2003 Torneo Descentralizado

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Torneo Descentralizado
Season 2003
Champions Alianza Lima
20th Primera División title
Copa Libertadores Alianza Lima
Sporting Cristal
Cienciano
Copa Sudamericana Alianza Atlético
Coronel Bolognesi
Top goalscorer Luis Alberto Bonnet (20)
2002
2004

The 2003 Torneo Descentralizado (known as the Copa Cable Mágico for sponsorship reasons) was the eighty-seventh season of top-flight Peruvian football. A total of 12 teams competed in the tournament, with Sporting Cristal as the defending champion. Alianza Lima won its twentieth Primera División title after beating Sporting Cristal in the final playoff.

Changes from 2002[edit]

Structural changes[edit]

Starting in the 2003 season, half-year champions had to finish in the top six of each tournament to dispute the national title instead of the top four. A Copa Sudamericana qualifying round was disputed between the top four of the Torneo Clausura. No relegation took place at the end of the season due to a player's strike during the Clausura. The player's strike also caused an international qualifying round be played between the top five of the aggregate table who had not already qualified to an international tournament for 2004.

Promotion and Relegation[edit]

Juan Aurich and Sport Coopsol Trujillo finished the 2002 season in 11th and 12th place, respectively, on the three-season average table and thus were relegated to their regional leagues. They were replaced by the champion of the 2002 Copa Perú Atlético Universidad and the 2002 Segunda División champion Unión Huaral.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Field
Alianza Atlético Sullana Campeones del 36 8,000 Grass
Alianza Lima Lima Alejandro Villanueva 35,000 Grass
Atlético Universidad Arequipa Monumental UNSA 45,000 Grass
Cienciano Cuzco Garcilaso 42,056 Grass
Coronel Bolognesi Tacna Jorge Basadre 19,850 Grass
Estudiantes de Medicina Ica José Picasso Peratta 8,000 Grass
Melgar Arequipa Mariano Melgar 20,000 Grass
Sport Boys Callao Miguel Grau 18,000 Grass
Sporting Cristal Lima San Martín de Porres 15,000 Grass
Unión Huaral Huaral Julio Lores Colan 10,000 Grass
Universitario Lima Monumental 80,093 Grass
Wanka Huancayo Huancayo 20,000 Grass

Torneo Apertura[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Cristal 22 15 4 3 50 20 +30 49 2004 Copa Libertadores Group Stage
2 Alianza Lima 22 14 4 4 40 20 +20 46 2003 Copa Sudamericana
qualifying round
3 Coronel Bolognesi 22 9 8 5 30 22 +8 35
4 Cienciano 22 10 4 8 31 22 +9 34
5 Sport Boys 22 8 7 7 34 28 +6 31
6 Alianza Atlético 22 7 8 7 29 28 +1 29
7 Unión Huaral 22 8 5 9 28 40 −12 29
8 Universitario 22 7 7 8 32 35 −3 28
9 Melgar 22 5 7 10 20 30 −10 22
10 Estudiantes de Medicina 22 6 3 13 23 35 −12 21
11 Wanka 22 4 7 11 22 31 −9 19
12 Atlético Universidad 22 4 6 12 25 43 −18 18

Updated to games played on June, 2003.
Source: Peruvian Football Apertura 2003
Rules for classification:
(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.

Copa Sudamericana 2003 qualifying[edit]

First leg[edit]

6 July 2003 (2003-07-06)
Cienciano 1 – 1 Sporting Cristal
Lugo Goal 90' (pen.) Junior Goal 80'

6 July 2003 (2003-07-06)
Alianza Lima 0 – 0 Coronel Bolognesi

Second leg[edit]

9 July 2003 (2003-07-09)
Coronel Bolognesi 1 – 2 Alianza Lima

9 July 2003 (2003-07-09)
Sporting Cristal 1 – 2 Cienciano

Cienciano and Alianza Lima qualified to the 2003 Copa Sudamericana, which Cienciano went on to win.

