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César Iván BENÍTEZ


César Iván Benítez, centre, and Iván Piris challenge Leston Paul of

Trinidad & Tobago in an under-20 World Cup group game from 2009.

Name: César Iván BENÍTEZ

Nationality: Paraguayan

Club: Cerro Porteño (Paraguay)

Age: 20

Position: CB/RB

Full International caps: 3

SM rating: 75

Predicted rating: 82/3

César Iván BENÍTEZ is a young Paraguayan defender, playing in his home country for Cerro Porteño, the most popular and second most successful team in the country. The young defender has only recently broken into the first team, and yet he has already been capped by his country 3 times.

Early Career

Benítez was already known to be a hot prospect before really making his mark on the first team at Cerro. He played all 4 of Paraguay’s games at the under-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009 as his team progressed undefeated through the group stage before losing to South Korea in the last 16. He impressed enough to make his debut for the senior squad a month later in a friendly against Chile, before having made any real impact on the first team at his club. He has since played 2 further times for the senior Paraguay team, appearing as a substitute in the friendlies against Australia and New Zealand earlier this month.

Breakthrough campaign: 2010 Clausura

This year’s Clausura has seen Benítez move on from being merely a player with potential to one trusted as a starter for one of the biggest clubs in the country. He has made 14 appearances in the league, all as a starter, and made his Copa Sudamericana debut. Cerro, currently 2nd in the league, have been relatively solid in defence, conceding 14 goals in 17 games, an improvement on their Apertura record.


Now established in the first team of one of his country’s biggest clubs, Benítez has a bright future ahead of him. Along with Iván Piris, Benítez is likely to be a key part of the Cerro defence for a long time unless he moves on to bigger and better things.

Already on the national team radar, the next step for Benítez is to try and force his way into the national team for a competitive game, and at the age of 20 he has plenty of time to do so. With Cerro strong at present, he should have the chance to impress against the best club teams from across the continent on a regular basis.

In terms of the next ratings change, I don’t think 83 is out of the question, though it will depend how long SM take to review Paraguay. They last reviewed it in July, so it could be some time yet. The international appearances, though brief, should provide an extra boost to the rating increase. At Cerro, Benítez will struggle to rise above 86 even in the long term, so any further progress would depend on impressing enough to earn a move abroad.

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