2020–21 Liga Primera de Nicaragua

The 2020–21 Liga Primera de Nicaragua season was divided into two tournaments, Apertura and Clausura. The season determined the 75th and 76th champions in the history of the Liga Primera de Nicaragua, the top division of football in Nicaragua. The Apertura tournament was played in the second half of 2020, while the Clausura was played in the first half of 2021.

Liga Primera de Nicaragua
Season2020–21
ChampionsApertura:
Real Estelí
Clausura:
Diriangén FC
RelegatedJunior Managua
Chinandega
CONCACAF LeagueReal Estelí
Diriangén FC
Matches played196
Goals scored459 (2.34 per match)
Top goalscorerApertura:
Mexico TBD
(TBD goals)
Clausura:
Mexico TBD
(TBD goals)
Biggest home winApertura:
TBD 5–0 TBD
(26 October 2019)
Clausura:
TBD 7–0 TBD
Biggest away winApertura:
TBD 1–4 TBD
Clausura:
TBD 0–2 TBD
Highest scoringApertura:
TBD 3–3 TBD
Clausura:
TBD 7–0 TBD
All statistics correct as of 9 May 2020.

FormatEdit

The Apertura playoff format was changed from previous years, while the Clausura used the same 4-team playoff format. For the Apertura, the top four teams from the regular stage advanced to a "quadrangular" double-round robin instead of a playoff stage. The regular stage and quadrangular winners played to decide the tournament's champion, but ultimately the same team won both and the final was not necessary. The same format was recently adopted by the Costa Rican Primera División, but for both half seasons.

Team informationEdit

A total of ten teams contested the league, including nine sides from the 2019–20 Primera División, and one side from the 2019–20 Segunda División.

UNAN Managua finished last in the aggregate table and were relegated to the Segunda División. The champions from the Segunda División, Deportivo Las Sabanas, were promoted in their place.

The 9th place team in the aggregate table, ART Jalapa, faced the second-place team from the Segunda División, Deportivo Masaya, in a playoff for a spot in the Primera División. ART Jalapa won 4–3 over two legs, meaning ART Jalapa remained in Primera División.

Promotion and relegationEdit

Promoted from Segunda División as of May, 2020.

  • Champions: Junior de Managua

Relegated to Segunda División as of May, 2020.

Other NewsEdit

New Ball ProviderEdit

VOIT will be providing and major ball sponsor for 2020-2021 [1][permanent dead link]

Managerial ChangesEdit

Pre Season Apertura 2020Edit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Juventus Managua   Jaime Ruiz Interimship ended May 2020   Oscar Blanco May 2020 TBD (Apertura 2019)
Junior de Managua   Sacked May 2020   Tyrone Acevedo May 2020 TBD (Apertura 2019)
Real Madriz   Juan Ramirez Contract finished May 2020   Carlos Matamoros May 2020 TBD (Apertura 2019)
ART Jalapa   Angel Orellana Contract finished May 2020   Carlos Javier Martino May 2020 TBD (Apertura 2019)
Deportivo Ocotal   Reynaldo Clavasquín Sacked May 2020   Elvin Díaz May 2020 TBD (Apertura 2019)

During the Apertura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Deportivo Ocotal   Elvin Diaz TBD Oct 2020   Marcos Rivera Oct 2020 TBD (Apertura 2020)

Pre Season Apertura 2020Edit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Real Madriz   Carlos Matamoros Contract finished 2020   Ronaldo Alvarado 2021 TBD (Apertura 2021)
Deportivo Ocotal   Marcos Rivera Contract finished December 2020   Mario Alfaro January 2021 TBD (Apertura 2021)

Clausura 2021Edit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Real Madriz   Ronaldo Alvarado Contract finished March 2021   Hector Medina March 2021 TBD (Clausura 2021)

AperturaEdit

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Kit sponsors
ART Municipal Jalapa   Carlos Javier Martino   Joma Alcadia de Jalapa
Chinandega   Reyna Espinoza   Lester Espinoza Nil Nil
Diriangén FC   Flavio da Silva   Ereck Tellez Joma Claro, Victoria frost,Cafe Ox, Flor de Cana, Electrolit
Junior Managua   Tyrone Acevedo   Carlos Membreno Joma Oceanica, MT-MultiTrans
Juventus Managua   Oscar Blanco   Nil Nil
Managua   Emilio Aburto   Nahum Peralta Joma Alcadia de Managua, Ravoline
Ocotal   Elvin Díaz   Guillermo Espino Nil Alcadia de Ocotal
Real Estelí   Holver Flores     Manual Rosas Kappa Beco, Movi star, La Curaçao, Banpro, Vitalsis
Real Madriz   Carlos Matamoros   Joma Alcadia de Somoto
Walter Ferretti   Henry Urbina   Denis Espinoza Joma Claro, MC

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Estelí (C) 18 11 5 2 32 13 +19 38 Advance to Playoffs
(Semifinals)
2 Walter Ferretti 18 9 5 4 29 17 +12 32
3 Municipal Jalapa 18 8 6 4 20 15 +5 30 Advance to Playoffs
(Quarterfinals)
4 Diriangén (A) 18 8 5 5 29 21 +8 29
5 Juventus Managua 18 6 5 7 23 25 −2 23
6 Chinandega 18 5 6 7 21 35 −14 21
7 Managua 18 5 4 9 24 30 −6 19
8 Deportivo Ocotal 18 5 4 9 20 25 −5 19
9 Real Madriz 18 3 7 8 17 24 −7 16
10 Junior 18 2 9 7 16 26 −10 15
Updated to match(es) played on 3 August 2020. Source: Liga Primera
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) draw.
(A) Advance to a further round; (C) Champion

