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; 122 years ago (1899) [1]
Number of teams18 (2019-20)
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toPrimera Nacional
Relegation toPrimera C
Domestic cup(s)Copa Argentina
Current championsAlmirante Brown
Most championshipsBanfield
(6 titles each)
TV partnersTyC Sports
Current: 2019–20

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.


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.


Established in 1899, the Primera B (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, AAm and AFA merged in 1926, from the 1927 season, the Segunda División was set as the second level, and Intermedia the third.[2]

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:

Current teams (2019–20 season)Edit

Club City/Neighborhood Area Stadium
Acassuso Boulogne Sur Mer Greater Buenos Aires La Quema
Almirante Brown Isidro Casanova Greater Buenos Aires Fragata Pte. Sarmiento
Argentino Quilmes Greater Buenos Aires Argentino de Quilmes
Armenio Ingeniero Maschwitz Buenos Aires Province República de Armenia
Colegiales Munro Greater Buenos Aires Libertarios Unidos
Comunicaciones Agronomía Buenos Aires Alfredo Ramos
Defensores Unidos Zarate Greater Buenos Aires Estadio Gigante de Villa Fox
Fénix Pilar Buenos Aires Province (none)
Flandria Jáuregui Greater Buenos Aires Estadio Carlos V
Justo José de Urquiza Loma Hermosa Greater Buenos Aires Ramón Roque Martín
Los Andes Lomas de Zamora Greater Buenos Aires Eduardo Gallardón
Sacachispas Villa Soldati Buenos Aires Beto Larossa
San Miguel San Miguel Greater Buenos Aires Malvinas Argentinas
San Telmo Dock Sud Greater Buenos Aires Osvaldo Baletto
Talleres (BA) Remedios de Escalada Greater Buenos Aires Estadio de Talleres
Tristán Suárez Tristán Suárez Greater Buenos Aires 20 de Octubre
UAI Urquiza Villa Lynch Greater Buenos Aires Monumental de Villa Lynch
Villa San Carlos Berisso Greater Buenos Aires Genacio Sálice

