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200910 Primera Division Argentina

The 200910 Primera Division season is the eighty-first season of top-flight professional football in Argentina. A total of 20 teams are competing in the season, which started on August 21, 2009 and will end on May 16, 2010.

Changes from 200809

The major changes for this season apply to international qualification. For the 2010 Copa Libertadores, the average for the past two tournaments will be taken into account, instead of the past three. For the 2010 Copa Sudamericana, River Plate and Boca Juniors will no longer be invited without merit. Their open berths will be up for qualification to any team, including themselves.

On August 21, the Argentine Football Association revoked the television broadcasting contract with TyC in the hopes of increasing revenue to help the financially struggling clubs. On August 18, the AFA and the Government of Argentina struck a deal to broadcast the season for free on non-cable channels, which allowed the season to start on the 21st.

Club information

Twenty clubs will participate in the 200910 season, with eighteen sides remaining from the previous season. Gimnasia (Jujuy) and San Martin de Tucuman were relegated at the end of the 200809 season. They were replaced by Chacarita Juniors and Atletico Tucuman, both of whom were promoted from the Primera B Nacional. Rosario Central and Gimnasia (La Plata) played the relegation/promotion playoffs against Belgrano and Atletico de Rafaela, respectively. Both Gimnasia (La Plata) and Rosario Central won their playoff matches and retained their status in top-flight football.

1.Estudiantes' own stadium is undergoing renovation.

2.The first match Independiente played in Estadio Libertadores de America after reconstruction was on October 28, 2009. Prior to that, Independiente used Estadio Ciudad de Lanus.

3.Newell's Old Boys changed the name of their stadium to Estadio Marcelo Bielsa from Estadio Newell's Old Boys on December 22, 2009.

Managerial changes


Torneo Apertura

The Torneo Apertura was scheduled to begin on August 14, 2009 and end on December 13, 2009. However, the AFA delayed the start of the tournament until August 21, 2009 due to financial debts in some clubs.



Top ten goalscorers

Updated as of games played on December 14, 2009.
Source: AFA

Torneo Clausura




Top ten goalscorers

Updated as of games played on March 14, 2010.
Source: AFA


Updated as of games played on March 15, 2010.
Source: AFA

International qualification

See also: Clubs in international competitions

Copa Libertadores

The first two of Argentina's five allocated berths to the 2010 Copa Libertadores will go to the 2009 Clausura champion (Velez Sarsfield) and the 2009 Apertura champion (Banfield). The remaining three berths will go to the teams with the best average of the past two tournaments. Additionally, Estudiantes has a berth as the defending Copa Libertadores champion.

Updated to games played on December 13, 2009.
Source: AFA.

1.Only teams that did not play in the promotional/relegation playoffs are eligible to play in the 2010 Copa Libertadores. This leaves and ineligible for the competition.

Copa Sudamericana

Qualification for the 2010 Copa Sudamericana is determined by an aggregate table of the Apertura 2009 and Clausura 2010 tournaments. The top six teams in the aggregate table qualify. Boca Juniors and River Plate will no longer be invitees to the tournament without merit.

See also

200910 in Argentine football

External links

Season regulations

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