10/06/08RIVER NEWS -ENGLISH-
RIVER IS THE CHAMPION!RIVER PLATE IS THE CHAMPION OF THE 2008 CLAUSURA CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
There is no other way to describe this glorious achievement by our beloved club. After months of struggling and some very hurtful losses, River was able to stay strong and united and bring much needed glory to the fans and to the club.
Where to begin! Well, this afternoon’s game with Olimpo in the Monumental Stadium was the essential game in obtaining the championship. Not only that but is also depended on Estudiantes’s game with Colon as both teams played at the same time. Estudiantes’s draw with Colon and River’s win sealed the deal and the 33rd championship in River’s history was finally obtained. The player that defined the season was Diego Buonanotte. This young and agile player had been the hero so many times this season and it was no coincidence that he would emerge as the star. His two goals provided River the chance to claim victory and with a tremendous assistant like Ariel Ortega, the magic of River Plate once again engulfed the world.
It is very interesting to look back at how River managed to capture the season, as disappointing losses crippled the team spirit. I would like to recap some important factors that cannot be overlooked. First, there is the amazing Juan Pablo Carrizo. Our goalie has defied so much pressure that at one point, he was criticized and ridiculed by River fans. Even though, he managed to keep his head up and defend the goalposts like a true athlete. Second, Coach Diego Simeone was on an emotional rollercoaster as personal problems interfered with his mission in River. He put these problems behind him, and struggled to keep unity in the team, which proved to be successful. Third, Ariel Ortega, the last River idol of the glorious 90s, managed to overcome his addiction to alcohol and recuperate extremely well in the club. He gave River many good times in the season and remained strong. Fourth, the early elimination from the Copa Libertadores and the loss to Boca ruined the team’s spirit. Even the fans got on the team’s case and threw bits of corn, which is a huge insult to any River admirer. Fortunately, these events energized the squad and victory upon victory followed. Lastly, the fans became River’s best friend once again. This was very important because some groups decided to turn their back on the team but it was those who follow the team, in good times or bad times, that pushed the team forward. If I forgot something, please feel free to comment below.
All I can say is that I have not been able to sleep since the final whistle of the match. River’s 33rd championship demonstrates, proves, that River is the best team in Argentina’s football history. Statistics prove a lot and although the last couple of years have been rough, a new victorious chapter has started. Additionally, I would like to personally thank Fluminense, of Brazil, for ended Boca’s “over-exaggerated” campaign. It’s been a good weekend and I look forward to many more championships.