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away REE WAF MCJ DRI JVM CHI MAN DPO RMA JUN
Real Estelí 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 2–0
Walter Ferretti 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 4–2 2–0 3–1 1–0
Municipal Jalapa 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Diriangén 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 3–2
Juventus Managua 1–4 1–3 2–2 3–1 5–1 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1
Chinandega 1–5 2–2 1–3 3–2 0–0 4–2 1–1 2–2
Managua 3–4 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–0
Deportivo Ocotal 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 5–0 1–1 3–1
Real Madriz 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1
Junior 0–0 0–4 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 3 August 2020. Source: Liga Primera
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

FinalsEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

Municipal Jalapa0–2Chinandega F.C.
Nil Adolfo Colindres own   7'
Erick Alcazar   47'
Estadio Alejandro Ramos Turcio, Jalapa

Chinandega progressed.


Diriangen2–0Juventus Managua
Luis Coronel   16'
Bernando Laurerio   29'
Nil
Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba

Diriangen progressed.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Walter Ferretti 3–6 Diriangén 2–3 1–3
Real Estelí 3–2 Chinandega 2–2 1–0
Diriangén3–2Walter Ferretti
Henry Nino own   59'
Maycon   62'
Rene Huete own   83'
Dshon Forbes   13'
Ezequiel Ugalde   34'
Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba

Walter Ferretti1–3Diriangén
Rene Huete   72' Alexis Ramos   18'   22'
Maycon   44'

Diriagen won 6-3 on aggregate.

Chinandega2–2Real Estelí
Kevin Vinerio   69'
Erick Alcazar   88'
Edgar Castillo   37'
Brandon Ayerdis   61'
Estadio La Veranera , La Veranera

Real Estelí1–0Chinandega
Josué Quijano   15' Nil

Real Esteli won 3–2 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Diriangén 0–1 Real Estelí 0–0 0–1
Diriangén0–0Real Estelí
Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba
Referee: Erick Lezama

Real Estelí1–0Diriangén
Estadio Nacional de Fútbol de Nicaragua, Managua
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval

ClausuraEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Diriangén (Q) 18 13 1 4 36 16 +20 40 Advance to Playoffs
(Semifinals)
2 Real Estelí (Q) 18 12 2 4 34 13 +21 38
3 Managua (Q) 18 10 3 5 41 23 +18 33 Advance to Playoffs
(Quarterfinals)
4 Walter Ferretti (Q) 18 10 3 5 29 17 +12 33
5 Deportivo Ocotal (Q) 18 7 5 6 22 21 +1 26
6 Real Madriz 18 6 3 9 18 26 −8 21
7 Municipal Jalapa 18 4 5 9 21 32 −11 17
8 Junior 18 4 4 10 16 33 −17 16
9 Juventus Managua 18 4 3 11 17 33 −16 15
10 Chinandega 18 3 5 10 17 37 −20 14
Updated to match(es) played on 3 August 2020. Source: Liga Primera
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) draw.
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated

FinalsEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

Walter Ferretti3–0Deportivo Ocotal
Rene Huete   68' Dshon Forbes   86' Cristhian Flores   90' Nil
Referee: Odanel Velez

Walter Ferretti progressed 3-0.


Managua1-0Real Madriz
Lucas dos Santos   49' Nil
Estadio Nacional de Fútbol (UNAN) (Managua)
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval

Managua progressed 1-0.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Walter Ferretti 1–3 Diriangén 1–0 0–3
Real Estelí 5–5(a) Managua 3–1 2–4
Walter Ferretti1–0Diriangén
Fernando Vilalpando   78' Nil
Diriangén3–0Walter Ferretti
Maycon Santana   45'   60'
Luis Coronel   83'
Nil
Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba

Diriagen won 3-1 on aggregate.

Managua3–1Real Estelí
Agenor Baez   79'
Lucas dos Santos   82'   86'
Juan Barrera   41'

Real Estelí4–2Managua
Juan Barrera   16'   37'
Carlos Chavarria   54'   56'
Lucas dos Santos   82'   90'

5-5. Managua won 5-5 on aggregate away goal(s).

FinalEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Diriangén 3 – 1 Managua 2 – 0 1 – 1
Managua0 – 2Diriangén
Nil Robinson Luiz   65'   69'
Estadio Nacional de Fútbol (UNAN) (Managua)
Referee: Tatiana Guzman

Diriangén1 – 1Managua
Estadio Cacique Diriangén
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval

List of foreign players in the leagueEdit

This is a list of foreign players in the 2020–21 season. The following players:

  1. Have played at least one game for the respective club.
  2. Have not been capped for the Nicaragua national football team on any level, independently from the birthplace

A new rule was introduced this season, that clubs can have four foreign players per club and can only add a new player if there is an injury or a player/s is released, and it is before the closing of the season transfer window.

  (player released during the Apertura season)   (player released between the Apertura and Clausura seasons)   (player released during the Clausura season)

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