What can unite them besides that all four are part of the River's professional team? The common denominator, besides soccer players, can be found among them if one is from Maipú (Mendoza), another from Olivos (Buenos Aires) and the rest are from Santa Fe, but between their cities (Casilda and Hughes) there is more 100 kilometers away?
Franco Armani, Javier Pinola, Enzo Pérez and Ignacio Scocco have a great coincidence. The four have been fans of the River since they were young and fulfilled the dream of using the red belt on the court and being champions of America. The four also they came to the club that they love after 30 years to achieve glory and fulfill the dream of those fanatical children of Rio that they were and still have in …
Franco Armani and the Cup (Photo: AFP / Oscar Del Pozo).
Franco Armani began to stop when he was five when his brother Leandro, also a footballer, kicked him in the garage of his parents' house in Casilda, while his mother, Analía, prayed that they would not break anything. From the hands of his maternal grandfather, Armani began to stop at the baby of the Casildenses Apprentice and there he donned a green diver who had requested a Christmas. "How to Fillol Duck in the World Cup of 78"said little Franco. So in children's stories Armani was transformed into Monkey Burgos, goalkeeper he followed because he was already a fan of the River. In fact, the walls of the room in that house were lined by the Armani brothers with red and white everything. And they hung poster of Francescoli, Ortega, Crespo and … Gallardo. Two decades later, the Doll took him to Armani to realize his dream, to stop at the River, the club of his loves. He acknowledged when he was at Atletico Nacional de Medellin. A video was recently viralized in which he said: "When I was a kid, in my childhood, I sympathized with River Plate."
Javier Pinola begins to celebrate the Copa Libertadores at the Bernabeu. (Photo: Reuters / Sergio Pérez)
In Javier Pinola there are hereditary reasons for the defender to feel so happy to play in the River. This passion for colors has been handed down from generation to generation. He started with his grandfather Horacio, who played until the fourth "millionaire", but left for work. And he continued with his father, Jorge, archer of several Ascent clubs, who took him to the Monumental when he was little. So a River fan was Pinola de Pibe that when they asked him to do a drawing in school, he did it in black and white and I painted a red band for each of the characters. Bah … He painted a red band for everything. He said the same in the magazine Live in 2004. And recently, before the duel of the eighth-finals against Racing, in an interview with Clarin he said he was followed by Monumental because of the proximity of his house (he lived in Olivos). And also that he was in Sívori (former Admiral Brown) the night of June 26, 1996, when River won the second Copa Libertadores in his history. I was 13 years old and I was in the first year of high school. "My father came to see me at school," said the River keeper, "and from there we went to the court. We would have arrived at two-thirty in the afternoon, we stayed in the confectionery and only at half past six we were able to get on the podium and waited until (Francescoli) raising the World Cup or the festivities "I'm not going to miss the game". And now he had to live inside the court. Celebration complete.
Enzo Pérez and another love show for River. (Photo: Reuters / Sergio Pérez)
The thing about Enzo Pérez is well known because the player himself, whenever he could, made public his love for River. In fact, he arrived in the world on February 22, 1986 in the city of Maipú with the seal River Plate. His father Carlos, also a fan of the River, placed Enzo de Francescoli. And the Uruguayan was always the idol of Perez, to the point of having a giant poster hanging behind the bedroom door. What's more, when he played at Estudiantes da Prata, with Leonardo Astrada as his coach and field assistants Hernán Díaz and Ernesto Corti, the midfielder kept asking them to introduce him. Until one day Francescoli showed up at the City Bell and there was excitement everywhere. "I was speechless, I was blind …", commented Enzo about that situation where he had a memory photo. Almost a decade later, he returned to meet his idol, already in the River. In mid-2017, he did not hesitate when the possibility of joining the "millionaire" club appeared. At 31 years of age, he was facing the dream of his life. He has fired lots of money and the chance to continue playing in European football to come to dress the red band, which he has loved so much since he was born. And in addition, he wanted to keep the promise to his younger brother, whom he had anticipated he would see in a field in the River's shirt.
Nacho Scocco, excited after the triumph (Photo: Instagram nacho.scocco32).
It was the year 2013. Ramón Diaz led one of the teams in the Burrito Ortega at Estadio Monumental, which was integrated by Ignacio Scocco, Jujeño's teammate at the Newell champion in 2004. In the dressing room, the Rioja coach showed up near Scocco and made him look good: "Come to the river, Nacho!" And he added to the press: "We show Scocco what River and his people are, and he's excited …". That did not happen then. A year later, in mid-2014, Marcelo Gallardo also wanted to have him. Neither happened. By the middle of 2017 the Doll He insisted again and came true. Like this, Nacho He fulfilled his dream and that of his family. It's just that, as a boy, he always admired River. And Francescoli. "My whole family is a River fan and 70% of my friends are also" he told. At their home in Hughes, in the room they shared with their brother Pablo, River fan, they had an Enzo poster with the Copa Libertadores, won in 1996. "He was my idol, the one I always admired and what I tried to copy", confessed the attacker. Scocco remembers being in the Monumental with his family in the semifinal against the University of Chile in 1996. Also, at the farewell of Enzo in 1999. And now, with his family in the stands and he on the court, he held the championship of America Absolute glory.
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