Cerro Porteño

Club Cerro Porteño is a professional Paraguayan football club, based in the neighbourhood of Obrero in Asunción. Founded in 1912, Cerro has won 33 Primera División titles and is one of the most popular football clubs in Paraguay.[1] Its president is Raúl Zapag, from Paraguay, and the manager is Francisco Arce. Its main rivals are Olimpia and Libertad.

Cerro Porteño
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Nickname(s)El Ciclón (The Cyclone)
Club del Pueblo
(The People's Team)
La Mitad más Uno
(The Half plus One)
FoundedOctober 1, 1912
GroundGeneral Pablo Rojas Stadium (La Olla),
Asunción, Paraguay
ChairmanRaúl Zapag
ManagerFrancisco Arce
LeaguePrimera División
2020 AperturaWinner
WebsiteClub website

They play their home games at the General Pablo Rojas Stadium, also known as La Nueva Olla (The New Boiler).


Cerro Porteño was founded on October 1, 1912 by Susana Núñez and a group of young people looking to create a new football club. At the time of Cerro's foundation the situation in Paraguay was tense with instability in the government caused by the fervent rivalries between the two leading political parties, the Partido Colorado (Colorado Party) and the Partido Liberal (Liberal Party). Because of the tensions, the founders of the club decided to use the colours of both parties, red (Colorados) and blue (Liberales), as the club's colours as a symbol of unity and friendship between Paraguayans. Later, white was used on the shorts to complete the colours of the Paraguayan flag.

The club owes its name to the battle fought between the forces of Buenos Aires, Argentina (The Porteños) and the Paraguayan army, in the neighbourhood of the Cerro Mbaé (Mbaé Hill) – named after that battle as the Cerro Porteño (Porteño Hill) – on 19 January 1811. During that battle, the troops of Paraguay (at that time a Spanish colony) were abandoned by the Spanish governor but continued to be led by the Paraguayan officials, who led them to a great victory against the Porteños troops. That battle is known as the "Battle of Cerro Porteño" and is a highlight of Paraguayan military history.[citation needed]

Over the years the club has won a significant number of national championships. However, to date, it has not won any international tournaments despite a few good runs in the Copa Libertadores including semi-final appearances in 1973, 1978, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2011.

Osvaldo Ardiles joined the club as manager in May 2008 [2] but was sacked in August of the same year after a string of poor results and was replaced by Pedro Troglio.[3]

Geremi Njitap played for the club during the 90's.[4]

In 2014, Cerro Porteño president Juan José Zapag spoke in reference to the corruption in Paraguayan football that various persons had complained to him about not buying games and that if his club were to win then they would not do it by buying and doping players to become champions.[5]


Cerro Porteño's stadium, named General Pablo Rojas and also known as "La Nueva Olla", is located in Asunción's Obrero neighborhood (Avenida Acuña de Figueroa 823). It has a seating capacity of 45,000, making it the biggest in Paraguay.

International recordEdit

Semi-finals (6): 1973, 1978, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2011
Semi-finals (2): 2009, 2016



World Club RankingEdit

As of 29 April 2020.[6]
Rank Country Team
186   Atletico Nacional
187   AS Monaco FC
188   Cerro Porteño
189   Hellas Verona FC
190   Étoile Sportive du Sahel

South America Club RankingEdit

As of 29 April 2020.[7]
Rank Country Team
25   CR Vasco da Gama
26   Atlético Nacional
27   Cerro Porteño
28   Newell's Old Boys
29   Fortaleza Esporte Clube


