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The 2008-09 Primera División season was the 80th season of top-flight professional football in Argentina and the nineteenth season in which the Apertura and Clausura system is used.

Boca Juniors won the Apertura championship for their 23rd national title after a three team playoff with Tigre and San Lorenzo. The Clausura championship was won by Vélez Sársfield for their 7th national title. Gimnasia de Jujuy and San Martin de Tucuman were relegated to the Primera B Nacional.

Format

The format for the 2008-09 season remains unchanged. The season will be split into two tournaments called Apertura and Clausura. Each tournament will be contested by the same 20 teams in a single round-robin format. The champion of each tournament will be determined by points. Should the tops teams be tied at points at the end of each tournament, a playoff will be held at a neutral site. Relegation is determined at the end of the season.

Club information

Club City Stadium Capacity
Argentinos Juniorsmarker Buenos Airesmarker Diego Armando Maradonamarker 24,800
Arsenal Sarandímarker Julio H.marker Grondonamarker 16,300
Banfield Banfield Florencio Solámarker 40,500
Boca Juniors Buenos Airesmarker Alberto J.marker Armandomarker 49,000
Colón Santa Fe Brigadier General Estanislao Lópezmarker 32,500
Estudiantes La Platamarker Jorge Luis Hirschi 23,000
Gimnasia Jujuy 23 de Agostomarker 24,000
Gimnasia La Platamarker Juan Carlos Zerillomarker 24,544
Godoy Cruz Mendozamarker Malvinas Argentinasmarker 40,268
Huracán Buenos Airesmarker Tomás Adolfo Ducómarker 48,314
Independiente Avellanedamarker Libertadores de Américamarker 52,823
Lanús Lanúsmarker Ciudad de Lanús - Néstor Díaz Pérezmarker 46,619
Newell's Old Boys Rosariomarker Newell's Old Boysmarker 38,095
Racing Clubmarker Avellanedamarker Presidente Juan Domingo Perón 51,000
River Plate Buenos Airesmarker Monumental Antonio V.marker Libertimarker 65,645
Rosario Central Rosariomarker Dr. Lisandro de la Torremarker 41,824
San Lorenzo Buenos Airesmarker Pedro Bidegainmarker 43,494
San Martín Tucumánmarker La Cuidadelamarker 35,000
Tigre Victoriamarker Monumental de Victoriamarker 26,282
Vélez Sársfield Buenos Airesmarker José Amalfitanimarker 49,540


Promotion and relegation

Olimpo and San Martín de San Juan were relegated at the end of the 2007–08 Primera División season. They were replaced by Godoy Cruz and San Martín de Tucumán, both of whom were promoted from the Primera B Nacional.

Gimnasia de Jujuy and Racingmarker played the relegation/promotion playoffs against Unión de Santa Fe and Belgrano, respectively. Both Gimnasia de Jujuy and Racing won their playoff matches and retained their status in top-flight football.

Managerial changes

This is a list of the managerial changes in the Primera División made during the season.

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Replaced by Date of
appointment
Position
in table
Claudio Ubeda Resigned Sep. 14, 2008 Héctor Martínez (interim) Sep. 15, 2008 20th (A)
Roberto Sensini Resigned Sep. 17, 2008 Leonardo Astrada Sep. 20, 2008 18th (A)
Guillermo Sanguinetti Resigned Sep. 29, 2008 Leonardo Madelón Oct. 2, 2008 12th (A)
Claudio Borghi Resigned Oct. 5, 2008 Miguel Santoro Oct. 6, 2008 15th (A)
Pablo Sánchez Sacked Oct. 6, 2008 Gustavo Alfaro Oct. 10, 2008 19th (A)
Daniel Oldrá Resigned Oct. 28, 2008 Diego Cocca Oct. 29, 2008 18th (A)
Héctor Martínez (interim) End of contract Nov. 3, 2008 Ángel Cappa Nov. 4, 2008 15th (A)
Diego Simeone Resigned Nov. 9, 2008 Gabriel Rodríguez (interim) Nov. 10, 2008 20th (A)
Hugo Tocalli Resigned Dec. 3, 2008 Pedro Larraquy (interim) Dec. 4, 2008 6th (A)
Nestor Gorosito Resigned Dec. 14, 2008 Claudio Vivas Dec. 27, 2008 11th (A)
Pedro Larraquy (interim) End of contract Dec. 15, 2008 Ricardo Gareca Dec. 16, 2008 9th (A)
Gabriel Rodríguez (interim) End of contract Dec. 15, 2008 Nestor Gorosito Dec. 23, 2008 20th (A)
Juan Manuel Llop Sacked Feb. 21, 2009 Ricardo Caruso Lombardi Feb. 24, 2009 20th (C)
Gustavo Alfaro Sacked Feb. 28, 2009 Reinaldo Merlo Mar. 2, 2009 18th (C)
Omar Labruna Resigned Mar. 10, 2009 Héctor Arzubialde Mar. 11, 2009 19th (C)
Leonardo Astrada Resigned Mar. 11, 2009 Alejandro Sabella Mar. 15, 2009 18th (C)
Miguel Santoro Resigned Mar. 21, 2009 Américo Gallego Mar. 27, 2009 8th (C)
Jorge Burruchaga Resigned Mar. 22, 2009 Julio Falcioni Mar. 23, 2009 9th (C)
Miguel Ángel Russo Resigned Apr. 9, 2009 Diego Simeone Apr. 16, 2009 10th (C)
Reinaldo Merlo Resigned Apr. 14, 2009 Miguel Ángel Russo Apr. 16, 2009 9th (C)
Daniel Garnero Sacked Apr. 25, 2009 José Rizzo (interim) Apr. 26, 2009 16th (C)
José Rizzo (interim) End of contract May 4, 2009 Jorge Burruchaga May 5, 2009 18th (C)
Claudio Vivas Resigned May 23, 2009 Claudio Borghi Jun. 2, 2009 20th (C)
Carlos Ischia Resigned Jun. 16, 2009 Abel Alvez (interim) Jun. 17, 2009 15th (C)


Transfers

Torneo Apertura

The Torneo Apertura ( ) was played between August 6 to December 14, 2008. The champion will earn a spot in the 2009 Copa Libertadores.

