The Monumental de River, pure football

The Monumental de River, pure football
The Monumental de River, pure football

Hanging by the Football I could not miss one of the biggest stadiums in the world: the Monumental de River. They were located in a marshy land along the Rio de la Plata dedicated to livestock, few could imagine that this stadium built in 1938 by order of then president of the assembly “millionaire” River Plate reach the popularity charts of today boasts.

And it is that talk is talk Monumental Argentine football, South American, and hence, world. Headquarters and home of River Plate, its great capacity

Monumental is the seat of River and selection.
Monumental is the seat of River and selection.

(64.000 although viewers are said to have come to get 80.000) also it allows you to host games for Argentina, although this is not always well received by supporters “xeneizes”, some of which are in the habit not to step on land as hostile.

At this stage, They have experienced great moments and so good. This lawn, He appeared endearing “River machine, that team composed of a front dream like that made Juan Carlos Muñoz, José Manuel Moreno, Adolfo Pedernera, Angel Labruna and Felix Loustau which won several league championships and dozens of games over the last minutes (They were also called Knights of trouble forever mark in the final minutes).

Also the great team that in the mid 90 He is walking his good name throughout South America thanks to names like Burrito Ortega, Hernan Crespo, Germán Burgos or Uruguayan Enzo Francescoli, for years idol of the fans of River.

And this stadium can boast of having hosted four matches until the end of the Copa Libertadores and hundreds of games between River and Boca, in what is the world football derby. Some very prominent, other figure with Maradona on the field, and some other not so positive as I remember I lived 23 June 1968, under the Metropolitan tournament that ended 0-0, but where there was the worst tragedy in the history of Argentine soccer, because after finishing the game, Visitors supporters found a deathtrap at the Gate 12, in fact it diffuse where I never knew exactly whether the door was locked, If the police cracked down and not let out or if both factors were combined, but the pressure caused people trying futilely to retire, hundreds of people caught between public and triggered avalanches 71 dead.

Of course, River has not only lived magical moments in this room. Argentina also selection, without going further was crowned champion for the first time in its history a World, the 78, when they beat Holland 3-1 after an intense extension, in a championship where eight meetings hosted Monumental.

Temple also sacred to Uruguay, It seems that the proximity of the stadium to its territory (only separates the Río de la Plata) It brings you good luck as well attested to have won the two Americas Cups disputed in this enclosure, the last one in 2011.

Plank Drunkards are the most onetime River group
Plank Drunkards are the most onetime River group

Reception of almost all musical groups of global significance in recent 50 years, If something stands out especially Monumental is your audience. his swollen, known as “the Borrachos del Tablón” claims to be one of the hottest and most courageous of all international football, which sometimes it has led him to lead beautiful sights (as progress 100.000 people OBELISCO the Monumental to celebrate the centenary of the club in 2001) and not so (killings and violence have sometimes been too many players).

While certainly, the worst moment of the stadium come the 26 June 2010, when River would tie 1 Belgrano consummating against relegation to the First Division B of Argentine football for the first time in its history. A fact which caused serious damage to the stadium by local supporters own.

A bad memory for a stadium that their 75 years can still continue to say that is one of the best in the world, although it is still at the gates to be remodeled. Reform that, definitely, will give a new look that yes, maintain always the same essence.

The new reform Monumental stadium will create a new look.
The new reform Monumental stadium will create a new look.
Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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