River Plate fans welcome the team in a superclásico in 2010.

In a research from a European sport marketing agency about the football teams with more members in the world, River Plate is in the sixth position, with 123,000 members, the highest in the Americas. The ranking is led by Barcelona of Spain and Benfica of Portugal.[52][53]

In a ranking made in 2018 by the Bundesliga about the football clubs with more members, River Plate appears in the sixth position with 146,000 members, surpassing clubs like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF, Manchester United F.C. and Juventus F.C. among other football world powers.[54][55]

On October 8, 2012, "The world's longest football flag" was unveiled in a caravan in which approximately 15,000 supporters took part. It was made entirely by fans who carried the 7,830 meters flag along the streets of Buenos Aires.[56][57]

The away jersey of the 2012–13 season was the most sold throughout the world during the month of September 2012, an achievement that had not reached any Argentine team.[58][59]

In 2015, the club participated in the FIFA Club World Cup and played against Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka on December 16, and on December 20 in the final against FC Barcelona at the International Stadium Yokohama. The number of River Plate supporters who traveled to Japan during that period were between 15,000 and 20,000,[60][61] a record in the competition.[62]

River Plate has official subsidiaries in provinces such as Santa Fe, Tucumán, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Mendoza, Tierra del Fuego, Catamarca, among others, and in Spain, Mexico, Australia, the United States, Paraguay and Canada.[63] There are also unofficial fan clubs in all Latin American countries, and also in Spain, Italy, England, Israel, Australia, Germany, the United States and New Zealand.[64]


Current squad

As of 7 April 2019.[65]

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

1ArgentinaGKFranco Armani(vice-Captain)
2ParaguayDFRobert Rojas
4ArgentinaDFFabrizio Angileri
5ArgentinaMFBruno Zuculini
6ChileDFPaulo Díaz
7ArgentinaFWMatías Suárez
8ColombiaMFJorge Carrascal(on loan from Karpaty Lviv)
9ArgentinaFWJulián Álvarez
10ColombiaMFJuan Fernando Quintero
11UruguayMFNicolás De La Cruz
12ArgentinaGKEzequiel Centurión
13ArgentinaMFSantiago Sosa
14ArgentinaGKGermán Lux
15ArgentinaMFExequiel Palacios
16ArgentinaDFKevin Sibille
17ArgentinaDFElías López
18ArgentinaFWBenjamín Rollheiser
19ColombiaFWRafael Santos Borré
20ArgentinaDFMilton Casco
21ArgentinaMFCristian Ferreira
22ArgentinaDFJavier Pinola(third Captain)
23ArgentinaMFLeonardo Ponzio(Captain)
24ArgentinaMFEnzo Pérez
25ArgentinaGKEnrique Bologna
26ArgentinaMFIgnacio Fernández
27ArgentinaFWLucas Pratto
28ArgentinaDFLucas Martínez Quarta(fourth Captain)
29ArgentinaDFGonzalo Montiel
32ArgentinaFWIgnacio Scocco
36ArgentinaDFNahuel Gallardo

Out on loan

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

ArgentinaGKAugusto Batalla(at Unión La Calera until 31 December 2019)
ArgentinaGKMaximiliano Velazco(at Defensores de Belgrano until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaDFLuciano Lollo(at Banfield until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaDFDavid Martínez(at Defensa y Justicia until 30 June 2020)
ParaguayDFJorge Moreira(at Portland Timbers until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaMFZacarías Morán(at Chacarita Juniors until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaMFJoaquín Arzura(at Club Atlético Huracán until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaMFIván Rossi(at Colo-Colo until 31 December 2019)
ArgentinaMFTomás Andrade(at Atlético Paranaense until 31 December 2019)
ArgentinaMFCarlos Auzqui(at Lanús until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaMFMatías Moya(at Banfield until 30 June 2020)
ArgentinaFWAlan Marcel(at Villa Dálmine until 30 June 2020)
ChileFWMarcelo Larrondo(at Unión La Calera until 31 December 2019)


