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2019 Paraguayan Primera División season

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Primera División
Season2019
Dates22 January – 15 December 2019
ChampionsApertura: Olimpia (43rd title)
Clausura: Olimpia (44th title)
RelegatedDeportivo Capiatá
Deportivo Santaní
Copa LibertadoresOlimpia
Libertad
Cerro Porteño
Guaraní
Copa SudamericanaSol de América
Nacional
River Plate
Sportivo Luqueño
Matches played264
Goals scored724 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorerApertura: William Mendieta and
Roque Santa Cruz (11 goals each)
Clausura: Roque Santa Cruz (15 goals)
Biggest home winCerro Porteño 7–2 Sol de América
(18 March)
Guaraní 5–0 General Díaz
(1 September)
Cerro Porteño 5–0 Nacional
(10 November)
Biggest away winDeportivo Santaní 0–6 Olimpia
(4 May)
Deportivo Capiatá 0–6 Olimpia
(30 August)
Highest scoringCerro Porteño 7–2 Sol de América
(18 March)
2018
2020

The 2019 División Profesional season (officially the Copa de Primera TIGO-Visión Banco 2019 for sponsorship reasons) was the 85th season of top-flight professional football in Paraguay. The season began on 22 January and ended on 15 December. The fixtures for the season were announced on 13 December 2018.[1] Olimpia were the defending champions after winning both tournaments of the 2018 season, and won a third championship in a row in the Torneo Apertura with three matches to spare after defeating Deportivo Santaní by a 6–0 score on 4 May.[2] Olimpia also crowned themselves in the Torneo Clausura, winning a fourth title in a row with one matchday remaining, following a 2–2 draw at home against Guaraní on 8 December.[3]

Teams

Twelve teams competed in the season: the top ten teams in the relegation table of the previous season, and two teams promoted from the División Intermedia. The new teams were 2018 División Intermedia champions River Plate and runners-up San Lorenzo, who returned to the top flight after two and three years, respectively. Both replaced Independiente (CG) and 3 de Febrero, who were relegated to the second tier after two and one year, respectively.

Stadia and locations

Team Manager Home city Stadium Capacity
Cerro Porteño Argentina Víctor Bernay (caretaker) Asunción General Pablo Rojas 45,000
Deportivo Capiatá Paraguay Carlos Recalde Capiatá Erico Galeano 10,000
Deportivo Santaní Paraguay Robert Gauto (caretaker) San Estanislao Juan José Vázquez 8,000
General Díaz Paraguay Cristian Martínez Luque General Adrián Jara 3,500
Guaraní Argentina Gustavo Costas Asunción Rogelio Livieres 6,000
Libertad Argentina José Chamot Asunción Dr. Nicolás Leoz 10,000
Nacional Paraguay Francisco Arce Asunción Arsenio Erico 4,000
Olimpia Argentina Daniel Garnero Asunción Manuel Ferreira 25,000
River Plate Argentina Marcelo Philipp Asunción River Plate 6,500
San Lorenzo Uruguay Sergio Órteman San Lorenzo Gunther Vogel 5,000
Sol de América Bolivia Pablo Escobar Villa Elisa Luis Alfonso Giagni 10,000
Sportivo Luqueño Paraguay Celso Ayala Luque La Arboledaa 8,000

