2008 Primera División of Chile

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Primera División
Season 2008
Champions Apertura: Everton (4th title)
Clausura: Colo-Colo (28th title)
Relegated Antofagasta
Concepción
Melipilla
Provincial Osorno
Copa Libertadores Everton
Colo-Colo
Universidad de Chile
Copa Sudamericana Ñublense
Universidad Católica
Top goalscorer Apertura: Lucas Barrios (19 goals)
Clausura: Lucas Barrios (18 goals)
Season: Lucas Barrios (37 goals)
2007
2009

The 2008 Primera División de Chile is the 77th season of top-flight football in Chile, and the 7th under its current format.

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The Torneo Apertura "Copa BancoEstado" opened the 2008 season on January 25. The 20 teams were organized into four groups, but played each other in a single round-robin format. The top-two teams from each group advanced to a single elimination play-off, but the best 3rd-place team had to worst 2nd-place team in an advancement play-off match. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the Apertura champion, and will earn a spot in the 2009 Copa Libertadores Group Stage. The champion and runner-up with earn spots in the 2008 Copa Sudamericana.

First phase[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ñublense 19 12 5 2 29 13 +16 41 2008 Copa Sudamericana First Stage
2 Universidad Católica 19 11 3 5 37 19 +18 36 2008 Copa Sudamericana Preliminary
3 O'Higgins 19 10 6 3 30 17 +13 36
4 Audax Italiano 19 11 1 7 35 25 +10 34
5 Everton 19 10 2 7 34 30 +4 32
6 Cobresal 19 9 4 6 29 29 0 31
7 Universidad de Chile 19 9 3 7 28 23 +5 30
8 Santiago Morning 19 9 3 7 36 44 −8 30
9 Colo-Colo 19 7 6 6 35 29 +6 27
10 Huachipato 19 7 6 6 29 29 0 27
11 La Serena 19 7 5 7 29 29 0 26
12 Palestino 19 7 3 9 28 27 +1 24
13 Unión Española 19 7 3 9 20 27 −7 24
14 Rangers 19 6 6 7 23 25 −2 24
15 Cobreloa 19 6 5 8 25 29 −4 23
16 Universidad de Concepción 19 6 3 10 28 32 −4 21
17 Antofagasta 19 4 5 10 16 29 −13 17
18 Provincial Osorno 19 5 1 13 19 28 −9 16
19 Concepción 19 7 3 9 35 38 −3 0151
20 Melipilla 19 3 1 15 22 40 −18 10

Updated to games played on May 4, 2008.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. Deportes Concepción were docked nine points for using ineligible players in Round 2.
(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.

Group standings[edit]

Group 1

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Audax Italiano 19 11 1 7 35 25 +10 34 Playoffs
2 Everton 19 10 2 7 34 30 +4 32
3 Cobresal 19 9 4 6 29 29 0 31 Play-off Match
4 Huachipato 19 7 6 6 29 29 0 27
5 Unión Española 19 7 3 9 20 27 −7 24

Group 2

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 O'Higgins 19 10 6 3 30 17 +13 36 Playoffs
2 Universidad de Chile 19 9 3 7 28 23 +5 30
3 Santiago Morning 19 9 3 7 36 44 −8 30
4 La Serena 19 7 5 7 29 29 0 26
5 Palestino 19 7 3 9 28 27 +1 24

Group 3

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Colo-Colo 19 7 6 6 35 29 +6 27 Playoffs
2 Cobreloa 19 6 5 8 25 29 −4 23 Play-off Match
3 Antofagasta 19 4 5 10 16 29 −13 17
4 Provincial Osorno 19 5 1 13 19 28 −9 16
5 Melipilla 19 3 1 15 22 40 −18 10

Group 4

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ñublense 19 12 5 2 29 13 +16 41 Playoffs
2 Universidad Católica 19 11 3 5 37 19 +18 36
3 Rangers 19 6 6 7 23 25 −2 24
4 Universidad de Concepción 19 6 3 10 28 32 −4 21
5 Concepción 19 7 3 9 35 38 −3 0181

Updated to games played on May 4, 2008.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1. Deportes Concepción were docked six points for using ineligible players in Round 2.
(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.

