Copa Ibarguren

The Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren, also called Campeonato Argentino[1] or simply Copa Ibarguren was an official Argentine football cup competition contested between 1913 and 1958. Between 1913 and 1925, the winner of the cup received the honor to be the "Argentine Champion". That is because the cup faced the two strongest champions of the country, represented by the Buenos Aires league (Primera División) and the Rosario league (with its affiliated teams competing in Copa Nicasio Vila, the main division of LRF).

Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren
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The trophy awarded to champions
Organising bodyAFA
Abolished1958; 63 years ago (1958)
Number of teams2
Related competitionsPrimera División
Regional leagues
Last championsLiga Cordobesa (1958)
Most successful club(s)Racing
Boca Juniors
(5 titles each)


The trophy was donated by the Argentine Minister of Public Instruction Dr. Carlos Ibarguren to be played between the champions of all of the regional leagues in Argentina. The cup was only ever contested as a one off game between:

List of championsEdit


The following list includes all the editions of the Copa Ibarguren:[2]

Carlos Ibarguren, Minister of Public Instruction of Argentina, donated the trophy
Pedro Calomino (left), Servando Pérez (referee) and Lorenzo Colombo (Tiro Federal goalkeeper) posing for the camera before playing the second and definitive match of the 1920 edition
Year Champion Runner-up Score Venue Playoff
[note 1]
Playoff venue
1913 Racing Newell's Old Boys
1914 Racing Rosario Central
Estudiantes BA [note 2]
1915 Rosario Central Racing
0–0 (aet)
Independiente [note 3]
Gimnasia y Esgrima
1916 Racing Rosario Central 6–0 Racing
1917 Racing Rosario Central 3–2 Gimnasia y Esgrima
1918 Racing Newell's Old Boys 4–0 Gimnasia y Esgrima
1919 Boca Juniors Rosario Central
Gimnasia y Esgrima BA
1920 Tiro Federal Boca Juniors
1–2 [note 4]
Sportivo Barracas
Boca Juniors
1921 Newell's Old Boys Huracán 3–0 Boca Juniors
1922 Huracán Newell's Old Boys
Sportivo Barracas
Sportivo Barracas
1923 Boca Juniors Rosario Central 1–0 Sportivo Barracas
1924 Boca Juniors Belgrano (R)
3–2 (aet)
Sportivo Barracas
1925 Huracán Tiro Federal
1937 River Plate Rosario Central
San Lorenzo
1938 Independiente Rosario Central
San Lorenzo
1939 Independiente Central Córdoba
San Lorenzo
1940 Boca Juniors Rosario Central
Chacarita Juniors [note 5]
1941 River Plate Newell's Old Boys
Chacarita Juniors [note 5]
1942 River Plate Liga Cordobesa
San Lorenzo
1944 Boca Juniors Liga Tucumana
Atlético Tucumán
1950 [note 6] Liga Mendocina Racing
Gimnasia y Esgrima (Men)
1952 [note 7] River Plate and
Liga Cultural de Frías
1–1 (aet)
C.A. Mitre (SdE)
1958 [note 8] Liga Cordobesa Racing
Belgrano (Córdoba)

Titles by teamEdit

The Rosario Central squad that won the Copa Ibarguren after beating Racing Club. Central was the first Rosario's team to be declared Argentine Champion, in 1915
Team Titles Years won
Racing 5 1913, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918
Boca Juniors 5 1919, 1923, 1924, 1940, 1944
River Plate 4 1937, 1941, 1942, 1952
Huracán 2 1922, 1925
Independiente 2 1938, 1939
Rosario Central 1 1915
Tiro Federal 1 1920
Newell's Old Boys 1 1921
Liga Cordobesa [note 8]


  1. ^ Only in case the final ended in a tie
  2. ^ Estudiantes de Buenos Aires had its field in Palermo, Buenos Aires
  3. ^ Estadio "Crucecita"
  4. ^ The first match (won by Boca Juniors) was annulled because it had fielded ineligible players. Therefore a second game was held, being won by Tiro Federal.
  5. ^ a b Located on Humboldt and Padilla, in Villa Crespo
  6. ^ This edition was official although AFA has not included this edition on its list of national cup winners.[3]
  7. ^ River Plate and Liga Cultural tied 1–1 the final match but the playoff was never played. In June 29, 1955, AFA awarded both teams the title.[4][3]
  8. ^ a b The team from Córdoba Football League defeated Racing by 4–3 [5] but AFA does not mention the Regional representative as champion on its website. Moreover, AFA does not even cite the tournament.[3]


  1. ^ Argentina - Copa Ibarguren by Osvaldo Gorgazzi on the RSSSF
  2. ^ Argentina Domestic Cups history - RSSSF
  3. ^ a b c Copas Nacionales on AFA website, retrieved 29 Dec 2020
  4. ^ Copa Ibarguren 1952
  5. ^ Copa Ibarguren 1958