Primera C Metropolitana

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Primera C Metropolitana
Founded1900; 119 years ago (1900) [1]
Country Argentina
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toPrimera B Metropolitana
Relegation toPrimera D Metropolitana
Domestic cup(s)Copa Argentina
Current championsDefensores Unidos
Most championshipsColegiales (6 titles)
TV partnersTyC Sports

The Primera C Metropolitana is one of the two professional leagues that form the fourth level of the Argentine football league system. Primera C Metropolitana is made up of 20 clubs mainly from the city of Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area (Greater Buenos Aires).

The other league at level four is the Torneo Federal B, where teams from regional leagues take part.


Primera C Metropolitana is currently organised into two league tournaments, the Apertura (opening) and the Clausura (closing). Each team plays every other team once in the Apertura, and then once again at the reverse venue in the Clausura.

The winners of the two league titles are recognised as champions. However, the overall championship is decided with an end of season playoff. The overall champion is promoted to Primera B Metropolitana. The teams finishing 2nd to 8th enter a playoff series to determine which team will play in a promotion/relegation playoff against the 2nd lowest finishing team from Primera B Metropolitana.

The team that finishes with the worst aggregate points total is automatically relegated to Primera D. The team with the 2nd worst aggregate points total plays a promotion/relegation playoff with the winner of the Primera D playoff series. And the winner then competes in Primera C Metropolitana the following season.


Originally named "Tercera División" (third division), the first championship was held in 1900, being won by Buenos Aires English High School.[1] With the creation of División Intermedia in 1911, the division became the fourth level.

In 1944 its name changed to "Primera Amateur", which lasted to 1962, when the tournament was renamed "Primera C Metropolitana",[2] which has remained to date.

Since the new restructuring of the league system in 1985, the division has become the fourth category of Argentine football (lower than Primera División, Primera B Nacional and Primera B Metropolitana).

Current teams (2018-19 season)[edit]

Club City Area/Region Stadium
Argentino (Q) Quilmes Greater Buenos Aires Argentino de Quilmes
Berazategui Berazategui Greater Buenos Aires Norman Lee
Cañuelas Cañuelas Buenos Aires Province José Jorge Arin
Central Córdoba Rosario Santa Fe Province Gabino Sosa
Deportivo Armenio Ingeniero Maschwitz Greater Buenos Aires Estadio Armenio
Deportivo Merlo Merlo Buenos Aires Province José Manuel Moreno
Dock Sud Dock Sud Greater Buenos Aires Estadio de Los Inmigrantes
El Porvenir Gerli Greater Buenos Aires Gildo Francisco Ghersinich
Excursionistas Belgrano Buenos Aires Excursionistas
General Lamadrid Villa Devoto Buenos Aires Province Enrique Sexto
Ituzaingó Ituzaingó Greater Buenos Aires Carlos Alberto Sacaan
Laferrere Lafèrrere Greater Buenos Aires Ciudad de Laferrere
Leandro N. Alem General Rodríguez Buenos Aires Province Leandro N. Alem
Luján Luján Buenos Aires Province Estadio Municipal de Luján
Midland Libertad Greater Buenos Aires Ciudad de Libertad
San Martín (B) Burzaco Greater Buenos Aires Francisco Boga
Sportivo Barracas Barracas Buenos Aires (none)
Sportivo Italiano Ciudad Evita Greater Buenos Aires República de Italia
Victoriano Arenas Valentin Alsina Buenos Aires Province Saturnino Moure
Villa San Carlos Berisso Greater Buenos Aires Genacio Sálice

