World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Uruguayan Primera División

Torneo Uruguayo
Copa Coca-Cola
Country Uruguay
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1900 (1900)
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1 out of 3
Relegation to Segunda División
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Nacional
Most championships Peñarol (49)
Top goalscorer Fernando Morena (230)
TV partners Tenfield, Gol TV
Website Primera División
2014–15 season

The Uruguayan Primera División (English: First Division Professional League) also known as the "Primera División Uruguaya" (local: ) or "Primera División de Uruguay" () (English: Uruguayan First Division) is organized by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF).

The First Championship of Uruguayan Primera Division was held in 1900, being an amateur competition until 1932 when the league became professional. From 1900 to the 2014-15 season they were carried out 111 first division seasons.

The Uruguayan Primera División, called "Torneo Uruguayo Copa Coca-Cola" for sponsorship reasons, is regarded as the 23rd most difficult football league in the 21st century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.


  • History 1
    • Format 1.1
    • Season 1.2
  • Participating teams 2
    • 2014-15 Season 2.1
  • Champions 3
    • Champions by season 3.1
      • 1900-31 3.1.1
      • 1932-present 3.1.2
    • Titles by club 3.2
  • All-time top scorers 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



After 1994, the competition was divided in two stages, called the Opening Championship (Torneo Apertura) and Closing Championship (Torneo Clausura), with an end-of-season two-legged final match between the winners of these two tournaments.

In the 2005/06 season, the winners of the Apertura and Clausura tournaments played a two (or three) legged playoff; the winner of that playoff played against the best team in the aggregate table to decide the 2005/06 season champion.

In the 2006/07 season, the competition was reduced to 16 clubs.


Originally, like other South American football leagues, the league was contested according to the calendar year, from austral summer to summer in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2005, the league started to play the "European season", from boreal summer to summer in Northern Hemisphere starting in August, with the aim of preventing clubs from losing many players in the middle of the season. In the first semester of 2005, a special tournament was held to decide the qualification to international competition.

The season of 2008/09 was intended to be the last one to be played in "European season", as the system appeared to be unable to prevent clubs from losing players between the Apertura (opening) tournament and the Clausura (closing). As of 2010 the European calendar style remains, but before the beginning of each season there have been talks to change it back to a year calendar, so far without result.

As a side note, the Indonesian SAD Team competes in the youth system.

Participating teams

A total of 57 teams have participated in the Primera Division since its inception in 1900. The Club Nacional de Football has played the most seasons followed by Club Atlético Peñarol. Of the so called 'minor' teams the record for most seasons lies with Wanderers.

2014-15 Season

Notes: All statistics pertain only to the Uruguayan Championships organized by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), not including FUF tournaments of 1923, 1924 and the 1926 Interim Council tournament in seasons counted. The founding dates of equipment are those declared by the clubs themselves involved.[1] The column "stadium" reflects the stadium where the team acts as the local times in their matches, but does not indicate that the equipment in question owns the stadium.[2]

Locations of the 2014–15 season teams outside Montevideo.
Locations of the 2014−15 Primera División teams within Montevideo.
Club City Stadium Capacity
Cerro Montevideo Luis Tróccoli 24,000
Danubio Montevideo Jardines Del Hipódromo 14,401
Defensor Sporting Montevideo Luis Franzini 9,357
El Tanque Sisley Montevideo Campeones Olímpicos 7,000
Fénix Montevideo Parque Capurro 5,500
Juventud Las Piedras Parque Artigas 12,000
Liverpool Montevideo Estadio Belvedere 10,000
Montevideo Wanderers Montevideo Parque Alfredo Víctor Viera 7,420
Nacional Montevideo Gran Parque Central 23,500
Peñarol Montevideo Estadio Centenario 65,235
Plaza Colonia Colonia Estadio Supicci 12,000
Racing Montevideo Osvaldo Roberto 8,500
Rentistas Montevideo Complejo Rentistas 10,600
River Plate Montevideo Parque Federico Omar Saroldi 5,624
Sud América San José Casto Martínez Laguarda 6,000
Villa Teresa Montevideo Estadio José Nasazzi 15,000


The Uruguayan Championship began in 1900. Between 1923 and 1925, under the Uruguayan football schism, coexisted with the AUF (

