Copa Suecia

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Copa Suecia
Organising body AFA
Founded 1958
Abolished 1960; 58 years ago (1960) [1]
Region Argentina
Number of teams 16
Related competitions Primera División
Last champions Atlanta

The Copa Suecia (in English: Sweden Cup) was an official Argentine football cup competition held once from 1958 to 1960 by the Argentine Football Association (AFA).[2] It was competed by clubs in the Primera División Argentina. Atlanta won the tournament in the final held in 1960.[3]

History[edit]

Given that the World Cup was held in faraway Sweden in 1958, the Argentine league competition was interrupted after the third round and it was not restarted until three months later, as a result, AFA organized a cup competition in order to keep the teams in readiness and also let the clubs receive some economic benefits throughout the prolonged intermission.[4] The Swedish Embassy in Argentina donated the trophy and hence the name of the tournament.[5]

The 16 teams of the Primera División were divided into two groups (A and B), and each group played a round-robin, the top team from each group would contest a single-legged final. If two teams had the same number of points in a group, a single-legged play-off would be competed to determine the qualification.

Atlanta started very well in this year by three consecutive wins in the league, it also made a strong debut in the Group B of the Copa Suecia by defeating River Plate 4:1. Eventually it was the top team of its group, having the same number of points with Rosario Central. A play-off was contested and Atlanta won by 1:0.[5]

Racing Club was the qualified team in the Group A and they played the final in 1960. Atlanta won the match 3:1 and was crowned the champion,[5] it remains the only official top flight tournament title in Atlanta's history. Moreover, it was the first time that one of the so-called "little teams" of Argentina won an official cup in the professional era, aside from the "Big Five" (River Plate, Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Independiente, and Racing Club).

Initially, the tournament drew strong crowds. However, public interest declined soon due to various factors,[4] the competition was harmed by the lack of commitment of some of the competing clubs that presented too many substitutes. Moreover, interest was lost due to the dismal performance of the Argentina national football team in World Cup 1958. Last but not least, once the Primera División was resumed, there was a lack of available match dates and the scheduling of the remaining part of the tournament became very difficult, as a result, the tournament became a prolongated competition, with some matches played in 1959 and the final was held in 1960, two years and nine days after the commencement.[4]

Details[edit]

Atlanta 3-1 Racing
Nuin Goal 13'
Bellomo Goal 41'
González Goal 74'
Report Sosa Goal 62'
Attendance: 8,300
Referee: Duval Goicoechea.
Atlanta
Racing
GK Errea
DF Clariá
DF Nuin
MF De Sanzo
MF C. Griguol
MF Betinotti
FW M. Griguol
FW A.González
FW Rodríguez
FW Bellomo
FW Roque
Manager:
GK Negri
DF Anido
DF J. Murúa
MF DeVicente
MF Cap
MF Gianella
FW M. Murúa
FW J. Ferrero
FW Pizutti
FW Sosa
FW Belén
Manager:

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