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 Peñarol
Most championships Peñarol (48)
Top goalscorer Fernando Morena (230)
TV partners Tenfield, Gol TV
Website Primera División
2015–16 season

Liga Profesional de Primera División [ˈliɣa pɾofesjoˈnal de pɾiˈmeɾa ðiβiˈsjon] (English: First Division Professional League) also known as the Primera División (local: [pɾiˈmeɾa ðiβiˈsjon]) (English: First Division) is the highest professional football league in Uruguay and organized by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) .

The first championship was held in 1900, being an amateur competition until 1932 when the league became professional. From 1900 to the 2014–15 season there have been 111 first division seasons.

The 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.



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 play-off; 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, until on the year 2016 when they agreed to change it back to a year calendar. So since 2017 to present, the league will have its original calendar year system.

Participating teams

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

2016 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.
Club City Stadium Capacity
Boston River Montevideo Casto Martínez Laguarda 3,800
Cerro Montevideo Luis Tróccoli 24,000
Danubio Montevideo Jardines Del Hipódromo 14,401
Defensor Sporting Montevideo Luis Franzini 18,000
Fénix Montevideo Parque Capurro 5,500
Juventud Las Piedras Parque Artigas 5,500
Liverpool Montevideo Belvedere 10,000
Montevideo Wanderers Montevideo Parque Alfredo Víctor Viera 7,420
Nacional Montevideo Gran Parque Central 23,500
Peñarol Montevideo Campeón del Siglo 40,000
Plaza Colonia Colonia Suppici 12,000
Racing Montevideo Osvaldo Roberto 4,500
Rampla Juniors Montevideo Estadio Olímpico 9,500
River Plate Montevideo Parque Federico Omar Saroldi 5,624
Sud América San José Casto Martínez Laguarda 6,000
Villa Española Montevideo Obdulio Varela 8,000


The Uruguayan Championship began in 1900. Between 1923 and 1925, under the Uruguayan football schism, coexisted with the AUF (Uruguayan Football Association) the FUF (Uruguayan Football Federation), dissident organ founded by Peñarol and Central. After intervention by the Uruguayan government to impose the dissolution of the FUF, in 1926 takes place a tournament in two series conducted by the Interim Council to unify the two organizations. Peñarol was the winner of the Serie A of the tournament. Note that the Football Association nor the FIFA do not recognize the titles of the championships organized by FUF or Provisional Council.[3]

Nacional is the most successful Uruguayan club with 45 titles, followed by Peñarol with 43. 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]

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]

Champions by season


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

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) [lower-alpha 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
1924 Nacional Bella Vista Rampla Juniors
1925 (Not finished) [lower-alpha 2]
1926 Peñarol[lower-alpha 3] Montevideo Wanderers Rampla Juniors
1927 Rampla Juniors Peñarol Nacional
1928 Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional
1929 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting
1930 (No tournament held) [lower-alpha 4]
1931 Montevideo Wanderers Nacional Rampla Juniors


This chart includes the leading scorer by season so there are no records for the period 1900–31.

