Week in Review - September 30, 2011
The win on Saturday eased any uncertainty fans had after three forgettable outings. This week started with sights set on Ferro Carril Oeste, who River will face at San Lorenzo on Saturday.
Luciano Abecasis has started training again and is hopeful to play again in the coming weeks.
Investigators raided the club’s offices on Tuesday as they proceed with charges of fraud against the previous and current administration. In addition, investigators also visited the home of club president Daniel Passarella, though it appears nothing was found or removed from the premises. Allegations of irregularities have been made regarding the construction of the club’s museum as well as the transfers of several players. Also under scrutiny are overseas accounts belonging to former president Jose Maria Aguilar and former vice-president Mario Israel.
September 28 marks the International River Plate Fans Day. The day is in honor of the birthday of Ángel Labruna, the most legendary player ever to wear the River shirt. Labruna was a member of River’s historic La Maquina teams of the 40’s, and later would return to the club in the 70’s to manage the team to their first domestic title in 18 years. Labruna is a part of the club’s soul, just like the fans are, so it is only natural that on this great man’s birthday we also celebrate the joy of being a River Plate fan. The social networks were flooded with greetings and declarations of love for the club from fans around the world. Former players like Martin Demichellis, Juan Pablo Angel and Radamel Falcao sent greetings via Twitter, as did El Chori Dominguez and Carlos Sanchez.
Daniel Vega will be the substitute goalkeeper on Saturday. Vega lost the starting role just days before the start of the season due to an injured shoulder. Starter Leandro Chichizola isn’t likely to lose that job any time soon as his confidence is high and last week was considered River’s best player.
For the game Saturday it looks like Almeyda will only be making one change, Fernando Cavenaghi will return to action in place of Mauro Diaz. Almeyda will pair Cavenaghi and Dominguez up front with last week’s goal scorer Rogelio Funes Mori.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it should be mentioned that tickets made available for River fans were gobbled up in a matter of minutes through an online sale.
Finally, there were crossed declarations in the press regarding River’s traditional summer exhibition games against Boca. A high ranking member of the board of directors echoed the statements of Boca’s president who had argued that those games should not be played this year as River’s relegation will only serve to ramp up an already volatile fixture. This of course brought outrage from many River fans who share Almeyda’s sentiment that we would play Boca ever week if we could. It appears Passarella is also in favor of playing the games with our eternal rival and will push for the schedule to proceed as planned.