On Tuesday the AFA announced the first weekend’s fixtures for the 2009 Torneo Apertura in the Primera División, and their website promptly decided to stop working (for me at least, but I’ve had some internet issues tonight so maybe it’s the only site that’s still not loading on my PC). The remaining fixtures haven’t yet been finalised – when they are I’ll be listing the whole lot here on HEGS, but the main clásicos already have their dates. Just read on (and thanks to Seba, who mentioned this in the comments section to the ‘Shopping for Coco’ post).
Fixtures for first weekend of Primera División Torneo Apertura 2009:
Boca Juniors vs Argentinos Juniors
Banfield vs River Plate
Chacarita Juniors vs Tigre
Huracán vs Lanús
Colón de Santa Fe vs Vélez Sársfield
Arsenal Fútbol Club vs Club Estudiantes de La Plata
Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata vs Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba
San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Atlético de Tucumán
Rosario Central vs Racing Club
Independiente vs Newell’s Old Boys
The newly promoted sides start at home to Tigre (not Chacarita’s main clásico – that’s Atlanta – but still a tasty encounter) and away to San Lorenzo then – tricky challenges on the opening weekend. There’s a relegation clash early on in Rosario, and another in La Plata, whilst the two recently-crowned champions, Vélez (of Argentina) and Estudiantes (of South America) are both away.
The superclásico, as with the previous four in Aperturas, will be played in October, in the tenth round at El Monumental. Round four sees Lanús vs Banfield. The fifth round will see San Lorenzo host Racing; the sixth round sees Racing vs Independiente in the clásico de Avellaneda. Huracán vs San Lorenzo and Newell’s against Rosario Central will be played in the 15th round, and San Lorenzo vs Boca will be the following week. San Lorenzo will also be at home to Independiente in the 14th round, so they’ll have three consecutive clásicos to look forward to, the lucky things.
When the full fixture list is published I’ll get it up here on HEGS as soon as possible, of course. It’s also been announced that the Torneo Clausura 2010 will begin on the 31st January, in order to allow the season to finish by the 16th May, to allow for next year’s World Cup.