La Albirroja (White and red)
|Association||Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol (APF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Eduardo Berizzo|
|Most caps||Paulo da Silva (150)|
|Top scorer||Roque Santa Cruz (32)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Defensores del Chaco|
|Current|| 36 |
|Highest||8 (March 2001)|
|Lowest||103 (May 1995)|
|Current|| 40 |
|Highest||4 (21 February 1954)|
|Lowest||43 (12 August 1962, 5 March 2014, 31 March 2015)|
(Asunción, Paraguay; 11 May 1919)
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 30 April 1949)
(Hong Kong; 17 November 2010)
(Santiago, Chile; 20 October 1926)
|Appearances||8 (first in 1930 )|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2010|
|Appearances||34 (first in 1921 )|
|Best result||Champions, 1953 and 1979|
The Paraguay national football team is controlled by the Paraguayan Football Association (Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol) and represents Paraguay in men's international football competitions. Paraguay is a member of CONMEBOL. The Albirroja has qualified for eight FIFA World Cup competitions (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010), with their best performance coming in 2010 when they reached the quarter-finals. A regular participant at the Copa América, Paraguay have been crowned champions of the competition on two occasions (in 1953 and 1979). Paraguay's highest FIFA World Rankings was 8th (March 2001) and their lowest was 103 (May 1995). Paraguay was awarded second place with Best Move of the Year in 1996 for their rise in the FIFA Rankings.
The Paraguayan Football Association is the governing body of football in Paraguay. It organizes the Paraguayan football league and the Paraguay national football team, and is based in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción. In 1906, the representatives of the five existing football teams in Paraguay at that time met to create the governing body of football in Paraguay, the Paraguayan Football League. In 1998 its name was changed to its current denomination.
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The South American Football Confederation is the continental governing body of football in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.
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After strong participations in the Copa América tournaments of 1929, 1947 and 1949 (where Paraguay finished in second place), Paraguay was ready for their next World Cup competition.
The twelfth edition of the South American Championship was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 1 to 17, 1929. The 1928 edition was postponed due to the participation of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where Uruguay and Argentina won gold and silver respectively.
The 1947 South American Championship was the 20th South American Championship for national teams, and was organized by CONMEBOL. It marked the first time Ecuador hosted the tournament, which hosted all the matches in Estadio George Capwell in Guayaquil. Argentina won the tournament to obtain their 9th South American title.
The South American Championship 1949 in football was held in, and won by, Brazil. Paraguay finished as runner-up.
The return to the World Cup was in 1950, where Paraguay faced Sweden and Italy in Group 3. Paraguay failed to advance to the next round after a 2–2 draw against Sweden and a 2–0 loss against Italy.
The first big success came in 1953 when Paraguay won the Copa América disputed in Peru. In their road to the championship, Paraguay defeated Chile (3–0), Bolivia (2–1) and Brazil (2–1); and tied against Ecuador (0–0), Peru (2–2) and Uruguay (2–2). Since Paraguay and Brazil were tied in points at the end of the tournament, a final playoff match was played between them, with Paraguay winning the final by 3–2. Key players of the campaign included Ángel Berni, Heriberto Herrera and Rubén Fernández. The coach was Manuel Fleitas Solich.
For the 1958 World Cup, Paraguay surprisingly qualified ahead of Uruguay (beating them 5–0 in the decisive game) with a team that contained a formidable attacking lineup with stars such as Juan Bautista Agüero, José Parodi, Jorge Lino Romero, Cayetano Ré and Florencio Amarilla. In their first game in Sweden, Paraguay were 3–2 up against France in a game they lost 7–3. A 3–2 win over Scotland and a 3–3 draw with Yugoslavia saw Paraguay finish third in their group.
The departure of several of their stars for European football (mainly Spain) resulted in a weakening of Paraguay's football fortunes somewhat, but they were only edged out by Mexico in the 1962 qualifiers.
Paraguay fell short in subsequent World Cup qualifying campaigns, but Copa América success (and that of one of its premier clubs Olimpia in the Copa Libertadores) in 1979 shored up Paraguay as a solid player on the continent.
