2009 Torneo Clausura
Photo by guille rusconi on the HEGS Flickr pool It's a bit late this year, but with the pre-seasons
well and truly underway it's about time HEGS explained the teams who will be changing divisions
this year. We've got the Copa Sudamericana participants, and every promotion and relegation through
the Argentine league, down to and including [.
There's been some transfer or other in Manchester (I'll let Seba fill you in on that), but of more
immediate concern to the domestic scene, Miguel Angel Russo has resigned as manager of Rosario
Central, the day after guiding them safely through the relegation playoff against Belgrano de
CÃ³rdoba. Russo actually enjoyed a winning spell at [.
The goals from Sunday's two PromociÃ³n second leg matches, which resulted in both Gimnasia La Plata
and Rosario Central keeping their places in the Primera A, are now online and you can watch them
right here. Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 3 0 AtlÃ©tico Rafaela (3-3 agg., Gimnasia stay up due to
'sporting advantage') Rosario Central [.
In the remaining second leg of this year's PromociÃ³n in Primera A, Rosario Central eased to a 1-1
draw at home to Belgrano de CÃ³rdoba which confirms their participation in Primera A next season
thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win. In a match that was considerably less dramatic than the ridiculous
Gimnasia comeback against Rafaela which [.
Needing a three-goal win against a team they'd never previously beaten in three encounters the most
recent of which was just three days ago Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata left it oh so late but, in the
last twenty minutes, they struck three times the last two goals coming with only nine [...]
What with the Copa Libertadores final first leg as well as those of the Promociones during the
week, I didn't have time to post this link. Those who paid attention to HEGS last week will
remember my debut appearance in a podcast over on Seba's wonderful Mundo Albiceleste, and on
Tuesday night, in the face [.
In the second PromociÃ³n between Primera A and B Nacional, AtlÃ©tico Rafaela hosted Gimnasia y
Esgrima La Plata on Thursday afternoon in the first leg. The result was the heaviest win for a B
Nacional side over a Primera A team since the PromociÃ³n was introduced, courtesy of a hat trick
from striker Aldo Visconti.
The first leg of the first PromociÃ³n (playoff) for a place in the Primera DivisiÃ³n next season in
CÃ³rdoba, and top flight incumbents Rosario Central had goalkeeper Jorge Broun to thank for a clean
sheet against hosts Belgrano which allowed JesÃºs MÃ©ndez to settle a very tight match with a
tremendous drive from outside the [.
The goals from the final round of the 2009 Torneo Clausura are online now, and you can watch them
on the TN Sport blog by clicking here. As usual, if you want to know which teams are wearing which
shirts to tell the games apart, just read on and I'll give you the running order [...]
After the finalÃsima comes the rather more mundane business of recording the scores from the final
round of the 2009 Torneo Clausura. VÃ©lez took the title and Gimnasia de Jujuy and San MartÃn de
TucumÃ¡n both go down, as we already know, but elsewhere there were wins for Boca and San Lorenzo,
one last humiliation [.
In circumstances about as controversial as they come, and after thirteen minutes of second half
stoppage time, VÃ©lez SÃ¡rsfield beat HuracÃ¡n by a single late goal from Maxi Moralez who was sent
off for his celebration to climb above them in the table and claim the Torneo Clausura 2009 title.
HuracÃ¡n had a [.
The big finale of the 2009 Torneo Clausura has seen its first act played out with a late winner for
visitors LanÃºs in TucumÃ¡n and a victory for the hosts in La Plata which see Gimnasia La Plata
secure a relegation playoff spot ahead of San MartÃn de TucumÃ¡n, who go straight down to B [...]
The Torneo Clausura now has just three matches remaining the final relegation clashes and the title
decider, a preview of which you can hear, if you've not already, over on the Mundo Albiceleste
podcast from earlier in the week. Argentina's representatives for the Copa Sudamericana are all
confirmed after Saturday's matches, and for once [.
Racing and Newell's Old Boys completed their seasons on Friday night in El Cilindro, with Ricardo
Caruso Lombardi's boys completing a stunning campaign largely under their new manager to climb to
fifth place prior to the rest of the weekend's games. After an appalling start which saw Alexis
Machuca give Newell's the lead only [.
The final weekend of the 2009 Torneo Clausura is upon us at last, and it's going to be a dramatic
one. Racing and Newell's celebrate having nothing to play for to kick things off on Friday night,
whilst Saturday sees Central take on Godoy Cruz in a match that could be vital to next season's
If you were wondering why I've not written much here on HEGS about the upcoming final weekend of
the 2009 Torneo Clausura season, including the 'finalÃsimo' between VÃ©lez SÃ¡rsfield and HuracÃ¡n
and the relegation battles on Sunday, it's because I've been talking about them. Frequent HEGS
comment-botherer, journalist, and fellow webmaster over at Mundo Albiceleste [.
