Records of the Argentine Primera División

This is a list of major records of the Argentine Primera División, the top level of the Argentine football league system. The division has two main periods: the amateur era (1891–1930) and the professional era (1931–present).

There have also been a number of changes in the competition format:

  1. Between 1931 and 1966 it was played during one year in a double round-robin tournament.
  2. Between 1967 and 1985 there were two championships per year (Metropolitano and Nacional).
  3. Between 1985 and 1991 it was contested via round-robin again, but with the European style calendar (season started in mid year).
  4. Since 1991, it is contested with an Apertura and Clausura format, meaning there are two champions per season.
  5. Since 2012, it is contested with a format similar to this last, with two champions per season, and a third, which is the winner of a final played between these two teams. The championships are named Inicial, which replaced the Apertura; and Final, which replaced the Clausura.



  • River Plate is the most successful team in Argentine domestic football. They have been champions of Argentina 33 times in the professional era, and once in the amateur era.
  • Boca Juniors is the only team that have won at least one title in every decade.



  • Banfield holds the record for the longest unbeaten run in home games. They did not lose in their own stadium for 49 matches between 1950 and 1953.
  • River Plate holds the record for the longest winning streak playing away from home. They won 11 consecutive matches on the road between 1937 and 1938.
  • Ferro Carril Oeste holds the record for the longest clean sheet. In 1981, they didn't concede a goal for 1075 minutes. This included a run of 10 complete games without conceding a goal. Their goalkeeper was Carlos Barisio.
  • Racing Club holds the record for the longest sequence of tied matches. They drew 10 league games in a row between 20 April and 14 October 1990.

In one championship

  • Independiente holds the record for the most goals in one season. They scored 115 in 1938.
  • Racing Club won the championship with the most points during the first year-long form of dispute (1931–1966), with 61 points in 1966.

Short tournaments

This section accounts for records of the Apertura and Clausura era (1991–present).

  • River Plate won the division with the least amount of points, with 24 in the 1993 Apertura (10 points above the last placed team).

Promotion and relegation

  • Boca Juniors is the only team that has never competed in the second division having played in the first division, playing all seasons in the Primera since 1931.
  • Quilmes is the team with most promotions to and relegations from the first division, a total of 8 for each.
  • Rosario Central is the only team that have won a championship in the season following their promotion to the Primera. They did so in 1986–87.
  • Talleres de Córdoba were probably the best team ever to suffer relegation. They finished 3rd in the 2004 Clausura, but were relegated by the points aggregate system, which relegates the teams with the worst points averages over the last 3 seasons.
  • San Martín de Tucumán is the only club that reached the Primera División from the lowest possible category (the Liga Tucumana de Fútbol), then was relegated all the way back to that category and from there reached the Argentine top division again.


  • The worst campaign by a team was in 1939, when Argentino de Quilmes finished with 4 points in 34 matches, without a single victory.
  • Argentinos Juniors holds the record of most consecutive games lost, with 14 between April 26, 1936 and July 26 of that year.
  • Ferro Carril Oeste set the record for the longest run without scoring. They amassed 875 minutes without a goal between the 1998 Apertura and the 1999 Clausura. The team's supporters displayed a tifo with a simple message: "SCORE 1 GOAL" (in Spanish: "HAGAN 1 GOL").[1][2]
  • Platense set the record for the most number of managers in one season. They had 8 different managers in the 1966 championship.
  • Atlanta set the record for the most number of players in a season. They used 62 different players in 1932.



  • Bernabé Ferreyra is the scorer with the highest goal average: 206 goals in 197 matches, averaging 1.04 goals per match.
  • Arsenio Erico scored the highest number of goals in a long tournament (1931–1966, and 1985–1991). He scored 47 goals in 34 games in 1937 for Independiente. He also has the highest goal average in one tournament, with 1.38.
  • Juan Taverna holds the record of most goals in one game. He scored 7 for Banfield in the team's 13-1 victory over Puerto Comercial in the 1974 Nacional.
  • Victorio Spinetto is the only defender to score 4 goals in one game. He did so on October 17, 1937, for Vélez Sársfield in the team's 5-2 victory over Chacarita Juniors.


  • José Luis Chilavert is also the goalkeeper with most goals in one game, scoring 3 in Vélez Sársfield's 6-1 victory over Ferro Carril Oeste in the 1999 Apertura.
  • The first ever goalkeeper to score in top flight Argentine football was Eduardo Alterio. He scored a penalty against Tigre for Chacarita Juniors in 1931.


  • Sergio Agüero became the youngest player ever to appear in the Primera, taking the record previously held by Diego Maradona. On 7 July 2003 he appeared for Independiente at the age of 15 years and 35 days.
  • Diego Maradona is the youngest ever top scorer in the Argentine topflight. He was only 17 when he topscored in the 1978 Metro.


  • The record for the highest number of games for a single club is held by Ricardo Bochini, who played 638 games for Independiente, between 1972 and 1991.
  • Pedro Catalano, a goalkeeper of Deportivo Español, holds the record for most consecutive matches, with a run of 333 uninterrupted matches between 27 July 1986 and 29 November 1994.


  • James Rodríguez (Colombian) debuted for Banfield with 17 years of age in 2008, being the youngest ever expatriate footballer to play in the Argentine Primera.



  • Juan José Pizzuti is the manager with the longest unbeaten run. His Racing Club was unbeaten for 39 games between October 3, 1965 and August 28, 1966.


  • The tournament with the highest goal average was in 1938, with 4.9 goals per match.


  • The match between Banfield and Puerto Comercial also holds another 3 records: Juan Taverna scored 7 goals, which is the most goals by a player in a single match, the most goals scored by a team in a single match with 13, and the record for the largest margin of victory ever (12 goals).
  • The world record for the longest penalty shootout occurred in a league match when Argentinos Juniors beat Racing Club 20:19 on a penalty shootout after 44 penalties were taken, in 1988. The rules of the time granted an extra point for the winner on penalties after a tied match.
  • The match between Chacarita Juniors and Argentino de Quilmes in 1939 that Chacarita won 5-1, was the match with most headed goals, and the most headed goals by a player in a single match. Fabio Cassán headed 4 goals, and Argentino de Quilmes also scored with a header, totaling 5 goals for the match.


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