2003 in Paraguayan football

The following article presents a summary of the 2003 football (soccer) season in Paraguay.

First division resultsEdit

Torneo AperturaEdit

The Apertura tournament was played in a single all-play-all system. At the end, the top six teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Apertura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Libertad 9 6 3 0 13 3 21
2 Cerro Porteño 9 5 3 1 20 8 18
3 Olimpia 9 4 4 1 16 11 16
4 Sol de América 9 3 4 2 12 7 13
5 Tacuary 9 4 1 4 15 16 13
6 Guaraní 9 3 3 3 18 20 12
7 Sportivo Luqueño 9 3 2 4 14 12 11
8 Sport Colombia 9 2 2 5 14 20 8
9 12 de Octubre 9 1 4 4 8 18 7
10 San Lorenzo 9 1 0 8 10 25 3

Apertura playoff stageEdit

The top six teams qualified to this stage and were divided into two groups. The top two teams in the Apertura points table (Libertad and Cerro Porteño) were given two bonus points to start the group stage.

Group stageEdit
Teams qualified to the Final
  • Group A
Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Libertad 2 1 1 0 2 0 [2] 6
2 Tacuary 2 1 1 0 2 0 [0] 4
3 Olimpia 2 0 0 2 0 4 [0] 0
  • Group B
Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Guaraní 2 2 0 0 3 1 [0] 6
2 Sol de América 2 1 0 1 4 3 [0] 3
3 Cerro Porteño 2 0 0 2 3 6 [2] 2
Apertura FinalEdit

Guaraní0–0Libertad

Libertad1–0Guaraní

Libertad wins the Apertura tournament final by an aggregate score of 1-0.

Torneo ClausuraEdit

The Clausura tournament was played in a two-round all-play-all system, with the champion being the team with the most points at the end of the two rounds.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Libertad* 18 9 6 3 32 20 33
2 Olimpia 18 9 6 3 30 18 33
3 Cerro Porteño 18 9 5 4 24 15 32
4 Guaraní 18 7 6 5 24 17 27
5 Sportivo Luqueño 18 7 6 5 21 20 27
6 Sol de América 18 4 7 7 17 16 19
7 12 de Octubre 18 4 7 7 7 14 19
8 San Lorenzo 18 4 6 8 18 32 18
9 Tacuary 18 4 5 9 20 29 17
10 Sport Colombia 18 4 4 10 22 29 16

*Since Olimpia and Libertad tied in points and goal difference at the end of the Clausura, a championship game playoff was played on November 30, with Libertad winning 6-5 in penalties after a 0-0 tie in regulation.

Championship game playoffEdit

Since Libertad won both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments they were declared as the national champions and no playoff game was played.

Runners-up game playoffEdit

Two games were played to determine the 2003 championship runners-up between Olimpia and Guaraní, who finished in second place in the Clausura and Apertura respectively. The winner of this playoff was guaranteed a spot in the 2003 Copa Libertadores.


Olimpia1–1Guaraní

Guaraní3–2Olimpia

Guaraní runners-up of the 2003 first division tournament by winning on an aggregate score of 4-3.

Relegation / PromotionEdit

  • San Lorenzo automatically relegated to the second division after finishing last in the average points table based over a three-year period.

Tacuary finished second-to-last in the aggregate points table, so had to participate in the promotion play-off game against second division runners-up 3 de Febrero. Tacuary won the playoff game by an aggregate score of 4-2, so it remains in the first division.

  • Club Nacional promoted to the first division by winning the second division tournament.

Qualification to international competitionsEdit

  • Libertad qualified to the 2004 Copa Libertadores by winning the Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura.
  • Guaraní qualified to the 2004 Copa Libertadores by finishing as runners-up of the 2003 season.
  • A four team playoff was played to determine the 3rd participant in the 2004 Copa Libertadores. Olimpia entered the playoff with one bonus point because it finished second in the Clausura tournament.

Pre-Libertadores playoffEdit

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Olimpia 3 2 1 0 4 1 [1] 8
2 Sportivo Luqueño 3 2 0 1 8 4 [0] 6
3 Cerro Porteño 3 1 0 2 4 7 [0] 3
4 Sol de America 3 0 1 2 5 9 [0] 1

Lower divisions resultsEdit

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Intermedia Nacional
3rd (G.A. teams) Primera de Ascenso Fernando de la Mora
3rd (interior teams) UFI Champions Cup Club 2 de Mayo (Pedro Juan Caballero)
4th (G.A. teams) Segunda de Ascenso Sportivo Ameliano

Paraguayan teams in international competitionsEdit

Paraguay national teamEdit

The following table lists all the games played by the Paraguay national football team in official competitions during 2003.

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Paraguay scorers Report
September 6, 2003 Estadio Nacional
Lima, Peru
  Peru 4 - 1 WCQ 2006 Gamarra   24' Report
September 10, 2003 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
  Uruguay 4 - 1 WCQ 2006 Cardozo   26',   58',   72'
Paredes   53'
Report
November 15, 2003 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
  Ecuador 2 - 1 WCQ 2006 Santa Cruz   29'
Cardozo   75'
Report
November 18, 2003 Estadio Nacional
Santiago, Chile
  Chile 0 - 1 WCQ 2006 Paredes   30' Report

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