Primera B Metropolitana

Primera B Metropolitana is one of two professional leagues that form the third level of the Argentine football league system. The division is made up of 17 clubs mainly from the city of Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area, Greater Buenos Aires.

Primera B Metropolitana
Founded1899; 125 years ago (1899) [1]
CountryArgentina
ConfederationCONMEBOL
Number of teams17
Level on pyramid3 (1986–present)
Promotion toPrimera Nacional
Relegation toPrimera C
Domestic cup(s)Copa Argentina
Current championsTalleres (RE)
(2023)
Most championshipsBanfield
Ferro Carril Oeste
(7 titles each)
TV partnersTyC Sports
DirecTV Sports
Websiteafa.com.ar/primera-b
Current: 2024 Primera B Metropolitana

Originally created as the second division, it became the third level after a restructuring of the system in 1985 that ended with the creation of Primera B Nacional, set as the second division since then.

The other league at level three is the Torneo Federal A, where teams from regional leagues take part.

Format

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Primera B Metropolitana is currently organized so, during the course of a season, each club plays the others twice (a double round robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents.

The team that gets the most points at the end of the season is recognized as the Primera B champion and is automatically promoted to Primera B Nacional. The teams that hold the second to fifth positions have the chance to enter the Torneo Reducido (small tournament) whose winner will be promoted.

The teams with the 2 lowest aggregate points total in Primera B Metropolitana are relegated to Primera C Metropolitana.

History

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Established in 1899, the Primera B Metropolitana (originally named "Segunda División") was the first second division championship in Argentine football. Some of the teams participating were youth or reserve teams of Primera División clubs. Since 1906, a promotion and relegation system was established. Porteño would be the first club to achieve promotion under those rules.

In 1911, the Association created the "División Intermedia" as a second level of Argentine football pyramid, therefore the Segunda División became the third division of the system. Three years later, San Lorenzo de Almagro promoted to Primera División after beating Honor y Patria. Tournaments organised by dissident Asociación Amateurs (AAm) were named "Extra". When both associations, AAmF and AAF merged in 1926, from the 1927 season, the "Primera División Sección B" (predecessor of Primera B) is created and the Segunda División was set as the fourth level (level of youth team), and Intermedia the third.[2]

In 1933, the Primera División Sección B and División Intermedia are eliminated and, its participants, become part of the Second Division and Third Division, which are again second and third level.

 
In the first decades of professionalism, some tournaments were called "Primera Amateur" and "Segunda de Ascenso", taking the names of their predecessors: Primera Division of the amateur Asociación Argentina de Football and Segunda División "con ascenso a 1ª".

In 1949, the Primera División B was recreated and was contested by teams from the Segunda Division, which returned to the third level in 1950.

In 1986 the Argentine Association created the Primera B Nacional with the purpose of allowing clubs throughout Argentina to play official competitions. Primera B Nacional became the second division of Argentine football while Primera B was set as the third division, being also renamed "Primera B Metropolitana" due to it was contested by teams from the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (including Greater Buenos Aires).[3]

Primera B Metropolitana has received several names since its inception in 1899 as the second division of Argentine football. The following charts describe the changes made to the division since its creation:

Division levels

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Since its inception in 1899 as "Segunda División", the Primera B Metropolitana has changed levels (between 2 and 3) and names several times. The table below shows them in details:

Year Level Promotion to Relegation to
1899–1910
2
Primera División (None) [note 1]
1911–1926
3
Intermedia Tercera División
1927–1985
2
Primera División Tercera División
1986–present
3
Primera Nacional Primera C

Current teams (2024 season)

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Club City/Neighborhood Area Stadium
Acassuso Boulogne Sur Mer Greater Buenos Aires La Quema
Argentino Merlo Greater Buenos Aires Argentino de Merlo
Argentino Quilmes Greater Buenos Aires Argentino de Quilmes
Cañuelas Cañuelas Buenos Aires Province José Arin
Colegiales Florida Oeste Greater Buenos Aires Libertarios Unidos
Comunicaciones Agronomía City of Buenos Aires Alfredo Ramos
Deportivo Armenio Ingeniero Maschwitz Buenos Aires Province República de Armenia
Deportivo Laferrere Laferrere Greater Buenos Aires José Luis Sánchez
Deportivo Merlo Merlo, Buenos Aires Greater Buenos Aires José Manuel Moreno
Dock Sud Dock Sud Greater Buenos Aires de los Inmigrantes
Excursionistas Belgrano City of Buenos Aires Estadio Excursionistas
Fénix Pilar Buenos Aires Province (none)
Ferrocarril Midland Libertad Greater Buenos Aires Estadio Ferrocarril Midland
Flandria Jáuregui Buenos Aires Province Carlos V
Ituzaingó Ituzaingó Greater Buenos Aires Carlos Sacaan
Liniers Gral. Villegas Greater Buenos Aires Juan Antonio Arias
Los Andes Lomas de Zamora Greater Buenos Aires Eduardo Gallardón
Sacachispas Villa Soldati City of Buenos Aires Beto Larossa
San Martín (B) Burzaco Greater Buenos Aires Francisco Boga
Sportivo Italiano Ciudad Evita Greater Buenos Aires República de Italia
UAI Urquiza Villa Lynch Greater Buenos Aires Monumental de Villa Lynch
Villa Dálmine Campana Buenos Aires Province El Coliseo
Villa San Carlos Berisso Greater Buenos Aires Genacio Sálice

