Venezuelan Primera División

"Venezuelan League" redirects here. For the baseball league, see Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
For other leagues called Primera División, see Primera división (disambiguation).
Primera División
Country Venezuela
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1957
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segunda División
Domestic cup(s) Copa Venezuela
International cup(s) Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Zamora
Most championships Caracas FC (11 titles)
Website FVF's website
2016 season

The Primera División (pronounced: [pɾiˈmeɾa ðiβiˈsjon]; English: First Division), or Liga Venezolana (locally: [ˈliɣa βenesoˈlana]; English: Venezuelan League) is the top-flight professional football league of Venezuela. It was created in 1921 and turned professional in 1957. It's organized by the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol and from the season 2007-08 the league will consist of 18 clubs.


The 20 teams play two single-round tournaments each year: the Apertura (February to June), and the Clausura (August to December). The league table is kept like a normal European league table, one point for ties, three points for wins.

The absolute champion is decided between the Apertura and Clausura champions. If the same team is the champions of both tournaments that team is the absolute champion.

International qualification


2015-16 teams

Team City Stadium
Aragua Maracay Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez
Atlético Venezuela Caracas Brígido Iriarte
Carabobo Valencia Misael Delgado
Caracas Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Deportivo Anzoátegui Puerto La Cruz José Antonio Anzoátegui
Deportivo Lara Barquisimeto Metropolitano de Barquisimeto
Deportivo Petare Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Deportivo Táchira San Cristóbal Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Estudiantes (C) Caracas Brígido Iriarte
Estudiantes Mérida Metropolitano de Mérida
JBL del Zulia Maracaibo José "Pachencho" Romero
La Guaira Caracas Olímpico de la UCV
Llaneros Guanare Rafael Calles Pinto
Mineros Ciudad Guayana Polideportivo Cachamay
Monagas Maturín Monumental de Maturín
Portuguesa Acarigua General José Antonio Paez
Trujillanos Valera Luis Loreto Lira
Ureña Ureña Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo
Zamora Barinas Agustín Tovar
Zulia Maracaibo José "Pachencho" Romero

