Reinaldo Merlo

Reinaldo Merlo
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Merlo playing for River Plate
Personal information
Full nameReinaldo Carlos Merlo
Date of birth (1950-05-20) 20 May 1950 (age 68)
Place of birthBuenos Aires, Argentina
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Senior career*
1969–1984River Plate526(11)
Teams managed
1986–1987Los Andes
1989–1990River Plate
1991Argentina U20
1993Argentina U17
1998Deportes Temuco
1998–1999Chacarita Juniors
1999Atlético Nacional
2001–2002Racing Club
2004–2005Estudiantes LP
2005–2006River Plate
2006–2007Racing Club
2008Barcelona SC
2009Rosario Central
2013Douglas Haig
2013–2014Racing 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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