Cerro Porteño

Paraguay Paraguayan Football Association Argentina

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
2019 Clausura3rd
WebsiteClub website

Club Cerro Porteño is a professional Paraguayan football club, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción. Founded in 1912, Cerro has won 32 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.

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 record

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



World Club Ranking

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

South America Club Ranking

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


First team

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

Out on loan

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

Notable players

To appear in this section a player must have either:

Non-CONMEBOL players

Managerial information

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
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  13. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". www.rsssf.com.