What can be combined with all of them that all four are part of the River's professional team? Which common denominator is there in addition to football players among those who are from Maipú (Mendoza), another from Olivos (Buenos Aires) and the rest from Santa Fe, but between their cities (Casilda and Hughes) are there more than 100 kilometers away?
Franco Armani, Javier Pinola, Enzo Pérez and Ignacio Scocco have a big case. The four are fans of the river when they were young and met the dream of wearing the red ribbon on the court and being champion in America. The four also They came to the club they love after 30 years to gain glory and to fulfill the dream of the fanatic children of the river as they were and still have within …
Franco Armani and Cup. (Photo: AFP / Oscar Del Pozo).
Franco Armani began to stop when he was five years old when his brother Leandro, a football player, kicked him in the garage of his parents' house in Casilda, while his mother Analia asked that they would not break anything. From his grandfather's hand, Armani began to stop in Casildense's apprentice's baby, and there he had a green diver who had asked for a Christmas. "Like the Fillol Duck in the & # 39; 78 World Cup"said little franco. So in the children's stories Armani was transformed into Monkey Burgos, goalkeeper, as he followed because he was already a tipping fan. In fact, the walls of the room in the house were the paper of the Armani brothers with everything red and white. And they hung posters of Francescoli, Ortega, Crespo and … Gallardo. Two decades later, it doll took him to Armani to fulfill his dream to stop by the river, the club of his love. He recognized it when he was at Atlético Nacional de Medellín. A video was recently virusized, where he said: "When I was a child, during my childhood, I sympathized with the platter."
Javier Pinola begins to celebrate the Copa Libertadores in Bernabéu. (Photo: Reuters / Sergio Pérez)
In Javier Pinola there are hereditary reasons why the defender has felt so happy to play in the river. This passion for colors was transferred from generation to generation. He started with his grandfather Horacio, who played until the fourth "millionaire", but went to work. And continued with his father, Jorge, Archer from several Ascent clubs, who took him to the Monumental when he was little. Then the river of the river was Pinola the pipe when asked him to make a drawing at school, he did it in black and white and I painted a red ribbon for each of the characters. Bah … He painted a red strip to everything. He told the same in the magazine viva in 2004. And recently, before the duel with the eighth final against Racing, in an interview with bugle He said that he was followed by monumental because of the proximity of his house (he lived in olivos). And also that he was in Sivaria (formerly Almirante Brown) the night of June 26, 1996, when the river won the other Copa Libertadores in his story. I was 13 years old and I was in the first year of high school. "My old man came to look after me at school," said the goalkeeper of the river, "and from there we went to court. We arrived at two in the afternoon, we were at confectionery and only half past six we could enter the room and we waited until the beginning of the game. We went to Admiral Brown (now called Sivori). I do not forget more welcome to the team about the goals of Crespo, Enzo (Francescoli) who raise the cup or celebrations ". And now he had to live in court. Full party.
Enzo Pérez and another show of love for the river. (Photo: Reuters / Sergio Pérez)
Something about Enzo Pérez is well-known because the player himself, when he could, published his love for the river. In fact, he arrived in the world on February 22, 1986 in the town of Maipú labeled River Plate. His father Carlos, also a river fan, put Enzo by Francescoli. And the Uruguayan was always Pérez's idol, to the point that he had a huge poster hanging behind the door of his room. It's more: when it was played in the Students of the Silver, and like the coach of Leonardo Astrada and field assistants to Hernán Díaz and Ernesto Corti, the mediocampista did not stop asking them to present / show it to him. Until one day, Francescoli appeared in City Bell, and there was excitement everywhere. "I was speechless, I was blinded …", Enzo commented on the situation in which he had a picture of memory. Almost a decade later, he returned to meet again with his idol, already by the river. By mid 2017 he did not hesitate as the opportunity to become a member of the club "millionaire" arose. At the age of 31, he faced the dream of his life. He put a lot of money and the chance to continue playing in European football to get the red ribbon he loves so much since he was born. And in addition, he wanted to fulfill the promise of his younger brother, as he expected him to look at a field with the river shirt.
Nacho Scocco, excited after triumph (Photo: Instagram nacho.scocco32).
It was the year 2013. Ramón Diaz led one of the teams in goodbye to burrito Ortega at the monumental stadium, which was integrated by Ignacio Scocco, Jujeño's teammate at the Newells 2004 champion. In the dressing room, the Rioja coach showed himself close to Scocco and made him look good: "Come to the river, Nacho!" And he added to the press: "We show Scocco what river and its people are and he is excited …". It did not happen then. A year later, mid 2014, Marcelo Gallardo also wanted him. It did not happen either. Until mid 2017 it doll He insisted again and it came true. thus, Nacho He met his dream and his family. It was like a boy, he always had admiration for the river. And for Francescoli. "My whole family is a fox and 70 percent of my friends too" He is counted. At their home in Hughes, in the room they shared with their brother Pablo, a tulip, they had a poster of Enzo with Copa Libertadores won in 1996. "He was my idol, the one I always admired, and the one I tried to copy"acknowledged the attacker. Scocco remembers being in Monumental with his family in the semi-final against Chile's University in 1996. Also in goodbye to Enzo in 1999. And now, with his family in the stands and he on the pitch he held the championship of America. The absolute glory.
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