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The Apertura is upon us, here we have a look at the twelve participating sides with all the transfer ins and outs to the best of our knowledge. Read up on new boys Deportivo Capiatá and General Díaz, comment below if you think Libertad will be champions again or can a less fashionable side take advantage of the Copa Libertadores distraction? With regards to the transfers bear in mind that it can be a bit confusing as lots of players are returning from loan or are transferred out having never played for their parent club 

Cerro Porteño

The azulgrana kept their manager Jorge Fossati and star player Jonathan Fabbro after strong rumours linking him to a return to Argentina with River Plate. With the side in debt it was difficult to bring in any big names for the latest tilt at the elusive Copa Libertadores title although veteran Paul Ambrosi has arrived from Liga de Quito who won the Sudamericana with Fossati. Expect the continental tournament to seriously hamper league aspirations.

Ins: Sergio Vergara (Luque), Edison Torres (Peñarol), Paul Ambrosi (LDU Quito)

Outs: Domingo Salcedo (Rubio Ñu), Walter López (end of loan, Peñarol), Francisco Garcia (Luque), Diego Godoy (Carapeguá), Pablo Benítez (Libertad)

Prediction: 4th place


A terrible Clausura campaign saw Olimpia thrashed on several occassions and they suffered greatly away from home, Recanate has remained as president which means there was still some cash around to bring in the player’s that new coach Ever Almeida has requested. Having said that they owe a lot of money to a lot of people including around 2 million dollars to Pablo Zeballos and his agent. While Almeida’s experience will go a long way there are still questions as to how he will fit in so many players into the side with Pittoni and Guzman operating in a similar space to Salgueiro.

Tomas Guzman is one of Olimpia's biggest signing s - Photo: Guzman is one of Olimpia’s biggest signing s – Photo:

Ins: Tomas Guzman (Piacenza), Enzo Prono (Sol de América), Herminio Miranda (Puebla), Wilson Pittoni (Figueirense), Julio Manzur (Olimpia), Juan Carlos Ferreyra (Barcelona)

Outs: Miguel Amado (end of loan, Peñarol), Osvaldo Hobecker (end of loan, Rubio Ñu), Jorge Nuñez (Once Caldas), Nestor Bareiro (Rosario Central), Gerardo Ortiz (Sol de América), Julio Santa Cruz (Deportivo Capiatá), Maxi Biancucchi (Vitoria)

Prediction: 3rd place


The aurinegro had such a strong start to the Clausura but almost came away with nothing, finally settling for a place in the Copa Sudamericana. They’ve lost an experienced defender in Manzur but replaced him with former Olimpia captain Julio Cesar Cáceres. Diego Alonso has been shrewd in the transfer market, acquiring Rodrigo Teixeira and Guido di Vanni to join Centurión and Dante López up front.

Ins: Guido di Vanni (Luque), Juan Ignacio Guardado (Central San José), Rodrigo Teixeira (Nacional), Julio Cesar Cáceres (Olimpia)

Outs: Joel Silva (Cerro de Franco), Julio Manzur (Olimpia), Nildo Viera (Carapeguá), Pedro Chávez (Carapeguá), Robert Aldama (Carapeguá)

Prediction: Runners-up


Ruben Israel brought stability and a ruthless streak to the Gumarelo last season as they surged late on to win their 8th title during the Horacio Cartes era. They will be going for the Copa Libertadores as always but expect Israel to maintain a grip on the league and come June they will surely be in with a shout. I don’t know much about Uruguayan striker Mauro Guevgeozián from Fénix but in Pablo Benítez and Pablo Guiñazu they have brough in som experience into the heart of the team.

Pedro Benítez moves from Cerro to Libertad - Photo: LaNacion.comPedro Benítez moves from Cerro to Libertad – Photo:

Ins: Manuel Maciel (end of loan, Tolima), Claudio David Vargas (Luque), Pablo Guiñazu (Internacional), Pablo Benítez (Cerro Porteño), Mauro Guevgeozián (Fénix)

Outs: Robin Ramirez (Pumas), Rogerio Leichtweis (Tolima), Cristian Menendez (released), Gustavo Cristaldo (Nacional), Nery Bareiro (Deportivo Cali), Joe Bizera (Atlante), Hugo Santacruz (Manta)

Prediction: Champions


Gustavo Morinigo made a great start to management and fought right up to the final day thanks to a formidable run towards the end of the Clausura. While he may have lost Teixeira the striker has been replaced by Ramon ‘Tacuarita’ Cardozo who has been in scintillating form in pre-season, expect the Academia’s fortunes to be directly correlated to the goals of the ex-Tacuary man.

