10: A Football Marathon
If you like football games you're gonna love the 2021/22 Superliga Argentina. With a season of 42 games
, it only falls short to the lower leagues in English football, with the difference that they won't play Copa Libertadores in the second semester.
Regarding our club, the board is on board with us (lame pun) and they will grant our request of improving the Youth Facilities
. With improved youth facilities, we aim to reveal much more good players with less spending.
Copa Argentina 2021
Remember when we faced a second division club, had to fight for a tie and won it on the alternate penalty shootouts? Well, it happened again. This time we managed to find a draw before the dying moments of the game against Almagro
, but had no success on finding another goal.
Our participation in the Copa Argentina ended in the quarter finals, when we were far from recognizable and got dominated by Independiente
, losing 2-0. Independiente ended up being crowned the Copa Argentina 2021 champions
Superliga Argentina 2021/22 - first semester
Our first half of the marathon didn't go bad. We started off being smashed by Racing
, and only got the first win in the 4th round, by bullying Chacarita
, a recently promoted side. We managed to grab some other good wins on the way, such as the dominating 3-1 over Atlético Tucumán
, a funny 4-2 win over Talleres
, and another Clásico victory, with an undeserved win over Estudiantes
. After a good sequence of 7 wins and 1 draw in 8 games, we had a sloppy end of semester, with losses like the home defeat against Vélez
, and draws like the disappointing tie against All Boys
being part of the way.
Superliga Argentina 2021/22 - Current Standings
The sloppy campaign sees us comfortably in 5th place, fighting for a Copa Libertadores 2023 spot
with Independiente, San Lorenzo, and Argentinos Juniors. After some crazy seasons, a tournament with teams facing each other twice brought a little bit of stability to the system
, and we cannot really appoint anyone as a big surprise there.
The 2022 Copa Libertadores will be the return of Gimnasia to continental football since 2017, when Gimnasia was knocked out from Copa Sudamericana in the first round
after drawing 0-0 with the Brazilian side Ponte Preta in Campinas and drawing against at home, this time 1-1, being eliminated on the goals scored away from home criteria.
The last time Gimnasia has played the Copa Libertadores was in 2007, when was knocked out off the group stages after 3 wins and 3 defeats
. The Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting had the same amount of wins and losses, but qualified to the second round in the goal difference. After beating Defensor 3-0 in the last round, Gimnasia still fell one goal down.
The Argentine teams qualified to continental football in 2022 were:
Many expectations for the first group stage draw Gimnasia has been in since 2007. The difference between a hard group and an easy group can be told apart by the groups with or without a spot for the Preliminary rounds
. Sometimes, Preliminary rounds have top flight Brazilian or Argentinean teams playing them, and they all go to the Pot 4 at the draw, so the easiest team that you should face could be actually one of the toughest. There are 4 teams coming from the Preliminary round, so the chances of facing one of them are 50/50.
As an Argentine club, Gimnasia is exempt of facing another Argentine teams, except if they come from the Preliminary round
. As the draw happens before these rounds are played, they don't consider the nationality of the teams playing in.
Another upset that clubs from the southern regions of South America like to avoid is to make long travels, and even worst, to places with altitudes. The effects of the altitude in the human body are a factor to be considered in Copa Libertadores
, and have created many upsets, like the recent game when the Peruvian side Deportivo Binacional defeated the giants São Paulo in their debut in Copa Libertadores 2020, in the city of Juliaca, 4,000 meters higher than the sea level
. It's not usual to have an altitude that high in Libertadores, but lower altitudes, like the 2,400m of Bogotá (Colombia), the 2,800m of Quito (Ecuador), or the 3,500m of La Paz (Bolivia) are quite common.
Well, we dodged that bullet. The group is rather easy, having only the long-distance travels to worry about
. A road trip from La Plata to Medellín, for instance, is 6,978km long. Thank God there are planes. None of the teams above are from cities with altitude, so it won't be a problem (the game doesn't simulate altitude anyway). I'll present our adversaries:
: the Colombian side are extremely traditional and strong, having won the Copa twice, but they are not stable. Sometimes, like in 2016, they can come up with the most beautiful football in the continent and grab the Copa. Other times, like in 2017, they send in a rubbish team and get knocked out in the first round.
: the Bolivian side seldom participates in Libertadores, this being their 9th participation (who am I to say anything, it's three times more than Gimnasia). Blooming normally are eliminated in the group stage, having reached the semifinal once in 1985.
: the Venezuelan side with the bigger amount of participations in Copa Libertadores, being in the Copa for the 25th time. They normally get knocked out in the group stages or in the Preliminary round, when they play it. They are a usual source of goals for teams needing a boost in the goal difference.
With these rivals, and depending on Atlético Nacional's form, we can hope to eventually win the group
, avoid a better team on the 2nd round and get thrashed at the quarter finals by any continental giant. I hope we can have some fun in the mean time.
@ScottT that's the Copa Argentina, apparently. Smaller clubs make it rough and cause lots of upsets along the way
@Jack indeed, I was really pleased by the way our fans showed up. Made quite a difference
@TheLFCFan the board is using the money to invest on youth facilities, but there is a lot of money left already
@Griffo I think the best way I can bring it up is by showing their transfer activity this season. Here for Boca's
and here for River's
. Their power mostly consists on being capable of selling players for values I can't right now
@Zed well, I was still fuming hahahahaha