River Plate

Founded In
Capital Federal, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

About River Plate

Club Atlético River Plate was established in May 1901 and became a professional side in 1931. The football team is the main component of a wider sports club. River Plate have won major honours at both domestic and international level, are Argentina's most successful club side and are considered one of the most successful teams in world football. Their main rivals are Boca Juniors, with whom they contest the Superclásico.

Despite their huge levels of success, River Plate have also experienced their share of struggles over the years. They went a full decade without winning major silverware during the 1960s, while in 2011, the club experienced problems on and off the field. At the end of a season which saw financial problems and a change of president, the team was relegated from the top flight for the first time.

However, they bounced back to the top division after one season and most of River Plate's history has been littered with trophies. In total, the club has been crowned Primera División champions on 34 occasions; more than any other team. In terms of international success, River Plate have won two Copa Libertadores titles, an Intercontinental Cup, a Supercopa Sudamericana and a Copa Interamericana. Both Copa Libertadores victories came at the expense of the same team: America de Cali.

The list of former River Plate players includes some of Argentina's greatest talents, such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, José Manuel Moreno, Mario Kempes, Gabriel Batistuta, Hernán Crespo, Ariel Ortega, Pablo Aimar, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuaín. Notable foreign imports include Radamel Falcao and David Trezeguet, while Ángel Labruna is the team's record goalscorer.

River Plate play their home matches at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, which is nicknamed El Monumental. The stadium currently has a maximum capacity of 67,664, although the record attendance was set at 100,000 fans for a match back in 1975. The venue also hosts the the Argentina national team's home games.

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