1972 Torneo Descentralizado

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The 1972 Torneo Descentralizado, the top category of Peruvian football, was played by 16 teams. The season was divided into 3 stages. The first stage was contested in two groups: Metropolitan (teams from Lima and Callao) and Regional (teams from the rest of the country); each group winner qualified for the Championship Group. The second stage was the Descentralised (league tournament); the top 4 qualified for the Championship Group and the bottom 2 were relegated. Championship Group was contested by 6 teams in Lima; neither team carried their previous records. The national champion was Sporting Cristal.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Field
Alianza Lima Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Carlos A. Mannucci Trujillo Mansiche 24,000 Grass
Defensor Arica Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Defensor Lima Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Grau Piura Miguel Grau (Piura) 25,000 Grass
José Gálvez Chimbote Manuel Rivera Sánchez 25,000 Artificial
Juan Aurich Chiclayo Elías Aguirre 24,500 Grass
León de Huánuco Huánuco Heraclio Tapia 15,000 Grass
Melgar Arequipa Mariano Melgar 20,000 Grass
Municipal Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
SIMA Callao Miguel Grau 15,000 Grass
Sport Boys Callao Miguel Grau 15,000 Grass
Sporting Cristal Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Torino Talara Campeonísimo 8,000 Grass
Unión Tumán Tumán Eugenio Zapata Mingoya 8,000 Grass
Universitario Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass

First stage[edit]

Metropolitan group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Cristal 14 8 4 2 21 13 +8 20 Final Group
2 Defensor Lima 14 8 3 3 28 16 +12 19
3 Sport Boys 14 4 7 3 28 22 +6 15
4 Municipal 14 5 4 5 19 18 +1 14
5 Universitario 14 4 5 5 17 17 0 13
6 Alianza Lima 14 5 2 7 18 28 −10 12
7 Defensor Arica 14 2 6 6 16 25 −9 10
8 SIMA 14 2 5 7 16 24 −8 9

Regional group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 José Gálvez 14 8 4 2 18 11 +7 20 Final Group
2 Unión Tumán 14 7 6 1 23 13 +10 20
3 Torino 14 6 5 3 19 13 +6 17
4 Melgar 14 6 3 5 23 18 +5 15
5 Juan Aurich 14 4 7 3 26 23 +3 15
6 Grau 14 4 3 7 24 24 0 11
7 Carlos A. Mannucci 14 3 2 9 13 29 −16 8
8 León de Huánuco 14 2 2 10 12 27 −15 6

Torneo Descentralizado[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima 30 17 7 6 55 26 +29 41 Final Group
2 Defensor Lima 30 16 8 6 60 35 +25 40
3 Municipal 30 16 8 6 45 30 +15 40
4 Universitario 30 12 11 7 61 34 +27 35
5 Juan Aurich 30 15 5 10 55 44 +11 35
6 Sporting Cristal 30 11 10 9 41 34 +7 32
7 Grau 30 11 7 12 38 47 −9 29
8 José Gálvez 30 8 12 10 32 34 −2 28
9 SIMA 30 6 16 8 33 37 −4 28
10 Melgar 30 12 3 15 38 43 −5 27
11 Torino 30 10 7 13 35 47 −12 27
12 Unión Tumán 30 8 10 12 40 41 −1 26
13 Sport Boys 30 9 8 13 38 45 −7 26
14 León de Huánuco 30 7 12 11 33 47 −14 26
15 Carlos A. Mannucci 30 7 10 13 30 53 −23 24 1973 Copa Perú
16 Defensor Arica 30 4 8 18 24 61 −37 16

Final group[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Cristal 5 3 2 0 6 3 +3 8 1973 Copa Libertadores
2 Universitario 5 2 3 0 10 7 +3 7 1973 Copa Libertadores
3 Municipal 5 1 3 1 8 7 +1 5
4 José Gálvez 5 0 4 1 5 6 −1 4
5 Alianza Lima 5 0 3 2 4 7 −3 3
6 Defensor Lima 5 0 3 2 3 6 −3 3

SPORTING CRISTAL
1972 National Champions - 5th title

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