List of champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1900 English High School [a] [b]
1901 Alumni III [a]
1902 Lomas Juniors
1903 Estudiantes (BA) III "C" [a]
1904 Estudiantes (BA) III "B" [a]
1905 Alumni III [a]
1906 Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA)
1907 Atlanta
1908 Banfield
1909 Ferro Carril Oeste II [a]
1910 Instituto Americano [c]
1911 Racing [a]
1912 Boca Juniors III [a]
1912 FAF [d] Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA) III
1913 Libertarios Unidos
1913 FAF Solís
1914 Libertarios Unidos
1914 FAF Vélez Sársfield
1915 Boca Juniors A [a]
1916 Porteño A [a]
1917 San Lorenzo [e]
1918 Independiente [e]
1919 Almagro
1919 AAm [f] Racing [a]
1920 Huracán [a]
1920 AAm Estudiantil Porteño
1921 Nueva Chicago
1921 AAm Almagro
1922 Sportivo Monserrat
1922 AAm Vélez Sársfield
1923 Boca Juniors [a]
1923 AAm Platense
1924 Dock Sud
1924 AAm Platense
1925 Palermo
1925 AAm Sportivo Alsina
1926 Los Andes
1926 AAm Platense
1927 Independiente A [a]
1928 Liberal Argentino
1929 Racing [a]
1930 Almagro A [a]
1931 Excursionistas
1931 LAF [g] 25 de Mayo
1932 LAF
(Not held)
1932 Sportivo Alsina
1933 LAF
(Not held)
1933 Sportivo Alsina III [a]
1934 LAF
(Not held)
1934 Excursionistas III [a]
1935 Progresista
1936 Sportivo Alsina
1937 Acassuso Los Andes Florida,[h] Progresista [h]
1938 Los Andes Sportivo Palermo Sportivo Alsina
1939 Boulogne Nueva Chicago Sportivo Alsina
1940 Nueva Chicago Sportivo Alsina Central Argentino
1941 Sportivo Alsina J. J. de Urquiza Liniers
1942 Estudiantes (BA) Liniers Barracas Central
1943 El Porvenir Sportivo Alsina Barracas Central
1944 Barracas Central Argentino (Q) San Telmo
1945 Argentino (Q) Colegiales San Telmo
1946 All Boys Colegiales Sportivo Alsina
1947 Colegiales Barracas Central San Telmo
1948 Barracas Central Acassuso J. J. de Urquiza
1949 San Telmo J. J. de Urquiza Acassuso
1950 All Boys Tiro Federal Argentino (R)
1951 Tiro Federal Central Córdoba (R) Argentino (R)
1952 Central Córdoba (R) Colegiales El Porvenir
1953 Defensores de Belgrano Flandria San Telmo
1954 El Porvenir Colegiales Flandria
1955 Colegiales Tiro Federal Argentino (R)
1956 San Telmo Los Andes Tiro Federal
1957 Los Andes Defensores de Belgrano Barracas Central
1958 Defensores de Belgrano Argentino (Q) Almirante Brown
1959 Deportivo Morón Argentino (Q) Almirante Brown
1960 Deportivo Español Almirante Brown Def. Cambaceres
1961 San Telmo Colón Talleres (RE)
1962 Sportivo Italiano Villa Dálmine Defensores de Belgrano
1963 Villa Dálmine All Boys Almagro
1964 Arsenal Def. Cambaceres Almirante Brown
1965 Almirante Brown Estudiantes (BA) Fénix
1966 Estudiantes (BA) General Mitre Liniers
1967 (no champion crowned)
1968 Comunicaciones J. J. de Urquiza Colegiales
1969 Comunicaciones Central Córdoba (R) Talleres (RE)
1970 Talleres (RE)
1971 Almagro Tigre
1972 Defensores de Belgrano Flandria
1973 Central Córdoba Dock Sud
1974 Sportivo Italiano Sarmiento (J)
1975 Villa Dálmine El Porvenir
1976 Deportivo Armenio Argentino (Q)
1977 Sarmiento (J)
1978 Talleres (RE)
1979 Deportivo Español
1980 Deportivo Morón
1981 Lanús Chacarita Juniors
1982 Villa Dálmine Central Córdoba (R)
1983 Argentino (R) Talleres (RE)
1984 San Miguel Villa Dálmine
1985 Defensa y Justicia Deportivo Armenio
1986–87 Deportivo Laferrere Talleres (RE)
1987–88 Central Córdoba (R) Defensores Unidos
1988–89 Argentino (Q) Ituzaingó
1989–90 Berazategui Argentino (R)
1990–91 Def. Cambaceres Luján
1991–92 Defensores de Belgrano Dock Sud
1992–93 Colegiales Argentino (Q)
1993–94 Defensores Unidos Excursionistas
1994–95 Temperley Tristán Suárez
1995–96 Villa Dálmine Leandro N. Alem
1996–97 Berazategui Brown
1997–98 Flandria General Lamadrid
1998–99 Def. Cambaceres Colegiales Ituzaingó
1999–00 Deportivo Merlo Ituzaingó Dock Sud
2000–01 Ituzaingó Deportivo Laferrere Cañuelas,[h]Excursionistas[h]
2001–02 Deportivo Laferrere Colegiales Acassuso,[h] Argentino (M) [h]
2002–03 Colegiales Argentino (M) Acassuso
2003–04 Argentino (R) Barracas Central Sacachispas
2004–05 Comunicaciones Deportivo Merlo Colegiales
2005–06 Deportivo Merlo Excursionistas Argentino (R)
2006–07 Acassuso Argentino (R) Barracas Central
2007–08 Colegiales Barracas Central Deportivo Laferrere
2008–09 Villa San Carlos Berazategui Excursionistas
2009–10 Barracas Central Talleres (RE) Excursionistas
2010–11 General Lamadrid Central Córdoba (R) Argentino (M)
2011–12 Villa Dálmine Central Córdoba (R) Ferrocarril Midland
2012–13 UAI Urquiza Fénix Deportivo Español
2013–14 Sportivo Italiano Deportivo Español Def. Cambaceres
2015 San Telmo Talleres (RE) Central Córdoba (R)
2016 Excursionistas Sportivo Italiano J. J. de Urquiza
2016–17 Sacachispas San Miguel Defensores Unidos
2017–18 Defensores Unidos

