There may have been no matches in Primera A the weekend just gone, but the lower divisions carried on as normal, unaffected by the performances (or otherwise) of the world’s national teams. Now, then, seems as good a time as any to have a quick look at how the first month or so of lower division action has been going…
In B Nacional it’s Atlético Rafaela (against whom, incidentally, River Plate played when I attended my first ever match in Argentina) who lead the way, with Aldosivi and Defensa y Justicia only just behind. All of those top three are unbeaten. Ferro, struggling so much a couple of seasons ago, are in much better fettle this term, tenth after five matches in spite of losing to the leaders on Friday, whilst Ariel Ortega’s still waiting for his first win with Independiente Rivadavia of Mendoza – they’re down in 13th having drawn four and lost one. The Promedio is propped up by two of the promotees, Los Andes and All Boys.
In Primera B, there’s just the one unbeaten team left after seven matches – and they’re in third. Almirante Brown are on 13 points, with loca Zona Oeste rivals in 2nd on 14, and Sarmiento leading the way on 15. Nueva Chicago, who were in Primera A two years ago and fell right through the floor of B Nacional last time out, are second-bottom of the Promedio, level, with one point per game, with Talleres de Remedios de Escalada.
The Primera C table after 6 matches is topped Sasachispas – the divison’s only unbeaten side – on 12 points, one ahead of J.J. Urquiza and Excursionistas, who in turn are both one ahead of Villa San Carlos and Deportivo Laferrere. Excursionistas, in spite of that joint second place, are also second-bottom of the Promedio. What happens if they earn both promotion and relegation in the same season, I’m not sure. Defensores Unidos are rock bottom, without so much as one point per match as yet.
Primera D is topped, after five matches, by Midland, the club for whom Alfredo Di Stéfano played his first professional match on loan from River Plate. They’ve got thirteen points from four wins and a draw. Liniers are just behind them on 12, with Argentino de Quilmes, Atlas, Juventud Unida and Deportivo Riestra all on 10. San Martín de Buenos Aires, Puerto Nuevo, Yupanqui and F.C. Urquiza are all struggling in the relegation standings with less than a point per match.
For as concise a possible look at the various zones of the non-AFA-affiliated Torneos Argentinos A and B, check back tonight.