AFA release 2016-17 Primera fixtures

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How the Argentine top flight would even work was still a little unclear just a matter of weeks ago but after finally setting on its current format, the Argentine Football Association has released the fixture list for the coming season.

After the earlier Torneo Transición, the Primera reverts back to a year-long championship that mirrors the European calendar except for the fact that it remains as a 30-team monster where each team faces each other once, except for clásicos which are played home and away.

In an effort to gradually reduce the number, four teams will be relegated in May 2017 and only two will come up from the B Nacional.

The Primera season kicks off on August 19th and undoubtedly the fixture of the opening weekend is champions Lanús hosting Boca Juniors.

Fixture One

LANÚS VS. BOCA
RIVER VS. BANFIELD
RACING VS. TALLERES
BELGRANO VS. INDEPENDIENTE
SAN LORENZO VS. SAN MARTÍN SJ
ROSARIO CENTRAL VS. DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA
GIMNASIA VS. VÉLEZ
TEMPERLEY VS. PATRONATO
ATL. TUCUMÁN VS. A. RAFAELA
SARMIENTO VS. ARSENAL
TIGRE VS. ESTUDIANTES
QUILMES VS. NEWELL’S
GODOY CRUZ VS. HURACÁN
UNIÓN VS. OLIMPO
ALDOSIVI VS. COLÓN

Fixture Two

UNIÓN VS. ALDOSIVI
OLIMPO VS. LANÚS
BOCA VS. BELGRANO
INDEPENDIENTE VS. GODOY CRUZ
HURACÁN VS. QUILMES
NEWELL’S VS. TIGRE
ESTUDIANTES VS. SARMIENTO
ARSENAL VS. ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN
A. RAFAELA VS. TEMPERLEY
PATRONATO VS. GIMNASIA
VÉLEZ VS. ROSARIO CENTRAL
DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA  VS. SAN LORENZO
SAN MARTÍN VS. RACING
TALLERES VS. RIVER PLATE
BANFIELD VS. COLÓN

The remainder is perhaps the major fixtures but for a full list you can view it here on the AFA site.

Fixture 5: Gimnasia vs. Estudiantes
Fixture 7: Rosario Central vs. Newell’s
Fixture 9: San Lorenzo vs. Huracán
Fixture 10: Independiente vs. San Lorenzo
Huracán vs. Racing
Fixture 11: River Plate vs. Huracán
Racing vs. Independiente
San Lorenzo vs. Boca Juniors
Fixture 12: Boca Juniors vs. Racing
Independiente vs. River
Fixture 13: River Plate vs. Boca Juniors
Fixture 16: Unión vs. Colón
Fixture 18: Lanús vs. Banfield
Fixture 20: Belgrano vs. Talleres
Fixture 24: ALL CLÁSICOS
Fixture 25: Independiente vs. Huracán
Fixture 26: Huracán vs. Boca Juniors
Racing vs. San Lorenzo
Fixture 27: San Lorenzo vs. River Plate
Boca vs. Independiente
Fixture 28: River Plate vs. Racing

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