2018–19 Primera B Nacional

The 2018–19 Argentine Primera B Nacional was the 34th season of the Argentine second division. The season began on 25 August 2018 and ended on 8 June 2019.[1] Twenty-five teams competed in the league, seventeen returning from the 2017–18 season, four teams that were relegated from Primera División and two teams promoted from Federal A and B Metropolitana.

Primera B Nacional
Season2018–19
Dates25 August 2018 – 8 June 2019
ChampionsArsenal (1st title)
PromotedArsenal
Central Córdoba (SdE)
RelegatedLos Andes
Olimpo
Matches played315
Goals scored648 (2.06 per match)
Top goalscorer3 players
(15 goals each)

Competition formatEdit

Twenty-five teams played each other once for a total of twenty-four matches each. The champion earns promotion to the Primera División. The teams placed from 2nd to 9th place competed in the "Torneo Reducido" for the second promotion berth after the regular season ended. Two teams were relegated at the end of the season; one with indirect affiliation with AFA was relegated to the Torneo Federal A, while one directly affiliated faced relegation to Primera B Metropolitana.

Club informationEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club City Stadium
Agropecuario Argentino Carlos Casares Ofelia Rosenzuaig
Almagro José Ingenieros Tres de Febrero
Arsenal Sarandí Julio Humberto Grondona
Atlético de Rafaela Rafaela Nuevo Monumental
Brown Adrogué Lorenzo Arandilla
Central Córdoba Santiago del Estero Alfredo Terrera
Chacarita Juniors Villa Maipú Chacarita Juniors
Defensores de Belgrano Buenos Aires Juan Pasquale
Deportivo Morón Morón Nuevo Francisco Urbano
Ferro Carril Oeste Buenos Aires Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry
Gimnasia y Esgrima Mendoza Víctor Legrotaglie
Gimnasia y Esgrima Jujuy 23 de Agosto
Guillermo Brown Puerto Madryn Raúl Conti
Independiente Rivadavia Mendoza Bautista Gargantini
Instituto Córdoba Presidente Perón
Los Andes Lomas de Zamora Eduardo Gallardón
Mitre Santiago del Estero Doctores José y Antonio Castiglione
Nueva Chicago Buenos Aires Nueva Chicago
Olimpo Bahía Blanca Roberto Natalio Carminatti
Platense Florida Este Ciudad de Vicente López
Quilmes Quilmes Centenario
Santamarina Tandil Municipal Gral. San Martín
Sarmiento Junín Eva Perón
Temperley Temperley Alfredo Beranger
Villa Dálmine Campana Villa Dálmine

PersonnelEdit

Club Manager
Agropecuario Argentino   Felipe De la Riva
Almagro   Sergio Gómez - Favio Orsi
Arsenal   Sergio Rondina
Atlético de Rafaela   Juan Manuel Llop
Brown   Pablo Vicó
Central Córdoba (SdE)   Gustavo Coleoni
Chacarita Juniors   Patricio Pisano
Defensores de Belgrano   Fabián Nardozza
Deportivo Morón   Alejandro Méndez - Walter Pico
Ferro Carril Oeste   Alejandro Orfila
Gimnasia y Esgrima (J)   Carlos Morales Santos
Gimnasia y Esgrima (M)   José María Blanco
Guillermo Brown   Luciano Theiler
Independiente Rivadavia   Nicolás Medina
Instituto   Diego Cagna
Los Andes   Aníbal Biggeri
Mitre (SdE)   Alfredo Grelak
Nueva Chicago   Wálter Perazzo
Olimpo   Darío Bonjour
Platense   Fernando Ruíz
Quilmes   Diego Colotto
Santamarina   Guillermo Pereyra
Sarmiento (J)   Iván Delfino
Temperley   Cristián Aldirico
Villa Dálmine   Walter Otta

Managerial changesEdit

Foreign playersEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or Qualification
1 Sarmiento (J) 24 12 10 2 32 14 +18 46 Championship play-off for promotion to Primera División
2 Arsenal (C, P) 24 13 7 4 36 19 +17 46
3 Nueva Chicago 24 12 6 6 32 25 +7 42 Qualification to Torneo Reducido
4 Almagro 24 11 7 6 26 21 +5 40
5 Platense 24 11 6 7 30 18 +12 39
6 Central Córdoba (SdE) (P) 24 9 10 5 27 24 +3 37
7 Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) 24 10 7 7 28 31 −3 37
8 Independiente Rivadavia 24 9 9 6 25 19 +6 36
9 Brown 24 9 9 6 20 17 +3 36
10 Ferro Carril Oeste 24 10 5 9 33 32 +1 35
11 Mitre (SdE) 24 10 5 9 27 30 −3 35
12 Agropecuario Argentino 24 8 10 6 16 13 +3 34
13 Villa Dálmine 24 8 9 7 30 25 +5 33
14 Temperley 24 8 7 9 26 27 −1 31
15 Deportivo Morón 24 7 9 8 21 25 −4 30
16 Defensores de Belgrano 24 7 8 9 20 24 −4 29
17 Atlético de Rafaela 24 7 5 12 23 25 −2 26
18 Quilmes 24 5 11 8 24 27 −3 26
19 Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) 24 5 10 9 22 27 −5 25
20 Guillermo Brown 24 6 7 11 19 24 −5 25
21 Olimpo 24 7 4 13 24 36 −12 25
22 Instituto 24 6 6 12 26 32 −6 24
23 Santamarina 24 5 9 10 21 29 −8 24
24 Chacarita Juniors 24 6 6 12 17 30 −13 24
25 Los Andes 24 4 8 12 13 24 −11 20
Source: AFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) play-off (only for deciding promotion or relegation); 3) goal difference; 4) goals scored; 5) head-to-head points; 6) head-to-head goal difference; 7) head-to-head goals scored.[1][2]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted.

