Primera Division Argentina
Primera Division Argentina
The Primera Division is the main football league in Argentina and is settled at the top of the league system. It works based on a general system of promotion and of course relegation with the Primera B Nacional. Each of the seasons is divided into two parts, almost the same as in Serie A, but the difference is that in the Primera Division, the winners of each of the two tournaments are declared champion. The most well-known club in Argentina’s history is River Plate with a total of 34 titles, yet this year’s champion is Velez Sarsfield, who celebrated its 9th victory in the winter season of Primera Division. If you want to bet on any of the games, the best Primera Division tips and predictions can be found here, since some of the bookmakers where we place our bets often offer the best Primera Division odds.
What started in 1840 as a simple way of passing time soon turned into a passion that knows no bounds or differences between social classes. But, even with enthusiasm, it was never easy establishing grounds for football when there were so many disagreements. In 1893 Alejandro Watson Hutton established the Argentine Association Football League and the first championship took place in Buenos Aires. Up until the point where the professional status of the League was recognized, Argentinean football went through hard times, as it didn’t manage to find its place among the elite of the world.
From 1931 until 1966, the Primera Division was played after the European model, with the team with most points being crowned champion. During this period, Argentina established its five big clubs, Boca Juniors, River Plate, Independiente, Racing and San Lorenzo and no other team won the league in 36 years. Between 1967 and 1985, the European format was dropped and replaced by two different championships: the Metropolitano and the Nacional. The first one was opened for teams from the old leagues, and the latter included teams from all regions of the country. This is what shaped today’s structure of Primera Division, as before there was no draw allowed and the teams had to decide on the winner of the game by means of penalty shootouts.
Before the last changes were implemented, there was talk about having 38 teams in the Primera Division, but there was national outrage and since they only play for the people’s entertainment, the idea was dropped.
Up until this season, the league was divided into two short championships, el Apertura and el Clausura that named a champion each. For this type of games, the bookmakers always go out of their way to offer the best Primera Division odds, but in this case some people started to criticize the style of the game, since the stronger teams from the Division were continuously being favored. Starting with 2012-2013 the format was modified and there won’t be two different champions per season anymore. Instead, the winners of both tournaments will play each other to single out the winner. Relegation is based on a system of average results; the team with the least points after 38 games leaves the league and the same goes for the two teams with the worst average scores in the last 3 championships.
From the beginning only two teams were allowed to play in Copa Libertadores, which is kind of like the Champions League of South America, but after the change in the format, up to five teams were allowed to take part in this prestigious tournament, that is gaining more and more recognition every year; you can find the best Primera Division predictions for almost every game anywhere, but the best Primera Division tips can only be found here. Knowing that the style of play allows multiple scored goals, which means betting with Betfair with the best betting tips indicate that the best odds are given for the number of goals and the overall result.
Primera Division manages to attract big names for sponsorship contracts, such as Adidas, Coca Cola and Budweiser. A few years ago you could even see the likes of PokerStars and Peugeot on the shirts. Puma supports Independiente, while Nike and Adidas backed Boca Juniors and River Plate. BBVA, Wal-Mart, Petrobas, Paladini and Pirelli are also listed among the sponsors.
Interesting facts about Argentine Primera Division:
- The Championship with the highest average number of goals per game was recorded in 1938 and had an average of 4.9 goals.
- Boca Juniors is the proud holder of the longest unbeaten run title, because their defensive lasted 40 games without losing in 1998.
- Jose Luis Chilavert set the record for top-scoring goalkeeper with 36 goals.
- A negative record was set by Roberto Trotta, who received a total amount of 17 red cards playing for 5 different clubs.
- “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”).” -source Wikipedia.