The Professional League Cup is close to its beginning and with it the illusion of 24 teams to win a new title will begin in the long history of Argentine soccer. Who were the last 10 to be crowned? It is worth reviewing.
In an unforeseen denouement sometime before the break, the Superliga Argentina 19/20 had a movie ending, where Boca Juniors screamed champion for the third time in the last four years.
Xeneize was the leader under Gustavo Alfaro’s hand during the first half of the tournament, but after the stoppage, River de Gallardo took over that place. However, with the arrival of Miguel Russo to Boca, the team was finding its form and pure goal, it resumed the winning path until a final date that had a lot of seasoning. River had to win against Atlético Tucumán as a visitor, but the Millionaire ended up drawing and there the window was opened for Boca, which with a 1-0 victory against Maradona’s Gymnastics, ended up being consecrated in a tournament closing that has not been a long time ago. It looked.
In the 2018/19 season, Racing celebrated the title after four years and added the 18th throughout its history. In this championship, those led by Chacho Coudet dominated the tournament from beginning to end, assuming the lead on date 4. The Academy never fell from the position of privilege and starred in a beautiful fight against Defense and Justice, in which the Halcón de Varela could not hold on in the last days and Avellaneda’s team shouted champion two dates before the end with 57 points, after 17 victories, six draws and two defeats.
Following back on the line we come to the Argentine Super League 17/18, where Boca Juniors conquered its second title in a row, at the hands of Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
In a situation similar to that of Racing, Boca dominated from start to finish this season, with an overwhelming start where they won eight consecutive victories, including a 2-1 victory in the classic against River at the Monumental. After losing to Racing and Rosario Central, Boca del Mellizo recovered their level and became unbeatable again to consecrate three dates before the end with a 2-2 draw against Gimnasia in La Plata.
A year earlier, in the 2016/17 campaign, Guillermo and his Boca got the first of their two leagues, which meant the 32nd local championship in the history of Xeneize.
After an unsuspicious start, Boca began his rise on the sixth date and from that moment, he did not stop climbing until on day 13 after beating River in the Superclásico, he climbed to the top of the table and did not abandon that position until winning champion, a fact that got two dates before the closing in Bahía Blanca after beating Olimpo.
Xeneize was established this season with 63 points, after 18 wins, nine draws and three losses.
In the days before the Super League, the Transition Tournament 2014, the second with 30 teams in the first division where Lanús became champion, after defeating San Lorenzo in an atypical final.
In a championship that was divided into two zones, Garnet dominated Group 2 without problems, where it was first with four points of advantage over Estudiantes who was second, while Cyclone was the winner of Group 1, where it beat Godoy Cross by one point on the last date, after Tomba fell with San Martín de San Juan and San Lorenzo equalized with Banfield.
In definition by title, Lanús thrashed 4-0 at the Monumental at the hands of Benítez, Almirón, Sand and Acosta to give the second title in history to the club from the south of Greater Buenos Aires.
In the 2015 season, in which ten teams were promoted directly to make up a thirty-team tournament, Boca won its second title of the decade and the thirty-first in its history.
Those led by Rodolfo Arruabarrena who finished with the title staged a hand-to-hand fight with San Lorenzo, but Xeneize took a distance in the end and was consecrated on matchday 28, after beating Tigre 1-0 with a goal from Monzón. Xeneize reached the title this season after twenty wins, four draws and six losses.
In the last twenty-team championship that was played, Racing became champion of the Transition Tournament 2014, led by Diego Cocca and an unstoppable Gustavo Bou, who beat River de Gallardo by just two points.
The Academy ran behind for much of the tournament, hovering around the third and fourth position for many dates, until on matchday 16 it climbed to second place and on matchday 17, after beating the leader up to that point, it took first place and with victories over Rosario Central and Godoy Cruz, sentenced history to win the Academy after 13 years without titles.
The 2014 Final Tournament was River Plate’s last local title, led by Ramón Díaz, after a great comeback to leave Boca and Estudiantes behind in the title race at the end of the championship.
In a fight with several teams, the Millionaire was better in the final stretch of the tournament, which featured Pincha, Gimnasia and Godoy Cruz and with consecutive victories in the last three dates, he ended up crowning after six years. Pelado Díaz’s team finished with 37 points (five above Boca and Estudiantes, both with 32), thanks to eleven victories, four draws and four defeats.
At Initial tournament 2013, San Lorenzo it was the cast that was consecrated as champion, after a great fight against the defender of the previous tournament Newell’s Old Boys. The Cyclone, led by Juan Antonio Pizzi, did not get off to a good start, but quickly recovered and began to fight for the vanguard positions with Lepra, Arsenal and Lanús in the end. San Lorenzo climbed to the top on matchday 16, a place that it did not abandon from that moment and ended up consecrating itself on the last date after equalizing without goals against Velez and taking advantage of Lanús’s equality against Newell’s, being that both, with the victory, could force a tiebreaker. Pizzi’s team ended up taking the title with 33 points from 19 games, the product of nine wins, six draws and four losses.
The 2013 Final Tournament will be the last of this review, recalling the Newell’s of Tata Martino, who crowned the Rosario team for the sixth time in history, after beating River and Lanús in the fight for the title.
Those led by Tata had not had a good start to the campaign, but everything began to improve on the fourth day, when Newell’s defeated Belgrano 2-0 and from there, began to climb in the positions until establishing himself as second during much of the tournament. On date 11, after beating Racing 4-3 in a great game, he climbed to the top and never released it until the consecration on the last day, in which he fell to Argentines, but before the draw of Garnet with San Lorenzo ended up celebrating. The Rosario club closed this title with 38 points in 19 dates with 12 wins, two draws and five lost games.