Like all September 28 since 2003, River celebrates a new edition of its Fan’s Day, in commemoration of the birth of one of the institution’s greatest idols. Is about Angel Labrunaa reference as a player and coach.
Through a post on his X account – former Twitter – the Millionaire greeted all his fans. “For this love, which does not stop growing. Happy River Fan Day,” wrote the club’s page. In addition, it added an emotional video that reviews all the matches in which the Monumental is packed with its fans.
Some color details can also be seen in the recording. Among them, the clip, lasting more than a minute, shows different tweets and messages made by neutral fans – mostly Brazilians – where they praise the Millionaire fans.
“River fans: Top 1“, “I’ve never seen anything like it“,” “The push was crazy, a devastating pressure for the visitors,” are some of the comments that manage to differentiate themselves.
There was also news from international sports portals and from fans themselves praising the capacity and condition of the Monumental. “A new Monumental lives with expectation its audience record”, “I live 20 blocks away and I listen to the field. River is madness”, stated the clippings.
Likewise, prior to publishing the video, the Millionaire page did not forget to greet the person responsible for celebrating this Fan’s Day on a date like September 28. “From River as Angelito. From River at heart. Happy River Fan’s Day“he posted.
Furthermore, later the club made a new tweet in tribute to the idol: “Saying Labruna is saying River“. In the image that accompanies the text, you can also see a remembered phrase from the former striker: “If I had to choose between River and my life, I would choose River, because River is my life.”
Who is Ángel Labruna and why was his birth chosen as the date
It is nothing less than possibly the greatest idol of the riverplatense institution. Born in 1918 and owning one of the statues in homage to his figure, Labruna debuted on June 18, 1939, coming off the bench in a defeat against Estudiantes (1-0). With more than outstanding conditions as a forward, he became the top scorer in Argentine football, with 294 points, sharing the podium with Arsenio Erico. In total he has 318 screams in his career.
Furthermore, another reason that allows a footballer to win the hearts of his fans is thanks to his appearance in Superclásicos. And Labruna is precisely the player who has the most goals against Boca wearing the red stripe, scoring 16 times.
Labruna in his role as River coach.
As for his record, he won nine local tournaments and seven official cups. Among other records he has, he is the second player who wore the River shirt the most times, with 515 presences. He was only surpassed by Amadeo Carrizo, who has 520 in the millionaire arc.
Within his successful career as a player, Ángelito also had the luxury of being part of that Millionaire team, nicknamed “Machine“, due to its fearsome forward (accompanied by Juan Carlos Muñoz, José Manuel Moreno, Adolfo Pedernera and Féliz Loustau) who only shared the court in 22 games but was forever saved in the history books.
La Maquina, one of the most historic forwards in the history of River.
After retiring, Labruna returned to River as a coach and was also in charge of making history in that role. In 1963, he ended a streak of 18 years without titles in Núñez and made the Olympic round six times, which supports him as the fourth most awarded technician of the institution, behind Marcelo Gallardo (14), Ramón Díaz (9), José María Minella (8). He died on September 20, 1983
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