Primera B Nacional

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Primera B Nacional
Founded 1986; 31 years ago (1986)
Country  Argentina
Confederation CONMEBOL
Number of teams 23
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Primera División
Relegation to Primera B [note 1]
Torneo Federal A [note 2]
Current champions Argentinos Juniors
Most championships Olimpo
Banfield (3 titles)
Top goalscorer Adrián Czornomaz (160)[1]
TV partners TNT Sports
TyC Sports
TyC Max
Website Primera B Nacional

Primera B Nacional (usually called simply Nacional B, in English National B Division) is the second division of the Argentine football league system, made up of 25 teams in the 2017–18 season.

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 Federal A ("Federal 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.

Primera B Nacional games are often transmitted to Argentina and abroad on television by TyC Sports.


It was created in 1985 to integrate unaffiliated clubs into the 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 league in Argentina's professional football, after the Primera División, and it is above the Torneo Federal A and the Primera B Metropolitana, the last one started to act as a third division for the teams directly affiliated to AFA.


For the 2016–17 season, the twenty-three participating teams played each other twice for a total of forty-six matches. Teams received three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points.

The champion and runner-up teams automatically promoted to Primera División. Four teams were relegated at the end of the season.[2]

Current teams (2016-17 season)[edit]

Club City Province Stadium Capacity
All Boys Floresta Buenos Aires Islas Malvinas 21,500
Almagro Tres de Febrero Buenos Aires Estadio Tres de Febrero 19,000
Argentinos Juniors La Paternal Buenos Aires Diego A. Maradona 24,000
Atlético Paraná Paraná Entre Ríos Pedro Mutio 7,000
Boca Unidos Corrientes Corrientes José A. Romero Feris 8,000
Brown Adrogué Buenos Aires Lorenzo Arandilla 4,500
Central Córdoba (SdE) Santiago del Estero Santiago del Estero Alfredo Terrera 16,000
Chacarita Juniors Villa Maipú Buenos Aires Chacarita Juniors 20,000
Crucero del Norte Garupá Misiones Andrés Guacurarí 15,000
Douglas Haig Pergamino Buenos Aires Miguel Morales 15,000
Estudiantes San Luis San Luis Héctor Odicino - Pedro Benoza 12,000
Ferro Carril Oeste Caballito Buenos Aires Ricardo Etcheverry 24,000
Flandria Jáuregui Buenos Aires Carlos V 5,000
Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) S.S. de Jujuy Jujuy 23 de Agosto 29,000
Guillermo Brown Puerto Madryn Chubut Raúl Conti 15,000
Independiente Rivadavia Mendoza Mendoza Bautista Gargantini 24,000
Instituto (C) Córdoba Córdoba Presidente Perón 32,000
Juventud Unida (G) Gualeguaychú Entre Ríos Luis Delfino 5,000
Los Andes Lomas de Zamora Buenos Aires Eduardo Gallardón 37,000
Nueva Chicago Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Nueva Chicago 28,500
San Martín San Miguel de Tucumán Tucumán La Ciudadela 30,500
Santamarina Tandil Buenos Aires Municipal Gral. San Martín 8,700
Villa Dálmine Campana Buenos Aires Coliseo 12,000

List of champions[edit]

Since the first season held in 1986-87, the following teams have crowned champions of the division:[3]

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 (C) 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
(No champion crowned) [note 3]
2015 Atlético Tucumán Patronato Ferro Carril Oeste
2016 Talleres (C) Chacarita Juniors Gimnasia y Esgrima (J)
2016–17 Argentinos Juniors Chacarita Juniors Guillermo Brown

Titles by club[edit]

Team Titles Years won
Banfield 3 1992-93, 2000–01, 2013–14
Olimpo 3 2001–02, 2006–07, 2009–10
Huracán 2 1989-90, 1999-00
Argentinos Juniors 2 1996-97, 2016–17
Talleres (C) 2 1997-98, 2016
Instituto (C) 2 1998-99, 2003–04
Atlético de Rafaela 2 2002–03, 2010–11
Atlético Tucumán 2 2008–09, 2015
Deportivo Armenio 1 1986-87
Deportivo Mandiyú 1 1987-88
Chaco For Ever 1 1988-89
Quilmes 1 1990-91
Lanús 1 1991-92
Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) 1 1993-94
Estudiantes (LP) 1 1994-95
Huracán Corrientes 1 1995-96
Tiro Federal (R) 1 2004–05
Godoy Cruz 1 2005–06
San Martín (T) 1 2007–08
River Plate 1 2011–12
Rosario Central 1 2012–13

Top scorers[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
Argentina Sergio Recchiutti Almirante Brown
1989–90 Argentina Juan Almada Defensa y Justicia
Argentina Abel Blasón Quilmes
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
1999–00 Argentina Gastón Casas Huracán 30
2000–01 Argentina Daniel Jiménez Instituto 23
2001–02 Argentina Diego Ceballos Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU) 26
2002–03 Argentina Daniel Giménez Godoy Cruz
Argentina Diego Torres Quilmes
2003–04 Argentina Julio Bevacqua Com. Activ. Infantiles 13
2004–05 Argentina Rubén Ramírez Tiro Federal 15
2005–06 Argentina Daniel Bazán Vera Unión (SF) 18
2006–07 Argentina Ismael Blanco Olimpo 29
2007–08 Argentina Cristian Milla Chacarita Juniors
Argentina Leandro Zárate Unión
2008–09 Argentina Luis Rodríguez Atlético Tucumán 20
2009–10 Argentina Leandro Armani Tiro Federal 19
2010–11 Argentina César Carignano Atlético de Rafaela 21
2011-12 Argentina Gonzalo Castillejos Rosario Central 26
2012-13 Argentina Luis Rodríguez Atlético Tucumán 20
2013-14 Argentina Juan M. Lucero Defensa y Justicia 24
2014 Argentina Ramón Ábila Huracán
Argentina Nicolás Mazzola Instituto (C)
2015 Argentina Fernando Zampedri Juventud Unida (G)
2016 Argentina Germán Lesman All Boys
2016–17 Argentina Rodrigo Salinas Chacarita Juniors


  1. ^ Clubs from Buenos Aires (autonoumous city and suburban areas)
  2. ^ Clubs from the rest of the Argentine provinces
  3. ^ At the end of the season, the 10 teams best placed were directly promoted to Primera División


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