1997 Torneo Descentralizado

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Torneo Descentralizado
Season 1997
Champions Alianza Lima
18th Primera División title
Relegated Alcides Vigo
Torino
José Gálvez
La Loretana
Copa Libertadores Alianza Lima (first stage)
Sporting Cristal (first stage)
Copa CONMEBOL Melgar
Top goalscorer Ricardo Zegarra (17)
Biggest home win Alianza Atlético 8–1 Unión Minas
Alianza Atlético 8–1 La Loretana
Biggest away win Municipal 1–6 Sporting Cristal
Torino 0–5 Alianza Lima
Highest scoring Alianza Atlético 8–1 Unión Minas
Alianza Atlético 8–1 La Loretana
Alianza Lima 5–4 Sporting Cristal
1996
1998

The 1997 Torneo Descentralizado was the 82nd season of the top category of Peruvian football (soccer). It was played by 14 teams. The national champion was Alianza Lima, their first title in 19 years.

Competition modus[edit]

The national championship was divided into two half-year tournaments, the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura. Each was played on a round-robin basis. The winners of each would play for the national title in a playoff. However, since the same club won both tournaments, it won the national championship automatically.

Following-season Copa Libertadores berths went to the champion, as well as to the winner of a Liguilla (small league) featuring teams between second and seventh place on the aggregate table. This had a round-robin format, with the team obtaining the best results in matchups during the "regular season" playing at home. The runner-up would qualify for the Copa CONMEBOL. The bottom four teams on the aggregate table were relegated.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Field
Alcides Vigo Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Alianza Atlético Sullana Campeones del 36 8,000 Grass
Alianza Lima Lima Alejandro Villanueva 35,000 Grass
Cienciano Cuzco Garcilaso 42,056 Grass
José Gálvez Chimbote Manuel Rivera Sanchez 25,000 Grass
La Loretana Pucallpa Aliardo Soria 15,000 Grass
Melgar Arequipa Mariano Melgar 20,000 Grass
Municipal Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Pesquero Chimbote Manuel Rivera Sanchez 25,000 Grass
Sport Boys Callao Miguel Grau 18,000 Grass
Sporting Cristal Lima San Martín de Porres 18,000 Grass
Torino Talara Campeonísimo 8,000 Grass
Unión Minas Cerro de Pasco Daniel Alcides Carrión 8,000 Grass
Universitario Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass

Torneo Apertura[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima 13 9 3 1 27 9 +18 30 Copa Libertadores 1998 Group Stage
2 Sporting Cristal 13 8 3 2 30 13 +17 27
3 Universitario 13 7 4 2 19 8 +11 25
4 Cienciano 13 6 6 1 18 10 +8 24
5 Municipal 13 6 2 5 25 23 +2 20
6 Sport Boys 13 5 3 5 15 18 −3 18
7 Alianza Atlético 13 4 3 6 22 18 +4 15
8 Pesquero 13 3 5 5 16 16 0 14
9 Melgar 13 4 2 7 16 24 −8 14
10 Torino 13 2 7 4 14 19 −5 13
11 Alcides Vigo 13 3 3 7 13 18 −5 12
12 Unión Minas 13 3 3 7 14 28 −14 12
13 José Gálvez 13 3 3 7 12 28 −16 12
14 La Loretana 13 2 5 6 9 18 −9 11

Updated to games played on February 27, 2009.
Source: RSSSF Peru 1997
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Torneo Clausura[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima 13 10 2 1 33 7 +26 32 Copa Libertadores 1998 Group Stage
2 Universitario 13 8 4 1 19 7 +12 28
3 Sporting Cristal 13 6 4 3 25 16 +9 22
4 Alianza Atlético 13 6 3 4 24 13 +11 21
5 Melgar 13 6 3 4 17 16 +1 21
6 Cienciano 13 6 2 5 17 13 +4 20
7 Unión Minas 13 6 2 5 15 15 0 20
8 Municipal 13 6 1 6 18 24 −6 19
9 Pesquero 13 4 3 6 17 16 +1 15
10 Sport Boys 13 3 6 4 13 15 −2 15
11 Alcides Vigo 13 3 4 6 19 23 −4 13
12 Torino 13 3 1 9 13 30 −17 10
13 José Gálvez 13 3 0 10 12 27 −15 9
14 La Loretana 13 2 3 8 10 30 −20 9

Updated to games played on February 27, 2009.
Source: RSSSF Peru 1997
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Finals[edit]

No finals were held after Alianza Lima won both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments, thus automatically obtaining the national title.

Aggregate table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima (C) 26 19 5 2 60 16 +44 62 Qualification to 1998 Copa Libertadores
2 Universitario 26 15 8 3 49 15 +34 53 Qualification to Hexagonal
3 Sporting Cristal 26 14 7 5 55 29 +26 49
4 Cienciano 26 12 8 6 35 23 +12 44
5 Municipal 26 12 3 11 43 47 −4 39
6 Alianza Atlético 26 10 6 10 46 31 +15 36
7 Melgar 26 10 5 11 33 40 −7 35
8 Sport Boys 26 8 9 9 28 33 −5 33
9 Unión Minas 26 9 5 12 29 43 −14 32
10 Pesquero 26 7 8 11 33 32 +1 29
11 Alcides Vigo 26 6 7 13 32 41 −9 25 Relegation to the Segunda División 1998
12 Torino 26 5 8 13 27 49 −22 23 Relegation to the 1998 Copa Perú
13 José Gálvez 26 6 3 17 24 55 −31 21
14 La Loretana 26 4 8 14 19 48 −29 20

Updated to games played on December 1997.
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Title[edit]

Primera División Peruana
1997 Champion

Alianza Lima
19th title

Hexagonal[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Cristal 5 4 1 0 9 1 +8 13 1998 Copa Libertadores
2 Universitario 5 2 2 1 12 4 +8 8
3 Melgar 5 2 2 1 4 4 0 8 1998 Copa CONMEBOL
4 Cienciano 5 2 0 3 8 10 −2 6
5 Alianza Atlético 5 1 2 2 8 11 −3 5
6 Municipal 5 0 1 4 5 16 −11 1

Updated to games played on December, 1997.
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top scorers[edit]

Source: RSSSF

17 goals

External links[edit]