First teamEdit

As of 4 August 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   URU Rodrigo Muñoz
2 DF   PAR Alberto Espínola
3 DF   PAR Marcos Cáceres
5 DF   VEN Fernando Amorebieta
7 FW   ARG Federico Carrizo
8 MF   URU Marcelo Palau
10 MF   PAR Julio dos Santos
11 FW   PAR Óscar Ruiz
12 GK   PAR Miguel Martinez
13 DF   PAR Raúl Cáceres
14 MF   PAR Víctor Cáceres
15 MF   PAR Ángel Cardozo Lucena
17 MF   PAR Josué Colmán (on loan from Orlando City)
18 FW   PAR Nelson Haedo Valdez
19 FW   ARG Diego Churín
20 MF   PAR Mathías Villasanti
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF   PAR Santiago Arzamendia
22 MF   PAR Juan Aguilar
24 DF   PAR Juan Gabriel Patiño (on loan from Racing Club)
25 GK   PAR Jose Miers
26 DF   PAR Marcos Acosta (on loan from Nacional)
27 FW   PAR Jorge Benítez (on loan from Monterrey)
28 DF   PAR Marcelino Ñamandú
29 DF   COL Juan Camilo Saiz
30 FW   PAR José Ortigoza
32 MF   PAR Claudio Aquino
33 FW   PAR Fredy Vera
34 MF   PAR Alexis Rojas
35 MF   PAR Alan Rodríguez
36 MF   PAR Enzo Giménez
FW   PAR Fernando Ovelar

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ARG Nicolás Caro (at Gimnasia de Jujuy)
MF   PAR Matías Rojas (at Defensa y Justicia)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   PAR Alfio Oviedo (at Libertad)

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.

Non-CONMEBOL players

Managerial informationEdit

Cerro Porteño coaching history from 1960 to present


Most appearances for the club (in all competitions):

  1. Julio Dos Santos: 267
  2. Jorge Achucarro: 257
  3. Aldo Bobadilla: 265
  4. Estanislao Struway: 227

Most goals for the club (in all competitions):

  1. Virgilio Ferreira: 90
  2. Julio Dos Santos: 88
  3. Erwin Ávalos: 70
  4. Saturnino Arrua: 88
  5. José Vinsac: 58

Most appearances for the club (in league):

  1. Salvador Breglia: 225
  2. Jorge Achucarro: 215
  3. Julio Dos Santos: 212
  4. Blas Marcelo Cristaldo: 201

Most goals for the club (in league):

  1. Virgilio Ferreira: 67
  2. Erwin Ávalos: 64
  3. José Vinsac: 58
  4. Saturnino Arrua: 55

Most appearances for the club (in international cup):

  1. Aldo Bobadilla: 67
  2. Estanislao Struway: 64
  3. Virgilio Ferreira: 61
  4. Blas Marcelo Cristaldo: 57

Most goals for the club (in international cup):

  1. Virgilio Ferreira: 23
  2. Santiago Salcedo: 15
  3. Celino Mora: 14
  4. César Ramírez: 13


The women's team has won the Paraguayan women's football championship four times, in 2007 and 2012 to 2014.[12] The team then played in the Copa Libertadores Femenina.


One of the club's youth teams played at the 2006 Torneo di Viareggio.[13]


  1. ^ (in Spanish) http://www.abc.com.py/nota/mayoria-piensa-que-cerro-porteno-es-el-club-mas-polular/%7C Most people believe Cerro Porteño is the most popular club
  2. ^ http://www.geofutbol.com/2008/04/29/osvaldo-ardiles-dirigira-a-cerro-porteno/%7C Osvaldo Ardiles will lead to Cerro Porteño
  3. ^ http://www.sportsya.com/futbol/paraguay/torneo_clausura_2008/home/noticia.php/Pedro_Troglio_reemplazara_en_Cerro_Porteno_al_despedido_Osvaldo_Ardiles.html?id_estruc=396&id=184925%7C Archived October 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Troglio replaces Ardiles
  4. ^ https://www.national-football-teams.com/player/1248/Geremi_Njitap.html
  5. ^ "Paraguay: ¿país expuesto a la corrupción en el fútbol?". d10.ultimahora.com.
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  8. ^ "Ficha Estadistica de INCA -glaucineis martins da silva- (perfil, ficha, profile, stats)". www.bdfa.com.ar.
  9. ^ "Custodio Mendes". worldfootball.net.
  10. ^ By ELIAS MAKORI More by this Author (2014-05-09). "Leopards legend Inganga faults Nandwa sacking - Daily Nation". Nation.co.ke. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  11. ^ "Kenneth Nju". worldfootball.net.
  12. ^ "Cerro Porteño tricampeón de fútbol femenino de Paraguay" (in Spanish). conmebol.com. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". www.rsssf.com.

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