Play-off match[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cobresal 2–2 (2–4 p) Cobreloa

Playoff Stage[edit]

The clubs were seeded by their first phase standings.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
5  Everton (a) 0 4 4  
4  Audax Italiano 3 1 4  
  5  Everton 3 1 4  
  6  Universidad de Chile 1 1 2  
6  Universidad de Chile 4 2 6
3  O'Higgins 2 1 3  
  5  Everton 0 3 3
  7  Colo-Colo 2 0 2
2  Universidad Católica 1 1 2  
7  Colo-Colo 3 1 4  
  7  Colo-Colo(a) 0 2 2
  1  Ñublense 1 1 2  
8  Cobreloa 2 1 3
1  Ñublense 2 2 4  
Primera Division
2008 Apertura Champion
Star*.svg
Chile
Everton
4th Title

Everton qualified to the 2009 Copa Libertadores Second Stage.

Top-five goalscorers[edit]

P Scorer Team Goals
1 Argentina Lucas Barrios Colo-Colo 19
2 Chile Esteban Paredes Santiago Morning 15
3 Chile Manuel Villalobos Universidad de Chile 13
Argentina Ezequiel Miralles Everton 13
5 Chile Gabriel Vargas Universidad de Concepción 12

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The Torneo Clausura "Copa BancoEstado" began on June 21. The format is the same as the Apertura tournament, but the field was reduced from 20 teams to 19 since Deportes Concepción withdrew before the start of the tournament due to financial problems. The best-placed team in the first stage earned a spot in the First Stage of the 2009 Copa Libertadores. The tournament champion will earn a spot in the 2009 Copa Libertadores Group Stage. Relegation will be determined at the end of this tournament.

First phase[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Universidad de Chile 18 12 2 4 39 21 +18 38 2009 Copa Libertadores First Stage
2 Colo-Colo 18 10 3 5 32 19 +13 33
3 Palestino 18 10 3 5 29 22 +7 33
4 Rangers 18 9 3 6 25 25 0 30
5 Universidad Católica 18 9 2 7 37 33 +4 29
6 Everton 18 9 1 8 28 25 +3 28
7 O'Higgins 18 8 4 6 39 35 +4 28
8 Huachipato 18 8 3 7 34 32 +2 27
9 Cobreloa 18 8 3 7 34 32 +2 27
10 La Serena 18 7 6 5 37 34 +3 27
11 Santiago Morning 18 7 5 6 30 32 −2 26
12 Unión Española 18 7 4 7 28 32 −4 25
13 Audax Italiano 18 6 6 6 25 25 0 24
14 Antofagasta 18 7 2 9 20 27 −7 23
15 Universidad de Concepción 18 5 6 7 32 32 0 21
16 Cobresal 18 5 6 7 24 26 −2 21
17 Ñublense 18 3 8 7 21 29 −8 17
18 Melipilla 18 3 2 13 19 38 −19 11
19 Provincial Osorno 18 3 1 14 18 38 −20 10

Updated to games played on November 9, 2008.
Source: RSSSF
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.

Group standings[edit]

Group 1

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Universidad de Chile 18 12 2 4 39 21 +18 38 Playoffs
2 Colo-Colo 18 10 3 5 32 19 +13 33
3 Unión Española 18 7 4 7 28 32 −4 25
4 Ñublense 18 3 8 7 21 29 −8 17

Group 2

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 18 9 3 6 25 25 0 30 Playoffs
2 Universidad Católica 18 9 2 7 37 33 +4 29
3 Everton 18 9 1 8 28 25 +3 28 Play-off Match
4 La Serena 18 7 6 5 37 34 +3 27
5 Provincial Osorno 18 3 1 14 18 38 −20 10

Group 3

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Palestino 18 10 3 5 29 22 +7 33 Playoffs
2 O'Higgins 18 8 4 6 39 35 +4 28
3 Santiago Morning 18 7 5 6 30 32 −2 26
4 Universidad de Concepción 18 5 6 7 32 32 0 21
5 Melipilla 18 3 2 13 19 38 −19 11

Group 4

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Huachipato 18 8 3 7 34 32 +2 27 Playoffs
2 Cobreloa 18 8 3 7 34 32 +2 27 Play-off Match
3 Audax Italiano 18 6 6 6 25 25 0 24
4 Antofagasta 18 7 2 9 20 27 −7 23
5 Cobresal 18 5 6 7 24 26 −2 21

Updated to games played on November 9, 2008.
Source: RSSSF
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.

