World Cup Preview: Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo June 04, 2010 *PARAGUAY* *Nickname*: La Albirroja *World Cups*: 8 (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) *Championships*: 0 *Runner-up*: 0 *Third*: 0 *How it qualified*: The Paraguayans finished third in the 10-team CONMEBOL region. The squad went 10-3-5 to finish with 33 points and lost the tiebreaker to Chile on goal differential, 10-8. Paraguay’s 10 wins tied Chile, and its 16 goals allowed were the second fewest in CONMEBOL, behind Brazil’s 11. *Coach*: Gerardo Martino *Projected starting lineup:* *Goalie*: Justo Villar *Defense*: Darío Verón; Julio César Cáceres; Paulo Da Silva; Aureliano Torres *Midfield*: Jonathan Santana; Edgar Barreto; Víctor Cáceres; Christian Riveros *Forward*: Roque Santa Cruz; Nelson Haedo *Pool Play*: Paraguay, which is ranked 30th in the world by FIFA, is in Group F with fifth-ranked Italy, 38th-ranked Slovakia and 78th-ranked New Zealand. *Schedule*: June 14 vs. Italy at Cape Town Stadium; June 20 vs. Slovakia at Mangaung/Bloemfontein’s Free State; June 24 vs. New Zealand at Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba *Did you know?* Paraguay is one of five teams in the Western Hemisphere to have qualified for each of the past four World Cups, joining Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the United States. In CONMEBOL play, Paraguay posted victories over Brazil and Argentina – two of the world’s most illustrious teams. Villar and Torres were members of the country’s squad that earned the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics. In 61 career games with the national team, Santa Cruz’s 20 goals rank second-most in the country’s history. José Saturnino Cardozo scored 25 in 82 games from 1991-2006.last_img

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