Records of the Argentine Primera División

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This is a list of major records of the Argentine Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system. The first season was held in 1891.

There have also been a number of changes in the competition format:

  1. Between 1891 and 1966 it was played during one year in a double round-robin tournament.
  2. Between 1967 and 1985 there were two championships per year (Metropolitano and Nacional).
  3. Between 1985 and 1991 it was contested via round-robin again, but with the European style calendar (season started in mid year).
  4. Since 1991, it is contested with an Apertura and Clausura format, meaning there are two champions per season.
  5. Since 2012, it is contested with a format similar to this last, with two champions per season, and a third, which is the winner of a final played between these two teams. The championships are named Inicial, which replaced the Apertura; and Final, which replaced the Clausura.

Teams[edit]

Titles[edit]

Runners-up[edit]

Runs[edit]

  • Boca Juniors set the record for the longest unbeaten run. They went 40 games without losing, starting during the 1998 Clausura and extended through the 1998 Apertura and the 1999 Clausura. The team was first coached by Miguel Ángel García Cambón, and then by Carlos Bianchi through most of the period.
  • Banfield holds the record for the longest unbeaten run in home games. They did not lose in their own stadium for 49 matches between 1950 and 1953.
  • San Lorenzo holds the record for the longest winning streak. They amassed 13 consecutive victories between the 2001 Clausura and the 2001 Apertura.
  • River Plate holds the record for the longest winning streak playing away from home. They won 11 consecutive matches on the road between 1937 and 1938.
  • Ferro Carril Oeste holds the record for the longest clean sheet. In 1981, they didn't concede a goal for 1075 minutes. This included a run of ten complete games without conceding a goal. Their goalkeeper was Carlos Barisio.
  • Racing Club holds the record for the longest sequence of tied matches. They drew ten league games in a row between 20 April and 14 October 1990.

In one championship[edit]

Short tournaments[edit]

This section accounts for records of the Apertura and Clausura era (1991–present).

Promotion and relegation[edit]

  • Boca Juniors is the only team that has never competed in the second division having played in the first division, playing all seasons in the Primera since 1931.
  • Quilmes is the team with most promotions to and relegations from the first division, a total of eight for each.
  • Rosario Central is the only team that have won a championship in the season following their promotion to the Primera. They did so in 1986–87.
  • Talleres de Córdoba were probably the best team ever to suffer relegation. They finished third in the 2004 Clausura, but were relegated by the points aggregate system, which relegates the teams with the worst points averages over the last three seasons.
  • San Martín de Tucumán is the only club that reached the Primera División from the lowest possible category (the Liga Tucumana de Fútbol), then was relegated all the way back to that category and from there reached the Argentine top division again.

Negative[edit]

  • The worst campaign by a team was in 1939, when Argentino de Quilmes finished with 4 points in 34 matches, without a single victory.
  • Argentinos Juniors holds the record of most consecutive games lost, with 14 between 26 April 1936 and 26 July of that year.
  • Ferro Carril Oeste set the record for the longest run without scoring. They amassed 875 minutes without a goal between the 1998 Apertura and the 1999 Clausura. The team's supporters displayed a tifo with a simple message: "SCORE 1 GOAL" (in Spanish: "HAGAN 1 GOL").[1][2]
  • Platense set the record for the most number of managers in one season. They had 8 different managers in the 1966 championship.
  • Atlanta set the record for the most number of players in a season. They used 62 different players in 1932.

Players[edit]

Scorers[edit]

Goalkeepers[edit]

Precocious[edit]

  • Sergio Agüero became the youngest player ever to appear in the Primera, taking the record previously held by Diego Maradona. On 7 July 2003 he appeared for Independiente at the age of 15 years and 35 days.
  • Diego Maradona is the youngest ever top scorer in the Argentine topflight. He was only 17 when he topscored in the 1978 Metro.

Appearances[edit]

Expatriates[edit]

Negative[edit]

Managers[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

  • The tournament with the highest goal average was in 1938, with 4.9 goals per match.

Games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferro no puede levantar cabeza". La Nación (in Spanish). 1999-03-29. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Hagan un gol, por favor" (in Spanish). La Redó!. Retrieved 2010-11-15.