Ins: Ricardo ‘Tom’ Ortiz (Carapeguá), Ramon Cardozo (Tacuary), Gustavo Cristaldo (Libertad)

Outs: Rodrigo Teixeira (Guaraní), Javier Gonzalez (Luque), Denis Caniza (Luque)

Prediction: 5th place

Sportivo Luqueño

A new president has been ushered in and the club survived relegation last year and should feel slightly more comfortable going into these 12 months. As always there has been plenty of turnover of players so it will be interesting to see what Pablo Caballero can do with this new crop of footballers.

Reinaldo Ocampo has signed for Luque - Photo: Ocampo has signed for Luque – Photo:

Ins: Reinaldo Ocampo (Tacuary), Luis Miño (Independiente), Francisco Garcia (Cerro), Diego Viera (Tacuary), Víctor Dávalos (Independiente), Javier Gonzalez (Nacional), Mario Saldivar (Figueirense), Andrés Rodriguez (Bella Vista), Denis Caniza (Nacional)

Outs: Guido di Vanni (Guarani), Claudio David Vargas (Libertad), Sergio Vergara (Cerro), Tobías Vargas, Rodrigo Burgos (Cerro de Franco), Nestor Ayala (Carapeguá)

Predictions: Mid-table

Rubio Ñu

The return of Chiqui Arce couldn’t cover the cracks of a very weak squad especially in attack, the albiverde are celebrating their centenary this year so relegation simply cannot be considered. They are much stronger at the back with Servín in goal and the full backs Mingo Salcedo and Raúl Cáceres brought in along with Gimenez of Tacuary. Another Tacuary man Jorge Ortega will hope to hit the net regularly.

Ins: Carlos Servín (Tacuary), Gustavo Giménez (Tacuary), Pablo Espinoza (Tacuary), Jorge Ortega (Tacuary), José Báez (Independiente), Arnaldo Recalde (Cerro de Franco), Osvaldo Hobecker (end of loan, Olimpia), Fredy Vera (end of loan, Sport Colombia), Juan Sánchez, Raúl Cáceres (Carapeguá), Domingo Salcedo (Cerro Porteño)

Outs: Jorge Britez (Carapeguá), Diego Chamorro (end of loan, Sol de América), Christian Ovelar (Cerro de Franco)

Prediction: Mid-table, they need to keep an eye on the promedio

Sol de América

Ricardo Dabrowski has built an excellent squad at Sol de América and they are capable of beating all the smaller sides around them and producing the odd shock (beating Cerro and Nacional late on last season). The important thing is to keep the creativity in midfield which they should do having held onto David Mendieta and Sergio Escalante. The major departure is of course Enzo Prono, the talented young striker has moved to Olimpia.

Ins: Mario Ovando (Free), Diego Chamorro (end of loan, Rubio Ñu), Gerardo Ortiz (Olimpia), Dario Silva (Defensor Sporting)

Outs: Enzo Prono (Olimpia)

Prediction: Mid-table

Deportivo Capiatá

The new boys are likely to have some boisterous home support from the populous satellite town that might help them gain precious points. They have been hugely busy in the transfer market with the main signings Juan Noguera a.k.a The Black Diamond from Sporting San Lorenzo and Julio Santa Cruz, Roque’s younger brother.

Juan Noguera was a hit in Intermedia - Photo: SportivoSanLorenzo.comJuan Noguera was a hit in Intermedia – Photo:

Ins: Juan Noguera (San Lorenzo); Juan Gómez, Fidel Miño, Arnaldo Pereira, Miguel Caballero,  Emilio Garcete (3 de Febrero), Aquilino Villalba (Aurora), Julio Santa Cruz (Olimpia),  Héctor Sanabria, Eulogio Tintel,  Juan Gómez, Víctor Sanabria,  Oscar Ruiz, Víctor Samudio, Marcos Acosta Pera, Javier Portillo

Outs: Unknown

Prediction: As always the odds are stacked against them but home form could well be key

General Díaz

The club are Luque’s second representatives behind Sportivo Luqueño and were promoted as Intermedia champions thanks to an incredible run of games, remaining unbeaten for the first 12 matches. They also profited from the excellent form of Antonio Bareiro who joined from Rubio Ñu and was the best player in the division.

Ins: Alejandro Bernal (lateral), Jorge Cáceres (central), Elvio Amarilla (volante), Éver Alfaro, (media punta), Gabriel Avalos Stumpfs (Independiente), Daniel Ferreira, Ariel Sevillano

Outs: Unknown

Prediction: Expect tough times amongst the big boys

Cerro de Franco

The end of the year was bitter-sweet with the Uruguayan coach Eduardo Rivera and four players including topscorer Rogerio Leichtweis falling out with the board and being dismissed but only after the club had racked up enough points to save them from relegation and put them in a strong position to continue after 2013 too.