List of champions

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The tournament has received different names since its first edition in 1899, such as "Segunda División" (1899–1926), "Primera División B" (or simply "Primera B", since 1927).

After the restructuring of the Argentine football league system in 1985, the tournament became the third division, changing its name to "Primera B Metropolitana" to set a difference with Primera B Nacional.[1][4]

Tournament names
  • 1899–1910: Segunda División (level 2)
  • 1911–1926: Segunda Amateur (level 3) [note 2]
  • 1927–1932: Primera B (level 2)
  • 1933–1948: Segunda División (level 2)
  • 1949–1985: Primera División B (level 2) [note 3]
  • 1986–present: Primera B Metropolitana (level 3) [note 4]
Ed. Season Champion Runner-up
1 1899 Banfield (1) English High School [5]
2 1900 Banfield (2) [note 5] English High School II [note 5]
3 1901 Barracas Athletic (1) Belgrano Athletic II [note 5]
4 1902 Belgrano Athletic II (1) [note 5] Estudiantes (BA) [note 5]
5 1903 Barracas Athletic II (2) [note 5] Estudiantes (BA) [note 5]
6 1904 Barracas Athletic II (3) [note 5] Alumni II [note 5]
7 1905 América (1) Belgrano A.C. [note 5]
8 1906 Estudiantes (BA) (1) [note 5] Porteño
9 1907 Nacional (Floresta) (1) River Plate
10 1908 River Plate (1) Racing
11 1909 Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA) (1) Racing
12 1910 Racing (1) Boca Juniors
13 1911 Riachuelo (1)
14 1912 Banfield (3)
1912 FAF [6] Tigre (1) [note 5]
15 1913 Ferro Carril Oeste (1) [note 5]
1913 FAF Estudiantes (LP) (1) [note 5]
16 1914 San Lorenzo (1) Germinal
1914 FAF Tigre (1) [note 5]
17 1915 Martínez (1)
18 1916 Huracán (1) [note 5] San Telmo
19 1917 Sportivo Palermo (1)
20 1918 San Fernando (1)
21 1919 El Porvenir (1)
1919 AAm [7] Sportivo Barracas (1)[note 5]
22 1920 Sportivo Avellaneda (1)
1920 AAm Oriente del Sud (1)
23 1921 Huracán (2) [note 5]
1921 AAm Villa Crespo (1)
24 1922 Central Argentino (1)
1922 AAm Nacional (Adrogué) (1)
25 1923 Bristol (1)
1923 AAm Acassuso (1)
26 1924 Leandro N. Alem (1)
1924 AAm Racing (2) [note 5]
27 1925 Sportivo Balcarce (1) [note 5]
1925 AAm Perla del Plata (1) Sportivo Palermo
28 1926 Libertad (1)
1926 AAm Racing (3) [note 5]
29 1927 El Porvenir (1) Argentino (B)
30 1928 Colegiales (1) Temperley
31 1929 Honor y Patria (1) Porteño
32 1930 Nueva Chicago (1) All Boys
33 1931 Liberal Argentino (1) All Boys
1931 LAF [8]
(Not held)
34 1932 Dock Sud (1) Sportivo Balcarce
1932 LAF
(Not held)
35 1933 Ramsar (1) 25 de Mayo
1933 LAF
(Not held)
36 1934 Bella Vista (1) Los Andes
1934 LAF River Plate II (2) [note 5] San Lorenzo II [note 5]
37 1935 Estudiantes (LP) II (2) [note 5] Independiente II [note 5]
38 1936 Boca Juniors II (1) [note 5] San Lorenzo II [note 5]
39 1937 Almagro (1) Excursionistas
40 1938 Argentino (Q) (1) Quilmes
41 1939 Banfield (4) All Boys
42 1940 Argentinos Juniors (1) Acasusso
43 1941 Chacarita Juniors (1) Colegiales
44 1942 Rosario Central (1) Excursionistas
45 1943 Vélez Sarsfield (1) Unión
46 1944 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) (1) Tigre
47 1945 Tigre (3) Argentino (R)
48 1946 Banfield (5) Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)
49 1947 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) (2) Quilmes
