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Bella Vista

Bella Vista is a football (soccer) club from Uruguay.

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Club Atlético Bella Vista, usually known simply as Bella Vista is an Uruguayan football (soccer) club based in Montevideo.


On October 4, 1920, Club Atlético Bella Vista was founded.

In 1981, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores. The club played in the same group as C.A. Peñarol, of Uruguay, and Estudiantes de Mérida and Portuguesa de Acarigua, of Venezuela. The club was eliminated in the first stage of the competition. In 1985, the club competed in the Copa Libertadores again. Bella Vista was in the same group of Peñarol, and two Chilean clubs, Colo-Colo and Magallanes (football club), but were again eliminated at the first stage.

In 1990, Bella Vista won the Uruguayan league, and gained the right to enter the following year's Copa Libertadores. In the following year, in 1991, the club competed the Copa Libertadores, and was in the same group as Club Nacional de Football, of Uruguay, and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, of Brazil. The club finished in the last place of the group. In 1993's Copa Libertadores, Bella Vista was in the same group as Nacional, of Uruguay, and Club Deportivo El Nacional and Barcelona Sporting Club, of Ecuador. After a poor campaign, the club was again eliminated in the first stage. In 1999, the club, after an absence of six years, returned to Copa Libertadores. Bella Vista was in a group containing Nacional, of Uruguay, Estudiantes de Mérida, of Venezuela, and Club de Fútbol Monterrey, of Mexico. The club finished in third in the first stage, and qualified to the second stage, where they defeated Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, of Chile. However, in the quarterfinals, Bella Vista was eliminated by Deportivo Cali, of Colombia. It was the club's best campaign ever in the Copa Libertadores.

In 2000, Bella Vista competed again in the Copa Libertadores, and was grouped alongside Bolivians Club Bolívar, Clube Atlético Mineiro, of Brazil, and Cobreloa, of Chile. The club was eliminated in the first stage of the competition.

In 2011, the club competed in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana in which they were eliminated on the First Round by Club Deportivo Universidad Católica


- Primera División Uruguaya: 1

- Segunda División Uruguay: 5

- Tercera División Uruguay: 2

Performance in CONMEBOL competitions

- Copa Libertadores: 6 appearances

- Copa Sudamericana: 1 appearances

- Recopa Sudamericana: 0 appearances


The club plays their home matches at Estadio José Nasazzi, with a maximum capacity of 15,000 people.


Jersey origin controversy

The Bella Vista jersey represents the Flag of the Vatican City, half yellow and half white. This is why the club is nicknamed the "papales",the ones who follow the papal, el papado, the Vatican City authority.

Some versions say the origin can be different. Due to the divided fanaticism between C.A. Peñarol and Club Nacional de Football of the club's former authorities, they decided the jersey to have the predominant colors of the two Uruguayan big clubs. Note that this is exactly what Arsenal de Sarandí from Argentina did when designing its jersey, light blue and red, due to the authorities of the club being Club Atlético Independiente and Racing Club de Avellaneda supporters.

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