Cerro Porteño

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Cerro Porteño
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Nickname(s) El Ciclón (The Cyclone)
Club del Pueblo
(The People's Team)
La Mitad más Uno
(The Half plus One)
Founded October 1, 1912
Ground General Pablo Rojas Stadium (La Olla),
Asunción, Paraguay
Ground Capacity 45,000
Chairman Juan José Zapag
Manager Luis Zubeldía
League Primera División
2018 Apertura 2nd
Website Club website

Club Cerro Porteño is a professional Paraguayan football club, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción. Founded in 1912, Cerro has won 32 Primera División titles and is one of the most popular football clubs in Paraguay. Its president is Juan José Zapag, from Paraguay, and the manager is Luis Zubeldía.[1] Its main rivals are Olimpia and Libertad.

They play their home games at the General Pablo Rojas Stadium, also known as La Nueva Olla (The New Boiler).


Stamps of Paraguay

Cerro Porteño was founded on October 1, 1912 by Susana Núñez and a group of young people looking to create a new football club. At the time of Cerro's foundation the situation in Paraguay was tense with instability in the government caused by the fervent rivalries between the two leading political parties, the Partido Colorado (Colorado Party) and the Partido Liberal (Liberal Party). Because of the tensions, the founders of the club decided to use the colours of both parties, red (Colorados) and blue (Liberales), as the club's colours as a symbol of unity and friendship between Paraguayans. Later, white was used on the shorts to complete the colours of the Paraguayan flag.

The club owes its name to the battle fought between the forces of Buenos Aires, Argentina (The Porteños) and the Paraguayan army, in the neighbourhood of the Cerro Mbaé (Mbaé Hill) – named after that battle as the Cerro Porteño (Porteño Hill) – on 19 January 1811. During that battle, the troops of Paraguay (at that time a Spanish colony) were abandoned by the Spanish governor but continued to be led by the Paraguayan officials, who led them to a great victory against the Porteños troops. That battle is known as the "Battle of Cerro Porteño" and is a highlight of Paraguayan military history.

Cerro Porteño is known in Paraguay as el club del pueblo (the common people's team) because most of the fans are from lower social classes, as opposed to the fans from rival club Olimpia and Libertad whose fans are usually from the upper classes. Because of this, it is said that Cerro Porteño has the biggest number of supporters in Paraguay.

Over the years the club has won a significant number of national championships. However, to date, it has not won any international tournaments despite a few good runs in the Copa Libertadores including semi-final appearances in 1973, 1978, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2011.

Osvaldo Ardiles joined the club as manager in May 2008 [2] but was sacked in August of the same year after a string of poor results and was replaced by Pedro Troglio.[3]

In 2014, Cerro Porteño president Juan José Zapag spoke in reference to the corruption in Paraguayan football that various persons had complained to him about not buying games and that if his club were to win then they would not do it by buying and doping players to become champions.[4]


The Stadium of Cerro Porteño, originally called Gral. Pablo Rojas and also called "La Olla", is located at "Barrio Obrero" (Avenida Acuña de Figueroa 823). The stadium has the capacity of 45,000 seats, making it the biggest in Paraguay.

International record[edit]

Semi-finals (6): 1973, 1978, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2011
Semi-finals (2): 2009, 2016



World Club Ranking[edit]

As of 3 June 2018.[5]
Rank Country Team
102 England Newcastle United
103 Paraguay Cerro Porteño
104 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli


First team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Paraguay GK Antony Silva
2 Paraguay DF Raúl Cáceres
3 Paraguay DF Marcos Cáceres
4 Uruguay MF Hernán Novick
5 Paraguay DF Teodoro Paredes
6 Uruguay DF Álvaro Pereira
7 Paraguay FW Alfio Oviedo
8 Paraguay MF Juan Rodrigo Rojas
10 Paraguay MF Jorge Rojas
11 Paraguay FW Óscar Ruiz
12 Paraguay GK Ignacio Don
14 Paraguay MF Víctor Cáceres
16 Uruguay MF Marcelo Palau
No. Position Player
17 Paraguay MF Julio Irrazábal
18 Paraguay FW Nelson Valdez
19 Argentina FW Diego Churín
20 Paraguay MF Silvio Torales
21 Paraguay DF Santiago Arzamendia
22 Paraguay MF Juan Aguilar
23 Paraguay DF Juan Escobar
24 Paraguay MF Willian Candia
25 Paraguay GK José Colman
26 Paraguay DF Marcos Acosta
29 Uruguay DF Ignacio Pallas
Paraguay DF Adalberto Román

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least 125 games for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Been part of a national team squad at any time.
  • Played in the first division of any other football association (outside of Paraguay).
  • Played in a continental and/or intercontinental competition.

Non-CONMEBOL players

Managerial information[edit]

Cerro Porteño coaching history from 1960 to present


Most appearances for the club (in all competitions):

  1. Julio Dos Santos: 267
  2. Jorge Achucarro: 257
  3. Aldo Bobadilla: 265
  4. Estanislao Struway: 227

Most goals for the club (in all competitions):

  1. Virgilio Ferreira: 90
  2. Erwin Ávalos: 70
  3. Saturnino Arrua: 88
  4. José Vinsac: 58

Most appearances for the club (in league):

  1. Salvador Breglia: 225
  2. Jorge Achucarro: 215
  3. Julio Dos Santos: 212
  4. Blas Marcelo Cristaldo: 201

Most goals for the club (in league):

  1. Virgilio Ferreira: 67
  2. Erwin Ávalos: 64
  3. José Vinsac: 58
  4. Saturnino Arrua: 55

Most appearances for the club (in international cup):

  1. Aldo Bobadilla: 67
  2. Estanislao Struway: 64
  3. Virgilio Ferreira: 61
  4. Blas Marcelo Cristaldo: 57

Most goals for the club (in international cup):

  1. Virgilio Ferreira: 23
  2. Santiago Salcedo: 15
  3. Celino Mora: 14
  4. César Ramírez: 13


The women's team has won the Paraguayan women's football championship four times, in 2007 and 2012 to 2014.[10] The team then played in the Copa Libertadores Femenina.


One of the club's youth teams played at the 2006 Torneo di Viareggio.[11]


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