Season Champion Runner-up Third place Leading goalscorer(s)[5]
1932 Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional Uruguay Juan Labraga (Rampla Juniors; 17 goals)
1933 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Uruguay Pedro Young (Peñarol; 33 goals)
1934 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Uruguay Aníbal Ciocca (Nacional; 13 goals)
1935 Peñarol Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Uruguay Antonio Castaldo (Defensor; 12 goals)
1936 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Uruguay Aníbal Ciocca (Nacional; 14 goals)
1937 Peñarol Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Uruguay Horacio Tellechea (Peñarol; 16 goals)
1938 Peñarol Nacional Central Español Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 20 goals)
1939 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 22 goals)
1940 Nacional Rampla Juniors Montevideo Wanderers Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 18 goals)
1941 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 23 goals)
1942 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 19 goals)
1943 Nacional Peñarol Miramar Misiones Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 18 goals)
1944 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 21 goals)
1945 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Uruguay Nicolás Falero (Central Español; 21 goals)
Uruguay Raúl Schiaffino (Peñarol; 21 goals)
1946 Nacional Peñarol CA River Plate Argentina Atilio García (Nacional; 21 goals)
1947 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Uruguay Nicolás Falero (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1948 (Not finished) [lower-alpha 5]
1949 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Uruguay Óscar Míguez (Peñarol; 20 goals)
1950 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Uruguay Juan Ramón Orlandi (Nacional; 14 goals)
1951 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Uruguay Juan Hohberg (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1952 Nacional Peñarol Rampla Juniors Uruguay Jorge Enrico (Nacional; 15 goals)
1953 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Uruguay Juan Hohberg (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1954 Peñarol Nacional Danubio Uruguay Juan Romay (Peñarol; 12 goals)
1955 Nacional Peñarol Cerro Uruguay Javier Ambrois (Nacional; 17 goals)
1956 Nacional Peñarol Cerro Uruguay Carlos Carranza (Cerro; 18 goals)
1957 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Uruguay Walter Hernández (Defensor; 16 goals)
1958 Peñarol Nacional Rampla Juniors Uruguay Manuel Pedersen (Rampla Juniors; 12 goals)
1959 Peñarol Nacional Racing Uruguay Víctor Guaglianone (Wanderers; 13 goals)
1960 Peñarol Cerro Nacional Uruguay Ángel Cabrera (Peñarol; 14 goals)
1961 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Ecuador Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 18 goals)
1962 Peñarol Nacional Fénix Ecuador Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 16 goals)
1963 Nacional Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Uruguay Pedro Rocha (Peñarol; 18 goals)
1964 Peñarol Rampla Juniors Nacional Uruguay Héctor Salva (Rampla Juniors; 12 goals)
1965 Peñarol Nacional Cerro Uruguay Pedro Rocha (Peñarol; 15 goals)
1966 Nacional Peñarol Cerro Brazil Araquem de Melo (Danubio; 12 goals)
1967 Peñarol Nacional Cerro Ecuador Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 11 goals)
1968 Peñarol Nacional Cerro Ecuador Alberto Spencer (Peñarol; 8 goals)
Uruguay Pedro Rocha (Peñarol; 8 goals)
Uruguay Ruben Garcia (Cerro; 8 goals)
Uruguay Rúben Bareño (Cerro; 8 goals)
1969 Nacional Peñarol Bella Vista Argentina Luis Artime (Nacional; 24 goals)
1970 Nacional Huracán Buceo Peñarol Argentina Luis Artime (Nacional; 21 goals)
1971 Nacional Peñarol Liverpool Argentina Luis Artime (Nacional; 16 goals)
1972 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Argentina Juan Carlos Mamelli (Nacional; 20 goals)
1973 Peñarol Nacional Danubio Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 23 goals)
1974 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 27 goals)
1975 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 34 goals)
1976 Defensor Sporting Peñarol Nacional Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 18 goals)
1977 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 19 goals)
1978 Peñarol Nacional Fénix Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 36 goals)
1979 Peñarol Nacional Fénix Uruguay Waldemar Victorino (Nacional; 19 goals)