The 1979 Copa América was won by Paraguay after finishing first in Group C (which had Uruguay and Ecuador as well) with two wins and two draws. In the semi-finals, Paraguay defeated Brazil by an aggregate score of 4–3. In the finals, Paraguay defeated Chile by an aggregate score of 3–1 to claim its second continental crown. Players such as Romerito, Carlos Alberto Kiese, Alicio Solalinde, Roberto Paredes, Hugo Ricardo Talavera and Eugenio Morel where an important part of the team, coached by Ranulfo Miranda.
Paraguay ended a 28-year absence from the World Cup in 1986 with a team starring Roberto Fernández in goal; Cesar Zabala, Rogelio Delgado and Juan Bautista Torales in defence; Jorge Amado Nunes and Vladimiro Schettina in midfield; midfield playmaker Romerito and strikers Roberto Cabañas, Ramón Ángel María Hicks and Rolando Chilavert (the older brother of José Luis Chilavert). In first round matches, Paraguay defeated Iraq (1–0, goal scored by Romerito) and then tied Mexico (1–1, goal scored by Romerito) and Belgium (2–2, both goals scored by Roberto Cabañas). They reached the second round where they were beaten 3–0 by England.
A drought followed once again, as Paraguay failed to reach the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.
In 1992, Paraguay won the South American Pre-Olympic tournament, which guaranteed a spot in the 1992 Summer Olympics football competition. In the Olympics, Paraguay finished second in its group and were eliminated by Ghana in the quarter-finals.The most important aspect of that Paraguay team was the emergence of new young players like Carlos Gamarra, Celso Ayala, José Luis Chilavert, Francisco Arce and José Cardozo, which became part of the "golden generation" that led Paraguay to three-straight World Cups and good performances in continental competitions, establishing Paraguay as one of the top teams in South America alongside Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Paraguay concluded the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup in second position, one point below Argentina.
The Albirroja returned to the FIFA World Cup final stages for the first time since 1986, coached by the Brazilian Paulo César Carpegiani. The squad featured experienced players. Paraguay were drawn into Group D, alongside Bulgaria; Nigeria; and also Spain.
On 12 June, Paraguay would face Bulgaria were the match would end in a 0–0 draw. On 19 June, Paraguay faced Spain as the two sides drew 0–0.Paraguay were then scheduled to face Nigeria in their last group stage fixture on 24 June. Nigeria were already through to the next round after winning their first two group-stage matches. The match concluded 3–1 in favour of Paraguay as they finished in second position of the table with five points, and they advanced to the Round of 16 to face hosts France.
On 28 June, France and Paraguay met. France were without their number #10 Zinedine Zidane, and were held 0–0 by Paraguay for 90 minutes. In the 114th minute of extra-time, Laurent Blanc scored for France, eliminating Paraguay via the golden goal rule.Defender Carlos Gamarra and goalkeeper and captain José Luís Chilavert were selected as part of the 1998 All-Star Team.
Paraguay were hosts of the 1999 Copa América, played in four cities throughout the country. Head coach Ever Hugo Almeida selected an experienced squad, with the majority of the players having been present at the 1998 World Cup. Grouped with Bolivia, Japan and Peru, the Albirroja played their first match of the competition, drawing 0–0 against Bolivia. On 2 July, Paraguay faced Japan and sealed a 4–0 victory. In Paraguay's third and last group-stage fixture against Peru, Paraguay won 1–0. The Albirroja topped the group with seven points. Paraguay were drawn against Uruguay at the quarter-final stage. The match was decided via a penalty shootout, which saw Paraguay defeated 5–3. Following the conclusion of the competition, striker Roque Santa Cruz was awarded with the 1999 Paraguayan Footballer of the Year award.
In the 2001 Copa America, head coach Sergio Markarián selected a squad of mostly domestic based players. Paraguay were drawn against Peru, Mexico and Brazil. In their opening fixture on 12 July, the fixture ended 3–3. On 15 July, Paraguay drew 0–0 with Mexico in their second group stage fixture. Paraguay then faced Brazil on 18 July in their last group stage fixture. Brazil won 3–1 and eliminated Paraguay, who had obtained just two points at the competition.