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ Controversy exists on the date of the founding of Club Atlético Peñarol under continuity or not the club with the Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club. The club's official position assumes a change of nominating former club founded on December 28, 1891. The other figure position as an original club Peñarol founded on December 13, 1913. Moreover, founding dates Tank Defender and referenced to the original foundation of the football team and do not take into account future mergers with other entities that these clubs had.
  2. ^ The stadium presented exclusively by Club Atlético Peñarol is the José Pedro Damiani, but in practice it never dispute their home games at the stadium, leasing the city-owned Estadio Centenario. For their part, Cerro Largo as Juventud and El Tanque Sisley, present the Ubilla, Artigas Park and Olympic Champions respectively, as their exclusive stadium, but is important to clarify that is not theirs, being municipal property..
  3. ^ Ovación Digital"Hasta ahora se jugaron 109 Uruguayos" on
  4. ^ a b Uruguay - List of Champions at RSSSF
  5. ^ Tabeira, Martín (October 28, 2010). "Uruguay - League Top Scorers".  
  6. ^ "Uruguay All-Time Topscorers" at RSSSF


  1. ^ The 1904 championship was not played due to the Battle of Masoller.
  2. ^ The 1925 championship was not finished because of internal differences.
  3. ^ The "Consejo Provisorio" put up a competition for the Uruguayan clubs that year so the Uruguayan Football Association did not organize any tournament.
  4. ^ No championship was played because of the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  5. ^ The 1948 championship was not finished due to a players strike.
  6. ^ Peñarol includes in its honours the championships won by CURCC (1900, 1901, 1905, 1907 and 1911).


See also

Pos. Player Period Goals Appear.
1 Fernando Morena 1969-84 230 244
2 Atilio García 1938-50 208 210
3 Héctor Scarone 1916-34 163 191
4 Pablo Terevinto 1920-31 124 157
5 Alberto Spencer 1960-70 113 166
6 René Borjas 1920-31 109 199
7 Héctor Castro 1921-36 107 181
8 Omar Míguez 1948-60 107 137
9 Petro Petrone 1923-33 103 97
10 Pellegrino Alselmo 1922-35 102 180

The chart includes championships since 1900 to present days.[6]

All-time top scorers

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
CURCC / Peñarol [6] 47 39 1900, 1901, 1905, 1907, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2009–10, 2012–13
Nacional 45 42 1902, 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Defensor Sporting 4 7 1976, 1987, 1991, 2007–08
Danubio 4 3 1988, 2004, 2006–07, 2013–14
River Plate FC 4 0 1908, 1910, 1913, 1914
Montevideo Wanderers 3 7 1906, 1909, 1931
Rampla Juniors 1 5 1927
Bella Vista 1 1 1990
Central Español 1 0 1984
Progreso 1 0 1989

