From the publisher:
El Mas Grande is the story of Argentina's biggest and most successful football club, River Plate. From their humble origins in the southern districts of Buenos Aires, River grew into one of the largest clubs in South America, earning the nickname 'The Millionaires' as they established themselves at the iconic Monumental Stadium. Over the years, River have propelled some of the greatest talents on the continent to fame, whilst enchanting generations of fans with their stylish play.
The book journeys back to the 'maquina' team of the 1940s, arguably the most attractive club side of the pre-television era, with its fabled frontline of Moreno, Loustau, Pedernera, Labruna and Munoz. It takes us through the great sides of the 1950s, 70s and 90s right up to the all-conquering reign of present coach Marcelo Gallardo. Along the way, we discover the great players who have worn the distinctive white shirt with the red sash - from Bernabe Ferreyra, Alfredo Di Stefano and Enzo Francescoli to Manchester City's new signing Julian Alvarez.
Mark Orton is a freelance author and researcher with a special interest in Argentine sport, having spent a year living in Buenos Aires in 2006-07. Mark is the author of Football and National Identity in Twentieth Century Argentina: La Nuestra. He has also written about Argentine football for These Football Times as well as contributing articles with Argentine themes to Rugby World and Push hockey magazine.