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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

River Plate 1986 - No.9 Francescoli.



In 1983 River acquired Uruguayan midfield playmaker Enzo Francescoli but that would coincide with one of the worst seasons in the club's history, finishing 18th of 19.
Fortunately for River they were spared relegation and instead went on a glorious run to be declared Champions in 1986, winning 23 games, with 10 draws and only 3 losses. Enzo Francescoli was the top scorer, having been moved into a more advanced position up front.

Also in this year River won its first Copa Libertadores, defeating América de Cali in the finals. River achieved its second international title, obtaining the Intercontinental Cup against Steaua București in Tokyo.
For followers of the beautiful game on both sides of the Atlantic, there can be little doubt that Enzo Francescoli was one of the most elegant players of his generation. Dubbed El Príncipe (The Prince) early in his career for his demeanour on and off the pitch, Francescoli earned iconic status almost everywhere he played.

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