2017–18 Primera División de Nicaragua

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Primera División
Season2017–18
ChampionsApertura:
Walter Ferretti
Clausura:
Diriangén
RelegatedTBD
CONCACAF LeagueWalter Ferretti
Diriangén
Matches played65
Goals scored181 (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorerApertura:
TBD
Clausura:
TBD
Biggest home winApertura: Real Estelí 5-0 Ocotal
Clausura: TBD TBD
Biggest away winApertura: Real Madriz 1-6 Managua
Clausura: TBD TBD
Highest scoringApertura: Ocotal 4-3 Real Estelí
Real Madriz 1-6 Managua
Clausura: TBD TBD
Longest unbeaten runApertura: TBD
Clausura: TBD
Longest losing runApertura: TBD
Clausura: TBD

The 2017–18 season in Primera División de Nicaragua will be divided into two tournaments (Apertura and Clausura) and will determine the 69th and 70th champions in the history of the league. The Apertura tournament will be played in the second half of 2017, while the Clausura will be played in the first half of 2018.

Format[edit]

The Apertura play-off format was changed from previous years, while the Clausura will use the same 4-team play-off format. For the Apetura, the top four teams from the regular stage advanced to a "quadrangular" double-round robin instead of a play-off stage. The regular stage and quadrangular winners would have played to decide the tournament's champion, but ultimately the same team won both and the final was not necessary. The same format was recently adopted by the Costa Rican Primera División, but for both half season.

Team information[edit]

A total of 10 teams will contest the league, including 8 sides from the 2016–17 Primera División 2 sides from the 2016–17 Segunda División.

At the end of the 2016–17 Primera División, Nandasmo finished last in the aggregate table and were relegated to the Segunda División. Taking their place was the champions from the Segunda División, Deportivo Ocotal.

The 9th place team in the aggregate table, Deportivo Sebaco, faced the second place team from the Segunda División, San Francisco Masachapa, in a playoff for a spot in the Primera División. San Francisco Masachapa won the playoff 3-2 on aggregate and were promoted, while Deportivo Sebaco were relegated.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Promoted from Segunda División as of June, 2017.

Relegated to Segunda División as of June, 2017.


Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Chinandega Nicaragua Reyna Espinoza TBD TBD
Diriangén FC Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz TBD TBD
Juventus Managua Mexico Javier Martínez Espinoza TBD TBD
Managua Nicaragua Tyrone Acevedo TBD TBD
Ocotal Nicaragua Randall Moreno TBD TBD
Real Estelí Nicaragua Otoniel Olivas TBD TBD
Real Madriz Mexico Jorge Luis Ramos Pinacho/Arturo Zavala TBD TBD
San Francisco Masachapa Colombia Luis Javier Londoño TBD TBD
UNAN Managua Nicaragua Daniel García TBD TBD
Walter Ferretti Brazil Flavio Da Silva TBD TBD

Apertura[edit]

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Chinandega Nicaragua Reyna Espinoza TBD TBD TBD
Diriangén FC Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz TBD TBD TBD
Juventus Managua Mexico Javier Martínez Espinoza TBD TBD TBD
Managua Nicaragua Tyrone Acevedo TBD TBD TBD
Ocotal Nicaragua Randall Moreno TBD TBD TBD
Real Estelí Nicaragua Otoniel Olivas TBD TBD TBD
Real Madriz Mexico Arturo Zavala TBD TBD TBD
San Francisco Masachapa Colombia Luis Javier Londoño TBD TBD TBD
UNAN Managua Nicaragua Daniel García TBD TBD TBD
Walter Ferretti Brazil Flavio Da Silva TBD TBD TBD

Managerial changes[edit]

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Real Madriz Mexico Abraham Zavala Resigned 2017 Uruguay Daniel Bartolotta 2017
UNAN Managua Nicaragua Daniel Garcia Resigned 2017 Nicaragua Edward Urroz 2017
Managua F.C. Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo Resigned 2017 Nicaragua Emilio Aburto 2017
FC San Francisco Maschapa Colombia Luis Javier Londono Resigned 2017 Nicaragua Jeffrey Perez 2017
Ocotal Nicaragua Randall Moreno Resigned 2017 Argentina Emiliano Barrera 2017

During the season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Real Madriz Mexico Abraham Zavala Resigned 2017 Uruguay Daniel Bartolotta 2017
UNAN Managua Nicaragua Daniel Garcia Resigned 2017 Nicaragua Edward Urroz 2017
Managua F.C. Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo Resigned 2017 Nicaragua Emilio Aburto 2017
FC San Francisco Maschapa Colombia Luis Javier Londono Resigned 2017 Nicaragua Jeffrey Perez 2017
Ocotal Nicaragua Randall Moreno Resigned 2017 Argentina Emiliano Barrera 2017


Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Real Estelí 18 13 3 2 41 15 +26 42 Championship Group
2 Walter Ferretti 18 11 3 4 33 15 +18 36
3 Diriangén 18 7 6 5 29 22 +7 27
4 Managua 18 8 2 8 27 23 +4 26
5 Juventus Managua 18 6 7 5 21 20 +1 25
6 Real Madriz 18 5 6 7 28 35 −7 21
7 Ocotal 18 5 6 7 19 32 −13 21
8 Chinandega 18 5 4 9 26 41 −15 19
9 UNAN Managua 18 4 4 10 14 24 −10 16
10 San Francisco Masachapa 18 2 7 9 15 26 −11 13

Updated to games played on 4 October 2017.
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

Records[edit]

Top Goalscorers[edit]

No. Player Club Goals
1 Mexico Mauricio Castaneda Real Madriz 12
2 Nicaragua Carlos Chavarria Real Esteli 11
3 Uruguay Bernardo Laureiro Deportivo Walter Ferretti 11
4 Honduras Jarel Puerto Chinandega FC 11
5 Venezuela Edward Morrillo Managua F.C. 7
6 Nicaragua Ulises Rayo Deportivo Ocotal 7
7 Nicaragua Luis Gutierrez Diriangén F.C. 6
8 Colombia Marlon Barrios Real Madriz 5
9 Mexico Carlos Felix Juventus Managua 5
10 Colombia Rodrigo Hernandez UNAN Managua 5
10 Colombia Eder Munive Deportivo Walter Ferretti 5

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CHI DIR JUM MAN OCO RES RMA SFM UNM WAF
Chinandega 3–3 2–1 3–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–4
Diriangén 4–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–2
Juventus Managua 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–2
Managua 4–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–2
Ocotal 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–3 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0
Real Estelí 1–0 1–1 5–1 4–0 5–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–0
Real Madriz 4–3 1–1 1–1 1–6 2–1 1–2 2–2 5–0 0–2
San Francisco Masachapa 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
UNAN Managua 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 4–0 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–1
Walter Ferretti 4–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 4–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 3–1

Updated to games played on 4 October 2017.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

Diriangén1 – 0Walter Ferretti
Luis Gutierrez Goal 84'
Walter Ferretti1 – 0Diriangén
Rene Huete Goal 73'
Penalties
7 – 6

1-1. Walter Ferretti advanced on Penalties.


Managua F.C.0 – 1Real Estelí
Elmer Mejia Goal 88'
Real Estelí1 – 2Managua
Luis Galeano Goal 35' Agenor Cano Goal 51'
Christiano Goal 63'

2-2. Managua advanced on away goal.

Finals[edit]

Managua1-1Walter Ferretti
Agenor Báez Goal 63' Report Bernardo Laureiro Goal 7'
Referee: Ricardo Hernandez
Walter Ferretti0-0Managua
None Report None
Proyecto de Estadio Nacional
Referee: Odanel Velez[1]

1-1. Walter Ferretti won on away goal

Apertura 2017 Champions
Walter Ferretti
4th Title

Clausura[edit]

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer
Chinandega Nicaragua Reyna Espinoza TBD TBD
Diriangén FC Nicaragua Mauricio Cruz x TBD TBD
Juventus Managua Nicaragua Oscar Blanco TBD TBD
Managua Nicaragua Emilio Aburto TBD TBD
Ocotal Honduras Carlos Cardona TBD TBD
Real Estelí Nicaragua Otoniel Olivas x TBD TBD
Real Madriz Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo TBD TBD
San Francisco Masachapa Nicaragua Jeffrey Perez TBD TBD
UNAN Managua Uruguay Carlos Avedissian TBD TBD
Walter Ferretti Brazil Flavio Da Silva x TBD TBD

Managerial changes[edit]

Before the Clasura season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Real Madriz Uruguay Daniel Bartolotta Resigned December 2017 Nicaragua Tyron Acevedo December 2017
Ocotal Argentina Emiliano Barrera Resigned December 2017 Honduras Carlos Cardona January 2018
UNAN Managua Nicaragua Edward Urroz Resigned December 2017 Uruguay Carlos Avedissian December 2017
Juventus Managua Mexico Javier Martinez Resigned December 2017 Nicaragua Oscar Blanco January 2018

