Club Atlético River Plate (Montevideo)

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.

River Plate
Full nameClub Atlético River Plate
Nickname(s)Darseneros (Dockers)
Founded11 May 1932; 88 years ago (1932-05-11)[1]
GroundEstadio Saroldi,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity6,000 (all seated)
ChairmanWillie Tucci
CoachGustavo Díaz
LeaguePrimera División
WebsiteClub website
Current season


The beginningsEdit

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Rise in the Primera DivisiónEdit

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. In 1997 River Plate reached third overall position, just three points from Peñarol and Defensor Sporting who qualified for the finals. By those times, River Plate was coached by Fernando Morena. Some of the best River Plate's players were rised from that generation, such as Hernán Rodrigo López, Pablo Gaglianone and Gustavo Díaz.[5]

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 SudamericanaEdit

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 yearsEdit

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 until April 2021. Since then, Gustavo Díaz is being in charge of the first squad. [6]



Parque Federico Omar SaroldiEdit

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 ComplexEdit

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.


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 evolutionEdit

1996 away
2005 away
2006 away
2012–2016 away


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.


First team squadEdit

As of Apr 18, 2021

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   URU Lucas Machado
2 DF   URU Guzmán Rodríguez
3 DF   URU Tiago Galletto
4 DF   URU Horacio Salaberry
7 DF   URU Nicolás Rodríguez
9 FW   URU Matías Arezo
10 MF   URU Diego Vicente
10 MF   URU Facundo Boné
11 FW   URU Nicolás González
14 DF   URU Marcos Montiel
12 GK   URU Salvador Ichazo
15 MF   URU Juan Pablo Plada
18 FW   URU Thiago Borbas
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   URU Facundo Bonifazi
24 DF   URU Santiago Brunelli
25 GK   URU Fabrizio Correa
26 DF   URU Santiago Pérez
27 MF   URU Juan Ignacio Quintana
28 MF   URU José Neris
30 MF   URU Adrián Leites
31 FW   URU Luciano Boggio
32 DF   URU Robert Herrera
33 MF   URU Patricio Gregorio
34 MF   URU Gonzalo Nápoli
35 FW   URU Gonzalo Castro

Managerial historyEdit



International (unofficial tournaments)Edit



  1. ^ "Historia de River Plate". Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay) (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Historia de River Plate". Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay) (in Spanish).
  3. ^ "Historia de River Plate". Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay) (in Spanish).
  4. ^ "Historia de River Plate". Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay) (in Spanish).
  5. ^ "Cuando River Plate quedó en la puerta de la historia". El Observador (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "Gustavo Díaz asume como técnico en River". Tenfield (in Spanish).

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