Note: Teams occasionally play their home games at Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asunción. Derbies between Cerro Porteño and Olimpia are also played at this stadium.
a: Sportivo Luqueño will play their home games at Estadio La Arboleda in Asunción as their regular stadium Estadio Feliciano Cáceres is closed for repair works.[4] They played their Torneo Apertura home game against San Lorenzo at Estadio Erico Galeano in Capiatá.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Torneo Apertura
Deportivo Capiatá Paraguay Julio Cabrera End of caretaker spell 8 December 2018 Pre-season Argentina José Basualdo 19 December 2018[5]
Nacional Argentina Fernando Gamboa Sacked 31 January 2019[6] 12th Paraguay Hugo Caballero (caretaker) 31 January 2019[7]
General Díaz Paraguay Florencio Villalba Resigned 10 February 2019[8] 10th Paraguay Luis Escobar (caretaker) 11 February 2019[9]
Sportivo Luqueño Paraguay Pedro Sarabia 15 February 2019[10] 10th Paraguay Roberto Torres 11 February 2019[11]
Deportivo Santaní Paraguay Héctor Marecos Sacked 17 February 2019[12] 12th Paraguay Carlos Jara 17 February 2019[12]
Sol de América Paraguay Ever Hugo Almeida Resigned 22 February 2019[13] 5th Paraguay Alfredo Vera (caretaker) 23 February 2019[14]
Deportivo Capiatá Argentina José Basualdo Sacked 28 February 2019[15] 8th Paraguay Celso Ayala 1 March 2019[15]
Nacional Paraguay Hugo Caballero End of caretaker spell 4 March 2019[16] 11th Paraguay Aldo Bobadilla 4 March 2019[16]
Libertad Colombia Leonel Álvarez Sacked 6 March 2019[17] 8th Argentina José Chamot 7 March 2019[18]
Sol de América Paraguay Alfredo Vera End of caretaker spell 18 March 2019 9th Argentina Javier Sanguinetti 19 March 2019[19]
Deportivo Santaní Paraguay Carlos Jara Sacked 20 March 2019[20] 12th Uruguay Martín García 21 March 2019[20]
General Díaz Paraguay Luis Escobar End of caretaker spell 18 April 2019[21] 11th Paraguay Cristian Martínez 18 April 2019[21]
Deportivo Santaní Uruguay Martín García Resigned 21 April 2019[22] 12th Paraguay Pablo Caballero 22 April 2019[23]
Torneo Clausura
Cerro Porteño Spain Fernando Jubero Mutual consent 20 May 2019[24] Pre-tournament Argentina Miguel Ángel Russo 7 June 2019[25]
Deportivo Capiatá Paraguay Celso Ayala Sacked 22 May 2019[26] Argentina Mario Jara 23 May 2019[27]
Guaraní Paraguay Gustavo Florentín Mutual consent 29 May 2019[28] Argentina Gustavo Costas 6 June 2019[29]
Deportivo Santaní Paraguay Pablo Caballero Resigned 4 June 2019[30] Paraguay Pedro Sarabia 6 June 2019[31]
Deportivo Capiatá Argentina Mario Jara Sacked 25 August 2019[32] 7th Paraguay Héctor Marecos 25 August 2019[32]
Sol de América Argentina Javier Sanguinetti Mutual consent 25 August 2019[33] 9th Bolivia Pablo Escobar 28 August 2019[34]
Deportivo Santaní Paraguay Pedro Sarabia Sacked 26 August 2019[35] 12th Paraguay Robert Gauto (caretaker) 27 August 2019[35]
Sportivo Luqueño Paraguay Roberto Torres Mutual consent 30 August 2019[36] 11th Paraguay Hugo Centurión 31 August 2019[37]
Deportivo Santaní Paraguay Robert Gauto End of caretaker spell 31 August 2019 12th Argentina Mario Jara 1 September 2019[38]
Nacional Paraguay Aldo Bobadilla Signed by Independiente Medellín 4 September 2019[39] 8th Paraguay Francisco Arce 9 September 2019[40]
Deportivo Capiatá Paraguay Héctor Marecos Sacked 26 September 2019[41] 12th Paraguay Carlos Recalde 26 September 2019[41]
River Plate Paraguay Daniel Farrar Resigned 2 October 2019[42] 8th Argentina Marcelo Philipp 3 October 2019[43]
Cerro Porteño Argentina Miguel Ángel Russo Mutual consent 8 October 2019[44] 4th Argentina Víctor Bernay (caretaker) 8 October 2019[44]
Sportivo Luqueño Paraguay Hugo Centurión Sacked 8 October 2019[45] 12th Paraguay Celso Ayala 8 October 2019[45]
Deportivo Santaní Argentina Mario Jara Resigned 27 October 2019[46] 10th Paraguay Robert Gauto (caretaker) 27 October 2019[46]