50 1948
(Abandoned because of a players strike) [note 6]
51 1949 Quilmes (1) Colón
52 1950 Lanús (1) Colón
53 1951 Rosario Central (2) Colón
54 1952 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) (3) Tigre
55 1953 Tigre (4) Atlanta
56 1954 Estudiantes (LP) (3) Argentinos Juniors
57 1955 Argentinos Juniors (2) Unión
58 1956 Atlanta (1) Central Córdoba (R)
59 1957 Central Córdoba (R) (1) Platense
60 1958 Ferro Carril Oeste (2) Nueva Chicago
61 1959 Chacarita Juniors (2) Quilmes
62 1960 Los Andes (1) Tigre
63 1961 Quilmes (2) Banfield
64 1962 Banfield (6) Platense
65 1963 Ferro Carril Oeste (3) Sarmiento (J)
66 1964 Lanús (2) Platense
67 1965 Colón (1) Quilmes
68 1966 Unión (1) Argentino (Q)
69 1967 Defensores de Belgrano (1) Tigre
70 1968 Almagro (1) Nueva Chicago
71 1969 Ferro Carril Oeste (4) [note 7] San Telmo
72 1970 Ferro Carril Oeste (5) Almirante Brown
73 1971 Lanús (3) Arsenal
74 1972 All Boys (1) Almirante Brown
75 1973 Banfield (7) Temperley
76 1974 Temperley (1) Unión
77 1975 Quilmes (3) San Telmo
78 1976 I [11] Platense (1) Lanús
1976 II [11] Lanús (4) Almirante Brown
79 1977 Estudiantes (BA) (2) Los Andes
80 1978 Ferro Carril Oeste (6) Almirante Brown
81 1979 Tigre (5) Sportivo Italiano
82 1980 Sarmiento (J) (1) Atlanta
83 1981 Nueva Chicago (2) Quilmes
84 1982 San Lorenzo (2) Atlanta
85 1983 Atlanta (2) Chacarita Juniors
86 1984 Deportivo Español (1) Defensores de Belgrano
87 1985 Rosario Central (3) San Miguel
88 1986–87 Quilmes (4) Almirante Brown
89 1987–88 Talleres (RE) (2) Almagro
90 1988–89 Villa Dálmine (1) Argentino (R)
91 1989–90 Deportivo Morón (1) Atlanta
92 1990–91 Central Córdoba Almagro
93 1991–92 Ituzaingó Los Andes
94 1992–93 All Boys (2) Sarmiento (J)
95 1993–94 Chacarita Juniors (3) Los Andes
96 1994–95 Atlanta Tigre
97 1995–96 Sportivo Italiano Estudiantes (BA)
98 1996–97 Defensa y Justicia San Miguel
99 1997–98 El Porvenir (2) Tigre
100 1998–99 Argentino (R) (1) Temperley
101 1999–00 Estudiantes (BA) (3) Sarmiento (J)
102 2000–01 Defensores de Belgrano (2) Temperley
103 2001–02 Deportivo Español (2) Ferro Carril Oeste
104 2002–03 Ferro Carril Oeste (7) All Boys
105 2003–04 Sarmiento (J) (2) Atlanta
106 2004–05 Tigre (6) Platense
107 2005–06 Platense (2) Deportivo Morón
108 2006–07 Almirante Brown (1) Estudiantes (BA)
109 2007–08 All Boys Los Andes
110 2008–09 Sportivo Italiano (2) Deportivo Merlo
111 2009–10 Almirante Brown (2) Sarmiento
112 2010–11 Atlanta (3) Estudiantes (BA)
113 2011–12 Sarmiento (J) (3) Nueva Chicago
114 2012–13 Villa San Carlos (1) Platense
115 2013–14 Nueva Chicago (3) Temperley
116 2014 Chacarita Juniors (4) Los Andes
117 2015 Brown (A) (1) Estudiantes (BA)
118 2016 Flandria (1) Atlanta
119 2016–17 Deportivo Morón (2) Deportivo Riestra
120 2017–18 Platense (3) Estudiantes (BA)
121 2018–19 Barracas Central (1) Atlanta
122 2019–20
(Abandoned because of the Covid-19 pandemic) [note 8]
123 2020 Almirante Brown (3) J. J. de Urquiza
124 2021 Flandria (2) Colegiales
125 2022 Defensores Unidos (1) Villa San Carlos
126 2023 Talleres (RE) (3) San Miguel

Titles by club

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This list include all the titles won with both, senior and reserve teams.

