The biggest away. The renowned slogan of River fits perfectly with Marcelo gallardo. Because the doll He had already become the most winning coach in the club’s history and continues to add titles. In the seven and a half years of glorious cycle, the best coach of all time in Núñez celebrated 13 championships. An average of almost two Olympic rounds per year, which can increase in the final against Colón for the Championship Cup. Look at the review of each of the tournaments that Napoleon celebrated.
The 13 trophies that the Doll raised as River DT.
South American Cup 2014
The beginning of the legend. The South American Cup was the founding stone of River del Muñeco. Because the club once again celebrated an international title after 17 years (the last one had been that of the Super Cup 97, with Gallardo as one of the figures of Ramón Díaz’s multi-champion team), he succeeded with an undefeated in the ten games he played and, the best of all, with an unforgettable elimination to Boca in the semifinals on the night Barovero saved Gigliotti’s penalty. Godoy Cruz in the second phase, Libertad de Paraguay in the eighth, Estudiantes in the quarterfinals, Boca de Arruabarrena and Atlético Nacional de Medellín (with Armani as goalkeeper) were passing in line and defeated by a River that was beginning to mark an era in football South American.
With a great Barovero in the goal and the impassable baseline made up of Mercado, Maidana, Funes Mori and Vangioni, the intensity of Carlos Sánchez, the intelligence of Rojas, the experience of Ponzio combined with the youth of Kranevitter (they alternated or shared the position), the category of Pisculichi as a hitch and the attacking duo Mora-Teo Gutiérrez, River became champion with eight wins and two draws, 17 goals in favor (Mora, the one who scored the most: four) and just five against . A prologue to the story to come.
The second consecutive international title of the Doll as I stopped de River occurred just after the first blow of the cycle, although it was in a summer tournament: the 0-5 against Boca in Mendoza. Gallardo gave a driving and leadership lesson to overcome that moment and the team responded with two victories (both 1-0 with goals from Carlos Sánchez) against San Lorenzo, champion of the Libertadores 2014 with Patón Bauza as DT to confirm his winning mentality, his character and his competitive voracity. On the 11th of Napoleon he maintained the surnames and the operation of the Sudamericana and began to dream of the mother of all Cups.
The River players lifting the Libertadores in 2015, a Cup that they had not won since 1996,
An epic conquest, with several movie chapters. River ended up qualifying for the eighth in a miraculous way after a first phase of terror and suspense: it lost in height of Oruro against the humble San José of Bolivia, it drew with Tigres in the Monumental, it matched the two games against the modest Juan Aurich of Peru and went 2-2 in Mexico in the final minutes after trailing 2-0. He only added the three points on the sixth (last) date vs. San José (3-0) and the 5-4 of the substitutes of Tigres against Aurich They put it through the window in the kill-kill.
The next challenge was Boca, again. A Boca that had classified as best first in the group stage and faced the worst second … The outcome is well known: 1-0 at the Monumental and the sad and unforgettable night of pepper spray in La Bombonera. From that advance to the quarterfinals, River was unstoppable on his way to the title, with a historic 3-0 against Cruzeiro’s Black Beast in Belo Horizonte, the semi against Guaraní from Paraguay with the pleasant emergence of Alario who came to replace Teo and the resounding victory in the final against Tigres, the same team that had left him alive in the first round. A new stage was beginning to take shape. Of permanent reinventions of the Doll in the 11 and on the campus. Undoubtedly, this Libertadores is one of the trophies that does not fight for a place on the podium of the 13 that MG won.
Sugura Bank 2015
A Cup that was faded by the previous and subsequent Olympic rounds of the cycle, but which at the time added another valuable international trophy for the club. Barely six days had passed since Napoleon’s conquest of America when River played in Japan (in Osaka, the city where he would later play the semi of the Club World Cup) and defeated Gamba Osaka 3-0 with goals from Carlos Sánchez, Gabriel Mercado and Pity Martínez.
This time the rival was Independiente Santa Fe de Colombia, as champion of the South American Cup. And the Cup would stay in Núñez again. After the 0-0 draw in the first leg, the return at the Monumental was 2-1 for Millo with goals from Sebastián Driussi and Lucas Alario.
Argentina Cup 2016
With the need to win it to be able to play the Copa Libertadores in 2017, the Millionaire aimed all his cannons at the contest in the second half of 2016 and achieved the consecration in a historic match: it was 4 to 3 over Rosario Central in the final with a hat-trick by Lucas Alario and one by Iván Alonso. It was the first local title for Gallardo.
Argentina Cup 2017
River had been beaten by the elimination in the semis of the Copa Libertadores against Lanús after winning 3-0 on aggregate. After beating all his rivals, he managed to retain the title against Atlético Tucumán in Mendoza after winning 2 to 1 with goals from Scocco and Nacho Fernández, and was crowned two-time champion of the Argentine Cup.
Argentina Super Cup 2018
The new resurgence. The wound from the elimination in the semifinals of the Libertadores 2017 against Lanús was still bleeding. Champion of the Argentina Cup 2017, he faced the champion of the local tournament, no less than Boca … For the third consecutive time in decisive superclassics, Gallardo’s team celebrated and made the Olympic return in Mendoza on March 14. The goals, the penalty Pity Martínez and Nacho Scocco. A prelude to what would happen on December 9 of that same year.
It doesn’t take much explanation. The most important title in the history of River, of South American football and, perhaps, of all time in the world. The final against Boca was the icing on the cake of a string of impressive triumphs: against Racing in the second round, Independent in rooms and Guild in semifinals. The goals of Pratto, Juanfer Quintero and Pity Martínez in Madrid continue to be celebrated every day in Núñez as on the eternal December 9, 2018 in Madrid.
Recopa Sudamericana 2019
The last international trophy of River del Muñeco, with a replay of Pratto’s Bear Mode, the hierarchy of Suárez, the leadership of Enzo Pérez and the saving hands of Armani. The third South American Recopa that Gallardo lifted in his cycle, this time against Athletico Paranaense: he lost the first leg 1-0 in Brazil and in Núñez he turned the series around with a 3-0.
Argentina Cup 2019
After the very hard defeat in the final of the Copa Libertadores 2019 against Flamengo in the final five minutes that did not allow him to be two-time champion of America, the Millionaire defeated Central Córdoba of Santiago del Estero 3-0 with goals from Nacho Scocco, Nacho Fernández and Julián Álvarez and champion of the local competition was established. Thus, they qualified for the 2020 Copa Libertadores.
Argentina Super Cup 2021
Although the title corresponds to the 2019 edition of the tournament that faces the champions of the league and the Argentine Cup, the final between River and Racing was only played in March 2021 as a result of the extensive stoppage due to the pandemic. The setting was the Estadio Único in Santiago del Estero and the Doll’s team went upstairs, once again, to the Academy. It was a forceful and brilliant 5-0, with goals from Borré, Julián Álvarez, De la Cruz, Leonel Miranda against and Matías Suárez.
Professional Football League 2021
The missing title. The thorn that had been stuck in him since his first semester as River’s detainee when he lost the local tournament with Racing de Diego Cocca, in December 2014. It was a campaign full of inconveniences for Gallardo, mainly due to the number of injuries the squad suffered throughout the championship. However, the Millionaire achieved the goal with an impressive winning streak (eight in a row) and with the presence of several kids trained in the club among the 11, a goal always paramount for the Doll. And of course, with the scorer Julian Alvarez As the greatest exponent of the coach’s long-term work in this Professional League, he had to make more reinventions than ever to put together the team that ended up giving an unforgettable Olympic lap against Racing in a monumental overflowing with passion.