Titles by club[edit]

Club Titles Years won
Colegiales 6 1913,[i] 1947, 1955, 1992–93, 2002–03, 2007–08
Villa Dálmine 5 1963, 1975, 1982, 1995–96, 2011–12
Estudiantes (BA) 4 1903,[a] 1904,[a] 1966, 1942
Sportivo Alsina 4 1932, 1933, 1936, 1941
Acassuso 4 1923 AAm, 1928, 1937, 2006–07
Defensores de Belgrano 4 1953, 1958, 1972, 1991–92
San Telmo 4 1949, 1956, 1961, 2015
Barracas Central 3 1944, 1948, 2009–10
Comunicaciones 3 1968, 1969, 2004–05
Central Córdoba 3 1952, 1973, 1987–88
El Porvenir 2 1943, 1954
Sportivo Italiano 2 1962, 1974, 2013–14
Alumni III [a] 2 1901,[a] 1905[a]
Racing III [a] 2 1924 AAm,[a] 1926 AAm [a]
Ferro Carril Oeste 2 1909,[a] 1913 [a]
All Boys 2 1946, 1950
Deportivo Español 2 1960, 1979
Cambaceres 2 1990-91, 1998–99
Laferrere 2 1986-87, 2001–02
Deportivo Merlo 2 1999-00, 2005–06
Deportivo Morón 2 1959, 1980
Argentino (Q) 2 1945, 1988–89
Banfield 2 1908, 1912
Berazategui 2 1989-90, 1996–97
Talleres (RE) 2 1970, 1978
UAI Urquiza 1 2012–13
Excursionistas 1 2016
Sacachispas 1 2016–17
Defensores Unidos 1 2017–18


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Reserve teams of Primera División clubs which took part of the championship along with the clubs from the Second Division.
  2. ^ Then renamed "Alumni AC" in 1901.
  3. ^ From Adrogué.
  4. ^ The Federación Argentina de Football (FAF) was a dissident association that organized its own championships from 1912 to 1914.
  5. ^ a b Probable reserve team, not confirmed.
  6. ^ The Asociación Amateurs de Football (AAm) was a dissident association that organized its own championships from 1919 to 1926.
  7. ^ The Liga Argentina de Football (LAF) was a dissident professional association that organized its own championships from 1931 to 1934, when it merged with official body, Asocación Argentina de Football.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Both teams shared the third position.
  9. ^ Club's name was "Libertarios Unidos" by then.


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