Cerro Porteño

Founded In
Asunción, Paraguay

About Cerro Porteño

Club Cerro Porteño was established in October 1912 by a group of youngsters from the city of Asunción. Throughout history, the side have been one of Paraguay's most popular football teams and have also been amongst the most successful, collecting a large haul of domestic trophies. Their main rivals are Club Olimpia and the two teams compete in the Super Clásico. In terms of league matches, Cerro Porteño possess the better head-to-head record.

The club's crest and traditional home kit are both made up of red and blue stripes, which are the colours of the two main political parties in the country, the Colorado Party and the Liberal Party. This use of both colours was originally intended as a statement of unity between the two sides. Later, white sections were added to the kit, meaning that it is now comprised of the same three colours that make up the Paraguayan flag.

Altogether, Cerro Porteño have won 29 Primera División titles, which ranks them as the second most successful team in the league's history, behind Olimpia. Their most recent league success came in the 2012 Apertura. They were also the most successful club in the history of the now-defunct Torneo República, winning the competition on two occasions, in 1991 and 1995. On the international scene, Cerro have made over 30 appearances in the Copa Libertadores and have reached the semi-final stage on six occasions, most recently in 2011. However, they are yet to win a major international tournament.

Virgilio Ferreira holds the club's all-time goalscoring record, while Julio Dos Santos holds the appearance record. Other notable former players include Erwin Ávalos and Saturnino Arrua.

The team's home stadium is the Estadio General Pablo Rojas, the name of which is derived from Pablo Rojas, a former club president. The venue first opened in 1992 and is often known as 'La Olla', which translates to 'The Boiler'. It has a maximum capacity of 32,910.

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