Torneo Apertura

The Campeonato de Apertura, named "Víctor Genes", was the 119th official championship of the Primera División and the first championship of the 2019 season. It started on January 22 and concluded on May 20.[1]

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Olimpia (C) 22 16 6 0 61 17 +44 54 Qualification for Copa Libertadores group stage
2 Cerro Porteño 22 13 4 5 48 25 +23 43
3 Libertad 22 11 4 7 39 29 +10 37
4 Guaraní 22 10 7 5 37 29 +8 37
5 Sportivo Luqueño 22 8 7 7 28 30 −2 31
6 River Plate 22 7 7 8 25 31 −6 28
7 San Lorenzo 22 8 3 11 33 37 −4 27
8 Deportivo Capiatá 22 6 8 8 24 32 −8 26
9 Sol de América 22 8 2 12 31 43 −12 26
10 Nacional 22 5 8 9 19 27 −8 23
11 General Díaz 22 3 7 12 22 41 −19 16
12 Deportivo Santaní 22 2 7 13 15 38 −23 13
Source: APF, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points, 2) Playoff game (only if needed to decide championship between two teams), 3) Goal difference, 4) Goals for, 5) Away goals for, 6) Drawing of lots.
(C) Champion.

Results

Home \ Away CCP CAP SAN GEN GUA LIB NAC OLI RIV SSL SOL SLU
Cerro Porteño 1–0 3–2 2–0 5–2 1–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 7–2 2–0
Deportivo Capiatá 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–3
Deportivo Santaní 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–2 0–6 1–1 1–0 2–3 0–1
General Díaz 1–3 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–3 1–4 0–0
Guaraní 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–5 2–1 4–1 3–1 2–2
Libertad 1–0 5–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 1–2 2–3 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–0
Nacional 0–3 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–4 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–1
Olimpia 2–2 3–0 2–2 4–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 4–0 2–0
River Plate 1–5 1–0 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–1
San Lorenzo 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 3–0[a] 1–0 1–4 1–0 2–4 0–3
Sol de América 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–4 2–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–6 0–1
Sportivo Luqueño 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–5 3–1 0–3 3–1
Source: APF, Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
  1. ^ Match awarded 3–0 to San Lorenzo due to Libertad fielding more foreign players than allowed. The match originally ended with a 3–4 win for Libertad.[47]

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Club Goals
1 Paraguay William Mendieta Olimpia 11
Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz Olimpia
3 Uruguay Sebastián Fernández San Lorenzo 9
Paraguay Jorge Ortega Olimpia
Paraguay César Villagra Sol de América
6 Paraguay José Ortigoza Guaraní 8
Paraguay Nildo Viera River Plate
8 Paraguay Jorge Benítez Cerro Porteño 7
Paraguay Óscar Cardozo Libertad
Argentina Joaquín Larrivey Cerro Porteño

Source: Soccerway

Torneo Clausura

The Campeonato de Clausura, named "Ranulfo Miranda y 100 años de la Cruz Roja Paraguaya", was the 120th official championship of the Primera División and the second championship of the 2019 season. It started on July 12 and concluded on December 15.[48]

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Olimpia (C) 22 17 3 2 53 15 +38 54 Qualification for Copa Libertadores group stage
2 Libertad 22 15 3 4 35 12 +23 48
3 Cerro Porteño 22 11 4 7 42 28 +14 37
4 Guaraní 22 9 5 8 32 28 +4 32
5 Sol de América 22 8 7 7 22 23 −1 31
6 Nacional 22 7 8 7 29 27 +2 29
7 General Díaz 22 6 7 9 27 33 −6 25
8 River Plate 22 6 6 10 18 24 −6 24
9 San Lorenzo 22 5 7 10 23 36 −13 22
10 Sportivo Luqueño 22 5 6 11 20 37 −17 21
11 Deportivo Capiatá 22 5 6 11 18 38 −20 21
12 Deportivo Santaní 22 5 4 13 20 39 −19 19
Source: APF, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points, 2) Playoff game (only if needed to decide championship between two teams), 3) Goal difference, 4) Goals for, 5) Away goals for, 6) Drawing of lots.
(C) Champion.

