2005–06 in Argentine football

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Football in Argentina
Season 2005–06
2004–05 Argentina 2006–07

The 2005-06 Argentine First Division Apertura was a nail biter. After a head-to-head finish in the last weeks Boca Juniors took the trophy home. Gimnasia de La Plata will have to wait for their first-ever championship.

The 2005-06 Argentine First Division Clausura saw Boca Juniors become the first team since River Plate in 1999/2000 to win the Apertura and the Clausura in the same season. This capped an amazing year for Boca, as they won every tournament they were eligible (they weren't eligible for the Copa Libertadores after a dismal Clausura last season). Lanús were the big surprise of the Clausura, as they finished 2nd in the league. Boca also achieved 80 points in a season for the first time since 1998/99 when they scored 89 points.

Argentina drew one of the most difficult groups in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, advanced to the second round but lost against hosts Germany in the Quarter-Finals.

After an abysmal season, Instituto and Tiro Federal were relegated to the Nacional B Division a few weeks before the end of the tournament. The next two worst teams in the relegation standings, Argentinos Juniors and Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, played a Promoción playoff (home and away) series against Huracán and Belgrano de Córdoba, respectively, for two spots in next year's Argentine First Division. Argentinos Juniors remains in the top category after drawing with Huracán twice. Olimpo, however, were relegated to Nacional B after losing twice to Belgrano.

Torneo Apertura ("Opening" Tournament)[edit]

Position Team Points Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 Boca Juniors 40 19 12 4 3 36 17 19
2 Gimnasia de La Plata 37 19 11 4 4 28 19 9
3 Vélez Sársfield 33 19 10 3 6 26 16 10
4 Independiente 32 19 8 8 3 34 22 12
5 Banfield 28 19 5 13 1 25 15 10
6 River Plate 28 19 8 4 7 31 22 9
7 Estudiantes La Plata 28 19 8 4 7 23 22 1
8 Argentinos Juniors 28 19 8 4 7 19 20 -1
9 San Lorenzo 28 19 8 4 7 33 39 -6
10 Colón de Santa Fe 26 19 7 5 7 28 27 1
11 Racing Club 25 19 7 4 8 28 27 1
12 Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 23 19 5 8 6 19 23 -4
13 Lanús 23 19 5 8 6 21 31 -10
14 Arsenal de Sarandí 22 19 5 7 7 23 24 -1
15 Rosario Central 22 19 5 7 7 20 29 -9
16 Newell's Old Boys 20 19 5 5 9 25 27 -2
17 Quilmes 19 19 4 7 8 20 27 -7
18 Gimnasia de Jujuy 18 19 3 9 7 23 30 -7
19 Tiro Federal 15 19 4 3 12 22 31 -9
20 Instituto 15 19 2 9 8 11 27 -16

Top Scorers[edit]

Position Player Team Goals
1 Javier Cámpora Tiro Federal 13
2 Leonardo Pisculichi Argentinos Juniors 10
2 Rodrigo Palacio Boca Juniors 10
2 Gonzalo Vargas Gimnasia de La Plata 10
2 José Luis Calderón Estudiantes de La Plata 10
3 Nicolás Frutos Independiente 9
3 Sergio Agüero Independiente 9
3 Iván Moreno y Fabianesi Colón de Santa Fe 9
4 Ezequiel Lavezzi San Lorenzo 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 Boca Juniors 43 19 13 4 2 37 14 23
2 Lanús 35 19 10 5 4 26 15 11
3 River Plate 34 19 9 7 3 39 24 15
4 Gimnasia de Jujuy 33 19 10 3 6 26 16 10
5 Gimnasia de La Plata 32 19 9 5 5 31 22 9
6 Newell's Old Boys 31 19 8 7 4 27 18 9
7 Banfield 31 19 10 1 8 28 22 6
8 San Lorenzo 28 19 7 7 5 15 14 1
9 Olimpo 26 19 7 5 7 22 22 0
10 Vélez Sársfield 25 19 5 10 4 21 18 3
11 Estudiantes La Plata 24 19 6 6 7 25 31 -6
12 Independiente 23 19 6 5 8 18 18 0
13 Rosario Central 23 19 5 8 6 15 17 -2
14 Argentinos Juniors 22 19 5 7 7 26 28 -2
15 Arsenal de Sarandí 22 19 5 7 7 17 20 -3
16 Colón de Santa Fe 20 19 5 5 9 19 26 -7
17 Quilmes 20 19 5 5 9 11 28 -17
18 Racing Club 19 19 5 4 10 14 24 -10
19 Instituto 13 19 3 4 12 16 37 -21
20 Tiro Federal 12 19 3 3 13 15 39 -24

