Primera B Nacional

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Primera B Nacional
Primera B Nacional logo.png
Country  Argentina
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1986; 28 years ago (1986)
Number of teams 22
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Primera División
Relegation to Primera B Metropolitana
Torneo Argentino A
Current champions Banfield
Most championships Olimpo
Banfield (3 titles)
TV partners Canal 7
Website Official webpage
2014–15 season

Primera B Nacional (usually called simply Nacional B, in English National B Division) is the second most important category of Argentine football organized by the Argentine Football Association.

It is played by teams from all over the country. Clubs from Buenos Aires surroundings, as well as some from Santa Fe province, are promoted from or relegated to the Primera B Metropolitana (Metropolitan B Division) while for teams from the other provinces the Torneo Argentino A (Argentine A Tournament) is the next level down. In the league system of Argentine football, Nacional B is the second-highest league, and from it the three best teams are automatically promoted to Primera División.


It was created in 1985 to integrate unaffiliated clubs into the of Argentine football structure, which until then had only participated in Nacional championships of Argentina's First Division tournament. It brought together teams from the old Primera B (until then, the second division) and regional leagues from several Argentine provinces.

After the 1985/86 season, the Primera B Nacional became the second hierarchical football league in Argentina's professional football, after the First Division, and it is above the Torneo Argentino A and the Primera B or Primera B Metropolitana, the last one started to act as a third division for the teams directly affiliated to AFA.


The Primera B Nacional tournament had several formats during its history. Since the 2007/08 the competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which usually lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 42 games. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the season crowned champion. In the current format, the champion, the runner-up and the third placed team are automatically promoted to Primera División.

Current teams (2014-15 season)[edit]

Club District Area/Province Stadium
Aldosivi Mar del Plata Buenos Aires José María Minella
All Boys Floresta Buenos Aires Islas Malvinas
Atlético Tucumán S.M. de Tucumán Tucumán Monumental José Fierro
Argentinos Juniors La Paternal Buenos Aires Diego Maradona
Boca Unidos Corrientes Corrientes José Antonio Romero Feris
Colón Santa Fe Santa Fe Brigadier E. López
Crucero del Norte Garupá Misiones Comandante Andrés Guacurarí
Douglas Haig Pergamino Buenos Aires Miguel Morales
Ferro Carril Oeste Caballito Buenos Aires Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry
Gimnasia y Esgrima S.S. de Jujuy Jujuy 23 de Agosto
Guaraní A. Franco Posadas Misiones Clemente de Oliviera
Huracán Parque Patricios Buenos Aires Tomás Adolfo Ducó
Independiente Rivadavia Mendoza Mendoza Bautista Gargantini
Instituto Córdoba Córdoba Presidente Perón
Club Atlético Nueva Chicago Mataderos Buenos Aires Nueva Chicago
Patronato Paraná Entre Ríos Presbítero Bartolomé Grella
San Martín San Juan San Juan Ingeniero Hilario Sánchez
Santamarina Tandil Buenos Aires Municipal Gral. San Martín
Sarmiento Junín Buenos Aires Eva Perón
Sportivo Belgrano San Francisco Córdoba Oscar Boero
Temperley Temperley Greater Buenos Aires Alfredo Beranger
Unión Santa Fe Santa Fe 15 de Abril


Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1986-87 Deportivo Armenio Banfield Belgrano
1987-88 Deportivo Mandiyú San Martin (T) Chaco For Ever
1988-89 Chaco For Ever Unión Colón
1989-90 Huracán Lanús Quilmes
1990-91 Quilmes Belgrano Banfield
1991-92 Lanús San Martin (T) Almirante Brown
1992-93 Banfield Gimnasia y Tiro Central Córdoba
1993-94 Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) Talleres (C) Instituto
1994-95 Estudiantes (LP) Colón San Martin (T)
1995-96 Huracán Corrientes Unión Atlético Tucumán
1996-97 Argentinos Juniors Gimnasia y Tiro Talleres (C)
1997-98 Talleres (C) Belgrano Aldosivi
1998-99 Instituto Chacarita Juniors Juventud Antoniana
1999-00 Huracán Los Andes Almagro
2000–01 Banfield Nueva Chicago Argentinos Juniors
2001–02 Olimpo Arsenal Huracán (TA)
2002–03 Atlético de Rafaela Quilmes Argentinos Juniors
2003–04 Instituto Almagro Huracán (TA)
2004–05 Tiro Federal Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) Huracán
2005–06 Godoy Cruz Nueva Chicago Belgrano
2006–07 Olimpo San Martín (SJ) Huracán
2007–08 San Martín (T) Godoy Cruz Unión
2008–09 Atlético Tucumán Chacarita Juniors Atlético de Rafaela
2009–10 Olimpo Quilmes Atlético de Rafaela
2010–11 Atlético de Rafaela Unión San Martín (SJ)
2011–12 River Plate Quilmes Instituto
2012–13 Rosario Central Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) Olimpo
2013–14 Banfield Defensa y Justicia Independiente

Titles by club[edit]

