Club Libertad is a professional football club based in Asunción, Paraguay that currently plays in the Paraguayan Primera División. The club plays its home games at Estadio Tigo La Huerta; which holds 10,100 people.

Club Libertad
Repollero (Cabbage Growers)
Founded30 July 1905; 118 years ago (1905-07-30)[1]
GroundEstadio Tigo La Huerta
ChairmanRubén di Tore
ManagerAriel Galeano
LeaguePrimera División
20223rd of 12 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Libertad – Champions 1910
Libertad – Champions 1945

Founded in 1905, Libertad is the third most successful Paraguayan football club, winning 23 national titles, only behind rivals Olimpia and Cerro Porteño.

History edit

The club was founded on 30 July 1905 by a group of young men and students. Its first president was Juan Manuel Sosa, who chose the club's name.[3]

Since winning its first championship in 1910, Libertad has always been overshadowed by the two big clubs in Paraguay: Olimpia and Cerro Porteño, who together won most of the Paraguayan football national championships. Despite that, Libertad has confirmed its position as the third "big" team of Paraguay by winning 21 championships, ten more than Guaraní, which has eleven.

In 1952, Libertad participated in the Copa Rio. The club played three matches. In the first match against Austria Wien, the opposition won 4–2. In the next match, against Corinthians, the Brazilians won 6–1. In its last game against German club 1. FC Saarbrücken, the Paraguayan club won 4–1, to finish the cup with one win and two defeats.

The club's first participation in the Copa Libertadores was in 1968, where they finished last with one win, one draw and 4 losses in a group containing Peñarol, Nacional, and Guaraní. In the 1977 Copa Libertadores Libertad reached the semi-finals. They began their campaign by finishing first in their group. That gave them qualification to the semi-finals, where they had to play two legs against Boca Juniors and Deportivo Cali. The winner of the group advanced to the finals, which was Boca Juniors. Libertad finished last of the semi-finals group with one win, one draw and two losses.

In 1998, the club was relegated for the first time in its history. In the Apertura tournament it finished last, and in the Clausura it finished second-to-last. A 4–3 defeat to rivals Guaraní on the last matchday, as well as their league position in 1997, secured the club's relegation. The club spent two years in the second tier before returning to the top tier in 2001 after winning the league title in 2000.[4] The club went through lots of success after their return to the top tier, as noted by winning the league titles in 2002 and 2003.

Libertad reached the semi-finals of Copa Libertadores for the second time in history in 2006, where Libertad topped its group and beat powerhouses Corinthians and River Plate on their way to being knocked out by winners Internacional. Despite the elimination, more success came for the club, because it became a three-time-champion by winning the 2007 Clausura, 2008 Apertura, and 2008 Clausura.

In the 2013 Copa Sudamericana, the club made the semi-finals, beginning their campaign in the first stage by beating Montevideo Wanderers and Mineros in the second stage. Then they beat Sport Recife and Itagüí in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, before being eliminated by Lanús, who eventually won the competition. They also made the semi-finals again in 2017, losing to another Argentine club, Independiente, who also won the competition.

Rivalries edit

Libertad has a rivalry with the other two "big clubs" of the country, Olimpia and Cerro Porteño, but mainly has one with Olimpia, and matches disputed between the two clubs are called "Clásico Blanco y Negro" (White and Black Classic). The first "clasico" was played in September 1906, with Olimpia winning 5-4. Repollero won the 2003 league title by beating Olimpia 6-5 on penalties. Overall, there have been 255 matches disputed between them, with Olimpia winning 112 and Libertad winning 74.[5]

The club also shares a rivalry with the fourth-biggest club in the country, Guaraní. The first match between the two clubs was played in 1921, which was won by Guarani to obtain the league title that year. The rivalry became greater in 1998, after Guaraní won 4-3 on the last matchday to cause Libertad's only relegation into the second division.[6]

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions edit

Best: Semi-finals (2): 1977, 2006
  • Copa Sudamericana: 14 appearances
Best: Semi-finals (3): 2013, 2017, 2021

Honours edit


Current squad edit

Current squad of Club Libertad as of 24 November 2023 (edit)

