2008 in Paraguayan football

The following article presents a summary of the 2008 association football season in Paraguay. One of the most noticeable changes in the 2008 season is that the first division tournament will not longer have a single champion for the year; instead there will be two champions in the season, one being the winner of the Apertura tournament and the other being the winner of the Clausura tournament.[1]

First division resultsEdit

The first division tournament was divided in two sections: the Apertura and the Clausura and had 12 teams participating in a two round all-play-all system. The team with the most points at the end of the two rounds was crowned as the champion.

Torneo AperturaEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Libertad 22 18 3 1 53 13 +40 57
2 Nacional 22 14 3 5 45 25 +20 45
3 Cerro Porteño 22 11 5 6 34 26 +8 38
4 Guaraní 22 11 3 8 31 26 +5 36
5 2 de Mayo 22 9 4 9 27 26 +1 31
6 Sol de América 22 8 3 11 40 39 +1 27
7 3 de Febrero 22 8 3 11 32 40 −8 27
8 Olimpia 22 7 5 10 23 32 −9 26
9 Sportivo Luqueño 22 6 7 9 33 44 −11 25
10 Tacuary 22 5 8 9 24 34 −10 23
11 12 de Octubre 22 4 8 10 29 40 −11 20
12 Silvio Pettirossi 22 3 4 15 21 47 −26 13
Updated to match(es) played on June 24, 2008. Source: League Stats (in Spanish)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Torneo ClausuraEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Libertad 22 12 8 2 35 17 +18 44
2 Guaraní 22 12 7 3 36 17 +19 43
3 Cerro Porteño 22 10 7 5 32 26 +6 37
4 Sol de América 22 12 3 7 37 30 +7 36
5 Nacional 22 8 8 6 23 22 +1 32
6 Tacuary 22 9 4 9 23 24 −1 31
7 Olimpia 22 7 7 8 33 31 +2 28
8 12 de Octubre 22 8 4 10 27 33 −6 28
9 3 de Febrero 22 6 6 10 27 31 −4 24
10 Sportivo Luqueño 22 6 6 10 27 38 −11 24
11 2 de Mayo 22 4 10 8 26 33 −7 22
12 Silvio Pettirossi 22 1 6 15 15 39 −24 9
Source: [2]

Aggregate tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Libertad 44 30 11 3 88 30 +58 101 Qualified to 2009 Copa Libertadores and 2009 Copa Sudamericana
2 Guaraní 44 23 10 11 67 43 +24 79 Qualified to 2009 Copa Libertadores
3 Nacional 44 22 11 11 68 47 +21 77
4 Cerro Porteño 44 21 12 11 66 52 +14 75 Qualified to 2009 Copa Sudamericana
5 Sol de América 44 19 6 19 77 69 +8 63
6 Olimpia 44 14 12 18 56 63 −7 54
7 Tacuary 44 14 12 18 47 58 −11 54
8 2 de Mayo 44 13 14 17 53 59 −6 53
9 3 de Febrero 44 14 9 21 59 71 −12 51
10 Sportivo Luqueño 44 12 13 19 60 82 −22 49
11 12 de Octubre 44 12 12 20 56 73 −17 48
12 Silvio Pettirossi 44 4 10 30 36 86 −50 22

Qualification to international competitionsEdit

RelegationEdit

The team with the worst average points over the last three years is automatically relegated to the second division league, and the second-worst team plays a playoff match against the second division runner-up. The winner of the playoff match plays in the first division the following year.

Team Average Points Played 2006 2007 2008
Libertad 2.179 279 126 83/40 95/44 101/44
Cerro Porteño 2.023 259 126 92/40 92/44 75/44
Nacional 1.484 190 126 53/40 60/44 77/44
Olimpia 1.406 180 126 50/40 76/44 54/44
Sol de América 1.363 120 86 N/A 57/44 63/44
Sportivo Luqueño 1.335 171 126 56/40 66/44 49/44
Tacuary 1.335 171 126 66/40 51/44 54/44
Guaraní 1.265 162 126 42/40 41/44 79/44
2 de Mayo 1.126 142 126 58/40 34/44 50/42
12 de Octubre 1.132 145 126 42/40 49/44 53/44
3 de Febrero 1.062 136 126 36/40 49/44 51/44
Silvio Pettirossi 0.500 22 42 N/A N/A 22/44
To promotion game (against second division runner-up)
Relegated to Liga Paraguaya: Segunda División
  • Last Updated: December 24, 2008. * League Stats (in Spanish)

Promotion gameEdit

The promotion was played between 3 de Febrero and the second division runner-up General Caballero ZC. The first game ended with a 3-0 score favorable to 3 de Febrero, while the second finished 2-1 in favor of General Caballero. Since the aggregate score was 4-2 for 3 de Febrero, they remain in the first division.

Paraguayan teams in international competitionsEdit

Team Copa Libertadores 2008 Copa Sudamericana 2008
Libertad Group Stage
(finished 4th in the group)
First Round
(eliminated by Defensor Sporting)
Club Sportivo Luqueño Group Stage
(finished 3rd in the group)
N/A
Cerro Porteño Preliminary Round
(eliminated by Cruzeiro)
N/A
Olimpia N/A First Round
(eliminated by Universidad Católica)

Paraguay national teamEdit

The following table lists all the games played by the Paraguay national football team in official competitions during 2008.

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Paraguay scorers Report
February 7, 2008   Honduras 2 - 0 Friendly [1]
March 27, 2008   South Africa 3 - 0 Friendly [2]
May 22, 2008 Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium
Japan
  Ivory Coast 1 - 1 2008 Kirin Cup Cristian Bogado   77' [3]
May 27, 2008 Saitama Stadium 2002
Japan
  Japan 0 - 0 2008 Kirin Cup [4]
June 1, 2008 Stadium Municipal
France
  France 0 - 0 Friendly [5]
June 15, 2008 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
  Brazil 2 - 0 WCQ 2010 Santa Cruz   26'
Cabañas   49'
Report
June 18, 2008 Estadio Hernando Siles
La Paz, Bolivia
  Bolivia 4 - 2 WCQ 2010 Santa Cruz   66'
Haedo Valdez   82'
Report
August 21, 2008   Saudi Arabia 1 - 1 Friendly Cristian Riveros   [6]
September 6, 2008 Estadio Monumental
Buenos Aires, Argentina
  Argentina 1 - 1 WCQ2010 Heinze   13' (o.g.) Report
September 9, 2008 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
  Venezuela 2 - 0 WCQ2010 Riveros   28'
Haedo Valdez   45'
Report
October 11, 2008 El Campín
Bogotá, Colombia
  Colombia 0 - 1 WCQ2010 Cabañas   9' Report
October 15, 2008 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
  Peru 1 - 0 WCQ2010 Cardozo   81' Report
November 19, 2008 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Muscat, Oman
  Oman 0 - 1 F Vera   37' N/A

KEY: F = Friendly match; WCQ2010 = 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rules of the tournament, Article 4". Archived from the original on 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  2. ^ League Stats (in Spanish)

External linksEdit