Saturday, December 24, 2011

Apertura 2011 - The End / Happy Holidays !!!

First of all I want to thank everyone that uses their time to follow this blog and is interested in Argentinean football. Clausura will start in mid February and you are all invited to join the information service that will enter its 3rd consecutive year ! As usual, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me at so I can give you more details about the service and fees.

Stay tuned for more updates in the next days/weeks with all the Summer transfers and friendlies schedule !

That Boca was the champion 2 rounds before the end made this Apertura one of the least interesting tournaments of the last few years.
The only thing decided in the end was the Copa Libertadores qualification, where Godoy Cruz finally won the points they needed to take the last available place and join Velez, Boca, Lanus and Arsenal as the other qualified teams.

Also Copa Sudamericana places were decided, but this will start on August 2012 and even though some teams are in the qualification zone they won't be able to play it if they have to play promotion playoffs or are relegated so the final list of teams won't be decided until June/July 2012.

With one pending game to be completed in early February (Estudiantes 0 - Banfield 1 suspended after 13 minutes), this were the final standings of Apertura 2011 and the 2011 table that set the teams that will play international competition in 2012.

Apertura 2011 Final Standings:

2011 Final Table:


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Boca is the Apertura 2011 Champion !!

It was definitely coming since long ago and it finally happened with 2 rounds left: Boca is the Apertura champion.

It's been long since one team made such a difference above everybody else in one of this short 19 rounds tournaments, where usually we have very tight finishes with 2 or more teams fighting until the end.

Not only they won the championship when we still have 2 more rounds before the Summer offseason, but also they are still undefeated (if they stay like this in the last 2 games it will be their 2nd time ever that they win a championship without losing a game) and they are about to set a record of less goals conceded: only 4 so far, all in different games and all with shots from outside the box !!

Absolutely undisputed champion, left everybody playing for the 2nd place since a long time ago.

Few things to decide in this last 2 rounds because relegations/promotions aren't finished until June.

The 2011 table (Clausura + Apertura) decides the international competition qualification.
Velez, Boca, Lanus and Arsenal are already qualified to Copa Libertadores 2012 while Godoy Cruz will probably join them, and Copa Sudamericana 2012 (that starts in August) will have -at least for now, it can change- Racing, Independiente, Argentinos Jrs, Colon and 2 other teams including the Copa Argentina champion, who is under way with the Round of 32 currently being played.

This are the standings as of today (All Boys 1 - Argentinos Jrs 0 of the 18th round was already played and Estudiantes - Banfield have a suspended game that will be completed in February 2012):