The clÃ¡sico grondonino in SarandÃ ended all square on Friday afternoon, so Arsenal and
Independiente go off on their winter holidays relieved, no doubt, that the Clausura is finally over
for them. Arsenal will finish bottom of the Clausura table if Argentinos Juniors beat San Lorenzo
in the Nuevo GasÃ³metro next weekend, whilst Independiente haven't [.
The final round of matches in the Torneo Clausura 2009 gets underway on Friday, prior to the
elections which will paralyse Argentina sufficiently over the rest of the weekend for most of the
matches to be played next week. AFA President Julio Grondona's two favourite clubs play today, and
will then go off on their [.
For those who aren't already aware, the 2011 Copa AmÃ©rica will be played in Argentina, and on
Tuesday AFA President Julio Grondona met with Argentine President Cristina FernÃ¡ndez de Kirchner
to start thrashing out the details. It's been agreed that the main venue for the tournament will be
La Plata's Estadio Municipal (currently home to [.
Estudiantes (yeah, you see?) start their Copa Libertadores semi-final on Thursday night, and
they've got some frantic last minute preparations for the big exam still to come. After left back
Marco Angeleri and centre half Cristian Cellay were both ruled out with injury, Estudiantes have
got dispensation from CONMEBOL to sign an emergency defender to [.
The goals from the eighteenth round of the 2009 Torneo Clausura are online now, from San Lorenzo's
win over Independiente to San MartÃn's victory in Rosario and the results for VÃ©lez and HuracÃ¡n
which take the title race to the last day. Click here to watch them and read on for the running
order. Running order [.
The title race is going down to the last weekend in two weeks' time and will be decided when the
top two, HuracÃ¡n and VÃ©lez, play each other in Liniers, after the latter drew with LanÃºs to
leave the Granate out of the race. San MartÃn kept their slim chances alive, as did [...]
A little later on today, Racing Club de Avellaneda will play Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy away from
home. A win will be enough for them to confirm safety from relegation they won't even have a threat
of a playoff hanging over them if they claim three points against their already-relegated hosts
With their backs to the wall, San MartÃn de TucumÃ¡n won on Friday night. Any other result would
have relegated them, but as they worked their way to a 1-0 victory away to Newell's Old Boys, El
Coloso Del Parque reverberated to fireworks. This result, you see, makes things a little more
difficult for Newell's [.
The penultimate round of Torneo Clausura matches is played this weekend, after which we've got a
fortnight's gap due to next week's Argentine elections. VÃ©lez SÃ¡rsfield would win the league on
Sunday if they beat LanÃºs and HuracÃ¡nÂ lose against Arsenal (two matches which will be played
That's not much of a news story, I know, but Carlos Ischia has now dotted the 'i's and crossed the
't's on the paperwork that sees his reign as Boca Juniors manager come to an end. He'll say goodbye
to the players on Wednesday. Boca's weekend conquerors, meanwhile, got some nice presents on
Tuesday from [.
The goals from the seventeenth round of the 2009 Torneo Clausura are online now, and you can watch
them on the TN Sportblog simply by clicking here (and then clicking play). If you don't know which
teams wear which shirts, or are confused over the identities of the teams playing in La Bombonera
(due to [.
Sunday's two clÃ¡sicos saw two unheralded winners, although given recent form they weren't,
perhaps, huge surprises. HuracÃ¡n won away to San Lorenzo (in La Bombonera) for the first time in
seven years to maintain the pressure at the top thanks to absolutely useless marking at a corner
from Diego Simeone's supposedly solid defence.
At the start of play this weekend, Arsenal de SarandÃ were bottom of the Torneo Clausura, and
LanÃºs were top. In most leagues it would have been a foregone conclusion but this is Argentina.
Bottom beat top 4-1, and after ColÃ³n khad ept up what little heat they couldÂ add to the title
race with [.
Back to the league after the thrills and spills of the international break. Three matches remain,
and this weekend the endgame gets going with two clÃ¡sicos on Sunday one in La Bombonera, where San
Lorenzo will be the 'home' side, and one in Avellaneda between Racing and Boca. The clash between
River and Tigre [.
Don't worry Racing fans, that's not Ricardo Caruso Lombardi in the headline. Godoy Cruz striker
Leandro Caruso is off to Italy, where he'll play next season for Udinese after passing a medical.
At HuracÃ¡n, president Carlos Babington wants to keep Javier Pastore at least until the end of the
year, so has signed an agreement [.
The goals from the sixteenth round of the Torneo Clausura 2009 are online now, and you can watch
all of them on the TN Sportblog by clicking here. If you need to watch along with a running order
of the teams as they appear on the video, just read on. Running order for TN Show de [...]