Top Scorers[edit]

Position Player Team Goals
1 Gonzalo Vargas Gimnasia de La Plata 12
2 Ernesto Farías River Plate 11
2 Martín Palermo Boca Juniors 11
3 Ignacio Scocco Newell's Old Boys 9
3 Sergio Agüero Independiente 9
4 Silvio Carrario Quilmes 7
4 Ezequiel Maggiolo Olimpo de Bahia Blanca 7
4 Rodrigo Palacio Boca Juniors 7

Relegation[edit]

Team Average Points Played 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Boca Juniors 1.807 206 114 75/38 48/38 83/37
River Plate 1.649 188 114 66/38 60/38 62/37
Vélez Sársfield 1.614 184 114 53/38 73/38 58/38
Banfield 1.596 182 114 64/38 59/38 59/38
San Lorenzo 1.491 170 114 62/38 52/38 56/38
Newell's Old Boys 1.421 162 114 51/38 60/38 51/38
Gimnasia de La Plata 1.412 161 114 38/38 54/38 69/38
Estudiantes de La Plata 1.377 157 114 44/38 61/38 52/38
Lanús 1.351 154 114 42/38 54/38 58/38
Arsenal de Sarandí 1.342 153 114 55/38 54/38 43/38
Gimnasia de Jujuy 1.342 51 38 N/A N/A 51/38
Racing Club 1.333 152 114 50/38 58/38 44/38
Rosario Central 1.316 150 114 44/38 61/38 45/38
Independiente 1.298 148 114 44/38 49/38 55/38
Colón de Santa Fe 1.298 148 114 49/38 53/38 46/38
Quilmes 1.265 143 114 60/38 44/38 39/38
Argentinos Juniors 1.224 93 76 N/A 43/38 50/38
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 1.149 131 114 39/38 43/38 49/38
Instituto 0.921 70 76 N/A 42/38 28/38
Tiro Federal 0.711 27 38 N/A N/A 27/38

"Promoción" playoff[edit]

Date Home Away Result
May 31, 2006 Huracán Argentinos Juniors 1 - 1
June 4, 2006 Argentinos Juniors Huracán 2 - 2

Argentinos Juniors remains in the Argentine First Division after a 3 - 3 aggegate tie by virtue of a "sports advantage". In case of a tie in goals, the team from the First Division gets to stay in it.

Date Home Away Result
May 31, 2006 Belgrano de Córdoba Olimpo de Bahia Blanca 2 - 1
June 4, 2006 Olimpo de Bahia Blanca Belgrano de Córdoba 1 - 2

Belgrano de Córdoba wins 4-2 and is promoted to Argentine First Division. Olimpo de Bahia Blanca is relegated to the Argentine Nacional B.

Lower leagues[edit]

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Primera B Nacional Apertura
Primera B Nacional Clausura
Godoy Cruz
Nueva Chicago
3rd Primera B Metropolitana Platense
3rd (Interior) Torneo Argentino A Villa Mitre
4th Primera C Metropolitana Deportivo Merlo
5th Primera D Metropolitana Ituzangó

Clubs in international competitions[edit]

Team / Competition 2005 Recopa Sudamericana 2005 Copa Sudamericana 2006 Copa Libertadores
Boca Juniors Champions
defeated
Colombia Once Caldas
Champions
defeated
Mexico UNAM
did not qualify
Vélez Sársfield did not play Semifinal
eliminated by
Mexico UNAM
Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Mexico Guadalajara
Estudiantes de La Plata did not play First stage
eliminated by
Argentina Banfield
Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Brazil São Paulo
River Plate did not play Round of 16
eliminated by
Brazil Corinthians
Quarterfinals
eliminated by
Paraguay Libertad
Newell's Old Boys did not play First stage
eliminated by
Argentina Rosario Central
Round of 16
eliminated by
Argentina Vélez Sársfield
Rosario Central did not play Round of 16
eliminated by
Brazil Internacional
Group Stage
eliminated
(finished last in the group)

National team[edit]

This section covers Argentina's matches from August 1, 2005 to July 31, 2006.

      Win       Draw       Loss

Friendly matches[edit]

2006 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

2006 World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup

External links[edit]