C.A. Bella Vista

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Bella Vista
Escudo Club Atlético Bella Vista.png
Full nameClub Atlético Bella Vista
Nickname(s)Papales, Auriblancos
FoundedOctober 4, 1920
GroundEstadio José Nasazzi,
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanJuan Paulo Nuñez
LeagueSegunda División Amateur
Current season

Club Atlético Bella Vista, usually known simply as Bella Vista is an Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo.


The Club Atlético Bella Vista is a Uruguayan soccer team founded on the 4th of October, 1920.

In 1981, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores de América. The club played in the same group as Peñarol, of Uruguay, and Estudiantes de Mérida and Portuguesa FC, of Venezuela. The club was eliminated in the first stage of the competition. In 1985, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores again. Bella Vista was in the same group of Peñarol, and two Chilean clubs, Colo-Colo and Magallanes, but were again eliminated at the first stage.

In 1990, Bella Vista won the Uruguayan league, and gained the right to enter the following year's Copa Libertadores. In the following year, in 1991, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores, and was in the same group as Nacional, of Uruguay, and Flamengo and Corinthians, of Brazil. The club finished in the last place of the group. In 1993's Copa Libertadores, Bella Vista was in the same group as Nacional, of Uruguay, and El Nacional and Barcelona, of Ecuador. After a poor campaign, the club was again eliminated in the first stage. In 1999, the club, after an absence of six years, returned to Copa Libertadores de América . Bella Vista was in a group containing Nacional, of Uruguay, Estudiantes de Mérida, of Venezuela, and Monterrey, of Mexico. The club finished in third in the first stage, and qualified to the second stage, where they defeated Universidad Católica, of Chile. However, in the quarterfinals, Bella Vista was eliminated by Deportivo Cali, of Colombia. It was the club's best campaign ever in the Copa Libertadores.

In 2000, Bella Vista competed again in the Copa Libertadores de América, and was grouped alongside Bolivians Bolívar, Atlético Mineiro, of Brazil, and Cobreloa, of Chile. The club was eliminated in the first stage of the competition.

In 2011, the club competed in the Copa Sudamericana in which they were eliminated on the First Round by Universidad Católica


1949, 1968, 1976, 1997, 2005
  • Tercera División: 2
1922, 1959

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

1981: First Round
1985: First Round
1991: First Round
1993: First Round
1999: Quarter-Finals
2000: First Round
2011: First Round


The club plays their home matches at Estadio Parque José Nasazzi, with a maximum capacity of 5,002 people.

Current squad 2012–13[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Diego Martínez
3 Uruguay DF Leonel Pilipauskas
4 Uruguay DF José Ricardo Asqueta
5 Uruguay MF Jorge Daniel Casanova
6 Uruguay DF Gastón Pagano
7 Uruguay FW Jesús Belase
8 Uruguay MF Gonzalo Freitas
9 Uruguay FW Gonzalo Vargas
10 Uruguay FW Matias Abisab
11 Argentina FW Guido Abayián
12 Uruguay GK Emiliano Denis
13 Uruguay DF Marcelo Martuciello
No. Position Player
14 Uruguay MF Marcel Román
15 Uruguay DF Pablo Soares
16 Uruguay DF Haibrany Ruiz Díaz
17 Uruguay MF Simón Vanderhoegt
18 Uruguay FW Gonzalo Gutiérrez
19 Uruguay FW Federico Laens
20 Uruguay MF Ignacio Lemmo
21 Uruguay DF Germán Pérez
22 Uruguay DF Federico Díaz
24 Uruguay MF Álvaro Enrique Peña
25 Uruguay GK Mauricio Nanni

Jersey origin controversy[edit]

The Bella Vista jersey represents the Vatican flag, half yellow and half white. This is why the club is nicknamed the "papales",the ones who follow the papal, el papado, the Vatican authority.

Some versions say the origin can be different. Due to the divided fanaticism between Peñarol and Nacional of the club's former authorities, they decided the jersey to have the predominant colors of the two Uruguayan big clubs. Note that this is exactly what Arsenal of Sarandí from Argentina did when designing its jersey, light blue and red, due to the authorities of the club being Independiente and Racing of Avellaneda supporters.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "El Parque Nasazzi tiene dos butacas más de lo que exige el Reglamento" (in Spanish)..

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