Club Titles Winning years
Banfield
7
1899, 1900,[note 5] 1912, 1939, 1946, 1962, 1973
Ferro Carril Oeste
7
1913,[note 5] 1958, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1978, 2002–03
Tigre
6
1912 FAF, 1914, 1945, 1953, 1979, 2004–05
Chacarita Juniors
4
1941, 1959, 1993–94, 2014
Quilmes
4
1949, 1961, 1975, 1986–87
Lanús
4
1950, 1964, 1971, 1976
Barracas A.C.
3
1901, 1903, 1904
Estudiantes (BA)
3
1906, 1977, 1999-2000
Racing
3
1910, 1924 AAm, 1926 AAm
Estudiantes (LP)
3
1913 FAF, 1935, 1954
Nueva Chicago
3
1930, 1981, 2013–14
Atlanta
3
1956, 1983, 2010–11
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)
3
1944, 1947, 1952
All Boys
3
1972, 1992–93, 2007–08
Rosario Central
3
1942, 1951, 1985
Platense
3
1976, 2005–06, 2017-18
Sarmiento (J)
3
1980, 2003–04, 2011–12
Almirante Brown
3
2006–07, 2009–10, 2020
Talleres (RE)
3
1925 AAm, 1987–88, 2023
River Plate
2
1908, 1934 LAF [note 5]
El Porvenir
2
1927, 1997–98
Defensores de Belgrano
2
1967, 2000–01
San Lorenzo
2
1914, 1982
Huracán
2
1916,[note 5] 1921 [note 5]
Racing
3
1910, 1924 AAm,[note 5] 1926 AAm [note 5]
Almagro
2
1937, 1968
Argentinos Juniors
2
1940, 1955
Central Córdoba (R)
2
1957, 1990–91
Deportivo Español
2
1984, 2001–02
Deportivo Morón
2
1989–90, 2016–17
Flandria
2
2016, 2021
Belgrano A.C.
1
1902
Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA)
1
1909
Floresta
1
1913 FAF
Tigre Juniors
1
1914 FAF
Sportivo Palermo
1
1917
San Fernando
1
1918
Sportivo Barracas
1
1919 AAm [note 5]
Sportivo Balcarce
1
1925
Perla del Plata
1
1925 AAm
Colegiales
1
1928
Honor y Patria
1
1929
Ramsar
1
1933
Bella Vista
1
1934
Argentino (Q)
1
1938
Vélez Sarsfield
1
1943
Los Andes
1
1960
Colón 1 1965
Unión 1 1966
Temperley 1 1974
Liberal Argentino
1
1931
Dock Sud 1 1932
Boca Juniors
1
1936 [note 5]
Villa Dálmine
1
1988–89
Argentino (R)
1
1998–99
Sportivo Italiano
1
2008–09
Villa San Carlos
1
2012–13
Brown (A)
1
2015
Barracas Central
1
2018–19
Defensores Unidos
1
2022

Notes

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  1. ^ No third division or level existing then.
  2. ^ In those years, the second level was División Intermedia.
  3. ^ Some referred to this era with several names, with few variations.
  4. ^ Became the third level when Primera B Nacional was created as the second division of Argentine football league system.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj As the senior team was competing in Primera División, the club played the second division with reserve teams.
  6. ^ The tournament began in April and ran until December, when it was cancelled by the AFA after a players strike. An annual assembly decided Atlanta and Ferro C.O. were promoted to Primera División.[9]
  7. ^ Ferro C.O. won the tournament but could not promote to Primera División after they lost in the Reclasificatorio tournament.[10]
  8. ^ On 28 April 2020 and after eight rounds played, the AFA decided to abandon the competition and declare the season finished. All other official competitions had been suspended on 17 March.[12]

References

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  1. ^ a b "Segunda División - Campeones" on AFA website (Archive, 13 Aug 2013)
  2. ^ "De 1891 al presente: Los campeones de todos los niveles" Archived 2017-12-22 at the Wayback Machine, CIHF
  3. ^ "Tercera División - Campeones" on AFA website, 11 Aug 2013 (Archive)
  4. ^ Argentina second level champions - RSSSF
  5. ^ Then renamed "Alumni AC", in 1901.
  6. ^ The Federación Argentina de Football (FAF) was a rival association that organized its own championships from 1912 to 1914.
  7. ^ The Asociación Amateurs de Football (Aam) was a rival association that organized its own championships from 1919 to 1926.
  8. ^ The Liga Argentina de Football (LAF) was a dissident professional association that organized its own championships from 1931 to 1934, when it merged the official body (AFA).
  9. ^ "Argentina: 2da. División AFA 1948" by José Carluccio, 7 May 2009
  10. ^ "Argentina: 1ra. "B" AFA 1958" by José Carluccio on Historia y Fútbol, 17 Jul 2009
  11. ^ a b In 1976 two tournaments were disputed, proclaiming one champion each. Both titles were official.
  12. ^ Oficial: suspendido el fútbol argentino por el coronavirus by Fede González on As, 17 Mar 2020
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