Ins: Joel Silva (Guarani), Rodrigo Burgos (Luque), Gustavo Noguera (Tacuary), Roberto Ovelar (Uni. Católica), Cristhian Ovelar (Rubio Ñu), Fabian Heves (Carapeguá)

Outs: Fulvio Duarte (Deportivo Quevedo), Arnaldo Recalde (Rubio Ñu), Fabián Balbuena (Sol de América)

Prediction: Interesting to see if the side can flourish following the departures of Rivera and Rogerio

Sportivo Carapeguá

A miracle final-day survival thanks to their thrashing of Olimpia means that the Primera keeps one of the best supported sides in the country thanks to their geographical location and the brand new stadium where all home games will be played. Towards the run-in their key player was Ricardo ‘Tom’ Ortiz who has now been signed by Nacional for the new year, it means they will have to find other players to try and lead them to safety this year, a big points total is needed. The main positive is Celso Ayala, the former River Plate defender proved to be a good coach at 2 de Mayo and during the final games of the season that helped keep El Potroin the Primera.

Ins: Jorge Britez (Rubio Ñu), Diego Godoy (Cerro), Roque Cardozo (Independiente), Aldo Vera (Independiente),  Michel Romero (Independiente), Nildo Viera (Guaraní), Pedro Chávez (Guaraní), Robert Aldama (Guaraní), Néstor Ayala (Luque),  Richard Lugo (Independiente)

Outs: Ricardo ‘Tom’ Ortiz (Nacional), Imanol Iriberri (Tolima), Raúl Cáceres (Rubio Ñu), Fabian Heves (Cerro de Franco)

Prediction: Anything is possible as we’ve seen!

By Ralph Hannah

Portugal Segunda, Benfica B – Naval 1  3/10
Time for Benfica to win finaly. They have potentia, they had resaults but come into crisis. They have great strikers (Cavaleiro 21/9, Rosa 23/10) and  if they improve their defensive game resaults will come..No new missing sin their team, just long term missings Correa (att 16/2), Sidnei (df 13/0), Cancelo (df 18/2) and Ascues (df 11/0).  Missing in defence, that’s why they recive also lot goals but they are now oll missing for few games
Naval in much more problems, important players left club. First club left Joao Pedro (att 15/9) and Bruno di paula (mf 1/0) and than before just few days also left Marreco (att 16/7), Leandrinho (mf 9/0) and Roberto (mf 15/1). For this game injured Felipe Mello (mf 19/0) and tree more players are suspended, goalkeeper Guilherme (13/0), defender Carlitos (22/0) and midfielder Fontes (19/0)

Paraguay Clausura week five

A Friday double-header followed by a Saturday hattrick and rounded off with a solitary Sunday show, that’s week five in a nutshell. Here are the previews taking into account that Olimpia, Cerro Porteño and Guaraní all have midweek Copa Sudamericana matches.

Cerro Porteño vs Rubio Ñu (TV)
La Olla
24/08/2012, 18:15
Prediction: 2-0

Rubio Ñu take on an azulgrana team for 2nd week running – Photo:

Cerro’s winless run in the league continued last weekend when they failed to get past Carapeguá away. Rubio Ñu at home is an even easier fixture and they really should break their duck on Friday night. It is a similar team to last week but Roberto Nanni who scored in the previous two games is set to be replaced by Santiago Salcedo. Fidencio Oviedo also comes back into the side following suspension. Fossati has learned from his experience (vs Sol) that resting players for the Copa Sudamericana only to lose at home is bad for the relationship with the fans so they’ll be going out with their minds fully focussed on this game. Rubio Ñu are also without a win in the Clausura and have struggled for goals (2 in 4 games) so far. The previous two meetings between these teams have been exciting ones, Cerro coming on top both times, 5-3 and 3-2

Cerro Porteño XI (probable): Diego Barreto; Mariano Uglessich, Pedro Benítez, Cesar Benítez; Carlos Bonet, Fidencio Oviedo, Julio Dos Santos, Walter López; Jonathan Fabbro; Rodrigo López, Santiago Salcedo

SELECTED ODDS: Cerro win 1.61; Draw 3.5, Rubio Ñu 5.3

BEST BET: With both teams showing inconsistency betting on goals rather than the result could be a better option, Cerro usually score late-on so maybe it is worth looking at Over 1.5 goals in-play if they have a goalless first 30 mins