Play-off match[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Everton 0–3 Cobreloa

Knock-out round[edit]

The clubs were seeded by their first phase standings.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
8  Cobreloa 3 2 5  
1  Universidad de Chile 1 3 4  
  8  Cobreloa 3 2 5  
  2  Colo-Colo 3 2 5  
7  Huachipato 1 2 3
1  Colo-Colo 1 4 5  
  2  Colo-Colo 1 3 4
  3  Palestino 1 1 2
6  O'Higgins 2 1 3  
3  Palestino 2 2 4  
  3  Palestino 2 0 2
  4  Rangers 2 0 2  
5  Universidad Católica 1 1 2
4  Rangers 1 1 2  
Primera Division
2008 Clausura Champion
Star*.svg
Chile
Colo-Colo
28th Title

Colo-Colo qualified to the 2009 Copa Libertadores Second Stage.

Top-five goalscorers[edit]

P Player Team Goals
1 Argentina Lucas Barrios Colo-Colo 18
2 Argentina Gastón Cellerino Rangers 16
Paraguay Nestor Bareiro O'Higgins 16
4 Chile Julio Gutiérrez Universidad Católica 12
5 Argentina Gustavo Canales La Serena 10
Chile Leonardo Monje Huachipato 10
Argentina Gustavo Savoia Cobreloa 10

Relegation[edit]

Four teams were relegated this year to reduce the field for next season to 18 teams.

Aggregate table[edit]

The aggregate table is only a sum of the two first-stages from the Apertura and Clausura tournaments. The bottom-two teams are relegated from the results of this table.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Universidad de Chile 37 21 5 11 67 44 +23 68
2 Universidad Católica 37 20 5 12 74 52 +22 65
3 O'Higgins 37 18 10 9 69 52 +17 64
4 Everton 37 19 3 15 62 55 +7 60
5 Colo-Colo 37 17 9 11 67 48 +19 60
6 Audax Italiano 37 17 7 13 60 50 +10 58
7 Ñublense 37 15 13 9 49 43 +6 58
8 Palestino 37 17 6 14 57 49 +8 57
9 Santiago Morning 37 16 8 13 65 74 −9 56
10 Huachipato 37 15 9 13 62 54 +8 54
11 Rangers 37 15 9 13 48 50 −2 54
12 La Serena 37 14 11 12 66 63 +3 53
13 Cobresal 37 14 10 13 59 52 +7 52
14 Cobreloa 37 14 8 15 59 61 −2 50
15 Unión Española 37 14 7 16 48 59 −11 49 Relegation/Promotion Playoff
16 Universidad de Concepción 37 11 9 17 59 65 −6 42
17 Antofagasta 37 11 7 19 36 56 −20 40 Relegated to the Primera B by the Relegation Table
18 Provincial Osorno 37 8 2 27 38 77 −39 26
19 Melipilla 37 6 3 28 41 78 −37 21 Relegated to the Primera B by the Aggregate Table
20 Concepción 19 7 3 9 33 37 −4 0181

Updated to games played on November 9, 2008.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Deportes Concepción withdrew from the Clausura tournament.
(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.

Relegation table[edit]

The next two teams to be relegated were determined through a special aggregate table for the 2007 & 2008 season. The teams' performances were put under a specific formula (shown below) and then ranked. The two worst teams who have not been relegated by this season's aggregate table were relegated.

In the case of Rangers, Provincial Osorno, and Santiago Morning, the following formula was used since they were not in the Primera División in the 2007 season:

In both formulas, Pd is the relegation average; P2007 is the total points earned in the 2007 season; PAp-2008 is the points earned in this season's Apertura tournament; PCl-2008 is the points earned in this season's Clausura tournament.

Relegation/promotion play-off[edit]

The 15th & 16th place team in the aggregate table have to play two promotion/relegation matches the Segunda División runner-up (Puerto Montt) and the winner of the Segunda División Apertura/Clausura play-off (Coquimbo Unido). The winners will play in the Primera División the next season.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Coquimbo Unido 1–5 Universidad de Concepción 0–2 1–3
Puerto Montt 4–5 Unión Española 1–2 3–3

See also[edit]