Titles by club

Season Champion Runner-up Third place Leading goalscorer(s)[5]
1932 Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional Juan Labraga (Rampla Juniors; 17 goals)
1933 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Juan Young (Peñarol; 33 goals)
1934 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Aníbal Ciocca (Nacional; 13 goals)
1935 Peñarol Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Antonio Castaldo (Defensor; 12 goals)
1936 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Aníbal Ciocca (Nacional; 14 goals)
1937 Peñarol Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Horacio Tellechea (Peñarol; 16 goals)
1938 Peñarol Nacional Central Español Atilio García (Nacional; 20 goals)
1939 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Atilio García (Nacional; 22 goals)
1940 Nacional Rampla Juniors Montevideo Wanderers Atilio García (Nacional; 18 goals)
1941 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Atilio García (Nacional; 23 goals)
1942 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Atilio García (Nacional; 19 goals)
1943 Nacional Peñarol Miramar Misiones Atilio García (Nacional; 18 goals)
1944 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Atilio García (Nacional; 21 goals)
1945 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Nicolás Falero (Central Español; 21 goals)
Raúl Schiaffino (Peñarol; 21 goals)
1946 Nacional Peñarol CA River Plate Atilio García (Nacional; 21 goals)
1947 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nicolás Falero (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1948 (Not finished) [5]
1949 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Óscar Míguez (Peñarol; 20 goals)
1950 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Juan Ramón Orlandi (Nacional; 14 goals)
1951 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Juan Hohberg (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1952 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional; 15 goals)
1953 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Juan Hohberg (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1954 Peñarol Nacional Danubio Juan Romay (Peñarol; 12 goals)
1955 Nacional Peñarol Cerro Javier Ambrois (Nacional; 17 goals)
1956 Nacional Peñarol Cerro Carlos Carranza (Cerro; 18 goals)
1957 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Walter Hernández (Defensor; 16 goals)
1958 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Manuel Pedersen (Rampla Juniors; 12 goals)
1959 Peñarol Nacional Racing Víctor Guaglianone (Wanderers; 13 goals)
1960 Peñarol Cerro Nacional Ángel Cabrera (Peñarol; 14 goals)
1961 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 18 goals)
1962 Peñarol Nacional Fénix Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 16 goals)
1963 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Pedro Rocha (Peñarol; 18 goals)
1964 Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional Héctor Salva (Rampla Juniors; 12 goals)
1965 Peñarol Nacional Cerro Pedro Rocha (Peñarol; 15 goals)
1966 Nacional Peñarol Cerro Araquem de Melo (Danubio; 12 goals)
1967 Peñarol Nacional Cerro Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 11 goals)
1968 Peñarol Nacional Cerro Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 8 goals)
Pedro Rocha (Peñarol; 8 goals)
Ruben García (Cerro; 8 goals)
Ruben Bareño (Cerro; 8 goals)
1969 Nacional Peñarol Bella Vista Luis Artime (Nacional; 24 goals)
1970 Nacional Huracán Buceo Peñarol Luis Artime (Nacional; 21 goals)
1971 Nacional Peñarol Liverpool Luis Artime (Nacional; 16 goals)
1972 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Juan Carlos Mamelli (Nacional; 20 goals)
1973 Peñarol Nacional Danubio Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 23 goals)
1974 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 27 goals)
1975 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 34 goals)
1976 Defensor Peñarol Nacional Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 18 goals)
1977 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 19 goals)
1978 Peñarol Nacional Fénix Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 36 goals)
1979 Peñarol Nacional Fénix Waldemar Victorino (Nacional; 19 goals)
1980 Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Peñarol Rentistas; 19 goals)
1981 Peñarol Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Rubén Paz (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1982 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1983 Nacional Danubio Defensor Arsenio Luzardo (Nacional; 13 goals)
1984 Central Español Peñarol Nacional José Villareal (Central Español; 18 goals)
1985 Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Cerro Antonio Alzamendi (Peñarol; 13 goals)
1986 Peñarol Nacional Central Español Juan Ramón Carrasco (Nacional; 11 goals)
Gerardo Miranda(Defensor; 11 goals)
1987 Defensor Nacional Bella Vista Gerardo Miranda (Defensor; 13 goals)
1988 Danubio Peñarol Defensor Sporting Rubén da Silva (Danubio; 23 goals)
1989 Progreso Nacional Peñarol Diego Aguirre (Peñarol; 7 goals)
Johnny Miqueiro (Progreso; 7 goals)
Óscar Quagliata (Huracán Buceo; 7 goals)
1990 Bella Vista Nacional Peñarol Adolfo Barán (Peñarol; 13 goals)
1991 Defensor Sporting Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Julio Dely Valdés (Nacional; 16 goals)
1992 Nacional CA River Plate Danubio Julio Dely Valdés (Nacional; 13 goals)
1993 Peñarol Defensor Sporting Danubio Wilmar Cabrera (Huracán Buceo; 12 goals)
1994 Peñarol Defensor Sporting Nacional Darío Silva (Peñarol; 19 goals)
1995 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Juan González (Nacional; 16 goals)
1996 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Juan González (Nacional; 13 goals)
1997 Peñarol Defensor Sporting CA River Plate Pablo Bengoechea (Peñarol; 10 goals)
1998 Nacional Peñarol Bella Vista Martín Rodríguez (CA River Plate; 13 goals)
Rubén Sosa (Nacional; 13 goals)
1999 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Gabriel Álvez (Nacional; 24 goals)
2000 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Javier Chevantón (Danubio; 33 goals)
2001 Nacional Danubio Peñarol Eliomar Marcón (Defensor Sporting; 21 goals)
2002 Nacional Danubio Peñarol Germán Hornos (Fénix; 25 goals)
2003 Peñarol Nacional Danubio Alexander Medina (Liverpool; 22 goals)
2004 Danubio Nacional Defensor Sporting Carlos Bueno (Peñarol; 26 goals)
Alexander Medina (Nacional; 26 goals)
2005 Nacional Defensor Sporting Peñarol Pablo Granoche (Miramar Misiones; 16 goals)
2005–06 Nacional Rocha Defensor Sporting Pedro Cardozo (Rocha; 17 goals)
2006–07 Danubio Peñarol Defensor Sporting Aldo Díaz (Tacuarembó; 15 goals)
2007–08 Defensor Sporting Peñarol CA River Plate Richard Porta (CA River Plate; 19 goals)
Christian Stuani (Danubio; 19 goals)
2008–09 Nacional Defensor Sporting Cerro Antonio Pacheco (Peñarol; 12 goals)
Liber Quiñones (Racing; 12 goals)
2009–10 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Antonio Pacheco (Peñarol; 23 goals)
2010–11 Nacional Defensor Sporting Peñarol Santiago García (Nacional; 23 goals)
2011–12 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Richard Porta (Nacional; 17 goals)
2012–13 Peñarol Defensor Sporting Nacional Juan Manuel Olivera (Peñarol; 18 goals)
2013–14 Danubio Montevideo Wanderers Nacional Héctor Acuña (Cerro; 20 goals)
2014–15 Nacional Peñarol CA River Plate Iván Alonso (Nacional; 22 goals)

