2011–12 Costa Rican Primera División season

The 2011–12 Primera División season is the 93rd of Costa Rica's top-flight professional football league. The season was divided into two championships: the Invierno and the Verano. The season began on 31 July 2011.

2011–12 Campeonato Nacional de Costa Rica
Season2011–12
ChampionsAlajuelense (2011 Invierno)
Herediano (2012 Verano)
RelegatedTBD
Champions LeagueAlajuelense
Herediano
Matches played116
Goals scored321 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorerInvierno:
Randall Brenes (13)
Verano:
TBD
Biggest home winInvierno: Pérez Zeledón 7–1 Puntarenas
Biggest away winInvierno: San Carlos 0–4 Herediano
Highest scoringInvierno: Herediano 6–3 Cartaginés

Promotion and relegationEdit

Universidad de Costa Rica finished last season in last place in the overall table at the end of last season and were relegated to the Segunda División. Replacing them in the league for this season are the overall champions of last season's Segunda División competition, Belén Siglo XXI.

Barrio México were expelled from last year's competition during the 2011 Verano tournament and were eventually relegated from the league due to various financial difficulties.[1] They were not replaced for this season.

For this season, Brujas changed their name to Orión FC Desamparados.[2]

Format changesEdit

Due to the reduction of the league to 11 teams for this season, the league's format was changed for this season. There would be no groups this season. Instead, for both tournaments, the clubs would play every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 20 matches each. At the end of the regular season, the top 4 teams in the league standings would participate in the playoffs. At the end of the season, the last place club would participate in a promotion-relegation playoff against the Segunda División overall runners-up, while the Segunda División overall champions would be promoted to next season's competition automatically.[3]

Average attendanceEdit

Team informationEdit

Team Manager City Stadium Capacity
LD Alajuelense   Oscar "El Machillo" Ramírez Alajuela Alejandro Morera Soto 17,895
Belén Siglo XXI   Vinicio Alvarado Belén Estadio Polideportivo de Belén 3,000
C.S. Cartaginés   Jhonny Chávez Cartago Fello Meza 13,500
CS Herediano   Jafet Soto Heredia Rosabal Cordero 8,144
Limón F.C.   Hernán Fernando Sossa Limón Estadio Nuevo de Limón/Estadio Juan Gobán 3,000/2,000
Orión F.C.   Martín Arreola Tarrazú Estadio Municipal de Tarrazú 1,500
Municipal Pérez Zeledón   Mauricio Wright San Isidro Municipal 6,000
Puntarenas FC   Luis Fernando Fallas Puntarenas "Lito" Pérez 4,105
Asociación Deportiva San Carlos   Marvin Solano Ciudad Quesada Carlos Álvarez 5,600
Santos de Guápiles   Gustavo Martínez Guápiles Ebal Rodríguez 3,000
Deportivo Saprissa   Alexander Guimaraes Tibás Ricardo Saprissa 23,000

Campeonato de InviernoEdit

The 2011 Campeonato de Invierno, officially the 2011 Campeonato de Invierno Scotiabank for sponsorship reasons, was the first tournament of the season. The tournament began on 31 July 2011 and ended on 18 December 2011.

First stageEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Herediano 20 11 6 3 39 19 +20 39 Advances to the Semifinals
2 Alajuelense 20 11 4 5 38 23 +15 37
3 Deportivo Saprissa 20 9 8 3 34 21 +13 35
4 Cartaginés 20 7 9 4 31 27 +4 30
5 Puntarenas 20 7 7 6 27 34 −7 28
6 Pérez Zeledón 20 7 5 8 31 30 +1 26
7 Santos 20 6 7 7 26 27 −1 25
8 San Carlos 20 5 6 9 22 33 −11 21
9 Belén 20 4 7 9 21 30 −9 19
10 Limón 20 5 4 11 19 30 −11 19
11 Orión 20 4 5 11 20 34 −14 17
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALA BEL CAR HER LIM ORI PEZ PUN SAC SAN SAP
Alajuelense 1–0 4–0 2–2 0–2 4–2 4–0 0–1 3–1 0–2 1–1
Belén 1–2 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1
Cartaginés 2–0 3–2 3–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1
Herediano 4–0 1–1 6–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 5–0 1–0 1–1
Limón 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–0 3–3 0–1 0–2 0–2
Orión 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–4
Pérez Zeledón 1–3 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 5–1 7–1 1–0 2–1 2–2
Puntarenas 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–2 3–3
San Carlos 0–3 4–0 1–1 0–4 2–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–4
Santos 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–2
Deportivo Saprissa 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second stageEdit

