12 de Octubre Football Club

12 de Octubre Football Club is a Paraguayan football club from the city of Itauguá that currently plays in the Primera Division, the top division of Football in Paraguay. Founded in 1914, the club's home venue is Estadio Luis Alberto Salinas Tanasio.[1]

12 de Octubre
12 de Octubre FC.svg
Full name12 de Octubre Football Club
Nickname(s)Tejedores (Weaverbirds)
El globo (“The globe”)
FoundedAugust 14, 1914; 107 years ago (1914-08-14)
GroundEstadio Luis Alberto Salinas Tanasio,
Itaugua, Paraguay
PresidentEdgar Monges
ManagerPedro Sarabia
LeaguePrimera División
2021 Apertura7th


The club was founded on August 14, 1914 by the Tanasio Paive family. The name of the club, 12 de Octubre, was chosen in honor of Columbus Day. The team played in the regional leagues from their foundation until they were promoted to the first division B in 1996. The following year, they won the División Intermedia, and were promoted to the Primera Division.[2]

In 2001, they placed 10th in the Apertura and 3rd in the Clausura. Their placement in the Clausura qualified them for the Liguilla, which they won and gave them a spot in the 2002 Copa Libertadores. In the tournament, they were eliminated in the group stage after finishing 3rd in a group that contained Gremio, Cienciano, and Oriente Petrolero. However, they still managed to record 3 wins: 1-0 against powerhouse Gremio and Cienciano, and 3-2 against Oriente Petrolero.

In the 2002 season they finished runner up in the Apertura tournament behind Sportivo Luqueño and won the Clausura tournament but lost in the absolute finals against Libertad 2-6 on aggregate.[3] Despite losing the finals, their overall standing gave them a spot in the 2003 Copa Libertadores, where they were knocked out by finishing last in the group stage and only winning one game against C.D. El Nacional, which finished 3-1.

They weren't as successful as the previous year during the next season, as they finished 9th and 7th in the Apertura and Clausura tournaments respectively.

In 2007, 12 de Octubre arrived to the last matchday of the Clausura, after having a poor season, one step away from being relegated. They had to play against their rival for the fight of permanence, Sportivo Trinidense. Only a victory could save the club. In the 85th minute, Trinidense scored and were winning 1-0. But in the final minutes of the game when it seemed like their relegation was secured, the score was turned around with goals from Diego Miranda and Elvis Marecos, and the game finished 2-1.[4] For the moment the club was saving itself from being relegated but they still had to play Club General Díaz from the city of Luque. The first leg was won by General Diaz 2-1 in Luque. At halftime in the second leg, the score was 2-2 (3-4 on aggregate), which put 12 de Octubre in a tough position again. However, with great effort and the fans pushing the team on, they changed history by winning the game 4-2 (5-4 on aggregate) with goals from Hugo Notario, Francisco Esteche, Diego Miranda, and Domingo Ortiz. The victory secured their permanence in the Primera Division for the next season.[5]

In 2009, after finishing with the second worst average of points obtained in the last three seasons, the team once again had to play the promotion/relegation playoff. They faced Sport Colombia, where they lost on penalties after drawing 3-3 on aggregate (1-1 in the first leg; 2-2 in the second leg). This meant that 12 de Octubre was relegated to the Segunda Division after 11 years in the top flight.

In 2010, the team had an irregular season in the Segunda Division, reaching both top and bottom of the table but finishing mid table at the end of the season. For the 2011 season, Jacinto Elizeche was appointed as the team's manager, although the poor results throughout the season brought about his dismissal. Estanislao Struway succeeded him as manager, but the results under his rule did not improve, and the team was relegated to the Tercera Division that season and the manager was also sacked.

In 2012, in their first participation in the third division, they were champions with only 3 games lost. With this they returned to the Segunda Division in 2013.

The 2013 season was a good one for the club, as they had just returned to the Segunda Division after a year of absence and finished runner-ups and achieved promotion back to the top tier for the 2014 season.[6]


The stadium was opened in 1965 and has a capacity of 10,000. It was called Estadio Juan Canuto Pettengill until 2016, when it was changed to Estadio Luis Alberto Salinas Tanasio in honor of Luis Salinas, ex president of the club. The stadium was expanded with the addition of an east stand in 2003, and received floodlights the following year.[7][8]


2002 (Clausura champion, Apertura runner up)
2012, 2018

Regional TitlesEdit

1965, 1972
1924, 1926, 1927, 1967, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995


Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

2002: First Round
2003: First Round

Current squadEdit

As of 30 May 2020

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   PAR Mauro Cardozo
2 DF   PAR Víctor Barrios
3 DF   PAR Gustavo Navarro
4 DF   PAR César Benítez
5 MF   PAR Marcelo Paredes
8 MF   PAR David Mendieta
9 FW   PAR Fabián Ovejero
10 FW   PAR Pablo Zeballos
12 GK   PAR Marino Arzamendia
13 DF   PAR Herminio Miranda
14 MF   PAR Rodrigo Burgos
17 FW   BRA Carioca
18 FW   PAR Ariel Núñez
19 MF   PAR Pablo Ayala
20 MF   PAR Walter Rodríguez
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW   ARG Guido Di Vanni
23 FW   URU Mathías Saavedra
24 MF   ARG Gonzalo Menéndez
26 MF   PAR Jesús Araujo
28 DF   PAR Víctor Ayala
31 DF   PAR Walter Cabrera
33 GK   PAR José Aquino
36 DF   KOR Jang Hee-mang
FW   PAR Ariel Roa
FW   PAR Diego Armando Miranda
FW   PAR Víctor Ávalos
MF   PAR José Montiel
MF   PAR Juan Abente
DF   PAR Juan Villamayor

Notable playersEdit

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.



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  15. ^ "Darío Verón :: Darío Anastacio Verón Maldonado ::".

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