2003–04 in Argentine football

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Football in Argentina
Season 2003–04
2002–03 2004–05

The 2003-04 Argentine First Division season saw Boca Juniors ecstatic after a title run that also included the Intercontinental Cup. River Plate stole the Clausura leaving hated rival Boca Juniors looking up from second place.

Four teams were relegated, Chacarita, Nueva Chicago, Atlético de Rafaela and Talleres de Córdoba. The first two lost a direct relegation, their places occupied by Club Almagro and Instituto de Córdoba. The last two lost their "promotion" games against Huracán de Tres Arroyos and Argentinos Juniors, respectively.

Torneo Apertura ("Opening" Tournament)[edit]

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Boca Juniors 39 19 11 6 2 31 11 +20
2 San Lorenzo 36 19 11 3 5 26 13 +13
3 Banfield 32 19 9 5 5 27 18 +9
4 Quilmes 31 19 8 7 4 20 13 +7
5 Rosario Central 31 19 8 7 4 28 26 +2
6 Newell's Old Boys 29 19 7 8 4 27 20 +7
7 Arsenal de Sarandí 26 19 6 8 5 18 16 +2
8 River Plate 26 19 7 5 7 23 24 -1
9 Colón de Santa Fe 24 19 5 9 5 23 24 -1
10 Talleres de Córdoba 24 19 6 6 7 27 30 -3
11 Estudiantes La Plata 23 19 6 5 8 18 20 -2
12 Racing Club 22 19 4 10 5 23 23 0
13 Lanús 22 19 4 10 5 21 23 -2
14 Independiente 22 19 5 7 7 15 19 -4
15 Vélez Sársfield 22 19 5 7 7 20 28 -8
16 Chacarita 21 19 5 9 5 20 19 +1
17 Gimnasia de La Plata 21 19 5 6 8 14 22 -8
18 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 20 19 5 5 9 17 23 -6
19 Atlético de Rafaela 17 19 3 8 8 19 28 -9
20 Nueva Chicago 11 19 2 5 12 14 31 -17

Top Scorers[edit]

Position Player Team Goals
1 Ernesto Farías Estudiantes La Plata 12
2 Alberto Acosta San Lorenzo 10
3 Julián Vásquez Newell's Old Boys 9
4 Fernando Cavenaghi River Plate 8
4 Jorge Cervera Banfield 8
4 Diego Milito Racing Club 8
4 Carlos Tevez Boca Juniors 8

Relegation[edit]

There is no relegation after the Apertura. For the relegation results of this tournament see below

Torneo Clausura ("Closing" Tournament)[edit]

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 River Plate 40 19 12 4 3 41 21 20
2 Boca Juniors 36 19 10 6 3 34 17 17
3 Talleres de Córdoba 35 19 10 5 4 30 19 11
4 Banfield 32 19 9 5 5 27 17 10
5 Vélez Sársfield 31 19 9 4 6 31 21 10
6 Quilmes 29 19 7 8 4 21 16 5
7 Arsenal de Sarandí 29 19 7 8 4 21 22 -1
8 Lanús 20 19 5 5 9 21 27 -6
9 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 19 19 4 7 8 18 28 -10
10 Racing Club 28 19 8 4 7 29 29 0
11 San Lorenzo 26 19 6 8 5 18 16 2
12 Atlético de Rafaela 26 19 7 5 7 25 24 1
13 Colón de Santa Fe 25 19 7 4 8 20 26 -6
14 Newell's Old Boys 22 19 4 10 5 28 25 3
15 Independiente 22 19 5 7 7 21 27 -6
16 Estudiantes La Plata 21 19 5 6 8 19 29 -10
17 Gimnasia de La Plata 17 19 3 8 8 21 26 -5
18 Nueva Chicago 17 19 2 11 6 18 27 -9
19 Chacarita 17 19 3 8 8 21 34 -13
20 Rosario Central 13 19 2 7 10 16 29 -13

Top Scorers[edit]

Position Player Team Goals
1 Rolando Zárate Vélez Sársfield 13
2 Aldo Osorio Talleres de Córdoba 11
2 Fernando Cavenaghi River Plate 9
3 José Luis Calderón Arsenal de Sarandí 8
4 Eduardo Bustos Montoya Banfield 7
4 Esteban Fuertes Colón de Santa Fe 7
4 Darío Gandín Atlético Rafaela 7
4 Victor Piríz Alves Talleres de Córdoba 7
4 Mauro Rosales Newell's Old Boys 7

Relegation[edit]

Team Average Points Played 2001–02 2002–03 2003-04
River Plate 2.008 229 114 84 79 66
Boca Juniors 1.947 222 114 68 79 75
Quilmes 1.578 60 38 N/A N/A 60
San Lorenzo 1.526 174 114 57 56 61
Racing Club 1.500 171 114 68 53 50
Vélez Sársfield 1.464 167 114 48 66 53
Colón de Santa Fe 1.421 162 114 56 57 49
Banfield 1.403 160 114 48 48 64
Arsenal de Sarandí 1.368 104 76 N/A 49 55
Newell's Old Boys 1.324 151 114 51 49 51
Gimnasia de La Plata 1.298 148 114 64 46 38
Independiente 1.280 146 114 41 61 44
Rosario Central 1.280 146 114 40 62 44
Lanús 1.263 144 114 51 51 42
Estudiantes de La Plata 1.210 138 114 51 43 44
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 1.184 90 76 N/A 51 39
Talleres de Córdoba 1.166 133 114 30 44 59
Atlético de Rafaela 1.131 43 38 N/A N/A 43
Chacarita 1.105 126 114 47 41 38
Nueva Chicago 1.026 117 114 48 41 28

"Promoción" Playoff[edit]

Date Home Away Result
June 30, 2004 Huracán de Tres Arroyos Atlético de Rafaela 2-1
July 4, 2004 Atlético de Rafaela Huracán de Tres Arroyos 2-3

Huracán de Tres Arroyos wins 5-3 and is promoted to Argentine First Division. Atlético Rafaela is relegated to the Argentine Nacional B.

Date Home Away Result
July 1, 2004 Argentinos Juniors Talleres de Córdoba 2-1
July 4, 2004 Talleres de Córdoba Argentinos Juniors 1-2

Argentinos Juniors wins 4-2 and is promoted to Argentine First Division. Talleres de Córdoba is relegated to the Argentine Nacional B.

Argentine clubs in international competitions[edit]

Team Intercontinental Recopa Copa Sudamericana 2003 Copa Libertadores 2004
Boca Juniors Champions Runner up QF Runner up
River Plate N/A N/A Runner up Semi final
Rosario Central N/A N/A 1st preliminary round 2nd round
Independiente N/A N/A 2nd preliminary round Group stage
Colón de Santa Fe N/A N/A 2nd preliminary round did not qualify
Vélez Sársfield N/A N/A 1st preliminary round Group stage

Lower leagues[edit]

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Primera B Nacional Apertura
Primera B Nacional Clausura
Instituto
Almagro
3rd Primera B Metropolitana Club Atlético Sarmiento
3rd (Interior) Torneo Argentino A Racing de Córdoba
4th Primera C Metropolitana Argentino de Rosario
5th Primera D Metropolitana Sportivo Barracas

National team[edit]

This section covers Argentina's games from August 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004.

      Win       Draw       Loss

Friendly matches[edit]

2006 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

2004 Copa América[edit]

Main article: 2004 Copa América

External links[edit]