Friday, July 11, 2014

Primera División -- Argentina's Professional Football League

1970s lapel badges for Argentina's top teams

With Argentina poised to compete against Germany in the 2014 World Cup final I think it would be a only fair to look at the organization of soccer in that country too.

Argentina's Primera División is the premier professional football (soccer -- association football) league in Argentina.  It is at the top of the Argentine football league system.  Twenty clubs compete in a system of promotion and relegation with the Primera B Nacional.

In 1891 the Association Argentine Football League was established by Alex Lamont of St. Andrew's Scots School.  It was the first football league outside of the British Isles.

The most successful club in the Primera División is River Plate, with 36 championship titles, and it is also the current champion (2014).

Between 2001 and 2012 the Argentine Primera División has been ranked in the top 10 as one of the strongest leagues in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Update July 13, 2014...

What an outstanding 2014 World Cup final -- Germany  defeated Argentina 1 - 0 in a double overtime.

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