Team Titles Years won Years runners-up
Banfield 3 1992-93, 2000–01, 2013–14 1986-87
Olimpo 3 2001–02, 2006–07, 2009–10
Atlético de Rafaela 2 2002–03, 2010–11
Huracán 2 1989-90, 1999-00
Instituto (C) 2 1998-99, 2003–04
Argentinos Juniors 1 1996-97
Atlético Tucumán 1 2008–09
Deportivo Armenio 1 1986-87
Deportivo Mandiyú 1 1987-88
Chaco For Ever 1 1988-89
Estudiantes (LP) 1 1994-95
Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) 1 1993-94 2004–05
Godoy Cruz 1 2005–06 2007–08
Huracán Corrientes 1 1995-96
Lanús 1 1991-92 1989-90
Quilmes 1 1990-91 2002–03, 2009–10, 2011–12
River Plate 1 2011–12
Rosario Central 1 2012–13
San Martín (T) 1 2007–08 1987-88, 1991-92
Talleres (C) 1 1997-98 2004–05
Tiro Federal 1 2004–05

Seasons in Primera B Nacional[edit]

Club Seasons
Defensa y Justicia 24
Instituto 22
Atlético de Rafaela 21
Atlético Tucumán
Quilmes 19
San Martín (SJ) 18
Almirante Brown 16
Douglas Haig
Chacarita Juniors 15
San Martín (T)
Nueva Chicago
Los Andes 14
Gimnasia y Esgrima (J)
Godoy Cruz 13
Ferro Carril Oeste
Tigre 12
Sportivo Italiano 11
Central Córdoba (R)
All Boys
Independiente Rivadavia
Cipolletti 10
Deportivo Morón
Talleres (C)
San Martín (Mza) 9
Juventud Antoniana
Chaco For Ever 8
Talleres (BA)
El Porvenir
Racing (C) 7
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU)
Tiro Federal (R)
Atlanta 6
Deportivo Maipú
Central Córdoba (SdE)
Gimnasia y Tiro
Almirante Brown (A)
Sarmiento (J)
Boca Unidos
Lanús 5
San Miguel
Huracán (TA)
Villa Dálmine 4
Estudiantes (BA)
Defensores de Belgrano
Villa Mitre
Deportivo Merlo
Argentinos Juniors
Huracán Corrientes 3
Deportivo Español
Ben Hur
Rosario Central
Guaraní Antonio Franco
Crucero del Norte
Ituzaingó 2
Deportivo Mandiyú
Deportivo Armenio
Ferro C. Oeste (GP)
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)
Sportivo Belgrano
Unión (Villa Krause) 1
Central Norte
Atlético Concepción
Estación Quequén
Estudiantes (LP)
Argentino (R)
General Paz Juniors
River Plate
Guillermo Brown
Villa San Carlos
Brown (A)
  • Teams in bold are currently playing in Primera B Nacional.
  • Note: This chart includes teams from season 1986-87 to current tournament, 2014-15.

Top Scorers[edit]

By Tournament[edit]

Season Player Team Goals
1986/87 Argentina José Raúl Iglesias Huracán 36
1987/88 Argentina Daniel Leani Quilmes 24
1988/89 Argentina Daniel Aquino Banfield 24
Argentina Sergio Recchiutti Almirante Brown 24
1989/90 Argentina Juan Almada Defensa y Justicia 20
Argentina Abel Blasón Quilmes 20
1990-91 Argentina Roberto Oste Defensa y Justicia 24
1991-92 Argentina Carlos Cardozo Almirante Brown 26
1992-93 Argentina Miguel Amaya Gimnasia y Tiro (S) 21
1993-94 Argentina Dante Fernández Quilmes 29
1994-95 Argentina Alejandro Abaurre Godoy Cruz 29
1995-96 Argentina Adrián Czornomaz Los Andes 22
1996-97 Honduras Eduardo Bennett Argentinos Juniors 23
1997-98 Argentina Alejandro Glaría Banfield 30
1998-99 Argentina Adrián Czornomaz Atlético Tucumán 26
1999-2000 Argentina Gastón Casas Huracán 30
2000-01 Argentina Daniel Jiménez Instituto 23
2001-02 Argentina Diego Ceballos Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU) 26
Apertura 2002 Argentina Diego Torres Quilmes 13
Argentina Daniel Giménez Godoy Cruz 13
Clausura 2003 Argentina Matias Gigli Godoy Cruz 12
Argentina Héctor Silva Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU) 12
Apertura 2003 Argentina Júlio Bevacqua CAI 13
Clausura 2004 Argentina Luis Tonelotto Almagro 12
Apertura 2004 Argentina Rubén Ramírez Tiro Federal (R) 12
Clausura 2005 Argentina Héctor Silva Talleres (C) 11
Apertura 2005 Argentina Daniel Bazán Vera Unión 15
Clausura 2006 Argentina Rubén Ferrer Defensa y Justicia 10
Apertura 2006 Argentina Ismael Blanco Olimpo 18
Clausura 2007 Argentina Ismael Blanco Olimpo 11
2007-08 Argentina Leandro Zárate Unión 21
2008-09 Argentina Luis Rodriguez Atlético Tucumán 20
2009-10 Argentina Leandro Armani Tiro Federal (R) 19
2010-11 Argentina César Carignano Atlético de Rafaela 21
2011-12 Argentina Gonzalo Castillejos Rosario Central 26
2012-13 Argentina Luis Rodriguez Atlético Tucumán 20
2013-14 Argentina Juan Martín Lucero Defensa y Justicia 24

Top Scorers by Team[edit]

Team Top Scorers
Defensa y Justicia 4
Quilmes 4
Atlético Tucumán 3
Godoy Cruz 3
Almirante Brown 2
Banfield 2
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU) 2
Huracán 2
Olimpo 2
Tiro Federal (R) 2
Unión (SF) 2
Almagro 1
Argentinos Juniors 1
Atlético de Rafaela 1
Gimnasia y Tiro (S) 1
Instituto 1
Los Andes 1
Rosario Central 1
Talleres (C) 1

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