Club Nacional

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For the Uruguayan team, see Club Nacional de Football. For other clubs named Nacional, see Nacional (disambiguation).
Nacional emblem
Full name Club Nacional
Nickname(s) La Academia, Tricolor
Founded 5 June 1904
Ground Estadio Arsenio Erico
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Robert Harrison
Manager Switzerland Daniel Raschle
League Primera División
2015 Clausura 12th

Club Nacional is a Paraguayan football (soccer) 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 "Nacional" from 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 2009 title after 63 years.

In 2014, Club Nacional Asunción made history after reaching the final of Copa Libertadores 2014 for the first time, thus they became the greatest team from Barrio Obrero, the home neighborhood of a so-called " great " club Cerro Porteno, the second most successful club team in Primera Division Paraguaya, who never qualified to an international competition final in their whole history .[2]


Current squad[edit]

As of 17 April 2016.[3][4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Ignacio Don
2 Paraguay DF Ignacio Fideleff
4 Paraguay DF David Mendoza
5 Paraguay MF Edgardo Orzuza
6 Paraguay DF Marcos Miers
7 Brazil FW Rodrigo Teixeira
8 Paraguay MF Juan Argüello
9 Paraguay FW Cristian Colmán
10 Paraguay MF Milton Benítez
11 Paraguay FW Arnaldo Castorino
11 Brazil MF Bruno Turco
12 Paraguay DF Ramón Coronel
No. Position Player
13 Paraguay DF Herminio Miranda
14 Paraguay DF Yimmy Cano
16 Paraguay MF Luis Miño
18 Paraguay MF Derlis Orué
19 Paraguay FW Robin Ramírez
20 Paraguay GK Roque Cardozo
21 Paraguay DF Sixto Ramírez
22 Paraguay MF Enrique Araújo
25 Paraguay MF Héctor Bustamante
26 Paraguay FW Brian Montenegro
27 Paraguay DF Miguel Jacquet

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 of Paraguay).
  • Played in a continental and/or intercontinental competition.



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