Paraguay – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Gerado Martino
Captain: Denis Caniza
FIFA World Ranking: 23
World Cup appearances: 7
Best World Cup: Round 2; 1986, 1998 & 2002
Paraguay Team Profile
The Paraguayans head into South Africa in high spirits after recording their best ever performance in qualifying, finishing third in the South American zone, just a point shy of Brazil who, of course, finished as South American’s best nation once again. However, the sheer fact that Paraguay were in close proximity to Brazil the entire length of qualifying, even leading the way at one stage. Earlier victories over Brazil and Argentina will enable the entire Paraguay team to take plenty of heart in the fact that on their day they can beat the world’s best teams. The only real question is; can they bring the goods when the pressure is really on, when millions upon millions are watching their every move?
This will be Paraguay’s eighth time out in the finals of a World Cup, their fourth in succession proving in itself that Paraguay are an ever improving nation, growing more and more consistent with each year. The have, however, never made it past the Round of 16 stage of any previous World Cup they’ve entered into while they fell at just the group stage in Germany 2006. After claiming the scalps of both Brazil and Argentina during qualifying, they’ll be right to fancy their chances of an improved bid at the fourth time of asking.
Paraguay Key Players
We were devastated to hear that one of Paraguay’s best players, Salvador Cabanas, was nearly murdered and required surgery to save his life. He won’t play any part in South Africa but any progression Paraguay make will surely be dedicated to Cabanas.
In a campaign where Paraguay remained solid throughout, we’ve actually pinpointed their forwards as their key players in South Africa, with a host of well-known forwards originating from Paraguay and looking to do their country proud in the summer.
The first of them despite not featuring for Paraguay during qualifying, is Roque Santa Cruz, who after several successful spells in the Premiership is a must on the Paraguay team sheet. Roque has scored 20 goals in 66 caps for his country and, providing he’s fit in the summer, will be eager to bolster his scoring credentials in South Africa.
Followed closely behind the Man City forward is two players who deputised admirably in the wake of Cabanas tragic accident and Santa Cruz’s host of injuries, Nelson Valdez and Oscar Cardozo. The pair play their football abroad, with Valdez playing for German side Borussia Dortmund and Cardozo enjoying a very good season with Portuguese giants Benfica. The two players are remarkably strong and know how to find the goal. Granted they don’t have the most prolific of goalscoring records for their country, but these two are genuinely quality players and will be a big threat for Paraguay in the final third of the pitch.
Paraguay are a very solid unit. They have players strong in physical stature and they aren’t afraid to hustle. Their organisation whenever they didn’t have possession of the ball was outstanding during their qualifying games, as they get men behind the ball at all times and close the opposing player in possession down almost immediately. They do work very hard throughout and they could be a tough side to break down.
The lack of depth within the Paraguay set up is a big concern especially now that Salvador Cabanas won’t play a part in the finals and Roque Santa Cruz’s persistent injuries are holding him back from making any real impact. Nelson Valdez and Oscar Cardozo are more than worthy replacements, but were one of those to receive a knock in South Africa, Paraguay would be left wafer thing in the striking department. However, if they can somehow keep their players fit, they could go far, or at least further than they’ve gone before – Round of 16.
Paraguay Qualification for the World Cup
Sector: South American
Goals Scored: 24
Goals Conceded: 16
Paraguay were mighty impressive during qualifying and earned many plaudits for their hard work, endeavour and sensational results over some of South American’s giants; beating both Brazil (2-0) & Argentina (1-0) in Paraguay. They also enjoyed a stint at the top of the South American table before stepping off the gas when they neared the finish line as qualification looked assured.
World Cup Potential: 3/5
Paraguay aren’t a bad little nation these days, with players now making a name for themselves all across Europe, with some even winning some silverware with some of Europe’s biggest clubs. However, their record at finals isn’t great – never reached the quarter-finals and exiting at the group stage in 2006. Injuries have also kept their star man out of action throughout qualifying, although the fact they coped remarkably well without Roque Santa Cruz leading the line bodes very well for their chances. They have already beaten both Argentina and Brazil on route to the finals, and if they can keep Santa Cruz in good shape during the course of the tournament, chances are they could very well record a personal best in South Africa with at least a quarter-final finish.
Paraguay World Cup Betting Odds
Paraguay to win the World Cup (Outright): 50/1 Expekt
Before the World Cup the odds on Paraguay were 80/1
Official Paraguay World Cup Squad
Aldo Bobadilla (Independiente de Medellín)
Justo Villar (Valladolid)
Diego Barreto (Cerro Porteño)
Aureliano Torres (San Lorenzo)
Antolín Alcáraz (Bruges)
Darío Verón (Pumas)
Claudio Morel (Boca Juniors)
Julio Cáceres (Atlético Mineiro)
Paulo da Silva (Sunderland)
Carlos Bonet (Olimpia)
Denis Caniza (León)
Néstor Ezequiel Ortigoza (Argentinos Juniors)
Jonathan Santana (Wolfsburg)
Cristian Riveros (Cruz Azul)
Edgar Barreto (Atalanta)
Victor Cáceres (Libertad)
Enrique Vera (Liga Deportiva)
Óscar Cardozo (Benfica)
Edgar Benítez (Pachuca)
Nelson Valdez (Borussia Dortmund)
Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund)
Rodolfo Gamarra (Libertad)
Roque Santa Cruz (Manchester City)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Paraguay Fixtures – Group F
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|14/06 - 19.30||F||Italy - Paraguay||1-1|
|15/06 - 12.30||F||New Zealand - Slovakia||1-1|
|20/06 - 12.30||F||Slovakia - Paraguay||0-2|
|20/06 - 15.00||F||Italy - New Zealand||1-1|
|24/06 - 15.00||F||Slovakia - Italy||3-2|
|24/06 - 15.00||F||Paraguay - New Zealand||0-0|
29/06 – 15.00 – Round of the last 16: Paraguay – Japan: 5-3 pen.
03/07 – 19.30 – Quarter Finals: Paraguay – Spain
World Cup 2010 Group F - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Paraguay||3 Matches / 5 Points|
|2||Slovakia||3 Matches / 4 Points|
|3||New Zealand||3 Matches / 3 Points|
|4||Italy||3 Matches / 2 Points|
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