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Nelson "Pipino" Cuevas (born January 10, 1980 in Asunciónmarker) is a Paraguayanmarker footballer, who plays as a second forward. He currently plays for Olimpia Asunción.

Cuevas started his career at Club Atlético Tembetary, a lower division club from Paraguaymarker, before moving to River Plate of Argentinamarker in 1998. In the 2004-2005 season he was transferred to Club América of Mexicomarker, who loaned him out to Pachucamarker where he was champion in the year 2006. He then returned to Club América.

Cuevas was released by Club America, and trained for brief period with English Premier League club Portsmouth. Both Portsmouthmarker and Blackburn Roversmarker have been strongly linked to him with the player stating that a move to Englandmarker is a possibility in the future. Cuevas played the first half of 2008 for Libertad in his native country and was signed by Santos in July 2008.

On January 15, 2009 he was released from his contract with Santos. On February 9, he signed a six months deal with Universidad de Chile, one of the most popular teams in that country. On July 7 he won the 2009 Apertura tournament with Universidad de Chile ending with 18 match played and 3 goals. At the end of the tournament he announced that he will not renew with the Chilean club.

During the 2009 off-season Cuevas had trials at FC Twente (making his debut in a friendly match played in the Netherlands, which ended in victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Hannover 96. Cuevas did not finalize his contract with the aforementioned European clubs and returned to Paraguay to play for Olimpia Asunción, where he is trying to recover his game lost long time ago, unluky so far in this attempt. Although his mother, the popular "Dona Tora" has still proven to be a tough player.

International career

Cuevas represented Paraguay at the 2002 World Cup, scoring two superb crucial goals in Paraguay's final group match, a 3-1 win over Slovenia. Without the two goals, South Africa would have progressed to the second round at Paraguay's expense on goal difference. Cuevas was also in the National team in the Germanymarker 2006 World Cup, and scored the second goal in the 2-0 Paraguay victory over Trinidad & Tobago after an assist by teammate Roque Santa Cruz. Despite the win, Paraguay failed to advance to the second round.


His mother, Nidia Amarilla, is also his manager, which is a rarity in the soccer world.


Season Team Title
1999/00 River Plate Apertura
1999/00 River Plate Clausura
2001/02 River Plate Clausura
2002/03 River Plate Clausura
2003/04 River Plate Clausura
2006 C.F. Pachuca Clausura
2008 Club Libertad Apertura
2009 Universidad de Chile Apertura


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