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Venezuelan Primera División

Primera División
Country Venezuela
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1921
Number of teams 18
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segunda División
Domestic cup(s) Copa Venezuela
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Zamora
(2013–14)
Most championships Caracas (11 titles)
Website FVF's website
2013–14 season

The Primera División (pronounced: ; English: First Division), or Liga Venezolana (locally: ; English: Venezuelan League) is the top-flight professional Federación Venezolana de Fútbol and from the season 2007-08 the league will consist of 18 clubs.

Contents

  • Format 1
    • International qualification 1.1
    • Relegation 1.2
  • 2013/14 teams 2
  • Amateur era (1921–1956) 3
    • Titles by club 3.1
  • Professional era 4
  • Titles by club 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Format

The 18 teams play two single-round tournaments each year: the Apertura (August to December), and the Clausura (February to June). The league table is kept like a normal European league table, one point for ties three points for wins.

The absolute champion is decided between the Apertura and Clausura champions. If the same team is the champions of both tournaments that team is the absolute champion.

International qualification

  • The winner of the Apertura and Clausura tournaments qualify to the group phase of the Copa Libertadores, (The absolute champion qualifies as Venezuela 1 and the runner up as Venezuela 2).
  • The second and third team with the most points in the entire season qualifies to the Copa Sudamericana as Venezuela 1 and Venezuela 2.
  • If a team won both tournaments that team qualify to the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 1, then the first and second team with the most points in the entire season qualify to the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 2 and Venezuela 3 and the fourth and fifth team with the most points in the entire season qualify to the Copa Sudamericana as Venezuela 1 and Venezuela 2.

Relegation

2013/14 teams

Team City Stadium
Aragua Maracay Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez
Atlético El Vigía El Vigía Ramón "Gato" Hernández
Atlético Venezuela Maiquetía Polideportivo José María Vargas
Carabobo Valencia Misael Delgado
Caracas Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Deportivo Anzoátegui Puerto La Cruz José Antonio Anzoátegui
Deportivo La Guaira Caracas Brígido Iriarte
Deportivo Lara Barquisimeto Metropolitano de Barquisimeto
Deportivo Petare Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Deportivo Táchira San Cristóbal Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Estudiantes Mérida Metropolitano de Mérida
Llaneros Guanare Rafael Calles Pinto
Mineros Ciudad Guayana Polideportivo Cachamay
Trujillanos Valera Luis Loreto Lira
Tucanes Puerto Ayacucho Antonio José de Sucre
Yaracuyanos San Felipe Florentino Oropeza
Zamora Barinas Agustín Tovar
Zulia Maracaibo José "Pachencho" Romero

Amateur era (1921–1956)

Season Champion Runner-up
1921 América Centro Atlético
1922 Centro Atlético América
1923 América Centro Atlético
1924 Centro Atlético Vargas
1925 Loyola Venzóleo
1926 Centro Atlético Venzóleo
1927 Venzóleo Centro Atlético
1928 Deportivo Venezuela Centro Atlético
1929 Deportivo Venezuela Unión
1930 Centro Atlético Unión
1931 Deportivo Venezuela Centro Atlético
1932 Unión Dos Caminos
1933 Deportivo Venezuela Dos Caminos
1934 Unión Dos Caminos
1935 Unión Dos Caminos
1936 Dos Caminos Centro Atlético
1937 Dos Caminos Litoral
1938 Dos Caminos Litoral
1939 Unión Litoral
1940 Unión Dos Caminos
1941 Litoral Dos Caminos
1942 Dos Caminos Loyola
1943 Loyola Litoral
1944 Loyola Dos Caminos
1945 Dos Caminos Loyola
1946 Deportivo Español Centro Atlético
1947 Unión Universidad Central
1948 Loyola Unión
1949 Dos Caminos Universidad Central
1950 Unión La Salle
1951 Universidad Central Loyola
1952 La Salle Loyola
1953 Universidad Central La Salle
1954 Vasco Loyola
1955 La Salle Deportivo Español
1956 Banco Obrero La Salle

Titles by club

Club Winners Winning years
Unión 7 1932, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1950
Dos Caminos 6 1936, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1945, 1949
Centro Atlético 4 1922, 1924, 1926, 1930
Deportivo Venezuela 4 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933
Loyola 4 1925, 1943, 1944, 1948
Universidad Central 2 1951, 1953
América 2 1921, 1923
La Salle 2 1952, 1955
Banco Obrero 1 1956
Deportivo Español 1 1946
Litoral 1 1941
Vasco 1 1954
Venzóleo 1 1927

