2003 in Paraguayan football

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The following article presents a summary of the 2003 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 six teams qualified to a playoff stage to determine the Apertura champion.

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Points
1 Libertad 9 6 3 0 13 3 21
2 Cerro Porteño 9 5 3 1 20 8 18
3 Olimpia 9 4 4 1 16 11 16
4 Sol de América 9 3 4 2 12 7 13
5 Tacuary 9 4 1 4 15 16 13
6 Guaraní 9 3 3 3 18 20 12
7 Sportivo Luqueño 9 3 2 4 14 12 11
8 Sport Colombia 9 2 2 5 14 20 8
9 12 de Octubre 9 1 4 4 8 18 7
10 San Lorenzo 9 1 0 8 10 25 3

Apertura playoff stage[edit]

The top six teams qualified to this stage and were divided into two groups. The top two teams in the Apertura points table (Libertad and Cerro Porteño) were given two bonus points to start the group stage.

Group stage[edit]
Teams qualified to the Final
  • Group A
Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Libertad 2 1 1 0 2 0 [2] 6
2 Tacuary 2 1 1 0 2 0 [0] 4
3 Olimpia 2 0 0 2 0 4 [0] 0
  • Group B
Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Guaraní 2 2 0 0 3 1 [0] 6
2 Sol de América 2 1 0 1 4 3 [0] 3
3 Cerro Porteño 2 0 0 2 3 6 [2] 2
Apertura Final[edit]

May 18, 2003
Guaraní 0–0 Libertad

December 14, 2007
Libertad 1–0 Guaraní

Libertad wins the Apertura tournament final by an aggregate score of 1-0.

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 Libertad* 18 9 6 3 32 20 33
2 Olimpia 18 9 6 3 30 18 33
3 Cerro Porteño 18 9 5 4 24 15 32
4 Guaraní 18 7 6 5 24 17 27
5 Sportivo Luqueño 18 7 6 5 21 20 27
6 Sol de América 18 4 7 7 17 16 19
7 12 de Octubre 18 4 7 7 7 14 19
8 San Lorenzo 18 4 6 8 18 32 18
9 Tacuary 18 4 5 9 20 29 17
10 Sport Colombia 18 4 4 10 22 29 16

*Since Olimpia and Libertad tied in points and goal difference at the end of the Clausura, a championship game playoff was played on November 30, with Libertad winning 6-5 in penalties after a 0-0 tie in regulation.

Championship game playoff[edit]

Since Libertad won both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments they were declared as the national champions and no playoff game was played.

Runners-up game playoff[edit]

Two games were played to determine the 2003 championship runners-up between Olimpia and Guaraní, who finished in second place in the Clausura and Apertura respectively. The winner of this playoff was guaranteed a spot in the 2003 Copa Libertadores.


November 2, 2003
Olimpia 1–1 Guaraní

November 5, 2003
Guaraní 3–2 Olimpia

Guaraní runners-up of the 2003 first division tournament by winning on an aggregate score of 4-3.

Relegation / Promotion[edit]

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

Tacuary finished second-to-last in the aggregate points table, so had to participate in the promotion play-off game against second division runners-up 3 de Febrero. Tacuary won the playoff game by an aggregate score of 4-2, so it remains in the first division.

  • Club Nacional promoted to the first division by winning the second division tournament.

Qualification to international competitions[edit]

  • Libertad qualified to the 2004 Copa Libertadores by winning the Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura.
  • Guaraní qualified to the 2004 Copa Libertadores by finishing as runners-up of the 2003 season.
  • A four team playoff was played to determine the 3rd participant in the 2004 Copa Libertadores. Olimpia entered the playoff with one bonus point because it finished second in the Clausura tournament.

Pre-Libertadores playoff[edit]

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Scored Conceded Bonus Points Points
1 Olimpia 3 2 1 0 4 1 [1] 8
2 Sportivo Luqueño 3 2 0 1 8 4 [0] 6
3 Cerro Porteño 3 1 0 2 4 7 [0] 3
4 Sol de America 3 0 1 2 5 9 [0] 1

Lower divisions results[edit]

Level Tournament Champion
2nd Intermedia Nacional
3rd (G.A. teams) Primera de Ascenso Fernando de la Mora
3rd (interior teams) UFI Champions Cup Club 2 de Mayo (Pedro Juan Caballero)
4th (G.A. teams) Segunda de Ascenso Sportivo Ameliano

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 2003.

Date Venue Opponents Score Comp Paraguay scorers Report
September 6, 2003 Estadio Nacional
Lima, Peru
 Peru 4 - 1 WCQ 2006 Gamarra Goal 24' Report
September 10, 2003 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
 Uruguay 4 - 1 WCQ 2006 Cardozo Goal 26', Goal 58', Goal 72'
Paredes Goal 53'
Report
November 15, 2003 Defensores del Chaco
Asunción, Paraguay
 Ecuador 2 - 1 WCQ 2006 Santa Cruz Goal 29'
Cardozo Goal 75'
Report
November 18, 2003 Estadio Nacional
Santiago, Chile
 Chile 0 - 1 WCQ 2006 Paredes Goal 30' Report

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