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River and its history: Part 8

The end of La Máquina is approaching, the team that would go into the history of world football. A great
Se acerca el final de La Máquina
| 05 December, 2019 |

In the previous installment (at the end of the note are the links to all the chapters published so far) we had left River closing one of the most glorious moments of his career and, as everything has an end, entering the stage of “disarmed” of the Machine for the sale of Moreno to Mexican football. It was 1944.

Another fundamental change took place in 45: Peucelle took over the technical direction, succeeding the huge Renato Cesarini, after 5 years in command and having won five local titles and one international. Moreno’s journey is solved with Alberto Gallo fulfilling his role and with a Labruna that begins to become the crack of all times he is today (scoring 32 goals in the season).

Champions of the local tournament and the Aldao Cup, this time against Peñarol, who in his ranks had the backbone of what would be the Uruguayan team that would give the biggest hit in history by winning the World Final to Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, an event known as the “maracanazo”. One story went a little unnoticed, but in time it would be important to see the importance it would have: they debuted two young men of inferior: one Alfredo Di Stefano and another one named Amadeo Carrizo.

1946: The only year in the 40s in which River does not come first or second

1946 brings good news: Moreno returns from Mexico (which from then on would be known as “El Charro”). He did very well in the Aztec country, but he missed Buenos Aires. And River missed him even more: even his outstanding performance was not enough to reverse the mediocre campaign they were doing, leaving third parties. That was the only time in the entire 1940s when the Millionaire didn’t come out first or second.

But it is in 1947 that the Machine is completely disarming. Pedernera, faced with leadership, goes away to Atlanta. Labruna, with hepatitis, loses half a tournament (which would give Di Stéfano the space to finish exploiting and become the undisputed best Argentine football player with 27 goals in the season) and Muñoz, injured is also lost much of the tournament. The creaking gears are carried away post to Peucelle and assumes the technical direction José María Minella (another former player), which in spite of everything gets champion: 48 points of 60 and 90 goals in favor. They also win the Aldao Cup for the fifth time by defeating Nacional in Montevideo and for the first time he faces a Brazilian team: they beat him, , to the Paulista champion: the already huge and respected Palmeiras. There is also another historical fact: it is the first year in which a Championship is organized South American Champions Clubs (which in time would become the Copa Libertadores of America), which is played with the modality of all against all by points. He goes second to one point of the Vasco da Gama. It was just starting the relationship, which today is more than ever, between River and the continental tournaments.

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)

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