Sunday, June 29, 2008

Transfer Market: June 29th Update

With the transfer market already officially open, River are after quite a few players. Ex-players Roberto Ayala, Pablo Aimar, and Santiago Solari have already backed off, so here's a list with the current candidates to reinforce the squad:

Goalkeepers: Nicolas Navarro (Napoli), Mariano Barbosa (Free Agent; ex-Banfield and Villarreal), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes; very complicated).
Defenders: Nicolas Spolli (Newell's), Sebastian Dominguez (America; coached by Simeone in Estudiantes), Facundo Quiroga (Wolfsburg), Juan Pablo Sorin (Hamburg; would be a target if Villagra leaves).
Midfielders: Ignacio Piatti (Gimnasia LP; a business group wants to buy him and loan him to us), Diego Barrado (owned by River and returning from a loan with Olimpo; Simeone is said to be interested in his services).
Forwards: Santiago Salcedo (Newell's).

Mario Yepes's name is also floating around a bit, and the Colombian himself even expressed his interest in returning. Either way, I don't see him arriving anytime soon..

As for players out:

Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo Carrizo (to Lazio), Juan Marcelo Ojeda (unknown destination; highly likely to be transferred if another goalkeeper arrives).
Defenders: Cristian Nasuti (unknown destination - wanted by a few Mexican clubs and Godoy Cruz; fed up with being a "back-up" player), Danilo Gerlo (wanted by Asteras TrĂ­poli of Greece).
Midfielders: Oscar Ahumada (hasn't renewed his soon-to-be-expired-contract yet), Rene Lima (to PAOK FC of Greece on loan), Diego Barrado (if Simeone decides to not use him, Godoy Cruz and a few other "small" clubs are interested in acquiring the midfielder on loan), Nicolas Domingo (wanted by Atlas of Mexico), Rubens Sambueza (his loan with Pumas will finish, but his future remains in the Mexican league with a different club next season).
Forwards: Sebastian Abreu (to Beitar Jerusalem), Alexis Sanchez (returning to Udinese from his loan with River).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Banfield: 2 - River Plate: 3 - Torneo Clausura 2008

On Sunday, River flipped a 0-2 partial score vs. Banfield to eventually win 3-2. The following video reviews the match:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Video: River Plate's Best Goals (Part II)

I have created a second segment to add to my video collection of River Plate's best goals:

The first part can be seen here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ernesto Farias to Return to River?

Many false rumours are being thrown around in the transfer market nowadays, but with the highly likely departures of Radamel Falcao Garcia and Sebastian Abreu, Aguilar is said to be seriously considering reinforcing the squad with a new striker.

To the surprise of many, one of the "stronger" names will actually be one that is well known to River fans already. Ernesto Farias (pictured right), who sported "la banda" for three years, is supposedly one of the targets. "El Tecla" is currently playing alongside ex-River player Lucho Gonzalez in Porto of Portugal and is being followed by a few Argentine clubs (Estudiantes being the other one). He had an overall good scoring record while at River, yet he never managed to get into the hearts of the fans and was often critisized. Is he the right player to go after, or should we be looking for new faces?

Another player that Jose Maria Aguilar is looking at is Santiago Salcedo of Newell's Old Boys (pictured left). Ever since he joined the Rosarinos two years ago, he's been getting the thumbs up from both the press and fans alike, and could end up being a great acquisition for "los millonarios". The Paraguayan possess a very powerful and accurate shot, and looks like a great replacement for Falcao. Unfortunately, though, I do not see this happening due to economic reasons: Newell's tend to write pretty heavy price tags (Fernando Belluschi and Oscar Cardozo being two recent examples), and will probably not let Salcedo go so easily. River, meanwhile, probably won't be looking to spend too much after finishing in failure last time they tried this.

Regarding other positions, Diego Simeone is also looking to bring a replacement for Juan Pablo Carrizo, and Mariano Barbosa of Villarreal looks like one of the candidates. He was a great goalkeeper at Banfield, and I have the best of images of Mariano. I know my opinion won't weigh too much, but I approve him.

