The New Argentine Championship is bad news for the Brazilians in Liberta

The Argentine Championship starts this weekend with a great taste of the hangover. However, it was only two weeks after the last competition in the country, which was won by Boca Juniors by a resounding 3-0 against the Tigers.

The column now explains what the new championship is, what the differences are with the previous one and what is the calendar of Argentine clubs following Libertadores da América.

Two of them will fight the Brazilians in the round of 16: Boca himself, who will fight the Corinthians, and Estudiantes de La Plata, who will play against Fortaleza.

José Manuel López (left), from Lanús, defends the ball against Rodrigo Montes, from Boca Juniors

Photo: Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images

The calendar

The start of the Argentine Championship is the perfect occasion to explore the calendar differences between the clubs here and here (the Brazilians).

Boca is a good example. The club xeneize there are five games in Argentina until they face the Corinthians. There is one more match until the opening of round 16 of the Libertadores: against Ferro Carril Oeste for the Argentina Cup (single playoff).

The total sum (six matches) was the same as the Corinthians until the first meeting, in São Paulo, on the 28th. But there are many differences.

The first has to do with the number of games at the time. Corinthians x Boca da Neo Química Arena for round 16 is Alvinegro’s 37th official game in 2022, against Boca’s 31.

And travel should also be considered.

Boca and Corinthians will play three games as guests until they meet. Add the three trips, Boca will travel 1,070 kilometers-and just to face Cuiabá, in the next round, for Brasileirão, the Corinthians will face a trip of 1,530 kilometers.

In addition to the Argentinian Championship with 11 fewer games than Brasileirão (27 against 38 overall), the Copa Argentina is in a knockout, while the Copa do Brasil adopts home and back battles as a argument system.

The sequence of the season should leave the Argentine teams less tired than the Brazilians.

A hypothetical clash between River Plate and Flamengo for the Libertadores semifinal, for example, will take place with River bringing in 41 official games of the season, against 56 for Rubro-Negro.


Nicolas De La Cruz, from River Plate, celebrates Colo Colo goal for the Libertadores


Reservations in advance

Another factor to consider in the difference in “shooting” between Brazilians and Argentines has to do with strategy, for example, now adopted by Boca, who will start the Argentine Championship with a reserve team.

Coach Sebastián Battaglia will examine, round by round, the need for rhythm and rest for each of his players to prioritize the confrontation against the Corinthians.

Such a tactic will not be practiced, for example, by Estudiantes, who will soon face Gimnasia in the La Plata derby in the Argentinian’s opening round. The game goes to Estádio Uno, home of the Estudiantes, at 5 pm (Brazilian time) on Sunday (5).

Boca will also play Bombonera on Sunday (5), at 7:30 p.m., against Arsenal. ESPN 4 appeared live for Brazil with Cledi Oliveira and Lucho Silvera.

Sunday’s games in Argentina ended with Defensa y Justicia hosting the mixed team from River Plate, at 21:30 (also on ESPN 4, with Luiz Carlos Largo and Thiago Simões).

At this point, there are no strategies for coach Marcelo Gallardo, who has added injuries and athletes to his selections for the FIFA date.

Championship indeed

The Argentine Championship that started last night (3) with 1-1 between Barracas Central and Central Córdoba is the equivalent of Brasileirão. The argument system is one against all, in one turn, in 27 rounds.

There are 28 participating teams, and the two with the worst averages in the last three championships will go to B Nacional, Argentina’s “B Series”.

There are four seats available for Libertadores-2023, for the champion of this Argentine Championship and for three more clubs that will finish more than the cost of two national tournaments this year. Boca Juniors, for the title against the Tigers, are already guaranteed.

The number of participants in this edition is the same as the Argentine Championship which ended two weeks ago. The newly concluded competition is officially called the Professional League Cup and is defined as a knockout from the quarter-finals onwards. Previously, there was a group round with 14 teams in each bracket.

The competition started in February and ended in May, and the champion club played 17 games, enough for Argentine historians to consider it as a championship, not as a Cup – the AFA itself, however, defines it as a Cup.

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