Argentina is recognized world-wide as one of the top soccer national teams. Players such as Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona, Mario Alberto Kempes, Juan Sebastian Veron, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi, among many others, have attracted millions of people from all over the world with their individual skill. World class players continue to flourish in Argentina and most get transferred to top clubs for the most part from Spain, England and Italy.
Argentinean’s soccer consists of ‘La Primera Division’, ‘Primera Nacional B’, ‘Primera B’, ‘Primera C’, ‘Primera D’, ‘Torneo Argentino A’ and ‘Torneo Argentino B’. ‘La Primera Division’ is the highest division. It consists of 20 teams. The season is divided into two tournaments; the ‘Torneo Apertura’ from August to December and the ‘Torneo Clausura’ from February to May. At the end of the ‘Torneo Clausura’, the two teams with the lowest record average automatically get relegated to the 2nd division. The next two teams with the lowest record average play ‘La Promocion’ against the 3rd and 4th teams of the 2nd division. In other words, the team that ends in the 17th position of ‘La Primera Division’ has a playoff against the team that ended in the 4th position in the 2nd division. The team that ends in the 18th position of ‘La Primera Division’ has a playoff against the team that ended in the 3rd position in the 2nd division. Winner and runner-up in the 2nd division league, automatically move up to ‘La Primera Division’.
‘La Copa Argentina’s’ first edition is happening right now. It began in August 31st, 2011 and it will end in May 25th, 2012. The winner of this Cup will qualify for ‘La Copa Sudamericana 2012’.
La Copa Libertadores is the most important club tournament organized by the South American continent CONMEBOL. Teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela participate in this competition. It takes place from January to July of every year. Five teams from Argentinean first division qualify for this tournament: the winner of the ‘Torneo Apertura’ and the winner of the ‘Torneo Clausura’ of the prior year, the team in the 3rd place and the team in 4th place of the overall standings of the prior year, plus the team with the best performance in the Copa Sudamericana of the prior year that wouldn’t have qualified for the Copa Libertadores of the following year are the teams that qualify.
Argentina’s last champion is Boca Juniors. ‘El Torneo Clausura’ is now on the 10th round, with Newell’s Old Boys and Boca Juniors in the first position with 20 points each. As for the second division, ‘Primera Nacional B’, Instituto de Cordoba is the leader with 59 points, with River Plate in the second place with 55 points.