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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

Paraguay Apertura 2012: Week 21 Preview

Independiente vs Libertad

Libertad have had an exodus of players at the end of their contracts, Jonathan Santana, Cristian Nasuti, Cristian Menendez, Luciano Civelli, Víctor Cáceres, Carlos Bonet are all out. Jorge Burruchaga has left his post as manager, citing the unfulfilled promise of a meeting with the board to dicuss future plans, which if true is a huge oversight by Libertad’s top brass because they’ve lost an excellent coach. However despite losing big names the gumarelo are full of others eager to take their place, also expect a couple of debuts for young players in a team that will be determined to win to keep earning points in the 2013 Copa Libertadores race.

Luque vs Olimpia

Luque are banned from their home stadium which means the game will be played in the Defensores with thousands of Olimpia fans eager to celebrate the title. The players too will be desperate to wrap things up against a struggling Luque side rather than have the huge pressure of having to beat Cerro Porteño in the clásico at the weekend. Both quality and form suggests El Decano will be strong enough and the champagne will be on ice in Sajonia. There is also big motivation for coach Gerardo Pelusso who is set to be officially unveiled as the new Paraguay national team manager after the tournament ends, he would love to finish with back-to-back titles.

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Home team starting with reserves. Kecskemeti ah 0 @ 2,15 bet365

Colombia, Deportes Tolima – Dep. Cali

Depor Tolima: Julián Hurtado (df 17/2) and Jhon Hurtado (mf 17/0) injured, goalkeeper Antony Silva (gk 18/0) and Arrechea (df 19/1) get red card (coach too). Also, captein Vallejo (df 16/0) and Pascual Guerrero get 5th yellow and suspended for this game. But there are more problems, on training injured Bolívar (mf 20/2) and Preciado (att 12/1)

Fútbol paraguayo, Apertura 2012: Week 20 Preview

Penultimate weekend of the Apertura (with a round of games scheduled for midweek) and a win for Olimpia on Saturday against Sol de América will mean they can secure the title before the superclásico. Carapeguá and Cerro de Franco will be desperate to try and earn more points to help stave of relegation while Luque and Tacuary have also found themselves dragged into the mire.

Nacional vs Independiente
Estadio Arsenio Erico
Prediction: 2-1

Nacional will be smarting from the 5-0 thumping handed out to them by Cerro de Franco on Tuesday, they also face an in form Independiente side who are now unbeaten in seven games following their 1-0 win over Rubio Ñu. However Nacional have usually prevailed against ‘smaller’ sides at home just like they did last weekend against Carapeguá. I think they can overcome Independiente but it will be close.

BEST BET: With the home win by no means a certainty you might want to look into Over 2.5 goals  (1,67) – games involving these sides have averaged 3.05 so far this season only Sol de América (3.2) have seen more goals on average in their matches.

Rubio Ñu vs Luque
Estadio La Arboleda
30/06/2012, 15:00
Prediction: 2-0

Luque preparing to visit Rubio Ñu 

Rubio Ñu are playing so badly they couldn’t even give their new manager, Blas Cristaldo, a win last week. Luque too are in disarray, increased fan violence (a knife was thrown onto the pitch) has seen them banned from their home stadium for the two fixtures after this game and the hooligan element sent a death threat to the head of referee’s this week. On the field Luque just aren’t scoring, only hapless Tacuary have less goals, and with defenders Ronald Huth and Claudio Vargas suspended it tips the scales in favour of the albiverde.

Sol de América vs Olimpia

Estadio Defensores del Chaco
30/06/2012, 17:30
Prediction: 1-2

L-R José Ortigoza, Enzo Prono, Lorenzo Frutos – the league’s highest scorers Sol de América 

Sol de América are the form side in the league and have the division’s most profitable partnership in José Ortigoza and Enzo Prono (21 goals between them) and they always give Olimpia a good game. However, they usually give them a good game then lose as has been the case in the previous five meetings. El Decano on the other hand can smell the title, their front three are playing very well and will be hugely motivated by the possibility to wrap up the title this weekend (if they win and Cerro lose). I can only see the nominal away side (game being played in national stadium in front of Olimpia fans) winning this.

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The political crisis in Paraguay meant Week 19′s games were moved from the weekend to Tuesday and Wednesday presuambly to avoid any crowd trouble. The major game’s are of course those at the top of the table, Cerro Porteño take on whipping boys Tacuary while Olimpia and Guaraní meet in the clásico añejo the oldest rivalry in Paraguayan football.

Cerro Porteno – Tacuary

Huge quality difference here. Cerro porteno fight for for title, fights to won apertura. They loose last game against good Libertad but played really good, if they played half like that they will beat Tacuary easly. he only big miss is Diego Barreto, the goalkeeper is still suffering dizziness after colliding with the upright against Nacional, Pablo Gavilán will continue and was a bit uncertain at times.

On the other side convincingly worst team in league, won just one game in 18 rounds and, scored just 12 goals, week defence, poor away (just 2 points). I bet last round on Olimpia (against them) and made big suprise, they took them points (0-0). Man of the match was their goalkeeper. Cerro has good attack and i belive Tacuary can twice in a row suprise. 

-1,5ah cerro @ 1,8 12bet

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