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

34ArgentinaFWLucas Beltrán
35ArgentinaFWFederico Girotti
37ArgentinaMFEnzo Fernández
39ArgentinaMFHernán López

Top goalscorers

Angel Labruna, River Plate all-time top goalscorer

Angel Labruna, River Plate all-time top goalscorer

1ArgentinaÁngel LabrunaFW1939–59317515
2ArgentinaOscar MásFW1964–73, 1974–77217382
3ArgentinaBernabé FerreyraFW1932–39200185
4ArgentinaJosé Manuel MorenoFW1935–44, 1946–48184320
5ArgentinaNorberto AlonsoMF1970–76, 1977–81, 1984–86158374
6ArgentinaAdolfo PederneraFW1935–46143278
7UruguayEnzo FrancescoliFW1984–86, 1994–98137217
8ArgentinaCarlos PeucelleFW1931–41118307
9ArgentinaDaniel OnegaFW1966–71, 1973117207
10ArgentinaFernando CavenaghiFW2001–04, 2011–12, 2014–15112212

Most appearances

Amadeo Carrizo holds the most appearances record for River Plate

Amadeo Carrizo holds the most appearances record for River Plate

1ArgentinaAmadeo CarrizoGK1945–68520
2ArgentinaÁngel LabrunaFW1939–59515
3ArgentinaReinaldo MerloMF1969–84500
4ArgentinaJuan José LópezMF1970–81466
5ArgentinaNorberto YáconoDF1938–53393
6ArgentinaOscar MásFW1964–73, 1974–77382
7ArgentinaNorberto AlonsoMF1970–76, 1977–81, 1983–87374
8ArgentinaFélix LoustauFW1942–57367
9ArgentinaUbaldo FillolGK1974–83361
10ArgentinaRicardo VaghiDF1935–49323

Youth academy

José Manuel Moreno and Alfredo Di Stéfano

José Manuel Moreno and Alfredo Di Stéfano

From its creation in 1901 to the present, the lower divisions of River Plate have protagonized splendid moments in their categories. The River Plate Academy is recognized on a continental and world level for the amount of talents that have emerged throughout it. River produced many of the best players in the history of football, including most of the institution's top idols. Its main objective is to supply players with great future to the first team and educate academically, ethically and athletically its members.[66] Legends of football not only had the privilege of playing in the first division of the club Millonario, but also wore the red and white jersey since the youth categories. The lower divisions of River Plate, also known as "El Semillero"[67] has always been the most fruitful of Argentina, the most important and also the one with the greatest success.[68] Historically it is considered as the best soccer training school of the Americas and one of the best in the world.[69][70]

Two players who won the Ballon d'Or, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Omar Sívori, were born from "El Semillero".

River Plate players among the 50 best footballers in South America in the XX century according to IFFHS[71]

National team
3Alfredo Di StéfanoArgentina161Forward
5José Manuel MorenoArgentina82Attacking midfielder or Forward
12Adolfo PederneraArgentina24Attacking midfielder or Forward
16Omar SívoriArgentina19Attacking midfielder
26Ángel LabrunaArgentina12Attacking midfielder or Forward
35Daniel PassarellaArgentina8Defender

Some of the most distinctive and famous players who emerged from the River Plate Academy

  • Pablo Aimar

  • Matías Almeyda

  • Norberto Alonso

  • Leonardo Astrada

  • Claudio Caniggia

  • Amadeo Carrizo

  • Fernando Cavenaghi

  • Hernán Crespo

  • Andrés D'Alessandro

  • Martín Demichelis

  • Ramón Díaz

  • Alfredo Di Stéfano

  • Radamel Falcao

  • Marcelo Gallardo

  • Gonzalo Higuaín

  • Juan José López

  • Ángel Labruna

  • Erik Lamela

  • Félix Loustau

  • Oscar Más

  • Javier Mascherano

  • Reinaldo Merlo

  • José Manuel Moreno

  • Carlos Morete

  • Mateo Musacchio

  • Ermindo Onega

  • Daniel Onega

  • Ariel Ortega

  • Adolfo Pedernera

  • Néstor Rossi

  • Javier Saviola

  • Omar Sívori

  • Santiago Solari

  • Norberto Yácono

FIFA World Cup winners

  • Norberto Alonso (1978)