Professional era

The Primer División turned professional on 21 February 1957.[1]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Topscorer(s)
1957 Universidad Central La Salle Banco Obrero Tonho (Universidad Central, 12 goals)
1958 Deportivo Portugués Deportivo Español Estudiantes René Irazque (Deportivo Portugués, 6 goals)
1959 Deportivo Español Deportivo Portugués Danubio Abel Benítez (Deportivo Español, 15 goals)
1960 Deportivo Portugués Deportivo Español Deportivo Italia José Luis Iglesias (Deportivo Portugués, 9 goals)
1961 Deportivo Italia Banco Agrícola y Pecuario Banco Francés-Italiano Antonio Ravelo (Banco Agrícola y Pecuario, 11 goals)
1962 Deportivo Portugués Universidad Central Dos Caminos Jaime da Silva (Universidad Central, 16)
1963 Deportivo Italia Deportivo Portugués Tiquire Flores Nino (Deportivo Portugués, 15 goals)
1964 Deportivo Galicia Tiquire Flores Unión Deportiva Canarias Helio Rodrigues (Tiquire Flores, 12 goals)
1965 Lara Deportivo Italia Tiquire Flores Mario Mateo (Lara, 16 goals)
1966 Deportivo Italia Deportivo Portugués Deportivo Galicia Ratto (Deportivo Portugués, 20 goals)
1967 Deportivo Portugués Deportivo Galicia Lara Joao Ramos (Deportivo Portugués, 28 goals)
1968 Unión Deportiva Canarias Deportivo Italia Deportivo Portugués Raimundinho (Deportivo Portugués, 21 goals)
1969 Deportivo Galicia Deportivo Italia Valencia Eustaquio Batista (Deportivo Italia, 19 goals)
Lelo (Valencia, 19 goals)
1970 Deportivo Galicia Deportivo Italia Valencia Roland Langon (Deportivo Galicia, 13 goals)
1971 Valencia Deportivo Italia Tiquire Aragua Agostinho Sabara (Tiquire Aragua, 20 goals)
1972 Deportivo Italia Deportivo Galicia Anzoátegui Francisco Rodriguez (Anzoátegui, 18 goals)
1973 Portuguesa Valencia Estudiantes Jose Chiazzaro (Estudiantes, 14 goals)
1974 Deportivo Galicia Portuguesa Estudiantes Jose Chiazzaro (Estudiantes, 15 goals)
Sergio Hugo Castillo (Anzoátegui Fútbol Club, 15 goals)
1975 Portuguesa Estudiantes Deportivo Galicia Pedro Pascual Peralta (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
1976 Portuguesa Estudiantes Deportivo Portugués Pedro Pascual Peralta (Portuguesa, 25 goals)
1977 Portuguesa Estudiantes Valencia Jairzinho (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
Juan Cesar Silva (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
1978 Portuguesa Deportivo Galicia Estudiantes Andrade (ULA Mérida, 23 goals)
1979 Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Galicia Universidad de Los Andes Omar Ferrari (Deportivo Táchira, 15 goals)
1980 Estudiantes Portuguesa Valencia Wilfrido Campos (Portuguesa, 12 goals)
1981 Deportivo Táchira Estudiantes Valencia Rafael Angulo (Deportivo Táchira, 14 goals)
1982 San Cristóbal Deportivo Táchira Universidad de Los Andes German Montero (Estudiantes, 21 goals)
1983 Universidad de Los Andes Portuguesa Deportivo Italia Johnny Castellanos (Atlético Zamora, 13 goals)
1984 Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italia Atlético Zamora Sergio Meckler (Atlético Zamora, 15 goals)
1985 Estudiantes Deportivo Táchira Nacional Carabobo Sergio Meckler (Deportivo Táchira, 17 goals)
1986 Deportivo Táchira Estudiantes Marítimo Wilton Arreaza (Caracas, 8 goals)
1986–87 Marítimo Unión Atlético Táchira Estudiantes Johnny Castellanos (Portuguesa, 16 goals)
1987–88 Marítimo Unión Atlético Táchira Caracas Miguel González (Unión Atlético Táchira, 22 goals)
1988–89 Mineros Pepeganga Margarita Marítimo Johnny Castellanos (Mineros, 24 goals)
1989–90 Marítimo Unión Atlético Táchira Minervén Herbert Márquez (Marítimo, 19 goals)
1990–91 Universidad de Los Andes Marítimo Atlético Zamora Alexander Bottini (Monagas, 15 goals)
1991–92 Caracas Minervén Marítimo Andreas Vogler (Caracas, 25 goals)
1992–93 Marítimo Minervén Caracas Herbert Márquez (Marítimo, 21 goals)
1993–94 Caracas Trujillanos Minervén Rodrigo Soto (Trujillanos, 20 goals)
1994–95 Caracas Minervén Trujillanos Rogeiro da Silva (Mineros, 30 goals)
1995–96 Minervén Mineros Caracas Jose Luis Dolgetta (Caracas, 24 goals)
1996–97 Caracas Atlético Zulia Unión Atlético Táchira Rafael Castellín (Caracas, 19 goals)
1997–98 Atlético Zulia Estudiantes Deportivo Chacao Jose Luis Dolgetta (Estudiantes/Carabobo, 22 goals)
1998–99 Deportivo Italchacao Unión Atlético Táchira Estudiantes Gustavo Fonseca (Internacional Lara, 24 goals)
1999–00 Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italchacao Estudiantes Juan Enrique García (Caracas, 24 goals)
2000–01 Caracas Trujillanos Deportivo Italchacao Martín Brignani (Estudiantes, 12 goals)
2001–02 Nacional Táchira Estudiantes Monagas Juan Enrique García (Nacional Táchira, 34 goals)
2002–03 Caracas Maracaibo Deportivo Italchacao Juan Enrique García (Monagas/Mineros, 19 goals)
2003–04 Caracas Deportivo Táchira Mineros Juan Enrique García (Mineros, 18 goals)
2004–05 Maracaibo Caracas Deportivo Táchira Daniel Delfino (Carabobo, 19 goals)
2005–06 Caracas Maracaibo Deportivo Táchira Juan Enrique García (Deportivo Táchira, 21 goals)
2006–07 Caracas Maracaibo Mineros Robinson Rentería (Trujillanos, 19 goals)
2007–08 Deportivo Táchira Caracas Deportivo Anzoátegui Alexander Rondon (Deportivo Anzoátegui, 19 goals)
2008–09 Caracas Deportivo Italia Deportivo Táchira Daniel Arismendi (Maracaibo/Deportivo Táchira, 17 goals)
Heatklif Castillo (Aragua, 17 goals)
2009–10 Caracas Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italia Norman Cabrera (Atlético El Vigía, 20 goals)
2010–11 Deportivo Táchira Zamora Caracas Daniel Arismendi (Deportivo Anzoátegui, 20 goals)
2011–12 Deportivo Lara Caracas Deportivo Anzoátegui Rafael Castellín (Deportivo Lara, 21 goals)
2012–13 Zamora Deportivo Anzoátegui Caracas Gabriel Torres (Zamora, 19 goals)
2013–14 Zamora Mineros Deportivo Táchira Juan Falcón (Zamora, 19 goals)

