La Maquina which means "The Machine" in Spanish is the nickname given to the Club Atletico River Plate team in the early 1940's. They played beautiful attacking football. They are often considered as the predecessor of Hollands total football in the 1970's. They won 4 Argentinian League titles in the 1940's. Many people considered them to be one of the greatest club side in history.
The five forwards on the team were Juan Carlos Munoz, Jose Manuel Moreno, Adolfo Pedernera, Angel Labruna and Felix Loustau). The usual lineup was Moreno on the right, Pedernera as the centerforward, Labruna and Lostau on the left, and Munoz as the outside right. Alfredo Di Stefano joined the team in the mid 1940's. He was considered to be an understudy to Jose Manuel Moreno.
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