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Metropolitano championship

The Metropolitano championship was an Argentine football tournament that existed between 1967 and 1984. The Metropolitano formed one half of the Argentine 1st division taking place in the first half of the year, the Nacional took place in the 2nd half of the year. This arrangement lasted until 1982 when they were reversed. The Metropolitano and Nacional were abandoned to make way for European style seasons beginning in 1985-1986.

The Metropolitano utilised a number of different formats including the basic league table, 2 groups qualifying to semi-finals. The number of participants varied between a low of 18 (1972, 1973 and 1981) to a high of 23 (1977)

List of Champions

Year Format Champions Runners-up Third Place /Semi-finalists
1967 2x11, SF Estudiantes (LP) Racing Independiente
Platense
1968 2x11, SF San Lorenzo Estudiantes River Plate
Vélez Sársfield
1969 2x11, SF Chacarita Juniors River Plate Boca Juniors
Racing
1970 league of 21 Independiente River Plate San Lorenzo
1971 league of 19 Independiente Vélez Sársfield Chacarita Juniors
1972 league of 18 San Lorenzo Racing Huracán
1973 league of 18 Huracán Boca Juniors San Lorenzo
1974 2x8, group of 4 Newell's Old Boys Rosario Central Boca Juniors
Huracán
1975 league of 20 River Plate Huracán Boca Juniors
1976 2x11, SF Boca Juniors Huracán Estudiantes (LP)
1977 league of 23 River Plate Independiente Vélez Sársfield
1978 league of 21 Quilmes Boca Juniors Unión
1979 2x10, SF River Plate Vélez Sársfield Independiente
Rosario Central
1980 league of 19 River Plate Argentinos Juniors Talleres (C)
1981 league of 18 Boca Juniors Ferro Carril Oeste Huracán
1982 league of 19 Estudiantes (LP) Independiente Boca Juniors
1983 league of 19 Independiente San Lorenzo Ferro Carril Oeste
1984 league of 19 Argentinos Juniors Ferro Carril Oeste Estudiantes (LP)

Top three finishes

Club Champions Runners-up Third Place/SF
River Plate 4 2 1
Independiente 3 2 2
Boca Juniors 2 2 4
Estudiantes (LP) 2 1 2
San Lorenzo 2 1 2
Argentinos Juniors 1 1 0
Huracán 1 2 1
Chacarita Juniors 1 0 1
Newell's Old Boys 1 0 1
Quilmes 1 0 0
Vélez Sársfield 0 2 2
Ferro Carril Oeste 0 2 1
Racing 0 2 1
Rosario Central 0 1 1
Talleres (C) 0 0 1
Unión 0 0 1

Records

  • River Plate hold the most titles with four, and are the only team to have won two consecutive Metropolitano championships in 1979 and 1980.
  • Vélez Sársfield are the most successful team never to win the Metropolitano, with 2 second places, a third place and a semi-final place.
  • Diego Maradona was topscorer in the Metropolitano three times (1978, 1979, 1980)
  • The only other player to be topscorer on more than one occasion was Carlos Manuel Morete (1974, 1982)

External links

  • RSSSF list of final tables, Argentina
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