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2012 Categoría Primera A season

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Season  2012
Start date  2012
Goals scored  493
Relegated  Real Cartagena
End date  December 16, 2012
Matches played  206
2012 Categoría Primera A season
Copa Libertadores  Santa Fe Millonarios Deportes Tolima
Copa Sudamericana  Atlético Nacional (cup winner) La Equidad Deportivo Pasto Itagüí Ditaires
Top goalscorer  Apertura: Robin Ramirez (13)
Champions  Independiente Santa Fe, Millonarios F.C.
Similar  2015 Categoría Primera A, 2015 Categoría Primera A, 2013 Copa Colombia

The 2012 Categoría Primera A season (officially known at the 2012 Liga Postobón season for sponsorship reasons) was the 65th season of Colombia's top-flight football league.

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Format

Both the Apertura and Finalización had an identical format. Each championship was divided into three stages. The First Stage was contested on a home-and-away basis, with each team playing the other teams once and playing a regional rival once more. The top eight teams after eighteen rounds advanced to a semifinal round, of two groups of four playing once more on a home-and-away basis. The winner of each semifinal group advanced to the final of the tournament, which was played as a double-legged series. The winner of the final was declared the tournament champion and participated in the 2013 Copa Libertadores.

First Stage

The First Stage began on January 27 and consisted of eighteen rounds and a series of regional rivalries on the ninth round. The top eight teams out of this stage advanced to the Semifinals. The first stage ended on May 27.

Standings

Source:
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th away goals scored; 5th away goals against; 6th draw.

Results

Source:
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Semifinals

The Semifinal stage began on June 13 and ended on July 8. The eight teams that advanced were sorted into two groups of four teams. The winner of each group advanced to the finals.

Group A

Standings

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Group B

Standings

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Finals

Source:
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd penalty shoot-out.

Top goalscorers

Source:

Semifinals

The Semifinal stage began on November and ended on December. The eight teams that advanced were sorted into two groups of four teams. The winner of each group advanced to the finals.

Group A

Standings

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Group B

Standings

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd first stage position.

Results

Finals

Source:
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd penalty shoot-out.

Relegation

A separate table is kept to determine the teams that get relegated to the Categoría Primera B for the next season. The table includes an average of all first stage games played for the current season and the previous two seasons.

Rules for classification: 1st average; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored; 4th away goals scored.

Aggregate table

An aggregate table including all games that a team plays during the year; is used to determine the First Stage berths to both the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. The best-placed non-champion will go to the first stage of the 2013 Copa Libertadores and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th best-placed non-champions will go to the first stage of the 2013 Copa Sudamericana. Atlético Nacional is already qualified to the 2013 Copa Sudamericana as the champion of the 2012 Copa Colombia.

1 Santa Fe and Millonarios are qualified for the 2013 Copa Libertadores as the Apertura and Finalización champions respectively.
2 Atlético Nacional are qualified for the 2013 Copa Sudamericana as the 2012 Copa Colombia champion.

References

2012 Categoría Primera A season Wikipedia


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