Venezuelan Primera División

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Primera División
Country Venezuela
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1957
Number of teams 18
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segunda División
Domestic cup(s) Copa Venezuela
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Zamora
(2013–14)
Most championships Caracas (11 titles)
Website FVF's website
2013–14 season

The Primera División (pronounced: [pɾiˈmeɾa ðiβiˈsjon]; English: First Division), or Liga Venezolana (locally: [ˈliɣa βenesoˈlana]; English: Venezuelan League) is the top-flight professional football league of Venezuela. It was created in 1921 and turned professional in 1957. It's organized by the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol and from the season 2007-08 the league will consist of 18 clubs.

Format[edit]

The 18 teams play two single-round tournaments each year: the Apertura (August to December), and the Clausura (February to June). The league table is kept like a normal European league table, one point for ties three points for wins.

The absolute champion is decided between the Apertura and Clausura champions. If the same team is the champions of both tournaments that team is the absolute champion.

International qualification[edit]

  • The winner of the Apertura and Clausura tournaments qualify to the group phase of the Copa Libertadores, (The absolute champion qualifies as Venezuela 1 and the runner up as Venezuela 2).
  • The second and third team with the most points in the entire season qualifies to the Copa Sudamericana as Venezuela 1 and Venezuela 2.
  • If a team won both tournaments that team qualify to the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 1, then the first and second team with the most points in the entire season qualify to the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 2 and Venezuela 3 and the fourth and fifth team with the most points in the entire season qualify to the Copa Sudamericana as Venezuela 1 and Venezuela 2.

Relegation[edit]

2013/14 teams[edit]

Team City Stadium
Aragua Maracay Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez
Atlético Venezuela Maiquetía Polideportivo José María Vargas
Carabobo Valencia Misael Delgado
Caracas Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Deportivo Anzoátegui Puerto La Cruz José Antonio Anzoátegui
Deportivo Lara Barquisimeto Metropolitano de Barquisimeto
Deportivo Petare Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Deportivo Táchira San Cristóbal Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
El Vigía El Vigía Ramón "Gato" Hernández
Estudiantes Mérida Metropolitano de Mérida
La Guaira Caracas Brígido Iriarte
Llaneros Guanare Rafael Calles Pinto
Mineros Ciudad Guayana Polideportivo Cachamay
Trujillanos Valera Luis Loreto Lira
Tucanes Puerto Ayacucho Antonio José de Sucre
Yaracuyanos San Felipe Florentino Oropeza
Zamora Barinas Agustín Tovar
Zulia Maracaibo José "Pachencho" Romero

List of Champions[edit]

