The format and title of Argentina’s footballing reboot might have spelt changes for the game, but the same two teams will be battling to win the Superliga
Argentine football returns on Friday evening as Vélez Sarsfield visit Tigre and for all intents and purposes things may seem exactly the same as last season. However, the Argentine Football Association’s (AFA) rebranding and plans to reduce the number of top flight teams is already underway meaning last year’s hideous 30-team Primera is now the ever-so more palatable 28-team Superliga.
In an economic breakaway, similar to that of the Premier League or LaLiga, Argentina now has its own Superliga but aside from an increase in money (particularly to the grandes) there is little noticeable difference.
Kicking off this weekend, the 28 top flight Superliga clubs will play each other once and once only, scrapping last season’s slightly controversial Fecha de Clasicos, in which the only fixture to be played home and away was each team’s corresponding derby.
From Friday, the Superliga runs through until the midseason break in December, resuming again at the end of February before crowing a new champion in May 2018.