Club Nacional

Club Nacional is a Paraguayan professional football club based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción. Founded in 1904, the club currently plays in the Paraguayan Primera División, and holds its home games at Estadio Arsenio EricoI.

Club Nacional
Nacional emblem
Full nameClub Nacional
Nickname(s)La Academia
FoundedJune 5, 1904; 117 years ago (1904-06-05)
GroundEstadio Arsenio Erico
ChairmanJuan Carlos Galeano
ManagerHernán Rodrigo López
LeaguePrimera División
2021 Clausura7th

Internationally, the club is referred to as Nacional Asunción, in order to distinguish itself from Uruguay's Nacional and Colombia's Atlético Nacional.[1]


The club was founded on June 5, 1904, by a group of alumni of the Colegio Nacional de la Capital, one of the oldest public schools in Asunción. The club was originally named Nacional Football Club, taking the name from "Club Nacional de Football" the Uruguayan club, whose shield and three colors were taken to associate the national origin. It is also referred as related to the school the founders attended. Its first president was Víctor Paredes Gómez and white was selected as the team color because that was the color of the Nacional de la Capital School uniform. For the emblem of the club, the colors of the Paraguayan flag were chosen.

Nacional is one of the traditional teams in the Paraguayan league and they have won a total of nine championships so far. Their nickname "La Academia" (the academy) was given to them because of their excellent youth system that produced great players such as Arsenio Erico, who is considered as the best Paraguayan footballer of all time.

In 2009 Nacional won their first league title in 63 years.[2]

In 2014, Club Nacional made history by reaching the Copa Libertadores final for the first time ever since its foundation, and by being only the second Paraguayan club to reach the final (after Olimpia).[3]

The club began the campaign with a runner-up finish in the group stage. In the knockout stages, they defeated Argentine clubs Vélez Sarsfield and Arsenal de Sarandí. In the semi finals, they beat Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting 2-1 on aggregate to set up a final with San Lorenzo.[4] The first leg of the final was played in Asunción and ended 1-1. However, San Lorenzo won the second leg 1-0 at Estadio Pedro Bidegain and took the title with a 2-1 aggregate victory.[5]


One of the club's youth teams played at the 2009 Torneo di Viareggio,[6] the 2010 Torneo di Viareggio,[7] the 2011 Torneo di Viareggio,[8] the 2012 Torneo di Viareggio[9] and the 2013 Torneo di Viareggio.[10]


Current squadEdit

As of 15 September 2018[1][11]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   PAR Santiago Rojas
2 DF   PAR Juan Franco
3 DF   PAR Víctor Barrientos
5 MF   PAR Marcos Duré
6 MF   PAR Luis Miño
7 MF   PAR Derlis Alegre
8 MF   PAR Juan Argüello
10 FW   PAR Danilo Santacruz
12 GK   PAR Juan Espínola
13 FW   PAR Gerardo Arévalos
14 MF   PAN Ricardo Clarke
15 DF   PAR Víctor Dávalos
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   PAR Miguel Ángel Paniagua
17 FW   PAR Nery Balbuena
18 FW   PAR Derlis Orué
18 FW   PAR Richard Lugo Martínez
20 MF   PAR Cristhian Aguada
21 FW   PAR Nery Cardozo
22 DF   PAR Diego Melgarejo
23 DF   PAR Gustavo Velázquez
24 FW   PAR Félix Benítez
26 DF   PAR Carlos Montiel (on loan from Cerro Porteño)
27 DF   PAR Miguel Jacquet
29 MF   ARG Juan Ignacio Vieyra

Notable playersEdit

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Been part of a national team squad at any time.
  • Played in the first division of any other football association (outside Paraguay).
  • Played in a continental and/or intercontinental competition.



  1. ^ a b "Paraguay - Club Nacional". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  2. ^ "¡Nacional campeón del Clausura!" [Nacional Clausura champion!]. (in Spanish). 13 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Nacional cayó pero logró histórico paso a la final de la Libertadores". 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Nacional de Paraguay clasifica por primera vez a la final de Copa Libertadores". El Universo (in Spanish). 30 July 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  5. ^ "San Lorenzo defeats Nacional to win Copa Libertadores title". Sports Illustrated. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Torneo". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Club Nacional". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Ficha Estadistica de INCA -glaucineis martins da silva- (perfil, ficha, profile, stats)". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Argentina - I. Fideleff - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
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  15. ^ "Nacional fichará a Zé Turbo - Fútbol - ABC Color".

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