The debate over the “prohibited” title that a legislator asked for River Plate to be recognized: does it add up as an official one?

Juan Domingo Perón in the Monumental, 1953

This Thursday the news broke that River Plate could add a Cup to his laureate history. It was the one that was put into play in the fifties and that according to some AFA bulletins, the millionaire club is in a position to demand, something that for now it has not done. Faced with doubts about whether it should be considered an official title or not, the site specializing in national statistics, Football Revisionismexplained it on his social networks and ended the debate.

The move was led by Claudio Morresi, former millionaire player who was part of the team that won everything in 1986, the First Division championship, the first Copa Libertadores and the only Intercontinental Cup. Who knew how to play as a creative midfielder and current Buenos Aires legislator for the Frente de Todos, has already contacted the AFA so that River Plate adds the Gold Cup “Eva Perón, benefactor of Football” to its museum.

According to what was typified in the 1799 and 1802 bulletins, it was ruled that the team that won three tournaments in a row or five alternately would have the right to win said Cup. These two requirements were fulfilled by the Millionaire: he was champion in 1952 and 1953 and his second triple championship (1955, 56 and 57).

River Plate did not claim the trophy in the two-time championship or later in its triple conquest, in which two years had passed since the coup (1955) that overthrew Juan Domingo Perón and left Eduardo Lonardi in command and later Pedro Aramburu until 1958. In this particular context, Decree-Law 4161 of March 5, 1956 prohibited mention of Perón (who had already gone into exile) and eliminated everything referring to his surname.

For this reason, Morresi contacted the AFA and received a satisfactory response. But first, the Buenos Aires Legislature must approve the draft declaration that bears the number 1203-D-2022 and that “Requests the Executive Power to take the necessary steps before the Argentine Football Association (AFA) so that the winner of the Gold Cup “Eva Perón, benefactor of Football” is delivered to the Club Atlético River Plate, as established in an extraordinary session of the Executive Council on August 14, 1952″. After being treated in Commission, it will go to the venue and must be approved by the body of legislators in the next sessions”.

As the hours passed, the issue became a debate as a result of whether or not the Cup should be considered official. The site Football Revisionism, which surveys the official statistics of Argentine soccer since 1893, the year the AFA was founded, put white on black. “River would not add any title: the Eva Perón Cup was not a title or a competition in itself, it was a prize for winning 3 consecutive Leagues or 5 alternated”, affirmed the portal in its account of Twitterwhere he expanded the argument.

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“This type of distinction was always very common in the different Associations: the same AFA (then AAFL) did it half a century before when Alumni won 3 consecutive Championships: it gave him a trophy in recognition of the feat, but not a title”, he clarified.

“This comes from the tradition that the clubs that won a certain number of consecutive titles could keep” the Cup in property “and then the Associations made new versions to put into play,” he added.

“A clear example is, as we said, that of Alumni Three-time champion 1900-01-02 who won the Championship Cup as his own. However he decided to return it. For that reason they gave him a new private trophy for that achievement, ”he pointed out.

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However, he considers it legitimate that the Cup be recognized for River Plate, but not of an official nature: “What does River claim? What corresponds to it by regulation: the club should have obtained a trophy (as Alumni did at the time) as a distinction for having won 3 titles in a row. And because of the name of that award (“Eva Perón”) she never had it in her showcase”.

“Is the claim fair? Sure. River deserves that award to remember that feat. The 1950s were glorious for the club and they won their first three-time championship there. He deserves a trophy that remembers that achievement, as Alumni had for his Tri 1900-01-02″.

Finally, he stated that, beyond his objections, the management of the Buenos Aires legislator is fine: “River is not the generator of the “claim” or project, but Claudio Morresi. And the claim is logical.

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THIS IS HOW THE TABLES OF HISTORICAL TITLES OF ARGENTINE FOOTBALL ARE TODAY

Boca Juniors leads the historical table of titles after winning the last tournament at stake: the Argentine Cup in 2021. The Xeneize is the only one that managed to lift this National Cup four times, the 108th of this type of competition, which is played since 1900, and thus achieved the 71st star in its history.

River Plate follows with 69. Behind them appear Independiente (45), Racing Club (37) and San Lorenzo (22), adding League Titles, National Cups, International Cups and old Rio de la Plata Cups, all official and top category achievements.

The Xeneize won its 15th local cup and took more distance from River Plate and Racing Club, which have 13 as the most successful at the local level, to lead the local Cup table, ratifying its nickname as the country’s top winner.

In turn, Boca Juniors obtained its 49th official title of the highest category at the national level and placed one behind River Plate, which has 50, in the table of Local Titles (adding League Tournaments and National Cups) and continues to be only three steps in terms of Leagues (36-34). And what has been said, the Xeneize took three stars ahead of its classic opponent in the historical table of Argentine soccer.

From the Historical revisionism They keep updated the official titles of the highest category of the most winning clubs in each type of competition (League Tournaments, National Cups and International Cups), contemplating the amateur era and marking the year 1891 as the starting point for the count.

One clarification: the 1936 Gold Cup won by River is published on the official AFA website as the League Title. Many statisticians assure that it is the National Cup. It is a topic of debate among historians not yet defined by “AFA History”. Consequently, what the governing body expresses through its official page is published, they highlighted from Historical Revisionism.

They also warned that the data is always referred to the highest official category and promotion tournaments and friendly events are not considered in these statistics.

MORE TITLE TABLES

Table of Argentine soccer Cups (Source: rhdelfutbol)
Table of Argentine soccer Cups (Source: rhdelfutbol)
The five most winning clubs in Argentine soccer at the local level (Source: rhdelfutbol)
The five most winning clubs in Argentine soccer at the local level (Source: rhdelfutbol)
Historical table of Argentine soccer titles (Leagues and National Cups) (Source: rhdelfutbol)
Historical table of Argentine soccer titles (Leagues and National Cups) (Source: rhdelfutbol)
Total table of Argentine soccer titles (Source: rhdelfutbol)
Total table of Argentine soccer titles (Source: rhdelfutbol)

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