C.A. Bella Vista

Club Atlético Bella Vista, usually known simply as Bella Vista is an Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo.

Bella Vista
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Full nameClub Atlético Bella Vista
Nickname(s)Papales, Auriblancos
FoundedOctober 4, 1920
GroundEstadio José Nasazzi,
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanJuan Paulo Nuñez
LeagueSegunda División Amateur
2019Segunda División, 11th (relegated)
Current season


The Club Atlético Bella Vista is a Uruguayan soccer team founded on the 4th of October, 1920.

In 1981, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores de América. The club played in the same group as Peñarol, of Uruguay, and Estudiantes de Mérida and Portuguesa FC, of Venezuela. The club was eliminated in the first stage of the competition. In 1985, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores again. Bella Vista was in the same group of Peñarol, and two Chilean clubs, Colo-Colo and Magallanes, but were again eliminated at the first stage.

In 1990, Bella Vista won the Uruguayan league, and gained the right to enter the following year's Copa Libertadores. In the following year, in 1991, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores, and was in the same group as Nacional, of Uruguay, and Flamengo and Corinthians, of Brazil. The club finished in the last place of the group. In 1993's Copa Libertadores, Bella Vista was in the same group as Nacional, of Uruguay, and El Nacional and Barcelona, of Ecuador. After a poor campaign, the club was again eliminated in the first stage. In 1999, the club, after an absence of six years, returned to Copa Libertadores de América. Bella Vista was in a group containing Nacional, of Uruguay, Estudiantes de Mérida, of Venezuela, and Monterrey, of Mexico. The club finished in third in the first stage, and qualified to the second stage, where they defeated Universidad Católica, of Chile. However, in the quarterfinals, Bella Vista was eliminated by Deportivo Cali, of Colombia. It was the club's best campaign ever in the Copa Libertadores.

In 2000, Bella Vista competed again in the Copa Libertadores de América, and was grouped alongside Bolivians Bolívar, Atlético Mineiro, of Brazil, and Cobreloa, of Chile. The club was eliminated in the first stage of the competition.

In 2011, the club competed in the Copa Sudamericana in which they were eliminated on the First Round by Universidad Católica


1949, 1968, 1976, 1997, 2005
  • Tercera División: 2
1922, 1959

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

1981: First Round
1985: First Round
1991: First Round
1993: First Round
1999: Quarter-Finals
2000: First Round
2011: First Round


The club plays their home matches at Estadio Parque José Nasazzi, with a maximum capacity of 5,002 people.

Current squad 2019–20Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   URU Sebastián Medina
DF   URU Nicolás Becerra
DF   URU Emanuel Cuello
DF   URU Facundo Capdevielle
DF   ARG Nicolás Fernández
FW   URU Brandon Cardozo
DF   URU Ignacio Beltramelli
MF   URU Pablo Castro
MF   URU Juan Sandín
MF   URU Diego Cordero
FW   URU Christian Vaquero
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   URU Itan Salvarrey
MF   URU Facundo Briñón

Jersey origin controversyEdit

The Bella Vista jersey represents the Vatican flag, half yellow and half white. This is why the club is nicknamed the "papales", the ones who follow the papal, el papado, the Vatican authority.

Some versions say the origin can be different. Due to the divided fanaticism between Peñarol and Nacional of the club's former authorities, they decided the jersey to have the predominant colors of the two Uruguayan big clubs. Note that this is exactly what Arsenal of Sarandí from Argentina did when designing its jersey, light blue and red, due to the authorities of the club being Independiente and Racing of Avellaneda supporters.


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