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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Argentine Footabll Relegation System 2012

12:57 PM John Boyle
SUNDAY 24TH OF JUNE.
BUENOS AIRES FOOTBALL CLUB TIGRE FACE THE BIGGEST MATCH OF THEIR 110 YEAR HISTORY.
Its a match in which they can win the league title and get plunged into a relegation battle at the same time.
This has been brought about by Argentinas convoluted relegation system in which relegation is worked out by deviding a teams points by the number of games played over a 3 year period.
This has in the passed served to protect the big clubs and make it very dificult for a newly promoted clubs to stay up.
 
Tigre plight is still unsure but i will try to explain the situation.
They are joint top with Arsenal so if we both win we will go into a play off against each other to decide the title.
If we both draw then Boca could join us in a 3 way play off if they win their final game.

Now the other end of the table.
If Rafaela win and San martin draw and union lose.
Then Tigre would have to go into a 3 way play off against san Martin and Union .
The losers of this 3 way play off would then have to go into a playoff against the team that finished 4th in the second division.
And 4th in that division could still be River Plate the Buenos Aires Giant
Thus setting up a titan battle in the north of Buenos Aires.
This battle would decide who is finally relegated.
So while the season could finish on Sunday Tigre's season could drag on for another 6 matches in which time they could be crowned champions and demoted to the second division. A bigger travesty of justice is hard to imagine.
Saludos
John

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