Paraguay commenced began its 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign in March 2000, suffering a 2–0 away defeat against Peru. One month later, they defeated Uruguay 1–0. On 3 June 2000, Paraguay secured a 3–1 home victory against Ecuador, before Paraguay were defeated 3–1 away against Chile. On 18 July 2000, Paraguay earned a 2–1 home victory against Brazil. Paraguay then drew the next two fixtures. Paraguay then earned four consecutive wins — against Venezuela, Colombia (2–0), Peru (5–1), and Uruguay (1–0) — to move into second position in qualifying.
Paraguay fell 2–1 away against Ecuador. Paraguay defeated Chile 1–0. Paraguay were defeated 2–0 away against Brazil. Paraguay defeated Bolivia 5–1 at home. One month later Paraguay drew Argentina 2–2. Paraguay maintained second position in the table. Paraguay were then defeated 3–1 away against Venezuela and 4–0 against Colombia. Paraguay finished in fourth position after Round 18, with 30 points, qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Both José Saturnino Cardozo and Carlos Humberto Paredes were in the top 10 leading goal scorers of the qualifiers.[ citation needed ] Cardozo ranking fifth, with six goals in fourteen matches, and Paredes ranking tenth, having scored five goals in sixteen matches.[ citation needed ]
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Paraguay came into the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with most of their players from France 98, as José Luís Chilavert would captain the Albirroja at the tournament. Cesare Maldini's appointing as coach in January 2002 had caused controversy as domestic managers were overlooked (prompting the managers union to try to unsuccessfully expel him for immigration breaches).
Paraguay were drawn into Group B with Spain, South Africa and Slovenia. The Albirroja would face South Africa in their opening group stage match on 2 June, with a match that tied at 2–2. Paraguay faced Spain in their next fixture on 7 June. Spain defeated Paraguay 3–1. In Paraguay's third group stage fixture against Slovenia, Paraguay won the match at 3–1. Although Paraguay and South Africa had finished with four points each, the Albirroja progressed due to goal difference.Paraguay were then drawn against Germany at the round of 16 stages. Germany, who had been the more dominant side throughout the match, scored in the 88th minute to win the match, ending Paraguay's tournament.
Coach Carlos Jara Saguier took a relatively young squad to the 2004 Copa América, with the majority of players tied to clubs of the Primera División Paraguaya. Paraguay had been drawn into Group C, with Brazil, Costa Rica and Chile. A penalty sealed Paraguay's 1–0 victory in their first group-stage match against Costa Rica. Paraguay earned a 1–1 draw with Chile in the following match. In Paraguay's fixture against Brazil, Paraguay earned a 2–1 victory, which saw Paraguay top the group as undefeated, with seven points. Paraguay were drawn against Uruguay in the quarter-finals. A 3–1 Uruguay victory eliminated Paraguay from the competition.
Paraguay began the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification with three wins in their first four fixtures in 2003. After losing 4–1 to Peru, Paraguay notched consecutive wins against Uruguay (4–1), Chile (1–0) to reach first position of the table. In 2004, Paraguay drew 0–0 against Brazil and lost 2–1 to Bolivia. Paraguay got their only win of 2004 against Venezuela a 1–0. Paraguay ended the year with a 1–0 defeat against Uruguay. In 2005, Paraguay lost to Ecuador and then defeated Chile 2–1. In their next fixture, Brazil defeated Paraguay 4–1. Paraguay defeated Bolivia 4–1, and Argentina 1–0 for Paraguay's first official victory over Argentina.[ citation needed ] They defeated Venezuela 1–0. In round 18, Paraguay were defeated 1–0 at home against Colombia. Paraguay concluded the qualifiers in fourth position, qualifying for their third consecutive World Cup. José Cardozo finished second in goals scored with seven.[ citation needed ]
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Head coach Aníbal Ruiz took with him 8 European based players and 11 South American based players, including captain Carlos Gamarra, to Germany for the 2006 tournament. This was Paraguay's third consecutive FIFA World Cup tournament, and the team had experienced players within the side.
Paraguay were drawn into Group B alongside England, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago. Paraguay faced England in their opening group stage match on 10 June. England managed to hold onto a 1–0 lead to earn a victory. They faced Sweden on 15 June in a match which Sweden eliminated Paraguay after just two group-stage matches without the Albirroja scoring a single goal. Paraguay's only compensation came in their third and last group stage fixture on against Trinidad and Tobago on 20 June, Paraguay's 2–0 victory. Paraguay finished third in their group. Paraguay's group stage elimination made them the only South American national team which did not advance beyond the first round.[ citation needed ] Upon the conclusion of Paraguay's 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, Aníbal Ruiz resigned as head coach and Raúl Vicente Amarilla was assigned as the interim coach.
