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Paraguay make this their 5th World Cup finals, but have only made it to the last 16 in Mexico 86; where they lost to England.

None of their players are in the big money teams of Europe, although Benitez and Ramirez could be two to watch.

Paraguay the country.

Official Squad:


1 Jose Luis CHILAVERT (Velez Sarsfield)
22 Ruben Ruiz DIAZ (Monterrey)
12 Danilo ACEVAL (Union Santa Fe)


11 Pedro SARABIA (River Plate)
5 Celso AYALA (River Plate)
3 Catalino RIVAROLA (Gremio Porto Alegre)
2 Francisco ARCE (Palmerias)
14 Ricardo ROJAS (Estudiante)
20 Denis CANIZA (Olimpia)
4 Carlos GAMARRA (Corinthians)


16 Julio Cesar ENCISO (Inter de Porto Alegre)
10 Roberto ACUNA (Real Saragosse)
6 Edgar AGUILERA (Cerro Cora)
19 Carlos MORALES (Gimnasia de Jujuy)
13 Carlos PAREDES (Olimpia)


15 Miguel BENITEZ (Espanol de Barcelona)
7 Julio Cesar YEGROS (Cruz Azul)
21 Jorge CAMPOS (Beijin Guoan)
9 Jose CARDOZO (Toluca)
8 Aristides ROJAS (Union Santa Fe)
18 Cesar RAMIREZ (Sporting Lisbon)
17 Hugo BRIZUELA (Arg. Juniors)

Coached by Cesar CARPEGIANI

First Round

June 12th vs. Bulgaria

June 19th vs. Spain

June 24th vs. Nigeria

2nd Round
24th June vs. France
(0-1 aet)

Match Reports.

Group Tables.

Paraguay plugged the holes at the back for their first two 0-0 draws and then beat a Nigerian reserve side in their last game to claim second spot in the group, ahead of Spain, and a shot at the hosts.

They almost took France to the penalty shoot-out, where Chilavert would have felt confident, only to go out to a strike from Laurent Blanc in the 113rd minute of the second round. Excellent defending from the Paraguayans.

Paraguay Links.