1991–92 Argentine Primera División

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Primera División
Season1991–92
Dates10 September 1991 – 5 July 1992
ChampionsApertura: River Plate (23rd title)
Clausura: Newell's Old Boys (4th title)
PromotedQuilmes Green Arrow Up.svg
Belgrano (C) Green Arrow Up.svg
RelegatedQuilmes Red Arrow Down.svg
Unión Red Arrow Down.svg
1993 Copa LibertadoresNewell's Old Boys
River Plate
1992 Copa CONMEBOLBoca Juniors
Gimnasia y Esgrima LP
Vélez Sarsfield
Top goalscorerApertura:
Ramón Díaz (14 goals)
Clausura:
Diego Latorre
Darío Scotto
(9 goals each)
Biggest home winVélez Sarsfield 5–0 Huracán(28 Sep. 1991)
Platense 5–0 Rosario Central(19 Apr. 1992)
Biggest away winRiver Plate 0–5 Newell's Old Boys, (10 May 1992)
Highest scoringArgentinos Juniors 5–2 Deportivo Español, (28 Nov. 1991)

The 1990–91 Argentine Primera División was the 101st season of top-flight professional football in Argentina. Starting with this season, both Apertura and Clausura tournaments were recognised as separate championships, and no final decider was played between the winners of each tournament. River Plate won the Apertura and Newell's Old Boys won the Clausura.

The season run from 10 September 1991 to 5 July 1992, with Quilmes and Unión de Santa Fe being relegated.[1]

Competition format[edit]

The tournament for the 1991–92 season was composed of 20 teams; each team played each other in a single round-robin tournament. The season was divided in two separate championships, called Apertura (Opening) and Clausura (Closing). If each tournament was won by a different team, they played a two-legged qualifier for the 1993 Copa Libertadores. To decide the remaining berth for the Copa Libertadores, the four runners-up from the Apertura tournaments and the four runners-up from the Clausura tournament (not already qualified in the Apertura tournament) competed in an eight-team knockout round; the winning team played against the losing team from the two-legged qualifier and was granted a berth in the 1993 Copa Libertadores. The losing team plus the finalist and best semi-finalist of the eight-team knockout round competed in the 1992 Copa CONMEBOL. Relegation occurred at the end of the Clausura stage, with the two teams with the worst three-year point average (Primera División competition only) being relegated to Primera B Nacional competition.

Apertura Tournament[edit]

The Apertura Tournament began on 29 August 1991 and finished on 22 December 1991. River Plate won the tournament; the match between River Plate and Racing was suspended, with the victory being awarded later to River Plate.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 River Plate 19 13 4 2 32 11 +21 30 Qualified to 1993 Copa Libertadores qualifier final
2 Boca Juniors 19 7 10 2 22 15 +7 24 Qualified to 1993 Copa Libertadores qualifier
3 San Lorenzo 19 4 14 1 20 14 +6 22
4 Vélez Sarsfield 19 8 5 6 27 18 +9 21
5 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) 19 7 7 5 16 17 −1 21
6 Deportivo Mandiyú 19 7 6 6 22 20 +2 20
7 Platense 19 5 10 4 16 14 +2 20
8 Talleres de Córdoba 19 7 6 6 19 21 −2 20
9 Argentinos Juniors 19 4 11 4 18 18 0 19
10 Ferro Carril Oeste 19 6 7 6 16 16 0 19
11 Independiente 19 6 7 6 20 21 −1 19
12 Huracán 19 5 9 5 18 21 −3 19
13 Racing 19 4 11 4 14 13 +1 19
14 Deportivo Español 19 6 6 7 23 25 −2 18
15 Belgrano de Córdoba 19 3 11 5 15 17 −2 17
16 Rosario Central 19 4 9 6 17 21 −4 17
17 Estudiantes (LP) 19 4 8 7 14 21 −7 16
18 Newell's Old Boys 19 3 9 7 14 16 −2 15
19 Unión 19 3 8 8 13 21 −8 14
20 Quilmes 19 1 8 10 9 25 −16 10

Clausura Tournament[edit]

