River and its history: Part 6
And that’s how, dear readers, we come to chapter six of the history of one of the largest clubs in the world, River Plate (at the end of the note you can find links to the first five installments). And on this occasion, we get into the 40s, one of themost glorious of the club, the one that would see the birth of the team that remained in history: the famous “Machine”.
This period is not only considered one of the best in River history. Scholars say he is also one of the best in Argentine football in general. The conceptual difference, enormous, and that from then on would be a differential of our football, is the work with the lower divisions and the inclusion of glories that were retiring in functions linked to the formation of juveniles and the technical direction of the first division. The most notable names in this respect are Renato Cesarini as coach of the first team and Carlos Peucelle playing a double role: playing the last matches of his very successful passage through River and at the same time taking over the lower ones.
River River begins to write the big story: you start to put together “The Machine”
In 1940 they do not do so well: third parties come out, far from the first place. But in 1941 everything changes: Adolfo Pedernerais confirmed as the starting point, which strengthens the lead that would give the team world fame, and in the second round get a record of unbeaten matches ending in the 1941 title (which included, among others, two crushing victories against the last champions: 4-0 to Independent and 5-1 (a) Mouth).
In that undefeated streak, they also win the Ibarguren Cup (they win Newell’s final), the Escobar Cup (they beat Huracán) and the Aldao Cup (they beat Nacional de Montevideo). In this way they get a new record: they win the four tournaments in play (national and international), something that only Independiente had achieved in 1939. In fact, the highlights of the year already give an idea of what would come: Moreno, Pedernera and Labruna.
If you want to read the previous submissions you can do so at the following links:
First Part (The principle of everything) Part Two (First title and beginning of the relationship with the National Team)
Part Three (First title in the professional era)
Fourth Part (River wins the first superclassic in the professional era)
Part Five (The Monumental is inaugurated)
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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