Reinaldo Merlo

Reinaldo Merlo
Personal information
Full name Reinaldo Carlos Merlo
Date of birth (1950-05-20) 20 May 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1984 River Plate 526 (11)
Teams managed
1986–1987 Los Andes
1989–1990 River Plate
1991 Argentina U20
1993 Argentina U17
1995 Bolívar
1998 Deportes Temuco
1998–1999 Chacarita Juniors
1999 Atlético Nacional
2000 Belgrano
2001–2002 Racing Club
2004–2005 Estudiantes LP
2005–2006 River Plate
2006–2007 Racing Club
2008 Barcelona SC
2009 Rosario Central
2013 Douglas Haig
2013–2014 Racing Club
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Reinaldo Carlos Merlo (born 20 May 1950) is an Argentine football coach and former player, who played as a midfielder.

Playing career

Known as Mostaza (mustard) because of his off-blond hair, [1] Merlo played his entire career for Club Atlético River Plate as a defensive midfielder. He was part of the midfield that conquered a string of championships under coach Ángel Labruna between 1975 and 1981, the others being Juan José López and Norberto Alonso.

Merlo was, together with goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol and defender Daniel Passarella, the backbone of that team. River, nonetheless, purchased several players to fill in Merlo's position, because he was considered a great defender, but a liability once the team got the ball.[ citation needed] Among them were Ramiro Pérez, Chamaco Rodríguez, Della Savia, Cierra, Carranza, Pitarch, de los Santos, and Américo Gallego, who ultimately earned Merlo's position. Before retirement, Merlo mentored an up-and-coming midfielder: Néstor Gorosito. Both Gallego and Gorosito have since met Merlo as rival coaches.

Merlo made over 500 appearances for River. He won seven titles during his time at the club and made 42 appearances in the Superclasico, more than any other player in history.[ citation needed]

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