2002 in Paraguayan football

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The following article presents a summary of the 2002 football (soccer) season in Paraguay.

First division results[edit]

Torneo Apertura[edit]

The Apertura tournament was played in a single all-play-all system. At the end, the top eight teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Apertura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Sportivo Luqueño 9 7 1 1 15 7 22
2 12 de Octubre 9 6 1 2 9 4 19
3 Libertad 9 6 0 3 19 13 18
4 Cerro Porteño 9 5 0 4 17 15 15
5 Sport Colombia 9 4 2 3 23 13 14
6 Sol de América 9 4 1 4 13 13 13
7 Olimpia 9 3 2 4 13 15 11
8 Guaraní 9 3 0 6 14 19 9
9 San Lorenzo 9 0 4 5 7 14 4
10 Deportivo Recoleta 9 0 3 6 8 25 3

Apertura playoff stage[edit]

The top eight teams qualified to this stage.

Quarterfinals[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guaraní 4-1 Sportivo Luqueño 2-1 2-0
Olimpia 4-2 12 de Octubre 3-1 1-1
Sol de América 4-8 Libertad 3-3 1-5
Sport Colombia 1-3 Cerro Porteño 0-2 1-1
Semifinals[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerro Porteño 0-0
(5 - 3 pen)
Olimpia 0-0 0-0
Guaraní 2-5 Libertad 1-1 1-4
Apertura final[edit]
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerro Porteño 1-3 Libertad 0-3 1-0

Libertad wins the Apertura tournament final by an aggregate score of 3-1 on May 11, 2002.

Torneo Clausura[edit]

The Clausura tournament was played in a two-round all-play-all system, with the champion being the team with the most points at the end of the two rounds.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 12 de Octubre 18 10 2 6 30 24 32
2 Libertad 18 9 4 5 33 22 31
3 Olimpia 18 8 6 4 33 25 30
4 Sportivo Luqueño 18 7 6 5 19 17 27
5 Guaraní 18 7 5 6 29 26 26
6 Sport Colombia 18 8 2 8 23 27 26
7 Cerro Porteño 18 5 6 7 20 19 21
8 Recoleta 18 5 6 7 17 22 21
9 Sol de América 18 4 5 9 15 23 17
10 San Lorenzo 18 5 2 11 15 29 17

Championship game playoff[edit]

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


November 10, 2002
12 de Octubre 1–2 Libertad

November 17, 2002
Libertad 4–1 12 de Octubre

Libertad declared as national champions by aggregate score of 6-2.

Relegation / Promotion[edit]

  • Recoleta automatically relegated to the second division after finishing last in the average points table based over a three-year period.

San Lorenzo finished second-to-last in the aggregate points table, so had to participate in the promotion play-off game against second division runners-up Club Presidente Hayes. San Lorenzo won the playoff game by an aggregate score of 4-3, so it remains in the first division.

  • Tacuary promoted to the first division by winning the second division tournament.

Qualification to international competitions[edit]

Pre-Libertadores playoff[edit]

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Cerro Porteño 3 2 1 0 9 4 7
2 Guaraní 3 2 0 1 5 4 6
3 Sport Colombia 3 0 2 1 5 6 2
4 Sportivo Luqueño 3 0 1 2 4 9 1

Lower divisions results[edit]

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Intermedia Tacuary
3rd (G.A. teams) Primera de Ascenso Sportivo Trinidense
3rd (interior teams) UFI Champions Cup Cerro Porteño PF (Presidente Franco)
4th (G.A. teams) Segunda de Ascenso General Caballero (San Felipe)

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 2002.

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Paraguay scorers Report
June 2, 2002 Asiad Main Stadium
Busan
 South Africa 2 - 2 World Cup Santa Cruz Goal 39'
Arce Goal 55'
Report
June 7, 2002 Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Jeonju
 Spain 3 - 1 World Cup Puyol Goal 10' (o.g.) Report
June 12, 2002 Jeju World Cup Stadium
Seogwipo
 Slovenia 1 - 3 World Cup Cuevas Goal 65', Goal 84'
Campos Goal 73'
Report
June 15, 2002 Jeju World Cup Stadium
Seogwipo
 Germany 0 - 1 World Cup - Report
September 19, 2002 Takhti Stadium
Tabriz
 Iran 1 - 1 (4–3 pen) 2002 LG Cup Bareiro Goal 35' Report

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