List of Champions

The Primer División turned professional on 21 February 1957.[1]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Topscorer(s)
1957Universidad Central La Salle Banco Obrero Brazil Tonho (Universidad Central, 12 goals)
1958Portugués Español Estudiantes Venezuela René Irazque (Portugués, 6 goals)
1959Español Portugués Danubio Spain Abel Benítez (Español, 15 goals)
1960Portugués Español Deportivo Italia Spain José Luis Iglesias (Portugués, 9 goals)
1961Deportivo Italia Banco Agrícola y Pecuario Banco Francés-Italiano Venezuela Antonio Ravelo (Banco Agrícola y Pecuario, 11 goals)
1962Portugués Universidad CentralDos Caminos Brazil Jaime da Silva (Universidad Central, 16)
1963Deportivo Italia Portugués Tiquire Flores Brazil Nino (Portugués, 15 goals)
1964Galicia Tiquire Flores Canarias Brazil Helio Rodrigues (Tiquire Flores, 12 goals)
1965Lara Deportivo Italia Tiquire Flores Argentina Mario Mateo (Lara, 16 goals)
1966Deportivo Italia Portugués Galicia Brazil Ratto (Portugués, 20 goals)
1967Portugués Galicia Lara Brazil Joao Ramos (Portugués, 28 goals)
1968Canarias Deportivo Italia Portugués Brazil Raimundinho (Portugués, 21 goals)
1969Galicia Valencia Deportivo Italia Brazil Eustaquio Batista (Deportivo Italia, 19 goals)
Brazil Lelo (Valencia, 19 goals)
1970Galicia Deportivo Italia Valencia Uruguay Roland Langon (Galicia, 13 goals)
1971Valencia Deportivo Italia Tiquire Aragua Brazil Agostinho Sabara (Tiquire Aragua, 20 goals)
1972Deportivo Italia Galicia Anzoátegui Venezuela Francisco Rodriguez (Anzoátegui, 18 goals)
1973Portuguesa Valencia Estudiantes Uruguay Jose Chiazzaro (Estudiantes, 14 goals)
1974Galicia Portuguesa Estudiantes Uruguay Jose Chiazzaro (Estudiantes, 15 goals)
Uruguay Sergio Hugo Castillo (Anzoátegui Fútbol Club, 15 goals)
1975Portuguesa Estudiantes Galicia Paraguay Pedro Pascual Peralta (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
1976Portuguesa Estudiantes Portugués Paraguay Pedro Pascual Peralta (Portuguesa, 25 goals)
1977Portuguesa Estudiantes Valencia Brazil Jairzinho (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
Brazil Juan Cesar Silva (Portuguesa, 20 goals)
1978Portuguesa Galicia Estudiantes Brazil Andrade (ULA Mérida, 23 goals)
1979Deportivo Táchira Galicia Universidad de Los Andes Uruguay Omar Ferrari (Deportivo Táchira, 15 goals)
1980Estudiantes Portuguesa Valencia Brazil Wilfrido Campos (Portuguesa, 12 goals)
1981Deportivo Táchira Estudiantes Valencia Colombia Rafael Angulo (Deportivo Táchira, 14 goals)
1982San Cristóbal Deportivo Táchira Universidad de Los Andes Uruguay German Montero (Estudiantes, 21 goals)
1983Universidad de Los Andes Portuguesa Deportivo ItaliaVenezuela Johnny Castellanos (Atlético Zamora, 13 goals)
1984Deportivo Táchira Deportivo Italia Zamora Brazil Sergio Meckler (Zamora, 15 goals)
1985Estudiantes Deportivo Táchira Nacional Carabobo Brazil Sergio Meckler (Deportivo Táchira, 17 goals)
1986Deportivo Táchira Estudiantes Marítimo Venezuela Wilton Arreaza (Caracas, 8 goals)
1986–87Marítimo Unión Atlético TáchiraEstudiantesVenezuela Johnny Castellanos (Portuguesa, 16 goals)
1987–88Marítimo Unión Atlético TáchiraCaracasArgentina Miguel González (Unión Atlético Táchira, 22 goals)
1988–89Mineros Pepeganga MargaritaMarítimoVenezuela Johnny Castellanos (Mineros, 24 goals)
1989–90Marítimo Unión Atlético TáchiraMinervénVenezuela Herbert Márquez (Marítimo, 19 goals)
1990–91Universidad de Los Andes MarítimoZamoraVenezuela Alexander Bottini (Monagas, 15 goals)
1991–92Caracas MinervénMarítimoGermany Andreas Vogler (Caracas, 25 goals)
1992–93Marítimo MinervénCaracasVenezuela Herbert Márquez (Marítimo, 21 goals)
1993–94Caracas TrujillanosMinervénColombia Rodrigo Soto (Trujillanos, 20 goals)
1994–95Caracas MinervénTrujillanosBrazil Rogeiro da Silva (Mineros, 30 goals)
1995–96Minervén MinerosCaracasVenezuela Jose Luis Dolgetta (Caracas, 24 goals)
1996–97Caracas Atlético ZuliaUnión Atlético TáchiraVenezuela Rafael Castellín (Caracas, 19 goals)
1997–98Atlético ZuliaEstudiantesDeportivo ChacaoVenezuela Jose Luis Dolgetta (Estudiantes/Carabobo, 22 goals)
1998–99Deportivo Italchacao Unión Atlético TáchiraEstudiantesColombia Gustavo Fonseca (Internacional Lara, 24 goals)
1999–00Deportivo Táchira Deportivo ItalchacaoEstudiantesVenezuela Juan Enrique García (Caracas, 24 goals)
2000–01Caracas TrujillanosDeportivo ItalchacaoArgentina Martín Brignani (Estudiantes, 12 goals)
2001–02Nacional Táchira EstudiantesMonagasVenezuela Juan Enrique García (Nacional Táchira, 34 goals)
2002–03Caracas MaracaiboDeportivo ItalchacaoVenezuela Juan Enrique García (Monagas/Mineros, 19 goals)
2003–04Caracas Deportivo TáchiraMinerosVenezuela Juan Enrique García (Mineros, 18 goals)
2004–05 Maracaibo CaracasDeportivo TáchiraArgentina Daniel Delfino (Carabobo, 19 goals)
2005–06Caracas MaracaiboDeportivo TáchiraVenezuela Juan Enrique García (Deportivo Táchira, 21 goals)
2006–07Caracas MaracaiboMinerosColombia Robinson Rentería (Trujillanos, 19 goals)
2007–08Deportivo Táchira CaracasDeportivo AnzoáteguiVenezuela Alexander Rondon (Deportivo Anzoátegui, 19 goals)
2008–09 Caracas Deportivo ItaliaDeportivo TáchiraVenezuela Daniel Arismendi (Maracaibo/Deportivo Táchira, 17 goals)
Venezuela Heatklif Castillo (Aragua, 17 goals)
2009–10Caracas Deportivo TáchiraDeportivo ItaliaColombia Norman Cabrera (Atlético El Vigía, 20 goals)
2010–11Deportivo Táchira Zamora Caracas Venezuela Daniel Arismendi (Deportivo Anzoátegui, 20 goals)
2011–12Deportivo Lara Caracas Deportivo Anzoátegui Venezuela Rafael Castellín (Deportivo Lara, 21 goals)
2012–13 Zamora Deportivo Anzoátegui Caracas Panama Gabriel Torres (Zamora, 19 goals)
2013–14 Zamora Mineros Deportivo Táchira Venezuela Juan Falcón (Zamora, 19 goals)
2014–15 Deportivo Táchira Trujillanos Caracas Panama Edwin Aguilar (Deportivo Anzoategui, 23 goals)
2015 Zamora La Guaira Mineros Venezuela Manuel Arteaga (Zulia, 17 goals)
2016 Carabobo

Titles by club

Club Winners Runners-Up Winning years Runners-Up years
Caracas11 3 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10 2004–05, 2007–08, 2011–12
Deportivo Táchira8 8 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1999–00, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2014–15 1982, 1985, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2009–10
Deportivo Italia5 7 1961, 1963, 1966, 1972, 1998–99 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1984, 1999–00, 2008–09
Portuguesa5 3 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 1974, 1980, 1983
Galicia4 5 1964, 1969, 1970, 1974 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979
Portugués4 2 1958, 1960, 1962, 1967 1959, 1963
Marítimo4 1 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1992–93 1990–91
Zamora3 1 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015 2010–11
Estudiantes2 6 1980, 1985 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1986, 1997–98, 2001–02
U. de Los Andes2 0 1983, 1990–91
Maracaibo1 3 2004–05 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07
Minervén1 3 1995–96 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95
Español1 2 1959 1958, 1960
Mineros1 2 1988–89 1995–96, 2013–14
Valencia1 2 1971 1969, 1973
Atlético Zulia1 1 1997–98 1996–97
Universidad Central1 1 1957 1962
Canarias1 0 1968
Deportivo Lara1 0 2011–12
Lara1 0 1965
Nacional Táchira1 0 2001–02
San Cristóbal1 0 1982

See also


  1. "Se cumplen 54 años del primer partido de fútbol profesional en Venezuela" (in Spanish). 21 February 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2014.

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