Standings

Results

Championship playoff

Since San Lorenzo, Tigre and Boca Juniors ended the tournament with the same number of points, a three-way playoff was played to determine the champion.







Top-ten goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 José Sand Lanús 15
2 Martín Morel Tigre 13
3 Esteban Fuertes Colón 11
4 Alejandro Gómez Arsenal 8
Mauro Boselli Estudiantes
6 Rubén Ramírez Colón 7
Lucas Viatri Boca Juniors
Pablo Barrientos San Lorenzo
Leonel Núñez Independiente
Carlos Luna Tigre
Updated as of games played on December 14, 2008.
Source: Scorer Stats


Torneo Clausura

The Torneo Clausura ( ) began on February 6, 2009 and ended on July 5, 2009. The champion will earn a spot in the 2010 Copa Libertadores.

Standings

Results

Top-ten goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 José Sand 13
2 Daniel Montenegro 12
Esteban Fuertes
4 Hernán López 11
Carlos Luna
6 Santiago Silva 9
7 Leandro Caruso 8
Radamel Falcao
Gonzalo Bergessio
10 Javier Pastore 7
Martín Palermo
Updated as of games played on July 5, 2009.
Source: AFA


Relegation

Relegation from the Primera Division is determined on the basis of performance over the last three seasons. Every club has its points earned divided by the number of matches played and an average ( ) is determined. The clubs who finish in 17th and 18th play a relegation play-off against the 3rd and 4th placed clubs in Primera B Nacional. The clubs who finish in 19th and 20th are directly relegated to Primera B Nacional.

Pos

Team 2006–07
Pts.
2007–08
Pts.
2008–09
Pts.
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg

1 83 70 61 214 114 1.877
2 81 69 57 207 114 1.815
3 73 64 63 200 114 1.754
4 59 56 73 190 114 1.666
5 56 59 66 181 114 1.587
6 71 66 41 178 114 1.561
7 0 56 62 118 76 1.552
8 0 52 58 110 76 1.447
9 62 51 46 159 114 1.394
10 57 59 39 155 114 1.359
11 46 45 57 148 114 1.298
12 0 0 49 49 38 1.289
13 46 61 37 145 114 1.271
14 35 56 52 143 114 1.254
15 49 40 52 141 114 1.236
16 39 54 46 139 114 1.219
17 52 41 40 133 114 1.166
18 40 36 55 131 114 1.149
19 0 0 40 40 38 1.052
20 43 35 38 116 114 1.017
Updated as of July 5, 2009; Source: AFA

Relegation play-off match
Relegated to the Primera B Nacional


Relegation/promotion playoffs



International qualification

Copa Libertadores

The Apertura champion qualifies to the 2009 Copa Libertadoresand the Clausura champion qualifies to the 2010 Copa Libertadores. The last two Argentina spots for the 2009 Copa Libertadoreswere determined by a combined average (points earned divided by games played) of the past three tournaments.





Copa Sudamericana

Qualification for the 2009 Copa Sudamericanais determined from an aggregate table of the Apertura and Clausura tournaments. The top four teams in the aggregate table qualify; Boca Juniorsand River Plateare invited every year, regardless of their standings in the season.

See also



External links



Relegation/promotion playoff 1

Relegation/promotion playoff 2

Pos
Team
2007 Apertura
2008 Clausura
2008 Apertura
Total
Avg
Pts
Pld
Pts
Pld
Pts
Pld
Pts
Pld
1
Boca Juniors
31 19
39 19
39 19
109
57
1.912
2
San Lorenzo
29 19
35 19
39 19
103
57
1.807
3
Estudiantes
30 19
39 19
28 19
97
57
1.702
4
Tigre
34 19
22 19
39 19
95
57
1.667
5
Lanús
38 19
18 19
37 19
93
57
1.632
6
Newell's Old Boys
27 19
29 19
31 19
87
57
1.526
7
Vélez Sársfield
27 19
32 19
26 19
85
57
1.491
8
Argentinos Juniorsmarker
31 19
30 19
23 19
84
57
1.474
9
River Plate
23 19
43 19
14 19
80
57
1.404
10
Arsenal
26 19
25 19
28 19
79
57
1.386
11
Independiente
28 19
31 19
18 19
77
57
1.351
12
Banfield
32 19
22 19
23 19
77
57
1.351
13
Huracán
30 19
22 19
20 19
72
57
1.263
14
Godoy Cruz
0 0
0 0
23 19
23
19
1.211
15
Colón
22 19
23 19
23 19
68
57
1.193
16
Gimnasia
19 19
17 19
27 19
63
57
1.105
17
Racingmarker
25 19
15 19
22 19
62
57
1.088
18
San Martín
0 0
0 0
20 19
20
19
1.053
19
Rosario Central
14 19
27 19
15 19
56
57
0.982
20
Gimnasia
20 19
15 19
21 19
54
57
0.947
Qualified to the Second Stage
Qualified to the First Stage
Already qualified as the 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura, or 2008 Apertura champion.

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