General Caballero Sport Club

Country: Paraguay                          City: Asuncion

Founded: September 6, 1918       Colors: Red and white

Stadium: Estadio Hugo Bogodano Vaceque  Web: General Caballero FB

This club, who’s full name is General Caballero Sports Club de Zeballos Cue, seems to have spent most of their time in Paraguay’s 2nd division. As a matter of fact, they have 6 2nd Division titles. They were promoted in 2015 to the 1st division, so we’ll keep an eye on them to see how things go. Salvador Cabananas may or may not have briefly played for them in 2013.

We assume that they were named after Bernardino Caballero de Anasco y Melgarejo, who was the president of Paraguay from 1881-1886. Caballero fought in the War of the Triple Alliance and is considered a war hero in Paraguay. He was captured by the Brazilian forces during the war. During his capture, he became quite friendly with the enemy and he was able to use these ties later in his political career. He became president in 1880 after a military coup.

He is considered a national hero in Paraguay. He fathered around 90 children and you can still find many of his descendants in Paraguay today.

The Anthem:

 

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Club 12 de Octubre

 

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Country: Paraguay    City: Itauguá

Founded: August 14, 1914       Colors: Blue, White

Stadium: Estadio Juan Canuto Pettengill   Web: Club 12 de Octubre

 

Club 12 de Octubre currently plays in the Paraguayan Division Intermedia. Although the team has been around for a little over one hundred years, most of their time was spent outside of the Primera Division. In 1997, Club 12 de Octubre was promoted to the Primera Division and they won the Clausura title in 2002. They lost the final to the Apertura champion, Libertad. Club 12 de Octubre have been in two Copa Libertadores, but they ever made it out of the first round.

The most famous player for Club 12 de Octubre is Salvador Cabañas. He started his career at Club 12 de Octubre in 1998. He moved on to various teams and reached the height of his career at Club América. In January 2010, Cabañas was shot in the head in Mexico City by a member of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel. After two years of recovery, Cabañas signed with Club 12 de Octubre. He played his first game since the shooting on April 14, 2012 against Martin Ledesma.

October 12 is significant because it’s the day Paraguay declared it’s independence from Argentina, Spain, and Portugal. On October 12, 1811, the Friendship, Assistance and Trade agreement was signed with the envoy from Buenos Aires, General Belgrano. There are other sites that give a different date for Paraguayan independence, but this site endorses the October 12, 1811 date.

October 12, 1492 is the date that Christopher Columbus reached the new world, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the reason for naming this team.

 

 

 

Club Atletico 3 de Febrero

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Country: Paraguay    City: Ciudad del Este

Founded: November 20, 1970         Colors: Red

Stadium: Estadio Antonio Oddone Sarubbi    Web: 3 de Febrero

This team, known as Los Rojos, has spent time in various divisions in Paraguay, including 8 seasons in the First Division. They are named in honor of the day that their city, Ciudad del Este, was founded in 1957. The name also honors San Blas, or Saint Blaise, the patron saint of Ciudad del Este.

Ciudad del Este is the 2nd largest city in Paraguay. Located on the tri-border area with Brazil and Argentina, it’s a tax-free commercial center which is know as the contraband capital of South America.

San Blas was a physician from modern day Armenia who is the Patron Saint of wool combers and throat illnesses. In 316, He was beaten and beheaded on orders from Emperor Licinius.

Club Sportivo 2 de Mayo

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Country: Paraguay                              City: Pedro Juan Caballero
Founded: December 6, 1935              Colors: Blue and White
Stadium: Monumental Rio Parapiti       Web: facebook.com/dosdemayo

This club, nicknamed “El Gallo Norteno”, currently plays in the Paraguayan second division. According to our sources, they were formed in 1935 when Paraguayan soldiers from Infantry Regiment No.1, 2 de Mayo (the date is part of the regiment’s name) returned after fighting in the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia.  The club was created as a homage to those brave soldiers and the infantry regiment they served in.

Now – a bit about the Chaco War. This war lasted from 1932 – 1935 and was fought over control of The Chaco Boreal, or the Grand Chaco and the oil that was thought to be there. The territory nominally belonged to Bolivia but was inhabited by Gaurani speaking people with loyalties towards Paraguay. In reality, the Chaco was an extremely arid, inhospitable land, and the war was called “The War of the Thirst.” These were two of the poorest countries at the time fighting one of the bloodiest wars to happen on the continent with very high casualties on both sides. Although Bolivia had more resources, Paraguay is generally seen to be the victor, claiming two-thirds of the disputed territory in the end.

Club Sportivo 2 de Mayo Anthem:
“Blanco y azul, blanco y azul
Son los colores que defiende nuestro club
Igual no hay, igual no hay
En La Republica heroica del Paraguay”

Here’s a decent video of 2 de Mayo against Olimpia:

General Diaz

Country: Paraguay        City: Luque          Founded: November 22, 1917

Colors: Black and White            Stadium: Estadio General Adrian Jara

Web: www.generaldiaz.com

We assume that this club is named after Jose Eduvigis Diaz, a Paraguayan General who fought in the War of the Triple Alliance against the allied countries of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. He was born in 1833 and after joining the armed forces, rapidly ascended through the ranks. He is most famous for commanding the Paraguayan forces in the Battle of Curupayty in 1866, where the enemy forces suffered a humiliating defeat. A few months later, he was seriously wounded while fishing in a canoe and had to have his leg amputated. He passed away shortly thereafter in 1867. He is featured on the 100 Guarani coin and is considered a military hero in Paraguay.

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