So in reading DiscoveringParaguay.com, I realize that I'm gonna need to pick a team, if I'm to fit in.
Given that I'm a Libertarian, and see the move to Paraguay as a boost in our family's level of freedom (pay raise, less taxes etc.)... I'm thinking that I might be gravitating towards becoming a Club Libertad fan. They have cool black and white jerseys that look like referees, and they play in a smaller stadium. If anyone is familiar with the German Bundesliga, they kind of remind me of St Pauli (if the YouTube clips are any help).
I'd love to hear who your favourite teams are, and why...
As well, I'm sure each of the teams has an identity... or else what are each team's supporters like?
I'm always fascinated with the local sports culture when I travel.
Personally I am a Cerro Porteņo fan. Mostly this is because we were San Lorenzo fans in Argentina (and that is because a family member beat the Boca fans in the family to the punch and gave us San Lorenzo jerseys).
Donīt let fear of hooliganism keep you from watching a live match! Soccer games are usually safe to go to if you take the proper precautions. Donīt sit in the "barra brava" sections - the cheap section behind the goal - that is where the hard core fans/potential hooligans sit. If you pay for more expensive seat you should be fine. Donīt bring in fancy cameras or other types of equipment that might be pickpocketed. And if you want to remain neutral then donīt wear a jersey unless you are sure you are seated in the corresponding teamīs side of the stadium. Generally "super clásicos" as the games between big rivals Cerro and Olimpia are named, have the most potential for hooliganism. My suggestion is to head to the stadium accompanied by Paraguayan friends for your first couple of games.