2012 Categoría Primera A season

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Liga Postobón
Season 2012
Champions Apertura:
Santa Fe (7th title)
Clausura:
Millonarios (14th title)
Copa Libertadores Santa Fe
Millonarios
Deportes Tolima
Copa Sudamericana Atlético Nacional (cup winner)
La Equidad
Deportivo Pasto
Itagüí Ditaires
Matches played 206
Goals scored 493 (2.39 per match)
Top goalscorer Apertura: Robin Ramirez (13)
2011
2013

The 2012 Categoría Primera A season (officially known at the 2012 Liga Postobón season for sponsorship reasons) is the 65th season of Colombia's top-flight football league.

Format[edit]

The format for both the Apertura and Finalización will have an identical format. Each championship will be divided into three stages. The First Stage will be contested on a home-and-away basis, with each team playing the other teams once and playing a regional rival once more. The top eight teams after eighteen rounds will advance to a semifinal round, of two groups of four playing oncemore on a home-and-away basis. The winner of each semifinal group will advance to the final of the tournament and will be played one game as home and another game away. The winner of the final will be declared the tournament champion and will participate in the 2013 Copa Libertadores.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium
Atlético Huila Neiva Guillermo Plazas Alcid
Atlético Nacional Medellín Atanasio Girardot
Boyacá Chicó Tunja La Independencia
Cúcuta Deportivo Cúcuta General Santander
Deportes Quindío Armenia Centenario
Deportes Tolima Ibagué Manuel Murillo Toro
Deportivo Cali Cali Deportivo Cali
Deportivo Pasto Pasto Departamental Libertad
Envigado Envigado Polideportivo Sur
Independiente Medellín Medellín Atanasio Girardot
Itagüí Ditaires Itagüí Ciudad de Itagüí
Junior Barranquilla Metropolitano
La Equidad Bogotá Metropolitano de Techo
Millonarios Bogotá Nemesio Camacho
Once Caldas Manizales Palogrande
Patriotas Tunja La Independencia
Real Cartagena Cartagena Jaime Morón León
Santa Fe Bogotá Nemesio Camacho

Torneo Apertura[edit]

First Stage[edit]

The First Stage will begin on January 27 and will consist of eighteen rounds and a series of regional rivalries on the ninth round. The top eight teams out of this stage will advance to the Semifinals. The first stage will end May 27.

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Deportes Tolima 18 10 6 2 28 16 +12 36 Advanced to the Semifinals
2 Santa Fe 18 7 8 3 29 19 +10 29
3 Itagüí 18 8 5 5 25 18 +7 29
4 Huila 18 8 5 5 23 17 +6 29
5 La Equidad 18 7 7 4 19 16 +3 28
6 Deportivo Pasto 18 6 9 3 24 18 +6 27
7 Boyacá Chicó 18 7 6 5 26 22 +4 27
8 Deportivo Cali 18 7 6 5 19 18 +1 27
9 Patriotas 18 7 6 5 13 17 −4 27
10 Junior 18 7 4 7 28 24 +4 25
11 Envigado 18 5 8 5 23 24 −1 23
12 Atlético Nacional 18 6 4 8 25 20 +5 22
13 Millonarios 18 4 8 6 22 23 −1 20
14 Real Cartagena 18 4 8 6 22 31 −9 20
15 Quindío 18 3 9 6 20 29 −9 18
16 Independiente Medellín 18 4 5 9 17 24 −7 17
17 Once Caldas 18 2 8 8 22 26 −4 14
18 Cúcuta Deportivo 18 3 2 13 12 35 −23 11

Source:[1]
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th away goals scored; 5th away goals against; 6th draw.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HUI NAC BOY CUC QUI TOL CAL PAS ENV EQU DIM ITA JUN MIL ONC PAT RCA SFE
Huila 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 3–2 3–0
Atlético Nacional 1–2 4–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–0
Boyacá Chicó 5–2 2–0 3–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0
Cúcuta Deportivo 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1
Quindío 0–2 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 3–2
Deportes Tolima 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1
Deportivo Cali 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–0
Deportivo Pasto 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 4–1 1–1
Envigado 1–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
La Equidad 3–2 4–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1
Independiente Medellín 1–0 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–1
Itagüí 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–3 3–0 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Junior 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 3–1
Millonarios 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–4
Once Caldas 4–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–2
Patriotas 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0
Real Cartagena 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–2
Santa Fe 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 5–0

Source: [2]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Semifinals[edit]

The Semifinal stage began on June 13 and ended on July 8. The eight teams that advanced were sorted into two groups of four teams. The winner of each group advanced to the finals.

