Paraguay Division Profesional

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Date R Home vs Away -
08/14 22:30 6 [11] Guarani Asuncion vs Nacional Asuncion [4] 1-1
08/14 19:30 6 [5] Olimpia Asuncion vs Cerro Porteno [1] 2-0
08/13 23:00 6 [6] Guairena FC vs 12 De Octubre Itaugua [12] 2-1
08/13 20:30 6 [3] Libertad Asuncion vs Sol de America [9] 4-1
08/07 22:30 5 [6] Olimpia Asuncion vs Sportivo Ameliano [7] 2-0
08/07 20:00 5 [12] Sol de America vs Guarani Asuncion [10] 1-0
08/06 23:15 5 [1] Cerro Porteno vs Nacional Asuncion [2] 0-0
08/06 21:00 5 [11] 12 De Octubre Itaugua vs Libertad Asuncion [5] 1-3
08/05 23:15 5 [4] General Caballero JLM vs Tacuary [10] 0-4
08/05 21:00 5 [7] Resistencia FC vs Guairena FC [8] 1-2
07/31 22:30 4 [9] Guarani Asuncion vs 12 De Octubre Itaugua [12] 0-1
07/31 20:00 4 [10] Libertad Asuncion vs Resistencia FC [6] 4-0

The División Profesional de la Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol (locally [diβiˈsjom pɾofesjoˈnal de la asosjaˈsjom paɾaˈɣwaʝa ðe ˈfuðβol]; "Professional Division of the Paraguayan Football Association"), also known as the Primera División (IPA: [pɾiˈmeɾa ðiβiˈsjon]; "first division"), or due to sponsorship reasons Copa de Primera TIGO-Visión Banco, is the top-flight professional football league in Paraguay. Currently, there are 12 teams in the first division.

The most successful club is Olimpia, with 45 championships. The most recent champions are Libertad, having won the 2022 Apertura tournament. IFFHS ranked the league as the ninth strongest in the world in 2012, and the eleventh strongest in the world in 2013. In 2017, the Primera División returned to 9th position in the world and the 4th from South America, after Brazil (3rd), Colombia (6th) and Argentina (7th).

History

Liga Paraguaya's first game was played in 1906, after the director of the El Diario newspaper, Don Adolfo Riquelme, brought to his office on 18 June 1906, the representatives of the five existing football teams in Paraguay at that time (Olimpia, Guaraní, Libertad, General Díaz, and Nacional) to create the governing body of football in Paraguay: the Liga Paraguaya de Fútbol (known today as Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol). The representatives were William Paats and Junio Godoy (Olimpia) Ramón Caballero, Manuel Bella and Salvador Melián (Guaraní), Juan Escalada (Libertad), César Urdapilleta (General Díaz), and Vicente Gadea (Nacional). The Liga Paraguaya saw Club Guaraní as the first champion in 1906, after defeating Olimpia in the final.

The Primera División was founded in 1906 with 5 teams, and turned professional in 1935 when 10 clubs broke away from the amateur leagues to form a professional league. Since 1996 the format of tournament was changed to Torneo Apertura and Clausura, but since 2008 each tournament is independent.

Traditionally, the dominance of Olimpia and Cerro Porteño went mostly unchallenged for decades. All of this changed at the turn of the 21st century. Since then, Libertad has been the most dominant club, while Nacional and Guarani have also experienced success at the local level.