1980 Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Peñarol Uruguay Jorge Luis Siviero (Rentistas; 19 goals)
1981 Peñarol Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Uruguay Rubén Paz (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1982 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Uruguay Fernando Morena (Peñarol; 17 goals)
1983 Nacional Danubio Defensor Sporting Uruguay Arsenio Luzardo (Nacional; 13 goals)
1984 Central Español Peñarol Nacional Uruguay José Villareal (Central Español; 18 goals)
1985 Peñarol Montevideo Wanderers Cerro Uruguay Antonio Alzamendi (Peñarol; 13 goals)
1986 Peñarol Nacional Central Español Uruguay Juan Ramón Carrasco (Nacional; 11 goals)
Uruguay Gerardo Miranda (Defensor; 11 goals)
1987 Defensor Sporting Nacional Bella Vista Uruguay Gerardo Miranda (Defensor; 13 goals)
1988 Danubio Peñarol Defensor Sporting Uruguay Rubén da Silva (Danubio; 23 goals)
1989 Progreso Nacional Peñarol Uruguay Diego Aguirre (Peñarol; 7 goals)
Uruguay Johnny Miqueiro (Progreso; 7 goals)
Uruguay Óscar Quagliata (Huracán Buceo; 7 goals)
1990 Bella Vista Nacional Peñarol Uruguay Adolfo Barán (Peñarol; 13 goals)
1991 Defensor Sporting Nacional Montevideo Wanderers Panama Julio Dely Valdés (Nacional; 16 goals)
1992 Nacional CA River Plate Danubio Panama Julio Dely Valdés (Nacional; 13 goals)
1993 Peñarol Defensor Sporting Danubio Uruguay Wilmar Cabrera (Huracán Buceo; 12 goals)
1994 Peñarol Defensor Sporting Nacional Uruguay Darío Silva (Peñarol; 19 goals)
1995 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Uruguay Juan González (Nacional; 16 goals)
1996 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Uruguay Juan González (Nacional; 13 goals)
1997 Peñarol Defensor Sporting CA River Plate Uruguay Pablo Bengoechea (Peñarol; 10 goals)
1998 Nacional Peñarol Bella Vista Uruguay Martín Rodríguez (CA River Plate; 13 goals)
Uruguay Rubén Sosa (Nacional; 13 goals)
1999 Peñarol Nacional Defensor Sporting Uruguay Gabriel Álvez (Nacional; 24 goals)
2000 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Uruguay Javier Chevantón (Danubio; 33 goals)
2001 Nacional Danubio Peñarol Brazil Eliomar Marcón (Defensor Sporting; 21 goals)
2002 Nacional Danubio Peñarol Uruguay Germán Hornos (Fénix; 25 goals)
2003 Peñarol Nacional Danubio Uruguay Alexander Medina (Liverpool; 22 goals)
2004 Danubio Nacional Defensor Sporting Uruguay Carlos Bueno (Peñarol; 26 goals)
Uruguay Alexander Medina (Nacional; 26 goals)
2005 Nacional Defensor Sporting Peñarol Uruguay Pablo Granoche (Miramar Misiones; 16 goals)
2005–06 Nacional Rocha Defensor Sporting Uruguay Pedro Cardozo (Rocha; 17 goals)
2006–07 Danubio Peñarol Defensor Sporting Uruguay Aldo Díaz (Tacuarembó; 15 goals)
2007–08 Defensor Sporting Peñarol CA River Plate Australia Richard Porta (CA River Plate; 19 goals)
Uruguay Cristhian Stuani (Danubio; 19 goals)
2008–09 Nacional Defensor Sporting Cerro Uruguay Antonio Pacheco (Peñarol; 12 goals)
Uruguay Liber Quiñones (Racing; 12 goals)
2009–10 Peñarol Nacional Liverpool Uruguay Antonio Pacheco (Peñarol; 23 goals)
2010–11 Nacional Defensor Sporting Peñarol Uruguay Santiago García (Nacional; 23 goals)
2011–12 Nacional Peñarol Defensor Sporting Australia Richard Porta (Nacional; 17 goals)
2012–13 Peñarol Defensor Sporting Nacional Uruguay Juan Manuel Olivera (Peñarol; 18 goals)
2013–14 Danubio Montevideo Wanderers Nacional Uruguay Héctor Acuña (Cerro; 20 goals)
2014–15 Nacional Peñarol CA River Plate Uruguay Iván Alonso (Nacional; 22 goals)
2015–16 Peñarol Nacional Cerro

Titles by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
CURCC / Peñarol [lower-alpha 6] 48 40 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, 2015–16
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
Montevideo Wanderers 4 8 1906, 1909, 1923, 1931
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
Rampla Juniors 1 5 1927
Bella Vista 1 1 1990
Central Español 1 0 1984
Progreso 1 0 1989

All-time top scorers

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

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

See also


  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).


  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. "Hasta ahora se jugaron 109 Uruguayos" on Ovación Digital
  4. 1 2 Uruguay - List of Champions at RSSSF
  5. Tabeira, Martín (October 28, 2010). "Uruguay - League Top Scorers". RSSSF. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  6. "Uruguay All-Time Topscorers" at RSSSF
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