1981 Torneo Descentralizado

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Torneo Descentralizado
Season 1981
Champions Melgar
1st Primera División title
Relegated Atlético Torino
Copa Libertadores Melgar
Deportivo Municipal
Top goalscorer Jose Carranza (15 goals)
1980
1982

The 1981 Torneo Descentralizado was the sixty-fifth season of Peruvian football. A total of 16 teams competed in the tournament. The season was divided into two phases. Melgar won its first national title and become the first club outside of the Lima Region to win the title.

Format[edit]

The national league was divided into two phases. The first phase divided the sixteen teams into groups. Each team was placed into one of four groups depending on the region where the club was located. This dubbed regional tournament was contested in this season because the Peru national football team was using domestic players in preparation for the 1982 World Cup Qualifiers. In order to reduce the impact of the absence of these key players in the national league, the regional tournament was played in which the winner contested the second berth to the 1982 Copa Libertadores against the Descentralizado runner-up. The second phase of the league was the Descentralizado in which all sixteen teams competed in single league table and its winner was crowned national champion while its runner-up faced the first phase winner for the second berth of the Copa Libertadores.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Field
Alfonso Ugarte Puno Enrique Torres Belón 20,000 Grass
Alianza Lima Lima Alejandro Villanueva 35,000 Grass
Asociación Deportiva Tarma Tarma Unión Tarma 9,000 Grass
Atlético Chalaco Callao Miguel Grau 15,000 Grass
Atlético Torino Talara Campeonísimo 8,000 Grass
Colegio Nacional Iquitos Iquitos Max Augustín 24,000 Grass
Coronel Bolognesi Tacna Jorge Basadre 19,850 Grass
Deportivo Junín Huancayo Huancayo 20,000 Grass
Deportivo Municipal Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Juan Aurich Chiclayo Elías Aguirre 24,500 Grass
León de Huánuco Huánuco Heraclio Tapia 15,000 Grass
Melgar Arequipa Mariano Melgar 20,000 Grass
Sport Boys Callao Miguel Grau 15,000 Grass
Sporting Cristal Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Unión Huaral Huaral Julio Lores Colan 10,000 Grass
Universitario Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass

Torneo Regional[edit]

The Torneo Regional was divided into 4 groups. The groups of the North, South and Central had its group winners advance to a Provincial final group where the top two advanced to the semifinals of the regional tournament. In the Metropolitan group, the top two advanced directly to the semifinals.

Group stage[edit]

The North, Central, and South followed these rules:

  • 2 points were given for a win;
  • 1 point for a draw;
  • No points for a loss.

North group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Juan Aurich 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 5
2 Atlético Torino 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 041
3 Colegio Nacional Iquitos 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 3

1Atlético Torino appealed Juan Aurich's qualification to the next round.

Central group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Asociación Deportiva Tarma 6 4 1 1 13 7 +6 9
2 León de Huánuco 6 3 2 1 9 8 +1 8
3 Unión Huaral 6 1 2 3 7 9 −2 4
4 Deportivo Junín 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 3

South group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Melgar 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2 5
2 Coronel Bolognesi 4 2 0 2 5 4 +1 4
3 Alfonso Ugarte 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 3

Metropolitan group[edit]

This group had special rules. Matches ending in draws were decided by a penalty shootout.

  • 3 points were given for a win;
  • 2 points were given for a win after a penalty shootout;
  • 1 point for a draw;
  • No points for a loss or loss after a penalty shootout.

In addition, the top two of this group advanced to the semifinals.

Pos Team Pld W SW SL L GF GA GD Pts
1 Alianza Lima 10 6 1 0 3 13 10 +3 20
2 Universitario 10 5 2 0 3 13 10 +3 19
3 Deportivo Municipal 10 6 0 1 3 13 8 +5 18
4 Sport Boys 10 3 1 1 5 12 15 -3 11
5 Atlético Chalaco 10 3 0 1 6 8 12 -4 9
6 Sporting Cristal 10 2 1 2 5 10 14 -4 8
  • It is unknown why Alianza Lima, although group winner, did not advance to the semifinals.

Provincial Final[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Melgar 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 4
2 Asociación Deportiva Tarma 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
3 Atlético Torino 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1

Knockout phase[edit]

  Semifinals Finals
                         
 Deportivo Municipal 3 0 3  
 Asociación Deportiva Tarma 0 1 1  
     Deportivo Municipal 0 1 1
   Universitario 0 1 1
 Universitario 2 0 2
 Melgar 0 1 1  
  • No winner in finals after two matches. Play-off was contested to determine winner.

Play-off[edit]

Torneo Descentralizado[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melgar 30 16 8 6 39 22 +17 40 1982 Copa Libertadores
2 Universitario 30 16 7 7 48 30 +18 39 Copa Libertadores play-off
3 Alianza Lima 30 16 4 10 51 33 +18 36
4 Alfonso Ugarte 30 14 8 8 43 32 +11 36
5 León de Huánuco 30 10 13 7 30 30 0 33
6 Atlético Chalaco 30 10 12 8 38 30 +8 32
7 Sport Boys 30 9 12 9 41 37 +4 30
8 Deportivo Junín 30 11 6 13 39 45 −6 28
9 Sporting Cristal 30 8 12 10 30 38 −8 28
10 Colegio Nacional Iquitos 30 9 9 12 35 40 −5 27
11 Deportivo Municipal 30 8 11 11 33 41 −8 27
12 Coronel Bolognesi 30 10 6 14 29 35 −6 26
13 Juan Aurich 30 6 14 10 21 33 −12 26
14 Asociación Deportiva Tarma 30 9 7 14 27 31 −4 25
15 Unión Huaral 30 7 10 13 28 44 −16 24
16 Atlético Torino 30 10 3 17 34 45 −11 23 1982 Copa Perú

Copa Libertadores play-off[edit]

Libertadores play-off
 Deportivo Municipal 2 0 2
 Universitario 1 1 2
  • No winner after two matches. Play-off was contested to determine winner.

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