8 years after Gallardo’s arrival at River: all his titles at the club and what he still needs to win

A review of the 14 Olympic laps of the Doll, which on June 6 like today but from 2014 arrived at the Millionaire and made history. Also, his pending star…

If there is something that unfailingly marked the cycle of Marcelo Gallardo in River is the achievement of titles. Since he took over as DT, on June 6 like today but in 2014, the Doll was in charge of filling the club’s showcases with 14 crowns. The last one was the one achieved in the Champions Trophy, after beating Colón 4-0 at the end of last year.

That imposing sum, among which are, for example, two Libertadores Cups, places it neither more nor less than as the most winning DT in the entire history of the Núñez team. Next, a review one by one of all Gallardo’s consecrations during his successful cycle in River.

One by one, all the titles of Marcelo Gallardo in River

In the same year in which he arrived at the club, after his time as coach of Nacional de Uruguay, lifted the Copa Sudamericana against Atlético Nacional de Colombia (aggregate 3-1), which meant his first title as coach of the Millionaire and also the return of the Núñez club to the international level after 17 years of drought. As if that weren’t enough, That contest had as a finishing touch to eliminate Boca in the semifinals, an event that would later become customary in the Gallardo era.

  • South American Recopa 2014

    As a consequence of obtaining the 2014 South American, he participated in the Recopa in February 2015 and there he shouted champion again after beating San Lorenzo, who came from achieving the Libertadores. Gallardo’s men prevailed 1-0 in both matches and consecrated themselves once again.

South American Recopa 2014
  • Libertadores Cup 2015
    In the second year of the cycle, Gallardo made the history of the great: River defeated Tigres de México in the final of the Copa Libertadores (3-1 aggregate) and was crowned in the contest after 19 years. As an added value, in this edition they eliminated Boca again, this time in the round of 16.

River Champion Libertadores 2015

In the Suruga Bank Cup, a contest that pits the champion of the South American Cup against the champion of the Japanese J-League Cup, River thrashed Gamba Osaka 3-0 and thus Gallardo lifted a new title.

Suruga Bank Cup 2015
  • South American Recopa 2015

    On this occasion, as a result of the 2015 Libertadores, they collided with Independiente de Santa Fe in the definition, in February 2016, and retained the Cup Winners’ Cup crown. The first leg in Colombia was 0-0 and in the Monumental, River stomped and won 2-1.

South American Recopa 2015

  • Argentina Cup 2016

    Although the Gallardo era never had a coronation in the local championship, it was able to celebrate in the Argentine Cup. The first one he got was after winning 4-3 against Rosario Central, and was key to get passage to the Copa Libertadores the following year.

alario river champion cup argentina 2016
  • Argentine Cup 2017

    The following year, by the hand of the Dollthe Millionaire could repeat the title by beating Atlético Tucumán 2-1, thus becoming two-time champion of the competition.

Argentine Cup 2017
  • Argentine Super Cup 2017

    A River that reached the final beaten against Boca recovered its memory and, for the third consecutive time in decisive Superclásicos, he celebrated and gave the Olympic lap in Mendoza on March 14. It was 2-0 thanks to goals from Pity Martínez, from a penalty, and Ignacio Scocco.

Argentine Super Cup 2017

  • Libertadores Cup 2018

    The second time he lifted the Copa Libertadores is perhaps one of the most momentous matches of all time. The 2018 version of this tournament will be remembered because it had River and Boca facing each other for the first time in a final of this nature. In addition, the second leg at the Monumental had to be postponed due to incidents and ended up taking place at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, in what was an extra seasoning that made the duel even more unprecedented. The outcome of the story is known: River won the rematch 2-1 (2-2 the first leg) and obtained its fourth crown of this caliber.

Gallardo celebrated Copa Libertadores 2018
  • South American Recopa 2019

    After winning the final in Madrid, in 2019 River was crowned in the Recopa against Atlético Paranaense from Brazil, after having lost 1-0 in the first leg and then beaten 3-0 in the second leg at the Monumental. This title meant the tenth of Gallardo’s era as coach in Núñez.

South American Recopa 2019
  • Argentina Cup 2019

    After a hard blow against Flamengo in the final of the Libertadores, River smiled again in the Copa Argentina: thrashed Central Córdoba 3-0 and lifted this competition for the third time, becoming the most successful along with Boca.

River 2019 Argentina Cup

  • Argentine Super Cup 2019

    After a 2020 without titles, Gallardo’s team celebrated again in a tournament corresponding to the year 2019, but that the postponements due to the pandemic meant that it finally had to be played in 2021. Thus, with a resounding 5-0 against Juan Antonio Pizzi’s Racing at the Madre de Ciudades Stadium in Santiago del Estero, River lifted the tournament for the second time. This was Gallardo’s 12th and so far last title.

River Argentine Super Cup
  • Professional Football League 2021

    After a 2020 without titles, River had a brilliant walk at the national level and became champion three dates before the end. A) Yes, Gallardo was able to cross off his list one of the things he had not yet been able to win: an Argentine soccer tournament.

river champion
  • Champions Trophy 2021

    River de Gallardo closed the year by embroidering a new star on its shield after beating Colón 4-0 in the Champions Trophy (final that he played for having been the champion of the Professional League). A double by Julián Álvarez gave victory to the Millionaire at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades de Santiago del Estero to say goodbye to 2021 with one more joy.

River - Champion - Champions Trophy 2021

The title that Marcelo Gallardo needs to get with River

Although speaking of a pending account would be an exaggeration, the truth is that to the Doll he still has a title to get with him Millionaire and it is the most prestigious to which any club can aspire: the Club World Cup. He played it in both 2015 and 2018, but neither time he managed to win it. On the first opportunity, they lost the final against Barcelona and on the second, which they reached after beating Boca in the final of the Copa Libertadores, they were left out in the semifinal, after losing to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.

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