Club Nacional

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Club Nacional
Nacional emblem
Full name Club Nacional
Nickname(s) La Academia, Tricolor
Founded 5 June 1904
Ground Estadio Arsenio Erico
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Juan Carlos Galeano
Manager Celso Ayala
League Primera División
2018 Apertura 4th

Club Nacional is a Paraguayan football team, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción, founded in 1904. Internationally, the club is referred to as Nacional Asunción, in order to distinguish itself from Uruguay's Nacional and Colombia's Atlético Nacional.[1]


The club was founded on June 5, 1904 by a group of alumni of the Colegio Nacional de la Capital, one of the oldest public schools in Asunción. The club was originally named Nacional Football Club, taking the name from "Club Nacional de Football" the Uruguayan club, whose shield and three colors were taken to associate the national origin. It is also referred as related to the school the founders attended. Its first president was Víctor Paredes Gómez and white was selected as the team color because that was the color of the Nacional de la Capital School uniform. For the emblem of the club, the colors of the Paraguayan flag were chosen.

Nacional is one of the traditional teams in the Paraguayan league and they have won a total of nine championships so far. Their nickname "La Academia" (the academy) was given to them because of their excellent youth system that produced great players such as Arsenio Erico, who is considered as the best Paraguayan footballer of all time.

In 2009 Nacional won the Clausura title after 63 years.

In 2014, Club Nacional Asunción made history after reaching the final of a Copa Libertadores competition for the first time, during the 2014 edition.[2]


One of the club's youth teams played at the 2009 Torneo di Viareggio,[3] the 2010 Torneo di Viareggio,[4] the 2011 Torneo di Viareggio,[5] the 2012 Torneo di Viareggio[6] and the 2013 Torneo di Viareggio.[7]


Current squad[edit]

As of 15 March 2018[8][9] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Paraguay GK Justo Villar
3 Paraguay DF Víctor Barrientos
5 Paraguay MF Edgardo Orzuza
6 Paraguay MF Luis Miño
8 Paraguay MF Juan Argüello
10 Uruguay FW Juan Manuel Salgueiro
11 Paraguay DF Carlos Bonet
12 Paraguay GK Juan Espínola
14 Paraguay MF Jonathan Santana
15 Paraguay DF Víctor Hugo Dávalos
16 Paraguay MF Miguel Paniagua
17 Paraguay FW Édgar Báez
20 Paraguay DF Cristhian Aguada
22 Paraguay FW Adam Bareiro
No. Position Player
24 Paraguay DF Diego Melgarejo
25 Paraguay FW Leonardo Villagra
27 Paraguay DF Miguel Jacquet
28 Paraguay FW Alejandro Cañiza
29 Argentina MF Juan Vieyra
30 Paraguay GK Santiago Rojas
Paraguay DF Carlos Montiel (on loan from Cerro Porteño)
Paraguay FW Fernando Romero
Paraguay FW Gerardo Arévalos
Paraguay FW Derlis Alegre
Paraguay DF Gustavo Velázquez
Paraguay MF Juan Franco
Paraguay FW Nery Cardozo
Paraguay FW Derlis Orué

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Been part of a national team squad at any time.
  • Played in the first division of any other football association (outside Paraguay).
  • Played in a continental and/or intercontinental competition.



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