1997 in Paraguayan football

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The following article presents a summary of the 1997 football (soccer) season in Paraguay.

First division results[edit]

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The Apertura tournament was played in a single all-play-all system. After every draw during this stage the game went on to a penalty kick shootout, awarding two points to the winner of the shootout and one point to the losing team. At the end, the top eight teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Apertura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws
P.K. Wins / P.K. Losses
Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Olimpia 12 7 4/0 1 22 7 29
2 Cerro Porteño 12 7 1/0 4 23 15 23
3 Sol de América 12 6 0/2 4 11 8 20
4 Libertad 12 5 0/5 2 17 13 20
5 San Lorenzo 12 5 1/2 4 15 17 19
6 Guaraní 12 5 1/2 4 18 15 19
7 Presidente Hayes 12 4 3/0 5 13 17 18
8 Sportivo Luqueño 12 5 0/1 6 15 22 16
9 Nacional 12 3 2/3 4 16 21 16
10 Sport Colombia 12 2 3/3 4 17 15 15
11 Tembetary 12 4 1/1 6 14 16 15
12 Atl. Colegiales 12 3 2/0 7 9 15 13
13 Cerro Corá 12 2 2/1 7 15 24 11
  • Note: an extra match had to be played between Sportivo Luqueño and Nacional to decide the 8th spot for the playoff stage since both teams finished with the same number of points. The extra match was won by Sportivo Luqueño 2-0. Also, draws were done to determine the 3rd and 5th place and they were won by Sol de America and San Lorenzo respectively.

Apertura playoff stage[edit]

The top eight teams qualified to this stage and were given bonus points based on their final standing in the table. Two groups of four teams were made, with the top two of each group advancing to a playoff stage.

Group stage[edit]

Group A

Position Team Played Wins Draws
P.K. Wins / P.K. Losses
Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Olimpia 3 2 0/0 1 5 2 [3] 9
2 Sportivo Luqueño 3 2 0/0 1 7 5 [0] 6
3 Libertad 3 1 0/0 2 5 9 [1.5] 4.5
4 Guaraní 3 1 0/0 2 2 3 [0.5] 3.5

Group B

Position Team Played Wins Draws
P.K. Wins / P.K. Losses
Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Cerro Porteño 3 2 1/0 0 7 4 [2.5] 10.5
2 Sol de América 3 1 1/0 1 4 4 [2] 7
3 San Lorenzo 3 1 0/1 1 4 4 [1] 5
4 Presidente Hayes 3 0 0/1 2 1 4 [0] 1
Semifinals[edit]
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Olimpia 0 - 1 Sol de América
Cerro Porteño 1 - 0 Sportivo Luqueño
Apertura final[edit]
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cerro Porteño 1 - 1
(4 - 3 pen)
Sol de América

Cerro P. wins the Apertura tournament.

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The Clausura tournament was played in a single all-play-all system. After every draw during this stage the game went on to a penalty kick shootout, awarding two points to the winner of the shootout and one point to the losing team. At the end, the top eight teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Clausura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws
P.K. Wins / P.K. Losses
Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Cerro Corá 12 8 1/2 1 22 11 28
2 Guaraní 12 6 1/4 1 22 16 24
3 San Lorenzo 12 5 2/1 4 13 10 20
4 Sportivo Luqueño 12 4 3/2 3 18 16 20
5 Olimpia 12 4 4/0 4 18 16 20
6 Atl. Colegiales 12 4 3/2 3 18 18 20
7 Cerro Porteño 12 4 1/4 3 15 13 18
8 Nacional 12 4 1/2 5 14 23 16
9 Tembetary 12 4 1/2 5 31 27 16
10 Sport Colombia 12 3 1/3 5 20 19 14
11 Presidente Hayes 12 3 2/1 6 13 18 14
12 Sol de América 12 3 1/1 7 11 15 12
13 Libertad 12 2 3/0 7 8 21 12

Clausura playoff stage[edit]

The top eight teams qualified to this stage and were given bonus points based on their final standing in the table. Two groups of four teams were made, with the top two of each group advancing to a playoff stage.