List of championsEdit

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]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1899 Banfield English High School[5] Barker Memorial School
1900 Banfield[note 5] English High School II Belgrano Athletic II
1901 Barracas Belgrano Athletic II[note 5] Lomas II[note 5]
1902 Belgrano Athletic II[note 5] Estudiantes (BA)[note 5]
1903 Barracas II[note 5] Estudiantes (BA) B[note 5]
1904 Barracas II[note 5] Alumni II[note 5]
1905 América Belgrano Athletic B[note 5]
1906 Estudiantes (BA) II[note 5] Porteño
1907 Nacional (F) River Plate
1908 River Plate Racing
1909 Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA) Racing
1910 Racing Boca Juniors
1911 Riachuelo B
1912 Banfield
1912FAF[6] Tigre II
1913 Ferro Carril Oeste III
1913 FAF Estudiantes (LP) III[note 5]
1914 San Lorenzo Germinal
1914 FAF Tigre Juniors[note 5]
1915 Martínez
1916 Huracán III[note 5] San Telmo Eureka
1917 Sportivo Palermo
1918 San Fernando
1919 El Porvenir
1919 AAm[7] Sportivo Barracas III[note 5]
1920 Sportivo Avellaneda
1920 AAm Oriente del Sud
1921 Huracán III[note 5]
1921 AAm Villa Crespo
1922 Central Argentino
1922 AAm Nacional (A)
1923 Bristol
1923 AAm Acassuso
1924 Leandro N. Alem
1924 AAm Racing III[note 5]
1925 Sportivo Balcarce
1925 AAm Perla del Plata
1926 Libertad
1926 AAm Racing III[note 5]
1927 El Porvenir Argentino (B) Temperley
1928 Colegiales Temperley All Boys
1929 Honor y Patria Porteño Unión (C)
1930 Nueva Chicago All Boys Temperley
1931 Liberal Argentino All Boys Progresista
1931 LAF[8]
(Not held)
1932 Dock Sud Sportivo Balcarce Acassuso
1932 LAF
(Not held)
1933 Ramsar 25 de Mayo Marplatense
1933 LAF
(Not held)
1934 Bella Vista Los Andes
1934 LAF River Plate II[note 5] San Lorenzo II[note 5] Boca Juniors II[note 5]
1935 Estudiantes (LP) II[note 5] Independiente II[note 5] River Plate II[note 5]
1936 Boca Juniors II[note 5] San Lorenzo II[note 5] River Plate II[note 5]
1937 Almagro Excursionistas El Porvenir
1938 Argentino (Q) Quilmes All Boys
1939 Banfield All Boys Barracas Central
1940 Argentinos Juniors Acasusso Temperley
1941 Chacarita Juniors Colegiales Almagro
1942 Rosario Central Excursionistas Vélez Sarsfield
1943 Vélez Sarsfield Unión Temperley
1944 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) Tigre Almagro
1945 Tigre Argentino (R) Temperley
1946 Banfield Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) Argentinos Juniors
1947 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) Quilmes Ferro Carril Oeste
(Abandoned due to players strike)
1949 Quilmes Colón Unión
1950 Lanús Colón Dock Sud
1951 Rosario Central Colón Almagro
1952 Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) Tigre Colón
1953 Tigre Atlanta Unión
1954 Estudiantes (LP) Argentinos Juniors Colón
1955 Argentinos Juniors Unión Talleres (RE)
1956 Atlanta Central Córdoba (R) Banfield
1957 Central Córdoba (R) Platense Unión
1958 Ferro Carril Oeste Nueva Chicago Chacarita Juniors
1959 Chacarita Juniors Quilmes Unión
1960 Los Andes Tigre Banfield
1961 Quilmes Banfield Nueva Chicago
1962 Banfield Platense Deportivo Español
1963 Ferro Carril Oeste Sarmiento (J) Unión
1964 Lanús Platense All Boys
1965 Colón Quilmes Deportivo Morón
1966 Unión Argentino (Q) Deportivo Morón
1967 Defensores de Belgrano Tigre
[note 6]
1968 Almagro Nueva Chicago Unión
1969 Ferro Carril Oeste San Telmo Arsenal
1970 Ferro Carril Oeste Almirante Brown Arsenal
1971 Lanús Arsenal San Telmo
1972 All Boys Almirante Brown Nueva Chicago
1973 Banfield Temperley Quilmes
1974 Temperley Unión Estudiantes (LP)
1975 Quilmes San Telmo Lanús
1976 I[9] Platense Lanús Almagro
1976 II[9] Lanús Almirante Brown Los Andes
1977 Estudiantes (BA) Los Andes Deportivo Armenio
1978 Ferro Carril Oeste Almirante Brown Los Andes
1979 Tigre Sportivo Italiano Banfield
1980 Sarmiento (J) Atlanta Nueva Chicago
1981 Nueva Chicago Quilmes Banfield
1982 San Lorenzo Atlanta Temperley
1983 Atlanta Chacarita Juniors Los Andes
1984 Deportivo Español Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) Racing
1985 Rosario Central Racing Atlanta
1986–87 Quilmes Almirante Brown
[note 6]
1987–88 Talleres (RE) Almagro
[note 6]
1988–89 Villa Dálmine Argentino (R) Central Córdoba (R)
1989–90 Deportivo Morón Atlanta Deportivo Laferrere
1990–91 Central Córdoba Almagro Nueva Chicago
1991–92 Ituzaingó Los Andes Sarmiento (J)
1992–93 All Boys Sarmiento (J) Chacarita Juniors
1993–94 Chacarita Juniors Los Andes Deportivo Armenio
1994–95 Atlanta Tigre Argentino (R)
1995–96 Sportivo Italiano Estudiantes (BA) Almagro
1996–97 Defensa y Justicia San Miguel Dock Sud
1997–98 El Porvenir Tigre Argentino (R)
1998–99 Argentino (R) Temperley Defensores de Belgrano
1999–00 Estudiantes (BA) Sarmiento (J)
[note 6]
2000–01 Defensores de Belgrano Temperley
[note 6]
2001–02 Deportivo Español Ferro Carril Oeste
[note 6]
2002–03 Ferro Carril Oeste All Boys Central Córdoba (R)
2003–04 Sarmiento (J) Atlanta Tristán Suárez
2004–05 Tigre Platense Tristán Suárez
2005–06 Platense Deportivo Morón Central Córdoba (R)
2006–07 Almirante Brown Estudiantes (BA) Deportivo Morón
2007–08 All Boys Los Andes Sportivo Italiano
2008–09 Sportivo Italiano Deportivo Merlo Defensores de Belgrano
2009–10 Almirante Brown Sarmiento Tristán Suárez
2010–11 Atlanta Estudiantes (BA) Defensores de Belgrano
2011–12 Sarmiento (J) Nueva Chicago Acassuso
2012–13 Villa San Carlos Platense Atlanta
2013–14 Nueva Chicago Temperley Platense
2014 Chacarita Juniors Los Andes Villa Dálmine
2015 Brown (A) Estudiantes (BA) Defensores de Belgrano
2016 Flandria Atlanta Colegiales
2016–17 Deportivo Morón Deportivo Riestra Comunicaciones
2017–18 Platense Estudiantes (BA) Acassuso
2018–19 Barracas Central Atlanta Estudiantes (BA)
Abandoned [note 7]
2020 Almirante Brown J. J. de Urquiza Tristán Suárez