  • Ubaldo Fillol (1978)

  • Leopoldo Luque (1978)

  • Oscar Ortiz (1978)

  • Daniel Passarella (1978)

  • Héctor Enrique (1986)

  • Nery Pumpido (1986)

  • Oscar Ruggeri (1986)

Notable managers

Marcelo Gallardo is the most successful manager of all-time, with ten titles. Gallardo (appointed in 2014) is the current manager and under his direction, River Plate has won most of its international championships. Domestic titles won include two Copa Argentina (2015–16, 2016–17) and one Supercopa Argentina (2017). He has been specially successful in the international scene, having won two Copa Libertadores (2015, 2018), one Copa Sudamericana (2014), three Recopa Sudamericana (2015, 2016, 2019), and one Suruga Bank Championship (2015). Several of these championship wins included memorable victories against archrivals Boca Juniors.

Ramón Díaz had three tenures on River Plate (1995–2000, 2001–02, and 2012–14), being the club's most successful manager in the domestic scene, having achieved six Primera División titles (1996–97 Torneo Apertura, 1996–97 Torneo Clausura, 1997–98 Torneo Apertura, 1999–2000 Torneo Apertura, 2001–02 Torneo Clausura, 2013–14 Torneo Final) and one Copa Campeonato (2014)[73]; internationally, he won the Copa Libertadores (1996) and one Supercopa Libertadores (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 Dr. Ricardo 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 (1975 Torneo Metropolitano, 1975 Torneo Nacional, 1977 Torneo Metropolitano, 1979 Torneo Nacional, 1979 Torneo Metropolitano, and 1980 Torneo Metropolitano).

Héctor Veira won the Copa Libertadores de América with River Plate, in 1986. That same year the team won the European/South American Cup played in Tokyo. Under his coaching the club also won the 1985–86 Argentine championship, totalizing three titles with River Plate.




  • Primera División (36): 1920 AAm, 1932 LAF, 1936 (Copa Campeonato),[74] 1936 (Copa de Oro)[78] 1937, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1975 Metropolitano, 1975 Nacional, 1977 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1979 Nacional, 1980 Metropolitano, 1981 Nacional, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1991 Apertura, 1993 Apertura, 1994 Apertura, 1996 Apertura, 1997 Clausura, 1997 Apertura, 1999 Apertura, 2000 Clausura, 2002 Clausura, 2003 Clausura, 2004 Clausura, 2008 Clausura, 2014 Final

  • Primera B Nacional (1): 2011–12

  • Segunda División (1): 1908

National cups

  • Copa Argentina (2): 2016, 2017

  • Supercopa Argentina (1): 2017

  • Copa Campeonato (1): 2014

  • Copa de Competencia Jockey Club[79] (1): 1914

  • Copa de Competencia (LAF) [80] (1): 1932 [79][81]

  • Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren[79] (4): 1937, 1941, 1942, 1952 [83]

  • Copa Adrián C. Escobar[79] (1): 1941


  • Intercontinental Cup (1): 1986 [4]

  • Copa Libertadores (4): 1986, 1996, 2015, 2018[5]

  • Copa Interamericana (1): 1986 [6]

  • Supercopa Sudamericana (1): 1997 [5]

  • Copa Sudamericana (1): 2014 [5]

  • Recopa Sudamericana (3): 2015, 2016, 2019 [5]

  • Suruga Bank Championship (1): 2015 [7]

  • Tie Cup (1): 1914[18][84] [8]

  • Copa Dr. Ricardo Aldao (5): 1936, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1947[18][84] [8]

Friendly international

  • Supercopa Euroamericana (1): 2015 [86] [9]

Youth international

  • U-20 Copa Libertadores (1): 2012 [5]


Other sports


Alberto López won the 1950 World Cup with Argentina

Alberto López won the 1950 World Cup with Argentina

The basketball team currently plays in the Torneo Federal de Básquetbol. In 1950, the first FIBA World Championship was played in Buenos Aires and Argentina claimed the gold medal with 3 River Plate players: Alberto López, Leopoldo Contarbio and Vito Liva. The club won a Campeonato Argentino title in 1983, and finished in the 2nd place in the Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes Campeones de Básquetbol in 1984.

