While the season opened in Chile and Uruguay, a new challenger emerged in Argentina. Read all about this week’s soccer news from South America.
New seasons are budding across South America, with the Apertura campaigns commencing in both Chile and Uruguay this past weekend. Hope springs eternal for clubs and their fans across both countries, as they enter a new year with dreams of competing for trophies.
But by now some domestic leagues throughout South America are also deep in the heart of their seasons already. For countries that started their new seasons in January and earlier in February, we are already starting to see a pattern of contenders and pretenders emerge in the hunt for their nation’s spoils.
This week’s review of soccer across South America dives into stories of both stripes. First we will take a look at the action that emerged on the first weekend of the new Chilean and Uruguayan seasons before diving into a look at the challenger to Racing Club’s long run atop the Superliga table in Argentina.
Located more than 1000 miles up the coast from Santiago de Chile, Antofagasta is a coastal port city at the heart of the mining regions whose historic significance dates back centuries. While the beautiful game is as popular in the city as anywhere else across a soccer-mad continent, though, they have had little to celebrate among the most notable clubs in the city.
The sole representative of Antofagasta in the top flight of Chilean soccer is the eponymous C.D. Antofagasta. Formed from the merger of two smaller clubs in 1966, Antofagasta have been a solid second-division club for much of their existence.
https://fansided.com/2019/02/19/south-america-review-racing-club-faces-a-challenge-in-argentina/In recent years, they have been a fixture in the Primera Division of the pyramid, hovering mostly just outside the drop zone in the three-year aggregate system used for relegation.
Last year Antofagasta vaulted all the way up to fourth place in the final table and earned a spot in the Copa Sudamericana. With their opening match of Copa Sudamericana qualification coming up nine days after the start of the domestic campaign, Antofagasta kicked off the new year with an emphatic win.
A 3-0 victory, with a pair of penalty conversions by Felipe Flores and Tobias Figueroa and a third goal from Adrian Balboa in second-half stoppage time, they shut out Audax Italiano in style.