Paraguay's national squad underwent a major transition after Germany 2006 because of the retirement of key players including José Luis Chilavert. In 2007, Argentine Gerardo "Tata" Martino was designated as head-coach.
Gerardo Martino took with him a relatively experienced squad to Venezuela, with Darío Verón, Claudio Morel Rodríguez, Carlos Bonet, Julio Manzur, Paulo da Silva, Aureliano Torres, Roque Santa Cruz and captain Julio César Cáceres all re-appearing for the national team, and newcomers Enrique Vera, Óscar Cardozo and the Argentine-born Jonathan Santana were appearing for Paraguay in their first major tournaments. The competition also proved to be one of the last national team involvements from veteran Nelson Cuevas. Paraguay were drawn into Group C, alongside Argentina, Colombia, and the USA. In Paraguay's first fixture, they would defeat Colombia 5–0 after a hat-trick from Roque Santa Cruz and a double from Salvador Cabañas.In Paraguay's second fixture against the USA, Édgar Barreto opened the scoring in the 29th minute just before the USA's Ricardo Clark would level the scores in the 35th minute. Paraguay would win the match 3–1 after a goal from Óscar Cardozo and a 92nd minute free kick from Salvador Cabañas would seal the game for the Albirroja. With both Paraguay and Argentina having obtained six points and qualifying from beyond their Group C, the two teams faced in their last group stage fixture with a less strengthened side, Roque Santa Cruz, Édgar Barreto, Cristian RIveros and Paolo da Silva all commencing on the bench as Nelson Cuevas would gain his first appearance of the competition and Aldo Bobadilla would play a full 90-minutes of the fixture, replacing Justo Villar for the second time in the tournament. A 79th minute Javier Mascherano goal was enough to seal a 1–0 victory for Argentina, as Paraguay advanced to the knock-out stages to face Mexico. Mexico had already beaten Brazil in the group stage and had finished in first place of their respective Group B with seven points. After Paraguayan goal keeper Aldo Bobadilla had earned a straight red card in the 3rd minute, Paraguay conceded a penalty in the 5th minute and eventually found themselves down 3–0 at half-time. Mexico would score another three more goals, thrashing Paraguay 6–0 and ending their Copa América campaign.
Paraguay commenced their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 0–0 away draw against Peru.Paraguay followed this draw with four consecutive wins — against Urugauay (1–0), Ecuador (5–1), Chile (3–0), and Brazil (2–0). These victories placed Paraguay in first position of the CONMEBOL table in four matches, and Paraguay remained in first position of the CONMEBOL table for nine consecutive rounds (from round 4 to round 12). Paraguay lost for the first time in qualifying in a 4–2 away defeat against Bolivia.
Paraguay travelled to Argentina. [ citation needed ]1–1 was how it finished. Days later, a 2–0 home victory against Venezuela as Paraguay remained in first position of the CONMEBOL table. Paraguay then earned two 1–0 victories against Colombia and Peru. The results keeping Paraguay in first place of the CONMEBOL table as 2008 concluded. Paraguay's qualification campaign in 2009 commenced with a 2–0 away loss against Uruguay and a 1–1 away draw against Ecuador, By June, Paraguay suffered a 2–0 home defeat at the hands of Chile, Paraguay were defeated 2–1 away against Brazil. In the last four matches of the qualification campaign, where which three of the four fixtures would be played at home, Paraguay earned a 1–0 home victory against Bolivia. Qualification was secured in the next fixture against Argentina on 9 September, when Paraguay won 1–0. Paraguay concluded the qualification campaign with a 2–1 away victory against Venezuela and a 2–0 home loss against Colombia. Paraguay concluded the qualification campaign with 33 points, as Salvador Cabañas finished in sixth position of the leading goal scorers, having scored six goals.
