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Club Cerro Porteño is a traditional Paraguayanmarker football team, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunciónmarker. The club was founded in 1912. It is the team that has played the most Copa Libertadores games without ever having won the tournament. It plays its home games at the General Pablo Rojas Stadium, also known as "La Olla" (the Boiler).

History

Cerro Porteño was founded in October 1, 1912 by Susana Núñez, along with a group of young people excited to create a new football club. At that time Paraguaymarker was living a tense situation with instability in the government caused by the fervent rivalries between the two leading political parties: Partido Colorado and Partido Liberal . Because of the tensions, the founders of the club decided to use the colors of the rival parties, red and blue, as the team official colors (red being the color of the Colorado Party and blue of the Liberal Party) as a symbol of unity and friendship between Paraguayans. Later, white was used on the shorts to complete the Paraguayan flag colours.

It owes its name to the battle fought between the forces of Buenos Airesmarker, Argentinamarker (“the Porteños”) and the Paraguayan army, in the neighbourhood of the “Cerro Mbaé” (Mbaé Hill) - named after that battle as the Cerro Porteño (Porteño Hill) - on January 19, 1811. During that battle, the troops of Paraguay (at that time a Spanish colony) were abandoned by the Spanish Governor but continued to be led by the Paraguayan officials, who headed the great victory against the Porteños troops. That battle is known as the "Battle of Cerro Porteño" and is one of the greatest military victories of Paraguay.

Cerro Porteño is known in Paraguay as "el club del pueblo" (the common people's club) because most of the fans are from working and/or lower social classes, as opposed to the fans from rival club Olimpia whose fans are usually from upper classes. Because of this, it is said that Cerro Porteño has the biggest number of supporters in Paraguay.

Throughout the years, Cerro Porteño won a significant number of national championships, establishing it as a respected and traditional Paraguayan football club. However, to date, it has not won any international tournaments despite a few good runs in the Copa Libertadores, for instance in 1973, 1978, 1993, 1998 and 1999, in which the team reached the semi-finals stage.

Osvaldo Ardiles joined the club as manager in May 2008 but was sacked in August of the same year after a string of poor results and was replaced by Pedro Troglio

Why is it called "Ciclon"?

In 1918, there was equal score, so it had to contest a final match between Cerro Porteno and Nacional. The first game ended 2-2, the second 1-1 and the third and defining, Cerro Porteno was losing 2-0 with 7 minutes remaining to complete the comparison, the public cerrista began to withdraw. At 40 minutes, then pulled one comes three consecutive victories and a 4-2 win from there was born the nickname of The Cyclone which was enhanced by being the club's nickname.

Stadium

The club stadium is officially called Cerro Porteno General Pablo Rojas, after the club president who was the main proponent of the work, but is better known as "La Olla Azulgrana. It has a capacity for 32,000 spectators.This stadium was supposed to be bigger than it originally is, but because of insufficient founds the stadium was finished without the original plan of it.

Honours

National honours



International honours



Former players

Paraguay

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Cameroon Colombia

Notable coaches



Current first team squad

As of August 23, 2009.

First Squad

Reserve squad

Squad Changer for Clausura 09

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References

  1. http://www.geofutbol.com/2008/04/29/osvaldo-ardiles-dirigira-a-cerro-porteno/| Osvaldo Ardiles will lead to Cerro Porteño
  2. http://www.sportsya.com/futbol/paraguay/torneo_clausura_2008/home/noticia.php/Pedro_Troglio_reemplazara_en_Cerro_Porteno_al_despedido_Osvaldo_Ardiles.html?id_estruc=396&id=184925| Troglio replace Ardiles


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