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Reinaldo Carlos Merlo is a football (soccer) coach and former player. He last manages Rosario Central.
Known as Mostaza (mustard) because of his off-blond hair, Merlo played his entire career for Club Atletico River Plate as a defensive midfielder. He was part of the midfield that conquered a string of championships under coach Angel Labruna between 1975 and 1981: Jota Jota, Merlo, 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. The list includes Ramiro Perez, Chamaco Rodriguez, Della Savia, Cierra, Carranza, Pitarch, Uruguayan de los Santos, and Argentine great Americo Gallego, who ultimetely earned the No. 5 jersey. Before retirement, Merlo mentored an up-and-coming midfielder: Nestor Gorosito. Both Gallego and Gorosito have since met Merlo as rival coaches.
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