The Primer División turned professional on 21 February 1957.[1]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Topscorer(s)
1957 Universidad Central La Salle Banco Obrero Brazil Tonho (Universidad Central, 12 goals)
1958 Portugués Español Estudiantes Venezuela René Irazque (Portugués, 6 goals)
1959 Español Portugués Danubio Spain Abel Benítez (Español, 15 goals)
1960 Portugués Español Deportivo Italia Spain José Luis Iglesias (Portugués, 9 goals)
1961 Deportivo Italia Banco Agrícola y Pecuario Banco Francés-Italiano Venezuela Antonio Ravelo (Banco Agrícola y Pecuario, 11 goals)
1962 Portugués Universidad Central Dos Caminos Brazil Jaime da Silva (Universidad Central, 16)
1963 Deportivo Italia Portugués Tiquire Flores Brazil Nino (Portugués, 15 goals)
1964 Galicia Tiquire Flores Canarias Brazil Helio Rodrigues (Tiquire Flores, 12 goals)
1965 Lara Deportivo Italia Tiquire Flores Argentina Mario Mateo (Lara, 16 goals)
1966 Deportivo Italia Portugués Galicia Brazil Ratto (Portugués, 20 goals)
1967 Portugués Galicia Lara Brazil Joao Ramos (Portugués, 28 goals)
1968 Canarias Deportivo Italia Portugués Brazil Raimundinho (Portugués, 21 goals)
1969 Galicia Valencia Deportivo Italia Brazil Eustaquio Batista (Deportivo Italia, 19 goals)
Brazil Lelo (Valencia, 19 goals)
1970 Galicia Deportivo Italia Valencia Uruguay Roland Langon (Galicia, 13 goals)
1971 Valencia Deportivo Italia Tiquire Aragua Brazil Agostinho Sabara (Tiquire Aragua, 20 goals)
1972 Deportivo Italia Galicia Anzoátegui Venezuela Francisco Rodriguez (Anzoátegui, 18 goals)
1973 Portuguesa Valencia Estudiantes Uruguay Jose Chiazzaro (Estudiantes, 14 goals)
1974 Galicia Portuguesa Estudiantes Uruguay Jose Chiazzaro (Estudiantes, 15 goals)
Uruguay Sergio Hugo Castillo (Anzoátegui Fútbol Club, 15 goals)
1975 Portuguesa Estudiantes Galicia Paraguay Pedro Pascual Peralta (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
1976 Portuguesa Estudiantes Portugués Paraguay Pedro Pascual Peralta (Portuguesa, 25 goals)
1977 Portuguesa Estudiantes Valencia Brazil Jairzinho (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
Brazil Juan Cesar Silva (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
1978 Portuguesa Galicia Estudiantes Brazil Andrade (ULA Mérida, 23 goals)
1979 Deportivo Táchira Galicia Universidad de Los Andes Uruguay Omar Ferrari (Deportivo Táchira, 15 goals)
1980 Estudiantes Portuguesa Valencia Brazil Wilfrido Campos (Portuguesa, 12 goals)
1981 Deportivo Táchira Estudiantes Valencia Colombia Rafael Angulo (Deportivo Táchira, 14 goals)
1982 San Cristóbal Deportivo Táchira Universidad de Los Andes Uruguay German Montero (Estudiantes, 21 goals)
1983 Universidad de Los Andes Portuguesa Deportivo Italia Venezuela Johnny Castellanos (Atlético Zamora, 13 goals)
1984 Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italia Zamora Brazil Sergio Meckler (Zamora, 15 goals)
1985 Estudiantes Deportivo Táchira Nacional Carabobo Brazil Sergio Meckler (Deportivo Táchira, 17 goals)
1986 Deportivo Táchira Estudiantes Marítimo Venezuela Wilton Arreaza (Caracas, 8 goals)
1986–87 Marítimo Unión Atlético Táchira Estudiantes Venezuela Johnny Castellanos (Portuguesa, 16 goals)
1987–88 Marítimo Unión Atlético Táchira Caracas Argentina Miguel González (Unión Atlético Táchira, 22 goals)
1988–89 Mineros Pepeganga Margarita Marítimo Venezuela Johnny Castellanos (Mineros, 24 goals)
1989–90 Marítimo Unión Atlético Táchira Minervén Venezuela Herbert Márquez (Marítimo, 19 goals)
1990–91 Universidad de Los Andes Marítimo Zamora Venezuela Alexander Bottini (Monagas, 15 goals)
1991–92 Caracas Minervén Marítimo Germany Andreas Vogler (Caracas, 25 goals)
1992–93 Marítimo Minervén Caracas Venezuela Herbert Márquez (Marítimo, 21 goals)
1993–94 Caracas Trujillanos Minervén Colombia Rodrigo Soto (Trujillanos, 20 goals)
1994–95 Caracas Minervén Trujillanos Brazil Rogeiro da Silva (Mineros, 30 goals)
1995–96 Minervén Mineros Caracas Venezuela Jose Luis Dolgetta (Caracas, 24 goals)
1996–97 Caracas Atlético Zulia Unión Atlético Táchira Venezuela Rafael Castellín (Caracas, 19 goals)
1997–98 Atlético Zulia Estudiantes Deportivo Chacao Venezuela Jose Luis Dolgetta (Estudiantes/Carabobo, 22 goals)
1998–99 Deportivo Italchacao Unión Atlético Táchira Estudiantes Colombia Gustavo Fonseca (Internacional Lara, 24 goals)
1999–00 Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italchacao Estudiantes Venezuela Juan Enrique García (Caracas, 24 goals)
2000–01 Caracas Trujillanos Deportivo Italchacao Argentina Martín Brignani (Estudiantes, 12 goals)
2001–02 Nacional Táchira Estudiantes Monagas Venezuela Juan Enrique García (Nacional Táchira, 34 goals)
2002–03 Caracas Maracaibo Deportivo Italchacao Venezuela Juan Enrique García (Monagas/Mineros, 19 goals)
2003–04 Caracas Deportivo Táchira Mineros Venezuela Juan Enrique García (Mineros, 18 goals)
2004–05 Maracaibo Caracas Deportivo Táchira Argentina Daniel Delfino (Carabobo, 19 goals)
2005–06 Caracas Maracaibo Deportivo Táchira Venezuela Juan Enrique García (Deportivo Táchira, 21 goals)
2006–07 Caracas Maracaibo Mineros Colombia Robinson Rentería (Trujillanos, 19 goals)
2007–08 Deportivo Táchira Caracas Deportivo Anzoátegui Venezuela Alexander Rondon (Deportivo Anzoátegui, 19 goals)
2008–09 Caracas Deportivo Italia Deportivo Táchira Venezuela Daniel Arismendi (Maracaibo/Deportivo Táchira, 17 goals)
Venezuela Heatklif Castillo (Aragua, 17 goals)
2009–10 Caracas Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italia Colombia Norman Cabrera (Atlético El Vigía, 20 goals)
2010–11 Deportivo Táchira Zamora Caracas Venezuela Daniel Arismendi (Deportivo Anzoátegui, 20 goals)
2011–12 Deportivo Lara Caracas Deportivo Anzoátegui Venezuela Rafael Castellín (Deportivo Lara, 21 goals)
2012–13 Zamora Deportivo Anzoátegui Caracas Panama Gabriel Torres (Zamora, 19 goals)
2013–14 Zamora Mineros Deportivo Táchira Venezuela Juan Falcón (Zamora, 19 goals)

Titles by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
Caracas 11 3 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10 2004–05, 2007–08, 2011–12
Deportivo Táchira 7 8 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1999–00, 2007–08, 2010–11 1982, 1985, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2009–10
Deportivo Italia 5 7 1961, 1963, 1966, 1972, 1998–99 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1984, 1999–00, 2008–09
Portuguesa 5 3 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 1974, 1980, 1983
Galicia 4 5 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979
Portugués 4 2 1958, 1960, 1962, 1967 1959, 1963
Marítimo 4 1 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93 1990–91
Estudiantes 2 6 1980, 1985 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1997–98, 2001–02
Zamora 2 1 2012–13, 2013–14 2010–11
Universidad de Los Andes 2 0 1983, 1990–91
Maracaibo 1 3 2004–05 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07
Minervén 1 3 1995–96 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95
Español 1 2 1959 1958, 1960
Mineros 1 2 1988–89 1995–96, 2013–14
Valencia 1 2 1971 1969, 1973
Atlético Zulia 1 1 1997–98 1996–97
Universidad Central 1 1 1957 1962
Canarias 1 0 1968
Deportivo Lara 1 0 2011–12
Lara 1 0 1965
Nacional Táchira 1 0 2001–02
San Cristóbal 1 0 1982

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Se cumplen 54 años del primer partido de fútbol profesional en Venezuela" (in Spanish). avn.info.ve. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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