Group stage[edit]

Group A

Position Team Played Wins Draws
P.K. Wins / P.K. Losses
Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Sportivo Luqueño 3 3 0/0 0 9 3 [1.5] 10.5
2 Guaraní 3 1 1/0 1 5 6 [2.5] 7.5
3 Nacional 3 1 0/1 1 7 7 [0] 4
4 Cerro Porteño 3 0 0/0 3 6 11 [0] 0

Group B

Position Team Played Wins Draws
P.K. Wins / P.K. Losses
Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Olimpia 3 2 0/1 0 6 2 [1] 8
2 Cerro Corá 3 1 1/0 1 4 3 [3] 8
3 San Lorenzo 3 1 0/1 1 2 4 [2] 6
4 Atl. Colegiales 3 0 1/0 2 1 4 [0.5] 2.5
Semifinals[edit]
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Olimpia 4 - 2 Guaraní
Cerro Corá 2 - 2
(6 - 5 pen)
Sportivo Luqueño
Clausura final[edit]
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Olimpia 3 - 0 Cerro Corá

Olimpia wins the Clausura tournament.

National championship game[edit]

The national championship game was played between the Apertura and Clausura tournaments winners.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerro Porteño 1 - 2 Olimpia 0-1 1-1

Olimpia declared as national champions by aggregate score of 2-1.

Relegation / Promotion[edit]

  • Tembetary and Sport Colombia automatically relegated to the second division after finishing last and second-to-last in the accumulated table Apertura/Clausura (Opening/Closing).
  • 12 de Octubre promoted to the first division by winning the second division tournament.

Qualification to international competitions[edit]

Lower divisions results[edit]

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Intermedia 12 de Octubre
3rd Primera de Ascenso 12 de Octubre (Santo Domingo)
4th Segunda de Ascenso Atlántida

Paraguayan teams in international competitions[edit]

Paraguay national team[edit]

The following table lists all the games played by the Paraguay national football team in official competitions during 1997.

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Paraguay scorers Report
January 12, 1997 Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa
Mérida
 Venezuela 0 - 2 WCQ 1998 M.A. Benítez Goal 6'
Enciso Goal 62'
Report
February 12, 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción
 Peru 2 - 1 WCQ 1998 Rivarola Goal 12'
A. Rojas Goal 40'
Report
April 2, 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción
 Colombia 2 - 1 WCQ 1998 Gamarra Goal 6'
D. Soto Goal 82'
Report
April 30, 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción
 Uruguay 3 - 1 WCQ 1998 A. Rojas Goal 37'
J. Cardozo Goal 73'
D. Soto Goal 83'
Report
1997-06-04 Hermann Stadium
St. Louis, United States
 United States 0 - 0 F N/A
1997-06-11 Estadio Félix Capriles
Cochabamba, Bolivia
 Chile 0 - 1 CA97 Acuña Goal 28' N/A
1997-06-14 Estadio Félix Capriles
Cochabamba, Bolivia
 Ecuador 2 - 0 CA97 N/A
1997-06-17 Estadio Félix Capriles
Cochabamba, Bolivia
 Argentina 1 - 1 CA97 Chilavert Goal 74' (pk) N/A
1997-06-22 Estadio Ramón Aguilera
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
 Brazil 2 - 0 CA97 N/A
July 6, 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción
 Argentina 1 - 2 WCQ 1998 R. Acuña Goal 59' Report
July 20, 1997 Estadio Nacional de Chile
Santiago
 Chile 2 - 1 WCQ 1998 H. Brizuela Goal 61' Report
August 20, 1997 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Quito
 Ecuador 2 - 1 WCQ 1998 R. Báez Report
September 10, 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción
 Bolivia 2 - 1 WCQ 1998 M.A. Benítez Goal 26'
C. Gamarra Goal 37'
Report
October 12, 1997 Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Asunción
 Venezuela 1 - 0 WCQ 1998 F. Torres Goal 69' Report
November 16, 1997 Estadio Nacional
Lima
 Peru 1 - 0 WCQ 1998 - Report

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