Based out of the city of Asuncion, Club Cerro Porteno are a traditional Paraguayan football team that currently plays in the First division in the country. It is also the team that has played the Copa Libertadores the maximum number of times without winning it. The club was setup by a group of youngsters who were part of a society where the atmosphere was tense due to an unstable government. The team decided to start with the colours of both the political parties, Red and Blue. This was mainly to imbibe a sense of national pride and unity in the people. Their white shorts were designed to complete the colours of the Paraguayan national flag.
The team’s name was decided to be based on the Portenos, this was a battle between the forces of Argentina and the Paraguayan army. The team is considered to be the “common man’s club” mainly due to most of the fans’ roots. Their main rivals, Olimpia, on the other hand, are considered to be the “elite class” clubs. However, despite this segregation, Cerro Porteno claim to have the largest fan base in the country.
The team has won a large number of titles, which make it one of the top clubs in the country. However, their trophy winning exploits have been limited to the national level as their international campaigns have always ended in losses.
Cerro Porteno have won the Paraguayan first division title 27 times and the 1991 & 1995 Torneo Republica went to the team as well. Despite 32 appearances in the Copa Libertadores, the Cerro Porteno have never won the title. Their best showing has been to reach the semi-final stage 5 times, in 1973, 1978, 1993, 1998 and 1999. In the 2004 edition of the Copa Sudamericana, they reached the quarter-finals, their best performance in 4 attempts.
The team has had a number of famous players who have played at the international level even, for Paraguay. The list includes the likes of Carlos Jara Saguier, Roberto Cabanas, Francisco Arce, Carlos Gamarra, Diego Gavilan, Geremi Njitap (Cameroon) and the Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea.
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