Club Nacional (Paraguay)

Football club infobox
current = Torneo Clausura 2008 (Paraguay)#Positions
clubname = Club Nacional


fullname = Club Nacional
nickname = "La Academia", "Tricolor"
founded = June 5, 1904
ground = Estadio Arsenio Erico
capacity = 5,100 | chairman = flagicon|Paraguay Robert Harrison
manager = flagicon|Switzerland flagicon|Argentina Daniel Raschle
league = Liga Paraguaya
season = Apertura 2008
position = 2nd
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Club Nacional is a Paraguayan football (soccer) team, based in the neighbourhood of Barrio Obrero in Asunción, founded in 1904.

History

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 "Nacional" from 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 six 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.

Honours

*
**Winners (6): 1909, 1911, 1924, 1926, 1942, 1946
*
**Winners (3): 1979, 1989, 2003

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

*Copa Libertadores: 3 appearances::Best: First Round in 1983, 1986

Former players

Players on the list are sorted by era

*Flagicon|Paraguay Arsenio Erico ("El Saltarín Rojo")
*Flagicon|Paraguay Manuel Fleitas Solich ("El Brujo")
*Flagicon|Paraguay Heriberto Herrera ("El Sargento de Hierro")
*Flagicon|Paraguay Cecilio Martínez
*Flagicon|Paraguay Florencio Amarilla
*Flagicon|Argentina Flagicon|Paraguay Roberto Miguel Acuña ("El Toro")
*Flagicon|Paraguay Édgar Denis ("La Araña")
*Flagicon|Paraguay Óscar Cardozo ("Tacuara")
*Flagicon|Paraguay Cristian Bogado

Current squad

"As of Jul 24, 2008"

External links

* [http://www.nacionalquerido.com/ Club Nacional de Paraguay Official Site]


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