Libertad vs Sol de América
24/08/2012, 19:00

Prediction: 1-0

Libertad had an exciting end-to-end game against Olimpia last Saturday but this week’s game should be a return to type under Ruben Israel, keep things tight and obtain a professional victory. José Ariel Nuñez has been one of the best strikers in the league so far this season and is ably partnered by Pablo Velázquez, there is no doubt that combination can break down the danzarín defence to score.  Like Libertad, Sol de América have drawn three and won one so far this season, twice letting a lead slip against weaker sides (Rubio Ñu & Independiente). The performances of Lorenzo Frutos and Diego Vázquez up front has been admirable but this is the best defence they have come up against so far in the Clausura (they didn’t face Cerro Porteño’s first choice backline) and I’m not sure they’ll be able to breach the Libertad ranks. I’m expecting a close home win to end the run of three draws.

SELECTED ODDS: Libertad win 1.51; Draw 3.9; Sol win 6.2

BEST BET: Boring but safe, a home win

Libertad XI (probable): Rodrigo Muñoz; Jorge Moreira, Ismael Benegas, Gustavo Mencia, Miguel Samudio; Luis Cáceres, Sebastián Eguren, Sergio Aquino, Nelson Romero; José Ariel Núñez, Pablo Velázquez.

Look whole round preview on The Paraguay Football Blog


other betting infos

 Sportivo Luqueño –  Guaraní  ah0 guarani @ 1,95 

Luque’s new coach Carlos Kiese has had time to get to know his squad in the break and has called up several youth team players because of the lack of quality he’s found. The auriazulhave won just one of their last five games. For Guaraní goals have been hard to come by this season but the side have only lost one in their last five games and keep getting better as time goes on under coach Pablo Caballero. They will have five players returning from La Paz none of whom played against Bolivia so they should benefit from having  trained intensively at altitude for a month. The aborigen are a better side and historically play well here, so it looks like an away win for them to stretch unbeaten streak away from home to four games.

Sol de América – Tacuary  -1ah sol @ 2,0

Sol de América could be missing topscorer José Ortigoza, other than that they have a clean bill of health with striker Lorenzo Frutos back from long-term injury and likely to resume his partnership with Enzo Prono up front. Before the break Sol were on a good run having recorded three consecutive wins. Tacuary needed this break more than any team, just eight points from their first 16 games this it is hard to understand what has happened to the team that qualified for the Copa Sudamericana last year. When these two met earlier in the year Sol won 6-2 having raced to a four-goal lead in twenty minutes, it won’t be as easy this time but they will win.

Guatemala – USA  2 @ 1,6

Guatemala has most their players from own league. out are star players Ruiz (in Mexico 2nd league, was before in LA Galaxy), papa (Chicago Fire), Minor López (La Serena, chile) and Alejandro Galindo (Santa Fe, Colombia but not playing there). Romero is there with 37 years so what than expect against full United States (only Torres out). Also before game with Jamaica some star players are suspended by association because unprofesional behavior: Cabrera (df 104/2), Ramirez (106/16), Thompson (90/3) and Garcia (73/23)

Ricardo Jerez, Elias Enoc Vásquez, Carlos Gallardo, Luis Rodríguez, Erwin Morales, Carlos Figueroa, Wilfred Velásquez, José Manuel Contreras, Marvin Avila, Mario Rodríguez y Carlos Ruiz.

Estados Unidos:
Tim Howard, Steven Cherundolo , Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Onyewu/Cameron, Landon Donovan, Hércules Gómez, y Clint Dempsey/Josy Altidore

Vitoria – Guarani  

Vitoria miss: Nino (df 0/0, 4/0 in baiano league before season -22 rounds), Romario (df 0/0, 11/0 in baiano), leo (df 2/0, 17/2 in baiano) and Mansur (df 3/0, 8/0 in baiano). Back are Eduardo Ramos (mf 3/0, new signing) and Dieni (att 3/2, 14/3 in baiano)

Guarani miss: Neto (df 0/0, 18/1 in paulista league -19 rounds), Bruno Peres (df 3/0, 17/0 in paulista), Oziel (df 0/0, 18/2 in paulista), Fabricio (mf 0/0, 1/0 paulista), Fumagalli (mf 0/0, 20/9 paulista), Wellington Monteiro (mf 0/0, 16/1 paulista), and Clebinho (att 5/1, new signing). Domingos (df 2/0, 17/2 paulista) is doubtful

Canada – Honduras 1x / 1


Salvador – Mexico  2 / -1ah mexico