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The División Profesional de la Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol ( ), also known as the Primera División ( ), is the top-flight professional football league in Paraguaymarker. Currently, there are 12 teams in the first division.

History

Liga Paraguaya's first game was played in 1906, after the director of the El Diario newspaper, Don Adolfo Riquelme, brought to his office on June 18, 1906, the representatives of the five existing football teams in Paraguay at that time (Olimpia, Guaraní, Libertad, General Díaz, and Nacional) to create the governing body of football in Paraguay: the Liga Paraguaya de Fútbol (known today as Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol). The representatives were William Paats and Junio Godoy (Olimpia) Ramón Caballero, Manuel Bella and Salvador Melián (Guaraní), Juan Escalada (Libertad), César Urdapilleta (General Díaz), and Vicente Gadea (Nacional). The Liga Paraguaya saw Club Guaraní as the first champion in 1906, after defeating Olimpia in the final.

The Paraguayan Football Association joined CONMEBOL in 1921, and FIFAmarker in 1925. The professional era of the competition in the Liga started in 1941.

During the 1990s, the FA changed its denomination from Liga Paraguaya del Futbol to Asociacion Paraguaya de Futbol.

Format

A new rule was introduced in 2008, stating that there will be two champions each year corresponding to the winners of the two tournaments played during the season, the Apertura (or "Opening Tournament) and Clausura (Closing Tournament).This replaces the old system in which the Paraguayan Football Association divided its championships into two sections, the Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura. The winners of each tournament staged a playoff to decide each year's national champion. If the same team won both stages, it automatically won the national championship.

The team with the worst average points over the last three years is automatically relegated to the second division league, and the second-worst team plays a playoff match against the second division runner-up. The winner of the playoff match plays in the first division the following year.

First Division teams

Map of cities of participating teams in 2009
The following are the teams in the first division in 2009:



List of champions

Amateur Era

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Professional Era



[A] indicates win in Apertura tournament, [C] for Clausura

Titles by team

Team N° of Titles Runners-up
Olimpia 38 19
Cerro Porteño 28 25
Libertad 14 19
Guaraní 9 12
Nacional 6 9
Sol de América 2 12
Sportivo Luqueño 2 4
Presidente Hayes 1 0
Atlántida 0 3
River Plate 0 3
12 de Octubre 0 1


Topscorers

References

  1. Historia de la APF
  2. El torneo paraguayo tendrá dos campeones oficiales en el 2008


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