More updates to be posted soon.

Video: Clausura 2008 Re-Cap

The following video sums up River Plate's Torneo Clausura 2008 title:


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

River Plate: 2 - Olimpo: 1 - Torneo Clausura 2008

River Plate defeated Olimpo by 2-1 for the eighteenth round of the Torneo Clausura 2008. Due to a combination of both this and Estudiantes' goal-less draw with Colon, "los Millonarios" were able to lift their 33rd Argentine League trophy.

River played an overall good game. Diego Simeone's team was able to go up 1-0 in the first half, after Diego Buonanotte successfully scored a previously-prepared set-piece. Everything was going well, though the team were not able to conquer several other clear opportunities. This almost came back to haunt us later on in the game, when Josemir Lujambio evened up the match for the away team. The partial score was not justified, though as we all know soccer isn't always fair. Luckily enough, Buonanotte put the ball through the net for the second time in the game and was able to lead River to their first trophy in the last 4 years.

Although it may seem like it, the "dwarf" wasn't the only key player. Many players played well, but a name that comes to mind instantly is that of Ariel Ortega. "El Burrito" was critisized by a very small group of fans (including some readers on this blog), yet his magic has once again proven why he is such a huge idol to the club's fanbase. Since his official return to the starting team three weeks ago, he has been vital to the team's victorious season: vs. Huracan he assisted Buonanotte in River's only goal, vs. Colon he assisted Cristian Villagra in a fantastic manner in our first goal (final score 2-1), and on Sunday vs. Olimpo he gave a great pass to Buonanotte to complete River's 2-1 win. There is no way to actually prove that we wouldn't have won any of those games without him, but if one substracts his assists from the final scores, we would have tied all three matches and would actually be watching Estudiantes lift the trophy instead.

Unfortunately, the transfer market is already starting to open up, meaning that several key members of this squad will not be with us next season. Juan Pablo Carrizo will finally be joining Lazio, Augusto Fernandez is being followed by Lazio and Atletico Madrid, Matias Abelairas is a name that Carrizo's future club has in mind, Radamel Falcao Garcia is one of the most wanted players currently with River, Almeria of Spain are interested in signing Leonardo Ponzio, and Mauro Rosales is highly likely to leave. As for possible reinforcements, ex-River players Roberto Ayala and Santiago Solari sound with chances of returning.

Full Review of the Match:

Congratulations River Plate, Champions of the Torneo Clausura 2008!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

River Campeon!

Gracias Ortega por ser el idolo de siempre!
Gracias Enano por tu "grandeza"!
Gracias Carrizo por esas atajadas inolvidables!
Gracias Falcao por todos esos goles!
Gracias Cholo por ir al frente a pesar de las quejas!
Gracias Bosteros por burlarse de River todo el ano y despues quedarse sin el pan y sin la torta! Ya todos saben que el que rie ultimo rie mejor!! Shhhhh...
Gracias Dios por poner esa cosa inexplicable y eterna en mi corazon. Esa cosa que algunos llaman "River Plate", y yo llamo mi vida!


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Updates: June 5, 2008

I apologize for the lack of updates on the blog recently, but due to school, work, and a 3-day trip down to San Diego, it's been hard to keep up with the site lately. Here are the latest updates:

- Thanks to two victories (1-0 over Huracan and 2-1 over Colon) in the last two rounds of the Clausura, River are now above the other 19 Argentine teams participating in this year's Primera Division. Estudiantes follow in second place, with just two points less the "los Millonarios". With just two games remaining, River could be lifting a trophy for the first time in 4 years on Sunday.

- Boca lost 3-1 to Fluminense yesterday and have therefore been eliminated from the Copa Libertadores 2008. After so much "smack talk" given by the Xeneizes since our elimination to San Lorenzo, it looks like they will be the ones without a trophy this season.

- I was present yesterday in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to witness Argentina defeat Mexico (once again). The final score was 4-1, and the party was seen in the stands the whole game:

Vamos Argentina y Aguante River Plate!