The last edition of the Campeonato Argentino was held in that year, and River Plate was defeated in the finals, then playing at its successor competition, Liga Nacional de Básquetbol, between 1985–93 and 2004–06. The team reached the finals in 1988, and for the 1989 and 1990 seasons, Héctor Campana became the top scorer of the LNB, playing for River Plate. The team also achieved 2nd place in 2004 and 2005 editions of Copa Argentina. Since 2014, after eight years of absence in professional basketball, River Plate returned to national tournaments playing the CABB Federal Basketball Tournament.[87]

Field hockey

River Plate field hockey team playing Club Ciudad in 2011

River Plate field hockey team playing Club Ciudad in 2011

The women's field hockey team is affiliated to the Buenos Aires Hockey Association (AHBA)[88] and currently playing in Torneo Metropolitano A, the top division of regional hockey in Argentina.

In 2016, the squad (nicknamed Las Vikingas) won its first Metropolitano championship after beating Ciudad de Buenos Aires by 3–2 at the final.[89]

In 2017, Las Vikingas won their third consecutive Hockey National League after defeating Club Italiano by 2–0 at the final, thus becoming one of the two clubs with most titles at the national tournament.[90]

Two players from River Plate, Lucina von der Heyde and Bianca Donati, who were Junior World Champions in Chile 2016, made their debut in a world cup in London 2018. Von der Heyde was named the FIH Rising Star of the Year.[91]


The futsal team plays in the Argentine División de Honor. The team won three championships in 1991, 2002 and 2003, and two Copa Argentina de Futsal in 2016 and 2017.[92] The team also achieved a third place in the Copa Libertadores de Futsal in 2013.[93]


River is one of the founding clubs of the Federación Metropolitana de Balonmano (Fe.Me.Bal.) and it is also the institution that won more championships in local history.[94]

All these titles have been obtained in the metropolitan and national levels, either in Metropolitan, Aperturas, Clausuras, Super 4 or Nacionales Tournaments, or the Federal League. The men's team won 32 domestic titles and the Gold medal in the South American Men's Club Handball Championship in 1984.[95] The team also achieved 2 Bronze medals in the same competition and 4 Bronze medals in the Pan American Men's Club Handball Championship. The women's team won 9 national titles, and the Silver medal in the South American Women's Club Handball Championship in 1984 and the Bronze medal in 1987.[96]

The more prominent players in the club's history are Guillermo Till, Claudio Straffe, Freddy Ambrosini, Gabriel Canzoniero and Juan Ojea.


José Meolans competed for River Plate and represented Argentina in four Olympic Games

José Meolans competed for River Plate and represented Argentina in four Olympic Games

The current swimming team has its origins in 2003, after many years in which the Club Atlético River Plate had no representatives in the national championships of this discipline.

The draft to form the best team in the country was led by Professor Rodolfo Sacco and had the best results that had never been achieved in the institution. The team began to form from a contractual relationship with the swimmer José Meolans,[97] one of the Argentine swimmers with most titles won.[98]

Many high-level swimmers, trained in other institutions began to approach to be part of what would be the best team in the country for the coming years.[99]

Other swimmers from River Plate who represented Argentina in the Olympics include Meolans himself, Georgina Bardach, Eduardo Germán Otero, Walter Arciprete, Agustín Fiorilli, María del Pilar Pereyra, Juan Pereyra, Damián Blaum, Javiera Salcedo, Pablo Martín Abal, Cecilia Biagioli.


