Club Atlético Cerro, usually known simply as Cerro, is a Uruguayan professional football club based in Montevideo that currently plays in the Uruguayan Segunda División. Founded in 1922, the club plays its home games at Estadio Luis Tróccoli.

Club Atlético Cerro
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Full nameClub Atlético Cerro
Nickname(s)Villeros
Albicelestes
Cerrense
FoundedDecember 1, 1922; 99 years ago (1922-12-01)
GroundEstadio Luis Tróccoli,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Capacity25,000
ChairmanGraciela Castro
ManagerNathaniel Revetria
LeagueSegunda División
2020Primera División, 16th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Ondino Viera with Club Atletico Cerro players (New york skyliners) and officials on a souvenir postcard printed in 1967

Uruguay's second most important derby is played between Cerro and Rampla Juniors, called "Clásico de la Villa". It is only behind the Uruguayan Clásico between Peñarol and Nacional.

HistoryEdit

The club was founded on 1 December 1922. The Uruguayan Segunda División was founded in 1942, and Cerro was one of its founders. It spent five years there, and was promoted to the Primera División in 1947, where it stayed for 50 consecutive years until 1997, when the club was deducted points due to an incident with Nacional fans.[1]

Cerro came close to winning the league title in 1960. It finished runner-up to Peñarol, and lost in a heated final to them 3–1.[2][3] Cerro was considered as Uruguay's third biggest club in the 1960s, because they finished third in the league four consecutive years between 1965 and 1968.

In 1963, Cerro had an international tour through Europe. Their first match was played on 23 May in Romania, a 2–0 loss against Progresul București. Their next match was a 2–0 win against Ştiinţa Timişoara. On 9 June Cerro beat Chernomorets Odessa 2–0; Chernomorets had beat Inter Milan and Flamengo, so this was seen as a very unexpected result. On 14 July Cerro began their tour in South Africa with a match against a local Durban side, winning 2–1. Three days later they beat Cape Town FC 4–0, and on 20 July they drew the South African national team 2–2. Their tour ended with a 3–0 win against the Rhodesia national team.[4]

By defeating Defensor Sporting in a league play-off in December 1994, Cerro qualified for the 1995 Copa Libertadores, their first time participating in the competition. The Estadio Luis Tróccoli was renovated to meet the regulations, including the construction of four lighting poles. Cerro had one victory in the campaign, defeating Argentine club Independiente 1–0 at home, and finished last in the group stage.

Cerro was relegated after finishing second to last in the 2005–06 Uruguayan Primera División, but won the 2006–07 second division and made an immediate return.

After winning the 2009 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores, Cerro qualified for their second Copa Libertadores in their history: the 2010 Copa Libertadores. At home they played in the Estadio Centenario and the Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera. The club finished third in their group, with 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses.

Cerro participated in the 2017 Copa Libertadores, where they were eliminated in the second qualifying stage by Chilean club Unión Española.

The following year, the club participated in the 2018 Copa Sudamericana, its first ever Copa Sudamericana appearance. Cerro began the tournament by beating Peruvian club Sport Rosario 0–2 on aggregate in the first stage. It was eliminated in the second stage by Brazilian club Bahia 3–1 on aggregate (2–0 and 1–1).

Cerro participated in the Copa Sudamericana again for the 2019 edition, being eliminated by Montevideo Wanderers in the second stage.

Imported to USAEdit

Cerro was one of the clubs imported to the United Soccer Association, a former professional soccer league featuring teams from the United States and Canada; the club played as the New York Skyliners. The league survived only one season (1967). All the teams in the league were imported from Europe and South America.

TitlesEdit

ProfessionalEdit

Friendly / AmateurEdit

  • Tercera Extra: 1 (1923)
  • División Intermedia: 1 (1924)
  • Copa Montevideo: 1 (1985)
  • Torneo Presentación: 1 (1988)
  • Campeonato Integración: 1 (1993)

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

1995: First Round
2010: Second Round
2017: Qualifying stages
2018: Second Stage
2019: Second Stage

Current squadEdit

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   URU Rodrigo Formento
2 DF   URU Martín González
3 DF   URU Emiliano Díaz
4 DF   URU Nahuel Furtado
5 MF   URU Richard Pellejero (Captain)
6 DF   URU Kevin Moreira
7 FW   URU Facundo Peraza
8 MF   BRA Felipe Klein
9 FW   URU Nahuel Roldán
10 FW   URU Maureen Franco
11 FW   URU Diego Casas
13 DF   URU Federico Puente Jr.
14 MF   URU Gonzalo Porras
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   URU Richard Núñez
17 FW   COL Ignacio Yepez
18 FW   URU Gonzalo Pintos
19 FW   URU Alexander Machado
20 DF   URU Rodrigo Izquierdo
22 MF   URU Santiago Viera
23 MF   URU Ronald Álvarez
26 DF   URU Mauro Brasil
27 FW   URU Franco López
30 DF   URU Agustín Hernández
32 MF   URU José Luis Tancredi
FW   URU Danilo Cóccaro

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LUTO EN EL FÚTBOL URUGUAYO". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 1 April 1996. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Cerro, el primero de los chicos en llegar a la final". LARED21 (in Spanish). 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  3. ^ "A 60 años de una final histórica para el fútbol uruguayo". El Pais Uruguay (in Spanish). 20 December 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-12-20. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  4. ^ "Uruguay: Giras internacionales". www.el-area.com. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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