Titles by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
Caracas 11 3 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
Deportivo Táchira 7 8 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1999–00, 2007–08, 2010–11
Deportivo Italia 5 8 1961, 1963, 1966, 1972, 1998–99
Portuguesa 5 3 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
Deportivo Galicia 4 5 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974
Deportivo Portugués 4 2 1958, 1960, 1962, 1967
Marítimo 4 1 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93
Estudiantes 2 6 1980, 1985
Universidad de Los Andes 2 0 1983, 1990–91
Zamora 2 1 2012–13, 2013–14
Maracaibo 1 3 2004–05
Minervén 1 3 1995–96
Mineros 1 2 1988–89
Deportivo Español 1 2 1959
Valencia 1 2 1971
Atlético Zulia 1 1 1997–98
Universidad Central 1 1 1957
Deportivo Lara 1 0 2011–12
Lara 1 0 1965
Nacional Táchira 1 0 2001–02
San Cristóbal 1 0 1982
Unión Deportiva Canarias 1 0 1968

See also

References

  1. ^ "Se cumplen 54 años del primer partido de fútbol profesional en Venezuela" (in Spanish). avn.info.ve. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

External links

  • Venezuelan Football Federation (Spanish)
  • News in spanish about the First Division of the Venezuelan Football/Soccer
  • News and pictures in spanish
  • RSSSF
  • FuriaVinotinto - Unnofficial Forum (Spanish)
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