Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti


* Address: Avenida Presidente José Figueroa Alcorta 7597, Buenos Aires
* Country: Argentine Republic
* Capacity: 70,000
* Opened: 25 May 1938
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: River Plate (football)

Extra stadium info – Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti

The construction of the stadium, which is nicknamed El Monumental, started in 1936. It is known as a venue for several events, like athletics, concerts, football, rallying and rugby union. The stadium hosted the 1978 FIFA World Cup final between the national football teams of the Argentine Republic and the Netherlands. The Argentines won the game after defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in front of 71,000 spectators. The Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti became the second Argentine venue with an attendance above 50,000 for a rugby union match.

The stadium’s record attendance of 100,000 was set in 1975, when tenants River Plate played a game against Racing Club. Club Atlético River Plate, nicknamed Los Millonarios (The Millionaires), are among the major sports clubs in the Argentine Republic. They won the Argentine top-flight football league numerous times. River Plate won the Copa Libertadores, the South American championship for football clubs, in 1986 for the first time in their history. In 2015, they reached the final of the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in their history. The Spanish side FC Barcelona, the second sports club with 100 million followers on their main social media page, won the match in front of 66,000 people in Yokohama.

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