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WHAT IS ARGENTINA SUPERLIGA?
Argentina Superliga is the abbreviated name of the Superliga Argentina de Fútbol. It’s officially known as "Superliga Profesional del Fútbol Argentino". This is an Argentine sports association that is responsible for administering the main professional league of Argentine football, the Primera División, between 2017 and 2020. The Liga was contractually bound to the Argentine Football Association (AFA), although it operated as an autonomous body and had its own statute.
Therefore, when talking about the Argentina Superliga, people consider it the Argentine Primera División. The competition is also called as Professional Football League (Professional Football League). This is the top tier of the Argentine football league system and also the country’s premier football division. At the end of the season, the teams ranked lowest will be relegated.
Liga Profesional de Futbol
With the first championship celebrated in 1891, Argentina became the first country outside the United Kingdom to establish a football league. The league turned professional in 1931 when 18 teams broke away from the amateur leagues to form a professional one. After that, the competition has been played annually in four different formats and calendars.
Until now, 28 different clubs have won the Professional Football League’s title at least once. River Place is the most successful club with 36 titles. Boca Juniors ranks second with 34 titles. Other excellent teams are Racing, Independiente, and San Lozenro with 18, 16, and 15 titles in turn.
HOW IS THE HISTORY OF THE ARGENTINA PREMERA DIVISION?
- 1891-1966: single double round-robin tournaments
- 1967-1985: the single tournament format was abandoned and replaced by two championships in each year: the Metropolitano and the Nacional.
- 1985-1991: European-styled seasons. Instead of holding two championships every year, only one double round-robin tournament was contested, like football leagues in Europe. The team at the top of the table at the end of the season was crowned the champion.
- 1991-2012: In 1991, the single championship was split into two single-round tournaments named Apertura and Clausura. Starting in the 1995-96 season, the rule was changed. Teams received three points for a win, one for a draw, and zero for a loss. In 1999-20, the promotion and relegation system was introduced for the first time.
- 2012-2014: Inicial and Final
- 2013-2014: Superfinal (Copa Campeonato)
- 2014-2017:it was one tournament again.
- Between 2017 and 2020: Superliga Argentina was held with 28 teams( 2017-28) and 26 teams( 2018-19). Four teams were relegated to and two teams were promoted from Primera B Nacional.
- 2020- present: In February 2020, Superliga was announced disbanded. It was replaced by a similar body, named "Liga Profesional de Fútbol" under the direct administration of AFA and the president Marcelo Tinelli.
HOW IS THE FORMAT OF THE ARGENTINE PRIMERA DIVISION?
The Primera Division champion gets a place to play the Supercopa Argentina with the winner of Copa Argentina.
In 2020, no league championship was held due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, the AFA organized the 2020 Copa de la Liga Professional, a domestic cup conceived as a contingency competition.
A new edition of the Copa de la Liga Profesional (renamed "Copa Diego Maradona") was held at the beginning time of 2021 (February 14). The competition was contested by 26 teams ( 24 teams from the previous edition and 2 teams promoted from Primera B Nacional). They were divided into 2 zones of 13 teams each. The championship has been running under a single round-robin format. The top four clubs of each zone will be eligible for the next stage (quarterfinals) to compete under a single-elimination format. Winning teams will go straight to the semifinals and the best two clubs will play the final to determine the champion of the season.
The final is going to be held on May 30, 2021, before the beginning of 2021 Copa America. As in the previous season, no teams are relegated to the Primera B Nacional until 2022 due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of 2018-19, five best clubs from Argentina are promoted to play the Copa Libertadores. The champion of the Primera Division automatically qualifies for the tournament. Clubs placed 6th to 11th are eligible for the Copa Sudamericana.
Boca Juniors - 2018 Superliga winners
2021 ARGENTINE PRIMERA DIVISION TABLE
The 2021 Argentine Primera Division is called the Liga Professional or the Copa de La Liga Professional. This is the 131st season of top-tier professional football in Argentina. There are 26 teams taking part in the league. Boca Juniors are the defending winners.
2021 COPA DE LA LIGA PROFESSIONAL STANDINGS
26 teams of the competition are split into 2 zones (A and B). Their rankings until 18 April 2021 are shown as below tables. We can see, Vélez Sarsfield and Colón are the two leading teams. They will qualify for the Copa Libertadores group stage. Whereas, the third-placed River Plate will be eligible for the Copa Libertadores second stage
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