Nacional Asunción

Founded In
Asunción, Paraguay

Nacional Asunción

About Nacional Asunción

Club Nacional, often known as Nacional Asunción, was first established in June 1904 under the name Nacional Football Club. The club's founders were former students at Colegio Nacional de la Capital, a local Asunción school, and it is from this school that the team adopted its name. Traditionally, they have been amongst the top five most successful clubs in Paraguay and have also enjoyed great popularity within the country, although in recent decades Nacional have also experienced their fair share of difficult times.

The club enjoyed significant success early in its history, winning Primera División titles in 1909 and 1911. More success followed, with Club Nacional earning two league titles during the 1920s and a further two titles during the 1940s, taking their total number of Primera División successes up to six. However, over the decades that followed, the team were relegated to the División Intermedia several times. They finished top of that league in 1979, 1989 and 2003, earning promotion back to the Primera División on each of those occasions.

In 2009, major success returned to the side, as Nacional Asunción won the Clausura, bringing them their first Primera División title in more than 60 years. Two further titles have followed: the 2011 Apertura and the 2013 Apertura. As a result, the club have amassed a total of nine Primera División titles altogether.

Over the years, Nacional have developed a reputation for producing high-quality youth talents, earning them the nickname 'La Academia', which translates to 'The Academy'. The club's most notable youth product was Arsenio Erico, who played for the side in the early 1930s and again in the late 1940s. Erico is widely regarded as Paraguay's best ever player and went on to become the all-time greatest goalscorer in the Argentine Primera División.

Nacional Asunción's home matches are played at the Estadio Arsenio Erico, which is named after the club's former player. It is currently able to hold up to 5,000 spectators.