January 24, 2022 1:04 pm

Summer tournament 2022: who plays it, where, invited teams, fixture and what you need to know

After two years of absence, last night the return of the summer tournaments was confirmed to the summer recess of Argentine soccer.

Initially it was to be held in San Juan. But the new wave of coronavirus infections affecting Argentina altered the plans. Finally, the organizers chose to change the venue, and everything will take place at the Uno stadium, in Estudiantes de La Plata.

In Pincha field they will say present Boca, San Lorenzo, Independent Y Cordoba workshops. They will be joined by two invited teams and neighbors: Colo Colo Y University of Chile.

The mini tournament, which for the first time it will be televised on scrambled channels (the Star + platform and Fox Sports Premium) will begin on Friday, January 14 and will be played as follows: the six teams will be divided into two zones, where they will play everyone against everyone. The winners of each group will meet in the grand final, scheduled for Tuesday 25.

Rossi, the goalkeeper saves Boca penaltiesJJG

According to the distribution of the protagonists, it is a fact that there will be at least one Argentine team in the final. It happens that while Boca will share Zone A with Colo Colo and the University of Chile, in Zone B there will be Independiente, San Lorenzo and Talleres de Córdoba.

According to the information provided by the organizers, all matches will be played starting at 9 pm at the San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium.


Group A

B Group


Borré shouts with all his desire to score against Boca in January 2018, in the last summer superclassic held so far in Argentina
Borré shouts with all his desire to score against Boca in January 2018, in the last summer superclassic held so far in Argentina

For the fourth consecutive year, there will be no summer Superclassic. Boca and River, the two great protagonists of the old Gold Cup and Challenge Cup that were held in Mar del Plata (and more here in time, in Mendoza), will not be face to face in the summer of 2022 either.

The last friendly match between the eternal rivals took place on January 21, 2018, in the Happy City. That night, the Millionaire defeated Xeneize 1 to 0, with a goal from a footballer who had joined Marcelo Gallardo’s team just four months before and then emerged as one of the great figures of the cycle: the Colombian Rafael Santos Borré.

The absence of the Superclásico is due to a commercial issue: since mid-2018, both clubs have been seduced by the possibility of incorporating dollars into their coffers in exchange for holding the respective winter and summer preseason abroad. Anuque the pandemic also altered the plans of Gallardo’s team, which canceled its trip to Fort Lauderdale and will work in San Martín de los Andes.

At the same time, Rosario Central and Godoy Cruz They will be part of a home run to be held in Montevideo, where they will face the two most popular teams in Uruguay: National Y Peñarol.


Nacional, which will have a tight schedule of preparatory matches, will also play against Union of Santa Fe. That game is scheduled for January 17, in the Great Central Park.

River's preseason in Orlando, last July
River’s preseason in Orlando, last JulyInstagram @riverplate – La Nación

With a license after the thrashing of Colón in the Champions Trophy final, the millionaire squad will meet again on January 8 at River Camp. There, the players will undergo routine medical check-ups, the PCR test to rule out possible Covid infections and between Sunday 9 and Monday 10 They will travel to San Martín de Los Andes, after the cancellation of the trip to Fort Lauderdale, 50 kilometers from Miami, to minimize the risks of contagion of coronavirus.

Without anything concrete, surely Marcelo’s team Gallardo will seek to oil the pace of competition in friendlies against local teams.

For its part, the name of the Academy does not appear in any summer tournament. Anyway, after the intense preseason that Fernando Gago has planned For those directed, the Avellaneda club does not rule out several informal friendlies, as part of the set-up for 2022 that will have action in the local tournament, in the South American Cup and in the Argentine Cup.


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