No. Position Player
1   URU GK Martín Silva
2   PAR DF Iván Ramírez
3   ARG DF Alexander Barboza
4   PAR DF Néstor Giménez
5   PAR DF Diego Viera
6   PAR MF Álvaro Campuzano
7   PAR FW Óscar Cardozo
8   ARG MF Bautista Merlini
10   PAR FW Lorenzo Melgarejo
11   PAR MF William Mendieta
12   PAR GK Rodrigo Morínigo
13   PAR FW Adrián Alcaraz
14   PAR DF Luis Cardozo
15   PAR MF Héctor Villalba
No. Position Player
16   PAR MF Cristian Riveros
17   PAR DF Matías Espinoza
19   PAR DF Rubén Lezcano
20   PAR FW Antonio Bareiro
21   PAR MF Lucas Sanabria
22   PAR MF Hugo Martínez
24   PAR FW Roque Santa Cruz
25   PAR GK Ángel González
26   PAR MF Hernesto Caballero
27   PAR DF Gilberto Flores
28   PAR FW Marcelo Fernández
33   PAR DF Iván Piris
35   PAR FW Rodrigo Villalba

Manager: Ariel Galeano

Managerial history edit

Basketball edit

The basketball team of Libertad belongs to the top teams of the national top basketball league and Libertad is after Olimpia the most successful club of Paraguay.

Honours edit


  • Liga de Baloncesto Metropolitana: 1958, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1990, 2005, 2008, 2009[29]
  • Top 5 Profesional: 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Liga Nacional de Clubes: 2009
  • Súper Copa de Campeones: 2008, 2009
  • Liga Femenina de Baloncesto Metropolitana: 1949, 1950, 1951.

References edit

  1. ^ "Club Libertad: Summary". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Medida y capacidad de las canchas". APF. 13 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Los 113 años del club Libertad". (in Spanish). 29 July 2018. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Cuando bajaron dos grandes en simultáneo". (in Spanish). 4 October 2018. Archived from the original on 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "El clásico Blanco y Negro". (in Spanish). 9 January 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Una vieja rivalidad". (in Spanish). 12 January 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Club Libertad: Trophies". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Sin títulos pero con promocionados, Javier Torrente presenta renuncia en Libertad" (in Spanish). Ultima Hora. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Gregorio Pérez dejará Libertad". ABC Color (in Spanish). 29 May 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Rubén Israel regresa a Libertad". La Nacion (in Spanish). Grupo Nación de Comunicaciones. 11 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Jorge Burruchaga es nuevo técnico de Libertad". Ultima Hora (in Spanish). Editorial El Pais. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b c "Pedro Sarabia es nuevo entrenador de Libertad" (in Spanish). 2 September 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Fernando Jubero anuncia su salida del Club Libertad" (in Spanish). 23 December 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Será técnico de Libertad" (in Spanish). ABC Color. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Aldo Bobadilla dejó Libertad" (in Spanish). ABC Color. 21 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Eduardo Villalba toma el interinato en el Gumarelo" (in Spanish). D10 Paraguay. 21 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Este martes presentan a Leonel" (in Spanish). ABC Color. 8 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Sorpresivo: Leonel Álvarez ya no es técnico de Libertad" (in Spanish). D10 Paraguay. 6 March 2019.
  19. ^ Chamot, el nuevo entrenador de Libertad,, 7 March 2019
  20. ^ "Chamot confirma que no seguirá: "Me cuesta dejar este grupo"" (in Spanish). D10 Paraguay. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Libertad anuncia a Ramón Díaz como DT" (in Spanish). Tigo Sports. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Ramón Díaz deja Libertad" (in Spanish). HOY. 24 September 2020.
  23. ^ "Gustavo Morínigo toma la dirección técnica en Libertad" (in Spanish). HOY. 24 September 2020.
  24. ^ "Gustavo Morínigo ya no es técnico de Libertad" (in Spanish). D10 Paraguay. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  25. ^ "Di Tore: 'Lo de Garnero es una posibilidad real'" (in Spanish). D10 Paraguay. 17 December 2020.
  26. ^ "Libertad hace oficial la llegada de Daniel Garnero" (in Spanish). D10 Paraguay. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  27. ^ Corporación Deportiva Fénix, ed. (20 July 2009). "historial de los campeones oficiales de baloncesto varonil". Archived from the original on 31 July 2013.
  28. ^ Latin Basket Archived 2008-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ ABC Color (ed.) Premiarán a los mejores de la temporada 2009. (Dec 8, 2009). Retrieved Nov 22, 2012, (in Spanish)

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