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Wednesday of action in Argentine soccer. No, no one comes out onto the pitch, but the 26 First Division teams will know their groups for the new Professional League Cup that will begin on Friday, February 12.

After the consecration of Boca in the Maradona Cup, a new championship in Argentine football is coming that comes with several novelties: only two groups, points that count for relegation, interzonal classics and more …

WHAT TIME IS THE DRAW FOR THE PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE CUP?

The event will start at 7:00 p.m. and it will take place at the luxurious Hilton Hotel in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires.

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HOW TO FOLLOW THE SWEEPSTAKES LIVE?

Although it was said that he was going to go on TV, The event will not finally be televised by any channel or by the official YouTube account of the Professional Football League. It can be followed live on the official LPF networks and, of course, on Olé’s website.

The draw will not go by teve ...

The draw will not go by teve …

HOW WILL THE NEW CHAMPIONSHIP BE PLAYED?

Son 26 teams (the previous one was 24). Sure, now they joined Sarmiento de Junín and Platense. And the big change is that, unlike the Maradona Cup, this time It will be played in two zones of 13 teams, with a system of all against all in each group and the novelty of an interzonal classic per week (there will be no special date for classics). In this way, Thirteen dates will be played and traditional rivals will not be able to share the same area. That is, River goes to one area and Boca to another, for example. Once this stage is finished, the best four of each group will advance to the knockout round, which will be played as a single match in a neutral stadium and with a 1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd. The winners will meet in the semifinals and in a final with the headquarters to be defined.

Xeneize took the last local cup.

Xeneize took the last local cup.

ON WHAT DATES WILL THE TOURNAMENT BE?

The original draft stipulates that The first date will be played on the weekend of February 14 and the group stage will end on May 9. The quarterfinals will be on the weekend of the 16th, the semis on the 23rd and the grand final on the 30th of that same month, before the Copa América organized by Argentina and Colombia. It is stipulated that, due to the tight schedule, There would be no stop for the qualifying date of the month of March.

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HOW WERE THE INTERZONES DEFINED?

On each date there will be a classic. Although it was speculated that after the return of the Squid to First, they will see each other again with the Bug, Velez will be the rival of La Paternal, while the Brown will collide with Sarmiento de Junín, the other newly promoted. “It is more logical to leave the promoted together rather than to put Vélez-Sarmiento,” they commented to Olé from the organization. What could happen is that they share an area and that they may even cross.

All crosses:
River-Boca
Racing-Independent
San Lorenzo-Hurricane
Lanús-Banfield
Velez-Argentinos
Columbus-Union
Newell’s-Rosario Central
Students-Gymnastics
Godoy Cruz-Workshops
Atlético Tucumán-Central Córdoba
Aldosivi-Board of Trustees
Defense and Justice-Arsenal
Platense-Sarmiento

The last Super was a tie in the Bombonera.

The last Super was a tie in the Bombonera.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NAME OF THE CONTEST?

As anticipated Ole, this tournament will not bear the name Diego Maradona as originally intended. The issue of the rights of the Maradona brand weighed on this, which belong to a public limited company (Sattvica) controlled by Matías Morla. What happened? Although the link between the priests of the League and Morla is good and the transfer of the name had even been agreed without any economic request in return, they did not agree between the leaders so that it would be called as in the last edition. The clubs began to have doubts and for fear of a later conflict (either with the family or with some of the parties), they preferred not to rush and that this tournament carry another name. So, it will be called the Professional Football League Cup.

THEN WILL IT BE A NATIONAL CUP AGAIN?

Effectively. Although a few days ago it had been speculated that this new event could be considered a tournament, As confirmed to Olé from the League, it will continue to be a national cup. But here we have to highlight a difference with the Maradona Cup. Because although the leadership position is to keep the descents suspended until the end of the 2022 season, From this contest the points will be added again for the averages.

WHAT WILL THE NEXT TOURNAMENT LIKE AFTER THE AMERICA CUP?

From what was known, that championship it would be something more traditional and a round of all against all would be played between the 26 clubs of First. But, of course, this is Argentine football and everything can change …

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