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Club Nacional
Full nameClub Nacional
Nickname(s)La Academia
FoundedJune 5, 1904; 116 years ago (1904-06-05)
GroundEstadio Arsenio Erico
ChairmanJuan Carlos Galeano
ManagerRoberto Torres
LeaguePrimera División
2019 Clausura6th

Club Nacional is a Paraguayan football team, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción, founded in 1904. Internationally, the club is referred to as Nacional Asunción, in order to distinguish itself from Uruguay's Nacional and Colombia's Atlético Nacional.[1]


The club was founded on June 5, 1904 by a group of alumni of the Colegio Nacional de la Capital, one of the oldest public schools in Asunción. The club was originally named Nacional Football Club, taking the name from "Club Nacional de Football" the Uruguayan club, whose shield and three colors were taken to associate the national origin. It is also referred as related to the school the founders attended. Its first president was Víctor Paredes Gómez and white was selected as the team color because that was the color of the Nacional de la Capital School uniform. For the emblem of the club, the colors of the Paraguayan flag were chosen.

Nacional is one of the traditional teams in the Paraguayan league and they have won a total of nine championships so far. Their nickname "La Academia" (the academy) was given to them because of their excellent youth system that produced great players such as Arsenio Erico, who is considered as the best Paraguayan footballer of all time.

In 2009 Nacional won the Clausura title after 63 years.

In 2014, Club Nacional Asunción made history after reaching the final of a Copa Libertadores competition for the first time, during the 2014 edition.[2]


One of the club's youth teams played at the 2009 Torneo di Viareggio,[3] the 2010 Torneo di Viareggio,[4] the 2011 Torneo di Viareggio,[5] the 2012 Torneo di Viareggio[6] and the 2013 Torneo di Viareggio.[7]


Current squad

As of 15 September 2018[1][8] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Paraguay PAR Santiago Rojas
2 DF Paraguay PAR Juan Franco
3 DF Paraguay PAR Víctor Barrientos
5 MF Paraguay PAR Marcos Duré
6 MF Paraguay PAR Luis Miño
7 MF Paraguay PAR Derlis Alegre
8 MF Paraguay PAR Juan Argüello
10 FW Paraguay PAR Danilo Santacruz
12 GK Paraguay PAR Juan Espínola
13 FW Paraguay PAR Gerardo Arévalos
14 MF Panama PAN Ricardo Clarke
15 DF Paraguay PAR Víctor Dávalos
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF Paraguay PAR Miguel Ángel Paniagua
17 FW Paraguay PAR Nery Balbuena
18 FW Paraguay PAR Derlis Orué
18 FW Paraguay PAR Richard Lugo Martínez
20 MF Paraguay PAR Cristhian Aguada
21 FW Paraguay PAR Nery Cardozo
22 DF Paraguay PAR Diego Melgarejo
23 DF Paraguay PAR Gustavo Velázquez
24 FW Paraguay PAR Félix Benítez
26 DF Paraguay PAR Carlos Montiel (on loan from Cerro Porteño)
27 DF Paraguay PAR Miguel Jacquet
29 MF Argentina ARG Juan Ignacio Vieyra

Notable players

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Been part of a national team squad at any time.
  • Played in the first division of any other football association (outside Paraguay).
  • Played in a continental and/or intercontinental competition.



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  2. ^ "Nacional cayó pero logró histórico paso a la final de la Libertadores - PrensaFútbol". 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Coppa Carnevale - Torneo Internazionale Giovanile di Viareggio". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Torneo". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Club Nacional". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Ficha Estadistica de INCA -glaucineis martins da silva- (perfil, ficha, profile, stats)". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Argentina - I. Fideleff - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
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