On June 23, 2012, River returned to its historical place: the First Division. It was that 2-0 victory against Almirante Brown, in the Monumental and with a double by the eternal David Trezeguet, which put an end to his time in the B Nacional. And ten years after being crowned champion, in Ole We tell you what is the life of the starting players -and those who entered- that day.

Pure emotion on the face of Daniel Vega. AFP PHOTO / Alejandro PAGNI

El Indio arrived at River in 2007 and he had to be part of a difficult time at the club. And what if he put his chest: he was the goalkeeper during the last part of the tournament in the B Nacional (he saved 20 games, while Chichizola completed 18). And today, already At 38 years old, he is a field assistant to Matías Almeyda at AEK in Athens.

Luciano Vela

Vella, with River's.  PHOTO ORTIZ GUSTAVO

Vella, with River’s. PHOTO ORTIZ GUSTAVO

The Santa Fe native (41 years old) came to play 16 games in that tournament in the B Nacional. And what is his life today? After retiring from football in 2017, life today finds the former right-back working in health: manages four nursing homes in Rosario.

Joni always put her chest in the bravas.  (AP Photo/Natasha Pisarenko)

Joni always put her chest in the bravas. (AP Photo/Natasha Pisarenko)

He was one of the three footballers who played the most in that B Nacional tournament: 36 matches. After descending and returning, he continued and touched the sky with his hands: he was champion with Ramón Díaz and raised the first nine trophies of the Marcelo Gallardo era. He returned to the club in 2021 after two years in Toluca. At 36 years old, he is still up to the task despite the fact that Paulo Dïaz and David Martínez are the undisputed starters.

OLEIMA20120822_0122 González Pirez with the ball.

González Pirez with the ball.

He barely played nine games in the National B and in mid-2013 he went on loan to KAA Gent in Belgium. And after several steps through Argentine soccer (Arsenal, Tigre and Estudiantes) he emigrated to Atlanta United of the MLS and went through Tijuana and Inter Miami. He returned to River in early 2022 from Beckham’s club.

El Mellizo debuted in the B Nacional.  PHOTO ORTIZ GUSTAVO

El Mellizo debuted in the B Nacional. PHOTO ORTIZ GUSTAVO

Al Melli was one of those who had to debut in the BN: It was on date 13, against Gimnasia de Jujuy (4-1). In total he played 21 games. In River he played until August 2015, already with Gallardo as DT, and then he settled definitively in European football. After good performances at Everton and Villarreal, he finds himself at Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, far from the front pages.

Cirigliano, one of the midfielders who shone in the tournament.

Cirigliano, one of the midfielders who shone in the tournament.

That June 23 ended as captain (Cavenaghi left him the tape before being replaced) and in total he completed 27 appearances. He was one of River’s promises, although the midfielder failed to gain a foothold in his loans at Hellas Verona or in MLS (FC Dallas). He left with the pass in his possession and could never take hold: he went through Tigre, Atlético Tucumán Zacatepec (Mexico’s Rise), San Luis (Chile), Godoy Cruz and now he is 5 for Albalonga in Italy’s Serie D.

The Lion, always present.  PHOTO: JUANO TESONE

The Lion, always present. PHOTO: JUANO TESONE

In that National B, León played 19 games and was an important piece, as almost always when he was on the squad. After that moment, just like maidanagot his award live the most glorious stage of the club with two Libertadores (among others of his 17 stars) and being captain for Gallardo. He retired from professional football at the end of 2021 and now the vice stands out at Williams Kemmis, his town club.

The fans already loved Leo Ponzio for his dedication.  PHOTO: DYN/PABLO MOLINA/SPECIAL ENVOY

The fans already loved Leo Ponzio for his dedication. PHOTO: DYN/PABLO MOLINA/SPECIAL ENVOY

All the statistics of River in its passage through the B Nacional.

All the statistics of River in its passage through the B Nacional.

OLEIMA20120623_0132 The Master in the fight with Centurión.

The Master in the fight with Centurion.

The Venezuelan midfielder He arrived in River to play the Second Division tournament and in total he made 12 appearances on the court. And what happened to his life? Completed the ascent, the Maestrico began a raid through South American clubs: Táchira, Coritiba, Deportivo La Guaira and Monagas, where he currently plays at 39 years old.

El Chory, a phenomenon (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

El Chory, a phenomenon (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Loved and respected man in River, el Chori decided to return to fight alongside his friend Cavenaghi and return the club to First. And he did it, of course: he was a key player for Matías Almeyda (he played 34 games). After the promotion, Domínguez went to Rayo Vallecano, then to Olympiakos in Greece and in mid-2019 he announced his retirement. What is he doing today? He is scouting for Olympiakos and plays in the Senior of the club.

El Torito, the soul of River.  ADMIRAL.  PHOTO: DYN/PABLO MOLINA

El Torito, the soul of River. ADMIRAL. PHOTO: DYN/PABLO MOLINA

The great captain and scorer of River with 19 goals. El Torito was the emblem of a team that had to fight to return to the First Division. He played 37 games and was in the great history of the club, to the point that he was one of the few who had a farewell at the Monumentalthat July 1, 2017. Today, despite the fact that he left the courts, Cave is still linked to football: he got fully into the representation of playersseveral of them River youth.

Trezeguet, the hero of the day of promotion.  REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

Trezeguet, the hero of the day of promotion. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

Another of the emblematic cases: World champion with France in 1998, the striker arrived at the age of 34 in the middle of the tournament in the National B and was decisive: converted 13 goals -two of them in the final victory against Almirante- in a total of 19 games played. And after promotion he earned the First Division captain’s belt, though he played little due to a string of injuries. That is why in July 2013 he left for Newell’s and some time later -January 2015- he hung up his boots at Pune City in India. He currently serves as an ambassador for Juventus, at the same time that he continues to prepare himself to be able to fulfill the functions of manager.

He was the player with perfect assist in the BN.  AFP PHOTO / Alejandro PAGNI

He was the player with perfect assist in the BN. AFP PHOTO / Alejandro PAGNI

He breaks it in Sevilla​ in Spain and is always in Scaloni’s sights for the Argentine National Team. And it was a very important part, too, of River’s rise: the midfielder entered the ST and rounded off a top season. He was the only player on the squad who played all 38 games, in which he scored seven goals. Monaco, in fact, bought it as soon as the Millo rose to 13 million euros.

The embrace of the Melli with Trezeguet.  (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

The embrace of the Melli with Trezeguet. (ARGENTINA – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Like his brother, he completed 21 matches in the tournament and scored four goals (vs. Almirante entered through Cavenaghi). Since 2015 he found his place in the world in Mexico: He is one of the figures and scorers of Monterrey.

The steering wheel in action (photo: daniel feldman)

The steering wheel in action (photo: daniel feldman)

He was one of the reinforcements that arrived to face the BN (30 PJ, four goals) and stayed at River until his retirement, in mid-2015. A few years ago he prepared to be a coach.

He surpassed his first experience as a DT: he got 64% of the points. He went through Banfield and was champion in Chivas de Guadalajara. He managed the San José Earthquakes in MLS and recently moved to AEK Athens.

Pelado's relief after promotion (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Pelado’s relief after promotion (ARGENTINA – Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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