|Nickname(s)||El Ciclón de Barrio Obrero,
|Founded||October 1, 1912|
|Ground||General Pablo Rojas Stadium (La Olla),
|Chairman||Juan José Zapag|
|League||Paraguayan Primera División|
|2014 Apertura||Primera División, 4th|
Club Cerro Porteño is a professional Paraguayan football club, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción. Founded in 1912, Cerro has won 30 Primera División titles and is one of the most popular football clubs in Paraguay. Its main rivals are Club Olimpia and Club Libertad.
They play their home games at the General Pablo Rojas Stadium, also known as La Olla (The 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.
Cerro Porteño is known in Paraguay as el club del pueblo (the common people's team) because most of the fans are from lower social classes, as opposed to the fans from rival club Olimpia and Libertad whose fans are usually from the upper classes. Because of this, it is said that Cerro Porteño has the biggest number of supporters in Paraguay.
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.
The club's home stadium is officially called Estadio General Pablo Rojas, after the club president who was the main proponent of the work, but is better known as La Olla Azulgrana. It has a capacity of 32,000. Originally, the stadium was supposed to be larger but the plan had to be scaled down due to a shortage of funds available to complete the work.
- Copa Libertadores: 34 appearances
- Copa Sudamericana: 6 appearances
- Semi-finals (1): 2009
- Primera División (30): 1913, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1950, 1954, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009 Apertura, 2012 Apertura
- Torneo República (3): 1989, 1991, 1995
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Played at least 125 games for the club.
- Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
- Been part of a national team squad at any time.
- Played in the first division of any other football association (outside of Paraguay).
- Played in a continental and/or intercontinental competition.
- Francisco Arce (1989–1994)
- Carlos Gamarra (1991–1992, 1993–1995)
- Paulo da Silva (1997–1998)
- Fabián Caballero (1997–1999)
- Diego Gavilán (1998–1999)
- Julio dos Santos (2001–2005, 2009–)
- Édgar Barreto (2002–2003)
- Dante López (2002–2003)
- Diego Cabrera (2003)
- Diego Barreto (2003–2007, 2008, 2009–)
- Lorgio Álvarez (2005, 2007–2008)
- Marcelo Estigarribia (2006–2008)
- Pablo Daniel Escobar (2006)
- Celso Ortiz (2007–2010)
- Rodrigo Burgos (2007–2012)
- Iván Piris (2008–2011)
- Roberto Nanni (2009–2013)
- Pablo Zeballos (2010)
- Fredy Bareiro (2011)
- Luis Núñez (2011)
- Jonathan Fabbro (2011–)
- Walter Alberto López (2012)
- Hernán Rodrigo López (2012–2013)
- Williams Martínez (2013)
- Paul Ambrosi (2013)
- Jonathan Santana (2014–)
- Mauricio Sperduti (2014–)
- Jerry Laterza (1994–1995)
- Tobie Mimboe (1996)
- Geremi Njitap (1997)
- Cyrille Florent Bella (1998)
- Kenneth Nkweta Nju (2000–2001)
- Nozomi Hiroyama (2001)
- Froylán Ledezma (2001–2002)
- Diego Madrigal (2011)
- Daniel Güiza (2013–)
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- (Spanish) http://www.abc.com.py/nota/mayoria-piensa-que-cerro-porteno-es-el-club-mas-polular/%7C Most people believe that is the most popular
- http://www.geofutbol.com/2008/04/29/osvaldo-ardiles-dirigira-a-cerro-porteno/%7C Osvaldo Ardiles will lead to Cerro Porteño
- 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 Troglio replace Ardiles
- Official Website
- Cerro Porteño web site
- Foro de Cerro Porteño site
- La Plaza site
- Cerro official site