The Clausura Tournament began on 21 February 1992 and finished on 5 July 1992. Newell's Old Boys won their fourth title. Quilmes was deducted two points following incidents in their match against Ferro Carril Oeste.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Newell's Old Boys 19 11 7 1 27 18 +9 29 Qualified to 1993 Copa Libertadores qualifier final
2 Vélez Sarsfield 19 10 7 2 29 16 +13 27
3 Deportivo Español 19 9 9 1 24 11 +13 27 Qualified to 1993 Copa Libertadores qualifier
4 Boca Juniors 19 10 6 3 20 11 +9 26
5 River Plate 19 8 8 3 31 22 +9 24
6 Platense 19 8 6 5 23 16 +7 22 Qualified to 1993 Copa Libertadores qualifier
7 Racing 19 5 11 3 12 9 +3 21
8 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) 19 6 8 5 25 20 +5 20
9 Huracán 19 5 9 5 18 19 −1 19 Qualified to 1993 Copa Libertadores qualifier
10 Belgrano de Córdoba 19 6 6 7 18 18 0 18
11 Ferro Carril Oeste 19 5 8 6 13 14 −1 18
12 Independiente 19 4 9 6 16 16 0 17
13 Talleres de Córdoba 19 4 9 6 14 17 −3 17
14 Rosario Central 19 8 1 10 19 24 −5 17
15 Argentinos Juniors 19 5 6 8 16 19 −3 16
16 Unión 19 2 9 8 11 18 −7 13
17 Estudiantes (LP) 19 2 9 8 14 26 −12 13
18 Deportivo Mandiyú 19 3 7 9 16 30 −14 13
19 San Lorenzo 19 3 6 10 11 25 −14 12
20 Quilmes 19 4 3 12 14 32 −18 11

Copa Libertadores qualification[edit]

Champions of the Apertura tournament River Plate faced Clausura champions Newell's Old Boys for a spot in the 1993 Copa Libertadores; the losing team would play against the winner of the eight-team knockout round for the remaining berth. River Plate won two of the three matches and qualified for the Copa Libertadores.



River Plate3–2Newell's Old Boys
Medina Bello Goal 23', Goal 48'
Díaz Goal 32'
Martino Goal 27'
Lunari Goal 43'

The second qualifying instance to the 1993 Copa Libertadores began on 10 July 1992 and finished on 26 July 1992. Eight teams competed in a direct elimination knockout tournament with home and away matches, where the winning team faced the losing team from the first qualifier; the losing team from this qualifier plus the two best teams from the knockout phase qualified for the 1992 Copa CONMEBOL.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
July 12 - El Palacio
 
 
Boca Juniors2
 
July 18 - José Amalfitani
 
San Lorenzo0
 
Boca Juniors0
 
July 12 - El Doble Visera
 
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)1
 
Platense0
 
July 26 - Monumental
 
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)1
 
Vélez Sarsfield3
 
July 12 - Ricardo Etcheverry
 
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)0
 
Vélez Sarsfield1
 
July 19 - Ricardo Etcheverry
 
Huracán0
 
Vélez Sarsfield1 (4)
 
July 10 - El Palacio
 
Deportivo Español1 (2)
 
Deportivo Español1
 
 
Racing0
 

Vélez Sarsfield played a final playoff match against Newell's Old Boys for the remaining berth in the 1993 Copa Libertadores.

Newell's Old Boys1–0Vélez Sarsfield
Saldaña Goal 80'

Relegation[edit]

At the end of the season Quilmes and Unión de Santa Fe were relegated after finishing with the two worst points averages.

Team Average Points Played 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
River Plate 1.342 153 114 53 45 55
Boca Juniors 1.263 144 114 43 51 50
Vélez Sársfield 1.184 135 114 42 45 48
Newell's Old Boys 1.123 128 114 36 48 44
Independiente 1.070 122 114 46 40 36
Racing Club 1.035 118 114 39 40 39
Huracán 1.026 78 76 N/A 40 38
Rosario Central 1.018 116 114 43 39 34
Ferro Carril Oeste 1.000 114 114 39 38 37
San Lorenzo 1.000 114 114 35 45 34
Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 0.991 113 114 39 33 41
Platense 0.991 113 114 36 35 42
Argentinos Juniors 0.956 109 114 38 36 35
Deportivo Mandiyú 0.939 107 114 36 38 33
Belgrano de Córdoba 0.921 35 38 N/A N/A 35
Deportivo Español 0.912 104 114 31 28 45
Estudiantes de La Plata 0.895 102 114 34 39 29
Talleres de Córdoba 0.895 102 114 36 29 37
Unión de Santa Fe 0.825 94 114 36 31 27
Quilmes 0.500 19 38 N/A N/A 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argentina 1991–92 by Pablo Ciullini on RSSSF.com