The draw for Argentina’s premier domestic competition took place today at AFA’s Ezeiza’s complex and threw up some interesting match-ups. The tournament winner, along with a sizeable prizewinners fee, also gains qualification for the Copa Libertadores.
Last year’s winners River Plate will go up against Atlas, who play in the lofty heights of Argentina’s fifth división – the Primera D Metropolitana. Back in 2004, the side from General Rodríguez in Buenos Aires Province were dubbed `the worst team in Argentina`after being relegated from AFA’s bottom tier, losing their players and facilities in the process.
They gained promotion back to the división in 2005 and a year later became the subject of Fox Sport’s Atlas, La Otra Pasión, a reality TV program which traced the trials and tribulations of a team trying to escape Argentina`s fifth division, gaining them recognition across Latin America.
They never quite managed their goal, however, and continue plying their trade in the Primera D. Dates are yet to be confirmed for the fixture, but it will take place at River`s Monumental stadium.
Another draw that caught the attention was that of Independiente vs Deportivos Camioneros – the latter, as their name suggests, being a team ran by the truck drivers`union. What`s more, the team was funded in 2008 by current Independiente president and Secretary-General of the Argentine Labour Unión (CGT) Hugo Moyano, with the club now being ran by his son, Pablo.
The team from Nueve de abril, Buenos Aires Province, play in the Torneo Federal B – Argentina`s fourth division. The clash of father and son will take place at Independiente`s Estadio Libertadores de America.
Here`s the complete list of fixtures:
— AFA (@afa) 5 de abril de 2017