Club Atlético Cerro, usually known simply as Cerro, is an Uruguayan football club based in Montevideo that currently plays in the Uruguayan Segunda División. Founded in 1922, the club plays its home games at Estadio Luis Tróccoli.
|Full name||Club Atlético Cerro|
|Nickname(s)||Villeros, Albicelestes, Cerrense|
|Founded||December 1, 1922|
|Ground||Estadio Luis Tróccoli,|
|2019||Primera División, 15th|
The club was founded on 1 December 1922. The Uruguayan Segunda División was founded in 1942, and Cerro was one of its founders. It spent five years there, and was promoted to the Primera División in 1947, where it stayed for 50 consecutive years until 1997, when the club was deducted points due to an incident with Nacional fans.
Cerro was considered as Uruguay's third biggest club in the 1960s, because they finished third in the league in 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968.
By defeating Defensor Sporting in a league play-off in December 1994, Cerro qualified for the 1995 Copa Libertadores. The Estadio Luis Tróccoli was renovated to meet the regulations, including the construction of four lighting poles. Cerro had one victory in the campaign, defeating Argentine club Independiente 1–0 at home, and finished last in the group stage.
After winning the 2009 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores, Cerro qualified for their second Copa Libertadores in their history: the 2010 Copa Libertadores. At home they played in the Estadio Centenario and the Estadio Atilio Paiva Olivera. The club finished third in their group, with 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses.
The following year, the club participated in the 2018 Copa Sudamericana, its first ever Copa Sudamericana appearance. Cerro began the tournament by beating Peruvian club Sport Rosario 0–2 on aggregate in the first stage. It was eliminated in the second stage by Brazilian club Bahia 3–1 on aggregate (2–0 and 1–1).
Imported to USAEdit
Cerro was one of the clubs imported to the United Soccer Association, a former professional soccer league featuring teams from the United States and Canada; the club played as the New York Skyliners. The league survived only one season (1967). All the teams in the league were imported from Europe and South America.
Other Official Domestic HonoursEdit
- Tercera Extra: 1 (1923)
- División Intermedia: 1 (1924)
- Copa Montevideo: 1 (1985)
- Torneo Presentación: 1 (1988)
- Campeonato Integración: 1 (1993)
- Torneo Apertura de Segunda División: 1 (2006)
- Liguilla Pre-Libertadores: 1 (2009)
Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit
- Copa Libertadores: 3 appearances
- 1995: First Round
- 2010: Second Round
- 2017: Qualifying stages
- Copa Sudamericana: 2 appearances
- 2018: Second Stage
- 2019: Second Stage
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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