Group A[edit]

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Deportivo Pasto 6 3 2 1 7 6 +1 11 Advanced to the Finals 1
2 Deportivo Cali 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11
3 Deportes Tolima 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
4 Huila 6 0 1 5 2 8 −6 1

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Home \ Away[1] HUI TOL CAL PAS
Huila 0–1 0–1 0–1
Deportes Tolima 2–0 1–0 0–1
Deportivo Cali 2–1 1–1 3–0
Deportivo Pasto 1–1 3–1 1–1

Group B[edit]

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Santa Fe 6 4 2 0 10 6 +4 14 Advanced to the Finals
2 La Equidad 6 2 2 2 10 9 +1 8
3 Boyacá Chicó 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7
4 Itagüí 6 1 1 4 4 7 −3 4

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Home \ Away[1] BOY ITA EQU SFE
Boyacá Chicó 0–1 2–1 2–2
Itagüí 0–1 1–1 0–1
La Equidad 3–1 2–1 2–2
Santa Fe 1–0 2–1 2–1

Finals[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Santa Fe 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage
2 Deportivo Pasto 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

Source:[3]
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd penalty shoot-out.

July 11, 2012
19:00
Deportivo Pasto 1–1 Santa Fe
Rendón Goal 25' Report Quiñonez Goal 44'
Estadio Departamental Libertad, Pasto
Referee: Luis Sánchez

Liga Postobón
2012 Apertura Champion
Santa Fe
7th Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Nationality Club Goals
1 Robin Ramírez  Paraguayan Deportes Tolima 13
2 Giovanni Hernández  Colombian Junior 11
Humberto Osorio  Colombian Millonarios 11
4 Efraín Viáfara  Colombian Itagüí Ditaires 10
5 Diego Cabrera  Bolivian Santa Fe 9
Edwards Jiménez  Colombian Deportivo Pasto 9
Omar Sebastián Pérez  Argentinian Santa Fe 9
Milton Rodríguez  Colombian Atlético Huila 9

Source:[4]

Torneo Finalización[edit]

First Stage[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Millonarios 18 11 4 3 25 9 +16 37 Advance to the Semifinals
2 La Equidad 18 9 6 3 26 17 +9 33
3 Junior 18 8 8 2 27 15 +12 32
4 Itagüí 18 8 8 2 23 12 +11 32
5 Atlético Nacional 18 7 9 2 25 14 +11 30
6 Deportes Tolima 18 8 5 5 26 20 +6 29
7 Independiente Medellín 18 7 5 6 23 18 +5 26
8 Deportivo Pasto 18 7 4 7 22 20 +2 25
9 Cúcuta Deportivo 18 6 6 6 22 22 0 24
10 Santa Fe 18 6 5 7 18 22 −4 23
11 Deportivo Cali 18 6 4 8 21 22 −1 22
12 Boyacá Chicó 18 5 7 6 19 22 −3 22
13 Quindío 18 6 4 8 20 25 −5 22
14 Envigado 18 5 6 7 15 18 −3 21
15 Once Caldas 18 6 1 11 19 27 −8 19
16 Patriotas 18 4 5 9 17 28 −11 17
17 Real Cartagena 18 3 3 12 15 33 −18 12
18 Huila 18 2 6 10 12 31 −19 12

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HUI NAC BOY CUC QUI TOL CAL PAS ENV EQU DIM ITA JUN MIL ONC PAT RCA SFE
Huila 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–4 1–1 2–0
Atlético Nacional 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2
Boyacá Chicó 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0
Cúcuta Deportivo 2–0 1–0 0–5 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 4–1 4–0
Quindío 4–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–0
Deportes Tolima 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 3–0
Deportivo Cali 3–2 3–1 2–3 1–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0
Deportivo Pasto 3–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0
Envigado 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1
La Equidad 5–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 2–1
Independiente Medellín 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 5–0
Itagüí 0–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0
Junior 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–3 1–0 1–1
Millonarios 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–0
Once Caldas 3–1 0–2 5–2 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1
Patriotas 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1
Real Cartagena 0–1 2–1 2–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–2 2–1
Santa Fe 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–1

Semifinals[edit]

The Semifinal stage began on November and ended on December. The eight teams that advanced were sorted into two groups of four teams. The winner of each group advanced to the finals.