Results

Home \ Away CCP CAP SAN GEN GUA LIB NAC OLI RIV SSL SOL SLU
Cerro Porteño 3–0 4–0 2–4 2–2 1–3 5–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2
Deportivo Capiatá 3–2 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–6 0–1 1–1 0–4 1–0
Deportivo Santaní 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–3
General Díaz 2–2 3–1 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–0
Guaraní 1–2 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–1 0–5 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–1 1–3
Libertad 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–0
Nacional 1–1 3–0 4–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 4–2 0–0 1–1
Olimpia 4–2 1–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 3–1
River Plate 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1
San Lorenzo 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–3 1–4 2–0 1–2 2–0
Sol de América 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–4 1–0 1–0 2–2
Sportivo Luqueño 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–5 1–0 1–5 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 0–0
Source: APF, Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Club Goals
1 Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz Olimpia 15
2 Paraguay Antonio Bareiro Libertad 10
3 Paraguay Santiago Salcedo Deportivo Capiatá 9
4 Paraguay Fernando Fernández Guaraní 8
Paraguay Brian Montenegro Olimpia
6 Argentina Diego Churín Cerro Porteño 6
Paraguay Nelson Haedo Valdez Cerro Porteño
Paraguay José Ortigoza Guaraní
Paraguay Óscar Ruiz Cerro Porteño
Uruguay Alejandro Silva Olimpia
Paraguay Leonardo Villagra Nacional

Source: Soccerway

Aggregate table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Olimpia (C) 44 33 9 2 114 32 +82 108 Qualification for Copa Libertadores group stage
2 Libertad 44 26 7 11 74 41 +33 85
3 Cerro Porteño 44 24 8 12 90 53 +37 80 Qualification for Copa Libertadores second stage
4 Guaraní 44 19 12 13 68 57 +11 69 Qualification for Copa Libertadores first stage
5 Sol de América 44 16 9 19 53 66 −13 57 Qualification for Copa Sudamericana first stage
6 Nacional 44 12 16 16 48 54 −6 52
7 River Plate 44 13 13 18 43 55 −12 52
8 Sportivo Luqueño 44 13 13 18 47 66 −19 52 Qualification for Copa Sudamericana first stage[a]
9 San Lorenzo 44 13 10 21 56 73 −17 49
10 Deportivo Capiatá 44 11 14 19 42 70 −28 47
11 General Díaz 44 9 14 21 49 74 −25 41
12 Deportivo Santaní 44 7 11 26 35 77 −42 32
Source: APF
Rules for classification: 1) Points, 2) Playoff game (only if needed to decide international qualification between two teams), 3) Goal difference, 4) Goals for, 5) Away goals for, 6) Drawing of lots.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Sportivo Luqueño qualified for the Copa Sudamericana first stage since Deportivo Capiatá, the 2019 Copa Paraguay third-placed team, were relegated and lost the right to claim their berth.

Relegation

Relegation is determined at the end of the season by computing an average of the number of points earned per game over the past three seasons. The two teams with the lowest average were relegated to the División Intermedia for the following season.

Pos
Team
2017
Pts
2018
Pts
2019
Pts
Total
Pts
Total
Pld
Avg Relegation
1 Olimpia 78 102 108 288 132 2.182
2 Cerro Porteño 80 82 80 242 132 1.833
3 Libertad 75 76 85 236 132 1.788
4 Guaraní 85 48 69 202 132 1.53
5 Sol de América 62 63 57 182 132 1.379
6 Nacional 50 65 52 167 132 1.265
7 River Plate 52 52 44 1.182
8 Sportivo Luqueño 50 46 52 148 132 1.121
9 San Lorenzo 49 49 44 1.114
10 General Díaz 60 46 41 147 132 1.114
11 Deportivo Capiatá (R) 50 45 47 142 132 1.076 Relegation to División Intermedia
12 Deportivo Santaní (R) 50 32 82 88 0.932

Updated to games played on 15 December 2019. Source: APF

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