This chart includes the leading scorer by season so there are no records for the period 1900-1931.


Season Champion Runner-up Third
1900 CURCC Albion Uruguay Athletic
1901 CURCC Nacional Uruguay Athletic
1902 Nacional CURCC Deutscher
1903 Nacional CURCC Deutscher
1904 (No Tournament held) [1]
1905 CURCC Nacional Montevideo Wanderers
1906 Montevideo Wanderers CURCC Nacional
1907 CURCC Montevideo Wanderers River Plate FC
1908 River Plate FC Montevideo Wanderers Nacional
1909 Montevideo Wanderers CURCC River Plate FC
1910 River Plate FC CURCC Nacional
1911 CURCC Montevideo Wanderers Nacional
1912 Nacional CURCC Montevideo Wanderers
1913 River Plate FC Nacional Peñarol
1914 River Plate FC Peñarol Nacional
1915 Nacional Peñarol Universal
1916 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers
1917 Nacional Peñarol Universal
1918 Peñarol Nacional Universal
1919 Nacional Universal Peñarol
1920 Nacional Peñarol Central Español
1921 Peñarol Nacional Universal
1922 Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Rampla Juniors
1923 Nacional Rampla Juniors Bella Vista
1923 FUF Montevideo Wanderers Peñarol Lito Cuadrado
1924 Nacional Bella Vista Rampla Juniors
1924 FUF Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Lito Cuadrado
1925 (Not finished) [2]
1926 Peñarol[3] Montevideo Wanderers Rampla Juniors
1927 Rampla Juniors Peñarol Nacional
1928 Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional
1929 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting
1930 (No tournament held) [4]
1931 Montevideo Wanderers Nacional Rampla Juniors

All tournaments organized by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) except where it indicated.


Champions by season

It took 54 seasons before a club besides Peñarol or Nacional won a title, when Defensor won its first title 1976. Besides Peñarol or Nacional, no other club has won titles consecutively. Both Peñarol (1958 to 1962 and 1993 to 1997) and Nacional (from 1939 to 1943) hold the record title streaks winning five titles consecutively. The longest period of time since either Peñarol or Nacional won a title was from 1987 to 1991, when Defensor, Danubio, Progreso, Bella Vista, and Defensor Sporting together won five titles in that period.[4]

Nacional is the most successful Uruguayan club with 45 titles, followed by Peñarol with 42. Of clubs to win titles, only Rampla Juniors did not win multiple titles. Rampla Juniors and Wanderers were the only clubs to not win titles consecutively. Nacional hold the record title streak, winning three titles in a row twice from 1915 to 1917 and from 1922 to 1924.[4]


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.