Semifinals Finals
          
1 Herediano 2 1 3
4 Cartaginés 1 0 1
Herediano 1 1 (5) 2
Alajuelense 1 1 (6) 2
2 Alajuelense 1 2 3
3 Saprissa 0 2 2

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit

Cartaginés1–2Herediano
Brenes   4' Vargas   18'
Cordero   39'

Second legsEdit


Alajuelense2–2Saprissa
Alpizar   37'
Fernández   90'
Ortiz   39'
Martínez   50'

FinalsEdit

First legEdit

Second legEdit

2–2 on aggregate score, Alajuelense wins on penalties 6–5


 Campeonato de Invierno Scotiabank Champion 
Alajuelense
27th title

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Randall Brenes Cartaginés 13
2 Jairo Arrieta Saprissa 12
4 José Luis Cordero Herediano 12
5 Victor Núñez Herediano 9
6 Yendrick Ruiz Puntarenas 8
Olman Vargas Herediano 8
7 Jonathan McDonald Alajuelense 7
Kenny Cunnighan San Carlos 7
Alejandro Castro Santos 7
8 Ismael Gómez Limón 6
Alejandro Alpízar Alajuelense 6
Luciano Bostal Pérez Zeledón 6
Josué Martínez Saprissa 6
9 José Cancela Herediano 5
Álvaro Sánchez San Carlos 5
Diego Joaquín País San Carlos 5

Campeonato de VeranoEdit

The 2012 Campeonato de Verano began on 15 January 2012 and ended in May 2012.

First stageEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pérez Zeledón 20 11 4 5 38 25 +13 37 Advances to the Semifinals
2 Santos 20 12 1 7 32 28 +4 37
3 Deportivo Saprissa 20 10 6 4 38 23 +15 36
4 Herediano 20 10 4 6 33 20 +13 34
5 Alajuelense 20 10 3 7 34 25 +9 33
6 Cartaginés 20 10 3 7 33 30 +3 33
7 San Carlos 20 8 5 7 23 25 −2 29
8 Belén 20 7 7 6 35 28 +7 28
9 Puntarenas 20 5 3 12 23 35 −12 18
10 Limón 20 4 4 12 18 37 −19 16
11 Orión 20 2 2 16 12 42 −30 8
Updated to match(es) played on 24 April 2012. Source: Posiciones – Unafut.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALA BEL CAR HER LIM ORI PEZ PUN SAC SAN SAP
Alajuelense 1–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2
Belén 4–2 1–0 3–3 7–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–4
Cartaginés 2–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 0–0 5–1 1–3
Herediano 2–3 2–1 3–0 3–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–0
Limón 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1
Orión 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–5
Pérez Zeledón 2–4 2–1 2–3 0–0 1–0 4–1 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–0
Puntarenas 1–0 4–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–1
San Carlos 3–1 0–3 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–3 3–4
Santos 3–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 0–1
Deportivo Saprissa 0–2 0–0 4–0 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–3 3–1 1–1 3–0
Updated to match(es) played on 23 April 2012. Source: Resultados – Unafut.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second stageEdit

Semifinals Finals
          
1 Pérez Zeledón 1 0 1
4 Herediano 1 2 3
Herediano 4 2 6
Santos 2 1 3
2 Santos 0 1 1
3 Saprissa 1 0 1

SemifinalsEdit

First legsEdit


Second legsEdit


FinalsEdit

First legEdit

Herediano4–2Santos
Cubero   47'
Núñez  71'   87'
Cancela   77'
Rodríguez   24'
Porras   51'

Second legEdit

Santos1–2Herediano
Lagos   36' Cancela   44'
Núñez   92'


 Campeonato de Verano Scotiabank Champion 
Herediano
22nd title

Aggregate tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Herediano 40 21 10 9 72 39 +33 73 Qualification for 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
2 Deportivo Saprissa 40 19 14 7 72 44 +28 71
3 Alajuelense 40 21 7 12 72 48 +24 70 Qualification for 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
4 Pérez Zeledón 40 18 9 13 68 54 +14 63
5 Cartaginés 40 17 12 11 64 57 +7 63
6 Santos 40 18 8 14 58 55 +3 62
7 San Carlos 40 13 11 16 45 59 −14 50
8 Belén 40 11 14 15 55 57 −2 47
9 Puntarenas 40 12 10 18 50 69 −19 46
10 Limón 40 9 8 23 37 67 −30 35
11 Orión 40 6 7 27 32 76 −44 25 Promotion-relegation playoff
Updated to match(es) played on 24 April 2012. Source: Posiciones – Unafut.com (Tabla de posiciones General Acumulada 2011–2012)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Herrera, Juan José. "Asamblea de la Unafut expulsó a Barrio México". La Nación. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Orión FC Desamparados". UNAFUT. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  3. ^ Molina Salas, José Pablo. "Asamblea de Unafut acordó cambios en el formato de los próximos torneos". UNAFUT. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.

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