Championship play-offEdit

Sarmiento (J) and Arsenal ended up tied in points at the end of the 24 weeks of regular season. Tournament rules establish that, unlike any other position on the table, if two or more teams are equal in points at the end of play, goal difference does not count and a playoff game is required. The winner of this match achieved promotion to the Primera División as champions, while the loser qualified to the Torneo Reducido as runners-up.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AGA ALM ARS ATR BRO CCO CHA DBE DMO FCO GEJ GEM GBR IND INS LAN MIT NCH OLI PLA QUI SAN SAR TEM VDA
Agropecuario Argentino 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0
Almagro 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–1
Arsenal 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–1
Atlético de Rafaela 0–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Brown 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–3 0–1
Central Córdoba (SdE) 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
Chacarita Juniors 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–1
Defensores de Belgrano 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1
Deportivo Morón 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–3
Ferro Carril Oeste 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 5–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0
Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0
Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–3 0–2 2–1
Guillermo Brown 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–2
Independiente Rivadavia 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
Instituto 0–1 1–1 0–1 4–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 4–0 1–1 1–2
Los Andes 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0
Mitre (SdE) 2–1 2–4 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–4 1–1 2–2 2–1
Nueva Chicago 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 4–1
Olimpo 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–2
Platense 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–2 0–0
Quilmes 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–2 3–1 0–0 1–1
Santamarina 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0
Sarmiento (J) 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1
Temperley 2–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2
Villa Dálmine 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 4–4 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 22 April 2019. Source: AFA
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Torneo ReducidoEdit

Teams ending between second and ninth place played the Torneo Reducido for the second promotion berth to Primera División. Quarterfinals and semi-finals were played over two legs, and in case of a tie the best-placed team advanced. The finals were played over two legs, and a penalty shootout occurred in case of a tie.

Quarterfinals Semi-finals Final
               
2 Sarmiento (J) (bsr) 1 0 1
9 Brown 0 1 1
2 Sarmiento (J) 1 2 3
8 Independiente Rivadavia 0 0 0
5 Platense 0 0 0
6 Central Córdoba (SdE) 0 1 1
2 Sarmiento (J) 1 0 1 (3)
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round)
6 Central Córdoba (SdE) 1 0 1 (5)
3 Nueva Chicago 1 2 3
8 Independiente Rivadavia 4 2 6
4 Almagro 1 1 2
6 Central Córdoba (SdE) 2 2 4
4 Almagro (bsr) 1 2 3
7 Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) 1 2 3

RelegationEdit

Clubs with indirect affiliation with AFA are relegated to the Torneo Federal A, while clubs directly affiliated face relegation to Primera B Metropolitana. The bottom team of each table was relegated.

Direct AffiliationEdit

Pos
Team 2016–17
Pts
2017–18
Pts
2018–19
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg
Relegation
1 Arsenal 46 46 24 1.917
2 Sarmiento (J) 37 46 83 48 1.729
3 Platense 39 39 24 1.625
4 Almagro 60 41 40 141 92 1.533
5 Brown 65 37 36 138 92 1.5
6 Chacarita Juniors 77 24 101 68 1.485
7 Nueva Chicago 60 25 42 127 92 1.38
8 Ferro Carril Oeste 60 26 35 121 92 1.315
9 Deportivo Morón 33 30 63 48 1.313
10 Temperley 31 31 24 1.292
11 Villa Dálmine 47 36 33 116 92 1.261
12 Defensores de Belgrano 29 29 24 1.208
13 Quilmes 32 26 58 48 1.208
14 Los Andes (R) 59 27 20 106 92 1.152 Primera B Metropolitana

Indirect AffiliationEdit

Pos
Team 2016–17
Pts
2017–18
Pts
2018–19
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg
Relegation
1 Central Córdoba (SdE) 37 37 24 1.542
2 Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) 37 37 24 1.542
3 Independiente Rivadavia 67 31 36 134 92 1.457
4 Agropecuario Argentino 35 34 69 48 1.438
5 Mitre (SdE) 32 35 67 48 1.396
6 Guillermo Brown 75 28 25 128 92 1.391
7 Instituto 63 37 24 124 92 1.348
8 Atlético de Rafaela 36 26 62 48 1.292
9 Gimnasia y Esgrima (J) 52 34 25 111 92 1.207
10 Santamarina 61 24 24 109 92 1.185
11 Olimpo (R) 25 25 24 1.042 Torneo Federal A

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[3]
1   Enzo Díaz Ferro Carril Oeste 15
  Patricio Cucchi Gimnasia y Esgrima (M)
  Pablo Vegetti Instituto
4   Nicolás Orsini Sarmiento (J) 12
5   Javier Rossi Central Córdoba (SdE) 10
  Nicolás Miracco Sarmiento (J)
7   Nicolás Franco Nueva Chicago 9
  Juan Sánchez Sotelo Nueva Chicago
  Cristian Tarragona Platense
  Federico Anselmo Quilmes
  Ijiel Protti Villa Dálmine

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Reglamento del Campeonato de Primera B Nacional 2018–19" (PDF) (in Spanish). AFA.
  2. ^ "Reglamento General AFA" (PDF) (in Spanish). AFA.
  3. ^ "Goleadores de Primera B Nacional Campeonato 2018–19".

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