1997 Torneo Descentralizado

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Torneo Descentralizado
Season1997
ChampionsAlianza Lima
18th Primera División title
RelegatedAlcides Vigo
Torino
José Gálvez
La Loretana
Copa LibertadoresAlianza Lima (first stage)
Sporting Cristal (first stage)
Copa CONMEBOLMelgar
Top goalscorerRicardo Zegarra (17)
Biggest home winAlianza Atlético 8–1 Unión Minas
Alianza Atlético 8–1 La Loretana
Biggest away winMunicipal 1–6 Sporting Cristal
Torino 0–5 Alianza Lima
Highest scoringAlianza Atlético 8–1 Unión Minas
Alianza Atlético 8–1 La Loretana
Alianza Lima 5–4 Sporting Cristal
1996
1998

The 1997 Torneo Descentralizado was the 82nd season of the top category of Peruvian football (soccer). It was played by 14 teams. The national champion was Alianza Lima, their first title in 19 years.

Competition modus[edit]

The national championship was divided into two half-year tournaments, the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura. Each was played on a round-robin basis. The winners of each would play for the national title in a playoff. However, since the same club won both tournaments, it won the national championship automatically.

Following-season Copa Libertadores berths went to the champion, as well as to the winner of a Liguilla (small league) featuring teams between second and seventh place on the aggregate table. This had a round-robin format, with the team obtaining the best results in matchups during the "regular season" playing at home. The runner-up would qualify for the Copa CONMEBOL. The bottom four teams on the aggregate table were relegated.

Teams[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Field
Alcides Vigo Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Alianza Atlético Sullana Campeones del 36 8,000 Grass
Alianza Lima Lima Alejandro Villanueva 35,000 Grass
Cienciano Cuzco Garcilaso 42,056 Grass
Deportivo Municipal Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass
Deportivo Pesquero Chimbote Manuel Rivera Sanchez 25,000 Grass
José Gálvez Chimbote Manuel Rivera Sanchez 25,000 Grass
La Loretana Pucallpa Aliardo Soria 15,000 Grass
Melgar Arequipa Mariano Melgar 20,000 Grass
Sport Boys Callao Miguel Grau 18,000 Grass
Sporting Cristal Lima San Martín de Porres 18,000 Grass
Torino Talara Campeonísimo 8,000 Grass
Unión Minas Cerro de Pasco Daniel Alcides Carrión 8,000 Grass
Universitario Lima Nacional 45,750 Grass

Torneo Apertura[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Alianza Lima 13 9 3 1 27 9 +18 30 Copa Libertadores 1998 Group Stage
2 Sporting Cristal 13 8 3 2 30 13 +17 27
3 Universitario 13 7 4 2 19 8 +11 25
4 Cienciano 13 6 6 1 18 10 +8 24
5 Deportivo Municipal 13 6 2 5 25 23 +2 20
6 Sport Boys 13 5 3 5 15 18 −3 18
7 Alianza Atlético 13 4 3 6 22 18 +4 15
8 Deportivo Pesquero 13 3 5 5 16 16 0 14
9 Melgar 13 4 2 7 16 24 −8 14
10 Torino 13 2 7 4 14 19 −5 13
11 Alcides Vigo 13 3 3 7 13 18 −5 12
12 Unión Minas 13 3 3 7 14 28 −14 12
13 José Gálvez 13 3 3 7 12 28 −16 12
14 La Loretana 13 2 5 6 9 18 −9 11
Updated to match(es) played on February 27, 2009. Source: RSSSF Peru 1997
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Torneo Clausura[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Alianza Lima 13 10 2 1 33 7 +26 32 Copa Libertadores 1998 Group Stage
2 Universitario 13 8 4 1 19 7 +12 28
3 Sporting Cristal 13 6 4 3 25 16 +9 22
4 Alianza Atlético 13 6 3 4 24 13 +11 21
5 Melgar 13 6 3 4 17 16 +1 21
6 Cienciano 13 6 2 5 17 13 +4 20
7 Unión Minas 13 6 2 5 15 15 0 20
8 Deportivo Municipal 13 6 1 6 18 24 −6 19
9 Deportivo Pesquero 13 4 3 6 17 16 +1 15
10 Sport Boys 13 3 6 4 13 15 −2 15
11 Alcides Vigo 13 3 4 6 19 23 −4 13
12 Torino 13 3 1 9 13 30 −17 10
13 José Gálvez 13 3 0 10 12 27 −15 9
14 La Loretana 13 2 3 8 10 30 −20 9
Updated to match(es) played on February 27, 2009. Source: RSSSF Peru 1997
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Finals[edit]

No finals were held after Alianza Lima won both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments, thus automatically obtaining the national title.

Aggregate table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Alianza Lima (C) 26 19 5 2 60 16 +44 62 Qualification for 1998 Copa Libertadores
2 Universitario 26 15 8 3 49 15 +34 53 Qualification for Hexagonal
3 Sporting Cristal 26 14 7 5 55 29 +26 49
4 Cienciano 26 12 8 6 35 23 +12 44
5 Deportivo Municipal 26 12 3 11 43 47 −4 39
6 Alianza Atlético 26 10 6 10 46 31 +15 36
7 Melgar 26 10 5 11 33 40 −7 35
8 Sport Boys 26 8 9 9 28 33 −5 33
9 Unión Minas 26 9 5 12 29 43 −14 32
10 Deportivo Pesquero 26 7 8 11 33 32 +1 29
11 Alcides Vigo 26 6 7 13 32 41 −9 25 Relegation to Segunda División 1998
12 Torino 26 5 8 13 27 49 −22 23 Relegation to 1998 Copa Perú
13 José Gálvez 26 6 3 17 24 55 −31 21
14 La Loretana 26 4 8 14 19 48 −29 20
Updated to match(es) played on December 1997. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

Title[edit]

Primera División Peruana
1997 Champion
Alianza Lima
19th title

Hexagonal[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Cristal 5 4 1 0 9 1 +8 13 1998 Copa Libertadores
2 Universitario 5 2 2 1 12 4 +8 8
3 Melgar 5 2 2 1 4 4 0 8 1998 Copa CONMEBOL
4 Cienciano 5 2 0 3 8 10 −2 6
5 Alianza Atlético 5 1 2 2 8 11 −3 5
6 Deportivo Municipal 5 0 1 4 5 16 −11 1
Updated to match(es) played on December 1997. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Top scorers[edit]

Source: RSSSF

17 goals

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