Torneo Clausura[edit]

A strike by professional players cut the Clausura short. Most matches of Rounds 16 and 17 were played with under-20 and amateur players, but were later annulled. These are not included in the table below.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima 15 10 4 1 29 9 +20 34 2004 Copa Libertadores Group Stage
2 Alianza Atlético 15 8 5 2 25 13 +12 29
3 Sporting Cristal 15 7 6 2 29 18 +11 27
4 Sport Boys 15 8 3 4 27 17 +10 27
5 Coronel Bolognesi 15 8 1 6 24 18 +6 25
6 Melgar 15 7 1 7 26 22 +4 22
7 Unión Huaral 15 6 3 6 12 17 −5 21
8 Cienciano 14 4 3 7 17 20 −3 15
9 Atlético Universidad 14 4 3 7 10 18 −8 15
10 Universitario 15 3 4 8 12 21 −9 13
11 Wanka 15 3 4 8 11 24 −13 13
12 Estudiantes de Medicina 15 1 3 11 10 35 −25 6

Updated to games played on November, 2003.
Source: Peruvian Football Apertura 2003
Rules for classification:
(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.

Final playoff[edit]

While not officially the Clausura champions because of the strike, Alianza Lima was leading the tournament, as well as the aggregate table, so a final playoff against the Apertura winners Sporting Cristal was held in January 2004, once the strike was called off.

31 January 2004
Final
Alianza Lima 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Sporting Cristal
Silva Goal 31'
Farfán Goal 91'
Soto Goal 27'




Title[edit]

Primera División Peruana
2003 Champion

Alianza Lima
21th title

Aggregate table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima 37 24 8 5 69 29 +40 80 2004 Copa Libertadores Group Stage
2 Sporting Cristal 37 22 10 5 79 38 +41 76
3 Coronel Bolognesi 37 17 9 11 54 50 +4 60 2004 Copa Libertadores
qualifying group
4 Sport Boys 37 16 10 11 61 45 +16 58
5 Alianza Atlético 37 15 13 9 54 41 +13 58
6 Unión Huaral 37 14 8 15 40 57 −17 50 2004 Copa Libertadores
qualifying preliminary
7 Cienciano 36 14 7 15 48 42 +6 49
8 Melgar 37 12 8 17 46 52 −6 44
9 Universitario 37 10 11 16 44 56 −12 41
10 Atlético Universidad 36 8 9 19 35 61 −26 33
11 Wanka 37 7 11 19 33 55 −22 32
12 Estudiantes de Medicina 37 7 6 24 10 35 −25 27

Updated to games played on November, 2003.
Source: Peruvian Football Apertura 2003
Rules for classification:
(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.

2004 international qualifying[edit]

After the strike was called off in January 2004, it was decided that, since the tournament had not been completed, a qualifying tournament would decide the allocation of the third Peruvian berth for the Copa Libertadores 2004. The tournament was to include four teams, in principle from the third to the sixth teams according to the aggregate table. But since Cienciano had played one match less and would have surpassed Unión Huaral had they won it, a preliminary playoff was held between them. Sport Boys withdrew from the tournament in disagreement with the decision. Had the Clausura Rounds 16 and 17 not been annulled, the team would have been third in the aggregate table, and could have claimed the remaining berth. Also, some teams saw the tournament as a way to favor Cienciano, who had just won the Copa Sudamericana 2003, to give them a chance at representing Peru at the Copa Libertadores.

Qualifying preliminary[edit]

22 January 2004 (2004-01-22)
First leg
Unión Huaral 2 – 2 Cienciano
Meza Cuadra Goal 5'
Vegas Goal 49' (pen.)
Carty Goal 39'
Ibarra Goal 76'

25 January 2004 (2004-01-25)
Second leg
Cienciano 2 – 0 Unión Huaral
Carty Goal 2'
Ibarra Goal 80'

Qualifying group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cienciano 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6 Copa Libertadores 2004 Preliminary Round
2 Alianza Atlético 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 2004 Copa Sudamericana Preliminary Phase
3 Coronel Bolognesi 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0
4 Sport Boys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew

Updated to games played on November 2003.
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification:
(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.

29 January 2004 (2004-01-29)
Round 1
Alianza Atlético 1 – 0 Coronel Bolognesi
García Goal 56' (pen.)

1 February 2004 (2004-02-01)
Round 2
Cienciano 1 – 0 Alianza Atlético
Balbín Goal 89'

4 February 2004 (2004-02-04)
Round 3
Coronel Bolognesi 0 – 2 Cienciano
Acasiete Goal 21'
Carty Goal 26'

Top goalscorers[edit]

20 goals
19 goals
17 goals
15 goals
14 goals

External links[edit]