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The Story of River: Part 11

River is like the Phoenix Bird: it is reborn from its ashes and forms “La Maquinita”, which wins the first three-time champion in the history of the Millo.


Dear followers of the saga of notes that revisit the history of River, we have reached 1952. “ La Máquina” no longer exists, but River pulls outgiant equipmentand manages to reestablish itself with another impressive formation, which will also go down in history:“La Maquinita”. Let's see.

1952 is going to find River once again champion: 40 points, 65 goals for and 48 against. But the title is only the first the result of another development that is being made: “La Maquinita” is born, the successor of “The Machine”. It would be composed basically by Santiago Vernazza, Eliseo Prado, Uruguayan Walter Gómez, Ángel Labruna, Félix Loustau and goalkeeper Amadeo Carrizo Badge That year too would get the Ibarguren Cup.

In the 53, champions again, this time with three points more than the previous year: 43, some goals less in favor (60) but with a much stronger defense, which would receive only 36 goals in the entire tournament. They would also have in their ranks the scorer of the championship: Eliseo Prado with 20 goals. 1954 would be “a bad year” for the Riverplatenses: they would end third to 7 points of Boca (it is impressive how high they had climbed the rod, a third place was lived almost as a failure).

1955: River Ararms Another Historic Team

But in '55 the mystic returned: they would win three tournaments in the thread. In addition, that year the team would be very strong again: Nestor “Pipo” Rossi returned (he had been playing in the Millionarios Fútbol Club of Colombia) and Federico Vairo (from Central) joined and went up from the bottom Enrique Omar Sívori . The first of the three championships, that of the 55, has a special flavor: once again, they are consecrated in the Bombonera. They start losing the match, but Labruna puts the draw and Zárate the final goal (this would be Labruna's last goal in official matches against Boca: with 16 goals he is still today the biggest scorer in the history of the superclassic).

In the 56, champions again (only 4 games lost), but suffer a fundamental loss for the operation of “La Maquinita”: the Italian Palermo buys Walter Gómez. Argentine players are beginning to be sought by European teams.

Minella demonstrates her ability as a coach and manages to gambetear the losses: Sívori consolidates itself and definitively replaces Prado, Loustau, already veteran, starts alternating the left lane with Zárate (who would win the position definitely) and two survivors of “La Máquina” guide the most young people: Labruna and Carrizo. But there would be one left to make history, the '57, the three-time champion. We will have to wait for the next installment to know the details, because that year passed, in addition, very important things for the history of the institution.

If you want to read the previous submissions you can do so at the following links:
First Part (The principle of everything)
Second Part (First Title e beginning of the relationship with the National Team)
Third Part (First title in the professional era)
Fourth Part (River wins the first superclassic in the era Professional)
Fifth Part (Monumental is inaugurated)
Sixth Part (“The Machine” begins to assemble)

Publication Date: 15/12/2019

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