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The draft fixture of the 2024 League Cup: when is the Superclásico and why Riestra has four home games in a row


Highlights: The first tournament of the 2024 season will be played on January 27. The last one was played on October 1, but this time it will be on February 25. The first four teams in each zone will qualify for the quarter-finals. The final will be held on June 20, with the semi-finals and final on 5 May. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the champion of the World Cup in 2023. The draw will be made on December 1. The winners will be announced on December 6.

The team from Bajo Flores, promoted with Independiente Rivadavia de Mendoza, will occupy zone A and will replace the relegated Colón and Arsenal.La date of River-Boca, the rest of the classics and pairings will be the seventh.

The fixture of the 2024 Professional League Cup is not yet official, but the most important data is already known. The first tournament of the year will begin on January 27, with 26 of the 28 teams in 2023 playing in the same zones as the last championship that had Rosario Central as champion. They will even have the same opponents date by date but with inverted locations. Thus, the "day of the classics" will be on February 25 (River will host Boca at the Monumental Stadium) and the two new ones will be Independiente Rivadavia de Mendoza and Deportivo Riestra, who will play in Zone A because Colón and Arsenal were there, both relegated.

There is a legal issue why the Argentine Football Association (AFA) cannot yet officially broadcast the match schedule: it must wait for the definition of the Disciplinary Tribunalregarding Colón's claim to annul its relegation. It is ruled out that the request will be rejected but until it happens they cannot make official the schedule of the first competition of the year, the League Cup.

Colón de Santa Fe's line-up for the match against Atlético Tucumán for the Copa de la Liga Profesional.

The format is fresh because it is the Cup that has just consecrated Rosario Central, who beat Platense in the final. The 14 teams are divided into two zones, A and B, 14 dates will be played (in the seventh one there will be the interzonals, the true classics and the pairings), there will be three midweek dates, and the first four of each zone will qualify for the quarterfinals, which will be played as a single match on a neutral field, as well as the semi-finals and final, scheduled for 5 May. The champion will qualify for the 2025 Libertadores.

The last Superclásico was played at the Bombonera on October 1, for the seventh round of the 2023 League Cup. Now, also for matchday 7, it will be played at the Monumental, most likely, on Sunday, February 25. Something that was already stipulated from the beginning of the 2023 season. The classic in the 2024 League Tournament is supposed to be played on the 15th date at the Bombonera. Thus, the two classics scheduled for the two competitions of the Professional League will be played on both courts. The same will happen with the other real classics: Racing-Independiente, San Lorenzo-Huracán, Central-Newell's, Gimnasia-Estudiantes, Talleres-Belgrano and Lanús-Banfield.


It was curious in the last League Cup that Arsenal had to play four away games in a row. And many are now surprised by the streak of Deportivo Riestra, a replacement for the Viaduct team in the combination of matches, which will play four games in a row at home. It will be between 3 and 6 where they will receive Barracas Central, River, Vélez and Atlético Tucumán (it remains to be defined in which scenario because their stadium would not be enabled for the moment).

These inconsistencies in the fixture used to be solved by the mathematicians of Exact Sciences of the UBA, hired for several years to do it, but now it is carried out by an automatic program.

Without pause, the League Tournament will start a week after the League Cup final, meaning that the first date will be played between Friday 10 and Monday 13 May. But the championship will suffer a pause due to the dispute of the Copa America between June 20 and July 14.

Then it will continue and the last day will be played on December 15. There will be known a new champion and who will be the two relegated teams, one by the relegation average table and the other by the annual table, exactly the same as this year. The Champions Trophy will be played on December 22.

The first date (January 27-30)

Zone A

  • Barracas Central - Vélez
  • River - Argentines
  • Instituto - Deportivo Riestra
  • Atlético Tucumán - Rosario Central
  • Banfield - Hurricane
  • Workshops - Gymnastics
  • Independiente Rivadavia - Independiente

  • Zone B

  • Tigre - Sarmiento
  • Platense - Boca
  • Godoy Cruz - Defense & Justice
  • Central Cordoba - Newell's
  • San Lorenzo - Lanús
  • Students - Belgrano
  • Racing - Union

  • The draft fixture of the 2024 Professional League Cup.

    The date of the classics, the 7th (February 23-26)

    The draft fixture of the 2024 Professional League Cup.

  • Sarmiento - Barracas
  • Union - Independiente Rivadavia
  • Hurricane - San Lorenzo
  • Gymnastics - Students
  • Newell's - Rosario Central
  • Independiente - Racing
  • River - Boca
  • Belgrano - Workshops
  • Argentines - Platense
  • Vélez - Tigre
  • Defender - Deportivo Riestra
  • Lanús - Banfield
  • Central Córdoba - At. Tucuman
  • Institute - Godoy Cruz
  • Source: clarin

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