Gabriela Sabatini started playing tennis in River Plate

Gabriela Sabatini started playing tennis in River Plate

Tennis is a sport practiced in River Plate since 1923.[100] Currently, River Plate counts with 10 clay courts and one hard court. As in other disciplines, the Club stands out for its large number of teams participating in the official tournaments organized by the Asociación Argentina de Tenis, as well as having important activities and competitions for the development of this sport in the country.[101]

Gabriela Sabatini, who is considered the best Argentine women's tennis player in history and an icon in national women's sport, began practicing at River at age 6, under the direction of Professor Daniel Fidalgo, with whom she trained for seven years. When she was 12 years old, she participated in the Mundialito Infantil de Caracas, winning the competition, and ratifying once again the talent she had already shown during his participation in metropolitan and national children's tournaments.[102]


Women's volleyball at River Plate

Women's volleyball at River Plate

River Plate Women's division reached the national title four times, being one of the top champions of the league and the first to be champion three consecutive times (2005 to 2007).[103]

The men's volleyball team won the Liga Argentina de Voleibol in the 1998–99 season with the Brazilians Jefferson, Marcos Dreyer, and the nationals Marcelo Román, Diego Gutiérrez and Luis Gálvez [104] and the Súper 4 in 2003.[105] The team also won 8 Metropolitan Leagues between 1956 and 2011.

Women's Football

María Pía Gomez scoring a goal for the women's team in 2011

María Pía Gomez scoring a goal for the women's team in 2011

The River Plate Women's football team plays in the Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino and have won the championship 11 times of which five were in succession from 1993 to 1997. The team achieved the third place in the 2017 Copa Libertadores Femenina.


In addition to the mentioned sports, River Plate's sections include artistic gymnastics, artistic roller skating, athletics, basque pelota, boxing, bowls, chess, karate, rhythmic gymnastics, roller hockey, taekwondo, table tennis and waterpolo.


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgThere are different versions about the origin of the red band; some state that it was first worn during a carnival celebration while other say that River Plate adopted the band to distinguish themselves from a team of Villa Devoto that also had white jerseys. Las camisetas más lindas, más feas y más raras de River on Goal.com
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgThis jersey, worn as the home kit until 1932, "Hace 80 años, River volvía a usar la banda roja" by Federico López, 13 Mar 2012 has remained (with few exceptions) as the away kit
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgIn March 1932, president of the club, Antonio Liberti, reissued the red band jersey, after he came to the changing room and said to players: "Take care of it, boys, because this is the River Plate jersey". River estrenaba un símbolo histórico del club: la gloriosa y eterna banda roja on Infobae.com, 12 Mar 2013
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgOrganised by UEFA and Conmebol together
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgConmebol competition
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgOrganised by Conmebol and Concacaf
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgOrganised by JFA and Conmebol
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgOrganised by AFA and AUF together
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgFriendly cup played between UEFA cup and Copa Sudamericana champions
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Citation Linkbooks.google.comGrady, Daniel (2014). Mario Yepes. Mason Crest. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-4222-9154-2.
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Citation Linksports.vice.comRestrepo, Andres (5 August 2015). "River Plate: ¿por qué 'Gallinas'?" [River Plate: Why 'Hens'?]. VICE Sports (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 January 2018.
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Citation Linkwww.cariverplate.com.ar"Un Monumental cada vez más grande" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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Citation Linkwww.cariverplate.com.ar"Stadium information in the official website". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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Citation Linkwww.afa.org.ar"Campeones de Copas Nacionales" on AFA website
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Citation Linkwww.afa.org.arCampeones – Primera División on AFA website, 6 Jul 2015
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Citation Linkwww.sobrefutbol.com"Torneo Argentino de Primera División – Títulos por Equipo", SobreFutbol.com
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Citation Linkwww.clarin.com"Todos los campeones del fútbol argentino" by Oscar Barnade, Clarín, 18 May 2014
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Citation Linkwww.conmebol.com"River Plate, ensancha sus vitrinas para seguir sumando copas | Conmebol.com". www.conmebol.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
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Citation Linkwww.conmebol.com"Argentina's River Plate continues to add trophies". CONMEBOL. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
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Citation Linkwww.goleamos.com"Goleamos". www.goleamos.com. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
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