Group A[edit]

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Millonarios 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10 Advanced to the Finals 1
2 Deportivo Pasto 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
3 Junior 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
4 Deportes Tolima 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Home \ Away[1] TOL PAS JUN MIL
Deportes Tolima 3–0 0–1 1–2
Deportivo Pasto 1–1 1–0 3–1
Junior 1–1 1–3 2–1
Millonarios 3–0 1–0 0–0

Group B[edit]

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Independiente Medellin 6 3 2 1 4 4 0 11 Advanced to the Finals
2 Atlético Nacional 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
3 Itagüí 6 2 1 3 4 4 0 7
4 La Equidad 6 2 0 4 5 7 −2 6

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Home \ Away[1] NAC ITA DIM EQU
Atlético Nacional 1–0 0–1 2–0
Itagüí 2–0 0–1 0–1
Independiente Medellin 1–1 0–0 1–0
La Equidad 0–2 1–2 3–0

Finals[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Millonarios 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage
2 Independiente Medellin 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

Source:[3]
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd penalty shoot-out.

December 12, 2012
Independiente Medellín 0–0 Millonarios
Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín
Referee: Juan Pontón

December 16, 2012
Millonarios 1–1 Independiente Medellín
Cosme Goal 44' Zapata Goal 51'
  Penalties  
6-5
Liga Postobón
2012 Clausura Champion
Millonarios
14th Title

Relegation[edit]

A separate table is kept to determine the teams that get relegated to the Categoría Primera B for the next season. The table includes an average of all first stage games played for the current season and the previous two seasons.

Pos
Team 2010
Pts
2011
Pts
2012
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg
Relegation
1 Deportes Tolima 70 56 65 191 108 1.769
2 Atlético Nacional 61 55 52 168 108 1.556
3 Santa Fe 65 49 52 166 108 1.537
4 La Equidad 59 45 61 165 108 1.528
5 Once Caldas 61 65 33 159 108 1.472
6 Itagüí Ditaires 41 54 61 156 108 1.444
7 Junior 48 50 57 155 108 1.435
8 Deportivo Cali 56 50 49 155 108 1.435
9 Millonarios 41 56 57 154 108 1.426
10 Boyaca Chico 50 53 49 152 108 1.407
11 Deportivo Pasto 48 41 52 141 108 1.343
12 Independiente Medellín 57 37 43 137 108 1.269
13 Envigado 32 60 44 136 108 1.259
14 Atlético Huila 54 39 41 134 108 1.241
15 Deportes Quindío 45 47 40 132 108 1.222
16 Patriotas 43 42 44 129 108 1.194
17 Cúcuta Deportivo (O) 48 41 35 124 108 1.148 Relegation/promotion playoff
18 Real Cartagena (R) 43 42 32 117 108 1.083 Relegation to the Categoría Primera B

Rules for classification: 1st average; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored; 4th away goals scored.

Aggregate table[edit]

An aggregate table including all games that a team plays during the year; is used to determine the First Stage berths to both the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. The best-placed non-champion will go to the first stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th best-placed non-champions will go to the first stage of the 2013 Copa Sudamericana. Atlético Nacional is already qualified to the 2013 Copa Sudamericana as the champion of the 2012 Copa Colombia.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Deportes Tolima 48 22 14 12 67 48 +19 80 2013 Copa Libertadores First Stage
2 La Equidad 48 20 15 13 60 49 +11 75 2013 Copa Sudamericana First Stage
3 Deportivo Pasto 50 19 17 14 62 53 +9 74
4 Itagüí 48 19 15 14 56 41 +15 72
5 Santa Fe (C) 44 18 16 10 59 48 +11 70 2013 Copa Libertadores Second Stage 1
6 Millonarios (C) 44 18 15 11 56 39 +17 69
7 Junior 42 17 14 11 60 44 +16 65
8 Atlético Nacional 42 16 14 12 56 38 +18 62 2013 Copa Sudamericana First Stage 2
9 Deportivo Cali 42 16 12 14 48 44 +4 60
10 Boyacá Chicó 42 14 14 14 51 52 −1 56
11 Independiente Medellín 44 14 14 16 45 47 −2 56
12 Envigado 36 10 14 12 38 42 −4 44
13 Patriotas 36 11 11 14 30 45 −15 44
14 Huila 42 10 12 20 37 56 −19 42
15 Quindío 36 9 13 14 40 54 −14 40
16 Cúcuta Deportivo (O) 36 9 8 19 34 57 −23 35
17 Once Caldas 36 8 9 19 41 53 −12 33
18 Real Cartagena 36 7 11 18 35 65 −30 32

1 Santa Fe and Millonarios are qualified for the 2013 Copa Libertadores as the Apertura and Finalización champions respectively.
2 Atlético Nacional are qualified for the 2013 Copa Sudamericana as the 2012 Copa Colombia champion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Posiciones" [Standings]. DIMAYOR. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Resultados" [Results] (in Spanish). DIMAYOR. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Posiciones" [Positions]. DIMAYOR. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Goleadores" [Goalscorers]. DIMAYOR. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 

External links[edit]