Titles by clubEdit

Club Titles Winning years
Banfield 6 1899, 1900, 1939, 1946, 1962, 1973
Ferro Carril Oeste 6 1958, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1978, 2002–03
Tigre 4 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 3 1901, 1903, 1904
Estudiantes (BA) 3 1906, 1977, 1999-2000
Estudiantes (LP) 3 1913 FAF, 1935, 1954
El Porvenir 3 1920, 1927, 1997–98
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
Almirante Brown 3 2006–07, 2009–10, 2020
Defensores de Belgrano 2 1967, 2000–01
San Lorenzo 2 1914, 1982
Huracán III [note 5] 2 1916, 1921
Racing III [note 5] 2 1924 AAm, 1926 AAm
Almagro 2 1937, 1968
Argentinos Juniors 2 1940, 1955
Central Córdoba (R) 2 1957, 1990–91
Sarmiento (J) 2 1980, 2011–12
Deportivo Español 2 1984, 2001–02
Deportivo Morón 2 1989–90, 2016–17
River Plate 1 1908
Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA) 1 1909
Racing 1 1910
Floresta 1 1913 FAF
Talleres (RE) 1 1925 AAm, 1987–88
Tigre Juniors 1 1914 FAF
Sportivo Palermo 1 1917
San Fernando 1 1918
Sportivo Barracas III [note 5] 1 1919 AAm
Sportivo Balcarce 1 1925
Perla del Plata 1 1925 AAm
Colegiales 1 1928
Honor y Patria (Bernal) 1 1929
Ramsar 1 1933
Bella Vista 1 1934
River Plate II [note 5] 1 1934 LAF
Boca Juniors II [note 5] 1 1936
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
Argentino (R) 1 1998–99
Sportivo Italiano 1 2008–09
Villa San Carlos 1 2012–13
Brown (A) 1 2015
Flandria 1 2016
Barracas Central 1 2018–19

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ With the creation of "División Intermedia" in 1911, the Primera B (Segunda División) became the 3° level of Argentine football.
  2. ^ Became the third level when Primera B Nacional was created as the second division of Argentine football league system.
  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 Reserve teams of Primera División clubs which took part of the championship along with the clubs from the Second Division.
  6. ^ a b c d e f As the championship was played in a two zones format, where first teams of each zone played a final, there was not a general final table.
  7. ^ On 28 April 2020, AFA decided to abandon the competition and declare the season finished due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All official competitions were suspended since 17 March.


  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. ^ a b In 1976 two tournaments were disputed, proclaiming one champion each. Both titles were official.

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