During the Clasura season[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Juventus Managua Nicaragua Oscar Blanco Resigned February 2018 Honduras Héctor Mediana February 2018
UNAN Managua Uruguay Carlos Avedissian Resigned February 2018 Nicaragua Luis Vega February 2018

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Real Estelí 18 13 2 3 41 13 +28 41 Championship Group
2 Diriangén 18 9 4 5 37 20 +17 31
3 Juventus Managua 18 9 3 6 29 27 +2 30
4 Walter Ferretti 18 7 7 4 25 23 +2 28
5 Ocotal 18 7 4 7 28 28 0 25
6 Managua 18 6 6 6 29 21 +8 24
7 UNAN Managua 18 6 4 8 24 23 +1 22
8 Real Madriz 18 5 5 8 16 31 −15 20
9 Chinandega 18 3 7 8 14 30 −16 16
10 San Francisco Masachapa 18 1 6 11 14 37 −23 9

Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CHI DIR JUM MAN OCO RES RMA SFM UNM WAF
Chinandega 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–2
Diriangén 6–0 3–3 1–0 2–4 1–0 7–1 4–0 0–1 1–0
Juventus Managua 0–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 2–3 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0
Managua 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–3 1–1 4–0 2–3 0–2
Ocotal 5–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–4
Real Estelí 1–0 1–1 7–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 5–1 2–0 1–0
Real Madriz 2–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 5–0 0–1
San Francisco Masachapa 1–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 4–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–2
UNAN Managua 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 4–0 3–0 2–2
Walter Ferretti 0–0 1–0 4–3 0–3 2–1 1–4 2–2 1–1 1–1

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

Records[edit]

Top Goalscorers[edit]

No. Player Club Goals
1 Mexico Carlos Felix Juventus Managua 11
2 Brazil Lucas Oliviera Managua F.C. 8
3 Costa Rica Andres Mendoza Diriangén F.C. 8
4 Mexico Gregorio Torres Real Esteli 8
5 Nicaragua Carlos Chavarria Real Esteli 7
6 Costa Rica Yeison Esquivel Diriangén F.C. 7
7 Spain Pablo Gallego Real Esteli 7
8 Nicaragua Erling Ruiz Deportivo Ocotal 7
9 Nicaragua Luis Coronel Diriangén F.C. 5
10 Colombia Brandon Mena San Francisco 5
10 Venezuela Edward Morrillo Managua F.C. 5

Playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
1 Real Estelí 1 2 3  
4 Walter Ferretti 1 0 1  
    1 Real Estelí  
  2 Diriangén  
2 Diriangén 1 2 3
3 Juventus Managua 2 0 2  


Semi-Finals[edit]

Walter Ferretti1 – 1Real Estelí
Eder Munive Goal 20' Luis Lopez Goal 30'
Real Estelí2 – 0Walter Ferretti
Gregorio Torres Goal 69'
Marlon Lopez Goal 75'
None

Real Esteli won 3-1 on aggregate.


Juventus Managua2 – 1Diriangén
Anderson Treminio Goal 5' Goal 30' Andres Mendoza Goal 65'
Diriangén2 – 0Juventus Managua
Agner Acuna Goal 51'
Andres Mendoza Goal 71'
None

Diriangen won 3-2 on aggregate.

Finals[edit]

Diriangén2 - 1Real Estelí
Carlos Torres Goal 30'Goal 81' Gregorio Torres Goal 25'
Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba
Referee: Rodolfo Paiz
Real Estelí1-1Diriangén
Pablo Gállego Goal 62' [1] Luis Fernando Coronel Goal 95'
Estadio Independencia, Estelí
Referee: Erick Lezama[2]

Diriangen won 3-2 on aggregate.

Clausura 2018 Champions
Diriangén
26th Title

List of foreign players in the league[edit]

This is a list of foreign players in the 2017–18 season. The following players:

  1. Have played at least one game for the respective club.
  2. Have not been capped for the Nicaragua national football team on any level, independently from the birthplace

A new rule was introduced this season, that clubs can have four foreign players per club and can only add a new player if there is an injury or a player/s is released and it's before the close of the season transfer window.

Orange x.svg (player released during the Apertura season) Blue x.svg (player released between the Apertura and Clausura seasons) Green x.svg (player released during the Clausura season)

Aggregate table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Real Estelí 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Diriangén 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2018 CONCACAF League
3 Juventus Managua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Managua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Ocotal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Walter Ferretti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2018 CONCACAF League
7 Real Madriz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 UNAN Managua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Chinandega 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation play-off
10 San Francisco Masachapa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to 2018-2019 Segunda División de Fútbol de Nicaragua

Source: []
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]