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Copa Sudamericana

 By Sam Kelly

River Plate officially back from the depths with Copa Sudamericana win

Gabriel Mercado's thumping header proved to be the decisive goal in River Plate's Copa Sudamericana conquest.
Gabriel Mercado celebrates his goal vs. Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final.

"In the good times, I'll be there, and in the bad times even more."

It's a popular chant in Argentine football stadiums. It is not, however, one that seemed all that relevant to River Plate when I first visited Buenos Aires in 2003 and even less so on my second trip here the following year. I was in attendance as they claimed their 33rd league title. Good times? For River fans, there had been plenty. But bad times had, up until then, been limited to a 17-year run without a league title from...

River Plate return to glory with practical, less heroic play

Gabriel Mercado's thumping header proved to be the decisive goal in River Plate's Copa Sudamericana conquest.
Gabriel Mercado's thumping header proved to be the decisive goal in River Plate's Copa Sudamericana conquest.

BUENOS AIRES -- With this long-awaited Copa Sudamericana victory, River Plate bring a couple dark chapters to a close. First, they've won their first international title in 17 years, and in addition, they've recovered their status as a big club on a national and international level -- following the ostracism of relegation and promotion -- with the symbolic pomp and circumstance that such an event produces.

River have just won a local title, that's true. But this is an important tournament, and...

 By Tim Vickery

River Plate's Copa Sudamericana win sets table for 2015 Copa Libertadores

Marcelo Gallardo and River Plate celebrate their Copa Sudamericana win vs. Nacional.

When a big club gets relegated it is frequently a chance to regroup and bounce back stronger, which is exactly what has happened with Buenos Aires giants River Plate. In 2011-12 they spent a humiliating season fighting their way out of the Argentine second division. Now, they have regained their footballing identity and added some silver to the trophy cabinet. After winning the domestic title earlier this year, they have claimed the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent....

River Plate win Copa Sudamericana title over Atletico Nacional

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River Plate captured the Copa Sudamericana title with a win over Atletico Nacional.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- River Plate won the Copa Sudamericana title Wednesday after downing Colombian club Atletico Nacional 2-0 at home in the second leg of the final.

Gabriel Mercado and German Pezzella both scored with headers to give the famous Buenos Aires club its first international title in 17 years.

The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg last week in Latin America's second most important club tournament after the Copa Libertadores.

"Thanks to the players for playing the game the way...