Copa de la Liga returns: Argentinian football is back!

.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. 🔜

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

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The #LigaProfesional returns. 🇦🇷

Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. 👇

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

🏈 Elite QBs
🏈 Game-changing skill players
🏈 Stacked rosters
🏈 #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. 🚨

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. 🔥

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. 👇

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USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS ✔️

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

🏀 No. 8 @UCLAMBB (17-3, 8-1) 𝙖𝙩
🏀 @USC_Hoops (14-6, 6-3)

A rivalry matchup with #USC will test their mettle, but #UCLA’s offensive rating (113.4) and defensive rating (90.0) makes them outliers in the #Pac12.

#Bruins | #Trojans

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One of the most exciting football leagues in the world returns tomorrow. Everything is set in Argentina for kick off in the Primera División for 2022.

The AFA have organised two separate tournaments for 2022. This weekend marks the first round of games in the Copa de la Liga Profesional, which will run until 8th of May. The second tournament – the Liga Profesional – will run from May 22nd until October 30th. Both tournaments will have different fixtures and formats, as has been the case for the past few years in Argentina.

A massive 28 teams will be involved across both tournaments, including Barraca Central and Tigre, who won promotion from the second division at the end of last year.

Copa de la Liga Profesional

The Copa de la Liga has been divided into two equal groups of 14 teams. The groups were split so as to ensure that each team’s clasico or interzonal rival – such as River Plate and Boca Juniors – are separated. Teams play each team in their group once, as well as the derby match with their historic rival.

Games will be played on weekends and Wednesdays.

The top four from Zone A and Zone B will then advance to the quarter finals, to be played in neural venues, where a knockout competition will determine the winner.

Colón are the defending champions of the Copa de la Liga. They were surprise winners last year, but were impressive in their memorable campaign, beating Racing 3-0 in the final.

They lost just twice in their regular season, scoring 23 and conceding just 10 – an average of 1.77 scored and 0.77 conceded per game. ‘Pulga’ Rodriguez was absolutely pivotal in their run to the title, scoring 7 goals and providing 5 assists in their run to the final.

SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA – JUNE 04: Luis Rodríguez of Colon lifts the trophy with teammates as they become champions of the Liga Profesional 2021 after winning the final match of Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 between Racing Club and Colon at San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium on June 04, 2021 in San Juan, Argentina. (Photo by Andres Larrovere-Pool/Getty Images)
Liga Profesional 

The second half of the league season will follow a standard league format, each team playing 27 games. It will run until October, where the international break for the 2022 Qatar World Cup will take place. Eventual champions will qualify automatically for the Copa Libertadores in 2023.

River Plate were victorious in this half of the league last season.

What does this season have in store for the reigning champions?

Will this be Gallardo’s final year?

The 45 year-old River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo won the final trophy left to win as manager at the end of 2021, as his River side finally won their first league title under his reign. With his River trophy cabinet complete, many believed it would be time for Gallardo to move to a new club, perhaps in Europe. There were reported to be several offers, but nothing materialised, and Gallardo signed a one year deal – taking him to eight years in charge of Los Millonarios. 

What about Julián Álvarez?

By far River’s standout performer last season, Julián Álvarez was highly sought after in the European transfer window. Manchester City were the winners, agreeing a five-and-a-half-year deal with River for around 17 million Euros. He will, fortunately for River, remain at the club on loan until July.

The 22-year-old has scored 36 goals in 96 appearances for River and has won six caps for Argentina. Last year, he was central to their drive to the title: scoring 26 goals and making 17 assists.

At the very least, Gallardo has half a year to figure out how they will replace Álvarez, particularly his involvement in the forward line for River, which has usually been so reliable for Gallardo.

Returning Players 

There have been some interesting announcements as far as returning players are concerned in this pre-season period so far. Boca Juniors have brought back Darío Benedetto and Pol Fernández, which is an important move for the Xeneize. Darío Benedetto registered 45 goals in three seasons for Boca Juniors from 2017 to 2019. He was the top scorer in Liga Argentina in his first year.

Meanwhile their rivals River, in pursuit of another title, have announced the return of Juanfer Quintero, Emanuel Mammana and Leandro González Pirez.

Gabriel Hauche (Racing); Diego Valeri and Fernando Monetti (Lanús); and Darío Cvitanich and Enrique Bologna (Banfield) are all notable returning players who will have big impacts on their team’s season.

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.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. 🔜

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

#LigaDimayor 🇨🇴
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/liga-betplay-dimayor-returns-everything-you-need-to-know/

The #LigaProfesional returns. 🇦🇷

Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. 👇

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

🏈 Elite QBs
🏈 Game-changing skill players
🏈 Stacked rosters
🏈 #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. 🚨

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. 🔥

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. 👇

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS ✔️

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

🏀 No. 8 @UCLAMBB (17-3, 8-1) 𝙖𝙩
🏀 @USC_Hoops (14-6, 6-3)

A rivalry matchup with #USC will test their mettle, but #UCLA’s offensive rating (113.4) and defensive rating (90.0) makes them outliers in the #Pac12.

#Bruins | #Trojans

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