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Paraguay had an experienced side with Roque Santa Cruz, Édgar Barreto, Carlos Bonet, Enrique Vera, Cristian Riveros, Nelson Valdez and Paulo da Silva. Paraguay had qualified for their fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup, and the 2010 edition proved to be a record fourth consecutive World Cup for Denis Caniza.[ citation needed ] The final squad consisted of 9 European based players. Paraguay were drawn into Group F alongside Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand. Paraguay would face Italy in their opening group stage match and would take a 1–0 lead in the 39th minute. Paraguay eventually drew 1–1 after conceding a goal in the second half. Paraguay faced Slovakia in their second group stage match and secured a 2–0 victory. In Paraguay's last group-stage fixture, they played out a 0–0 draw with New Zealand, and finish first of Group F.
Paraguay were drawn against Japan at the round of 16 stage. After 120 minutes, the match was tied at 0–0 and determined via a penalty shoot-out. Paraguay won the shoot out at 5–3. [ citation needed ] The Albirroja were drawn against Spain at the quarter-final stage. Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar saved a penalty kick, but Spain scored in the 83rd minute, for a 1–0 result, and went on to be crowned as World Champions in the final. The quarter-final appearance was recorded Paraguay's best ever performance. After the match, Gerardo Martino stated that he would be leaving his position at the end of his contract.The win meant that Paraguay had advanced beyond the round of 16 for the first time in the national team's history.
At the 2011 Copa America, Paraguay were drawn into Group B with Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador. Paraguay drew their opening group stage match 0–0 with Ecuador. Paraguay leveled with Brazil 2–2, as Paraguay would settle for their second draw of the tournament. Paraguay played out a 3–3 draw with Venezuela. Paraguay concluded the group stage phase with three points from three matches, as the group's third-place finisher and the competition's second-best third-place finisher in the group stage. Paraguay were drawn against Brazil at the quarter final stages. The match was decided via a penalty shoot out. Paraguay won the penalty shoot out 2–0. Paraguay then faced Venezuela in the semi-final. Paraguay won 5–3 via their second consecutive penalty shoot out, to send Paraguay to the final. Paraguay faced Uruguay in the final, the first time that Paraguay reached the final since the 1979 Copa América. Paraguay lost 3–0. Paraguayan goalkeeper Justo Villar was awarded as the Best goalkeeper of the tournament. Gerardo Martino resigned soon afterwards as coach of the Albirroja.
Francisco Arce took charge of the national team for the qualifiers. In Rounds 1 and 2 in October 2011, Paraguay were defeated 2–0 away.Four days later, Paraguay drew with Uruguay 1–1. Paraguay earned their first win of the qualifiers when they defeated Ecuador 2–1. Fourth position was the highest ranking that Paraguay achieved throughout the qualifiers, as the national team faced a series of losses.
Paraguay were defeated 2–0 against Chile and 3–1 to Bolivia.Francisco Arce departed as coach in 2012 after Paraguay's loss against Bolivia, and was replaced by Gerardo Pelusso. Paraguay were defeated 3–1 against Argentina, 2–0 against Venezuela, and 2–0 against Colombia. This string of losses placed Paraguay at the bottom of the table.
Paraguay ended their losing streak when they defeated Peru 1–0, only their second win of the qualifiers.Paraguay's then tied Uruguay 1–1. Paraguay were defeated 4–1 against Ecuador. In Round 13, Paraguay lost 2–1 to Chile in a match where Roque Santa Cruz's goal brought his tally to 26 which made him the all-time leading goal scorer of the Paraguayan national team's history. By this time, Gerardo Pelusso had departed and coach Víctor Genes would ultimately be in charge until the qualifiers were concluded. Paraguay next defeated Bolivia 4–0. However, a 5–2 defeat against Argentina officially eliminated Paraguay from qualifying.
Paraguay's last two matches in October 2013 saw then face Venezuela and Colombia. The match concluded 1–1. In Paraguay's last fixture of the qualifiers in Round 18, they lost to Colombia 2–1. Paraguay finished in ninth position of the table, having gained just 12 points from three wins and having been defeated ten times.The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign proved to be unsuccessful. Throughout the duration of the qualifiers, Paraguay changed coaches three times.
Paraguay's campaign in the 2015 Copa América was much more successful than their qualifying campaign to Brazil. In this competition, Paraguay made it to the semi-finals, defeating Brazil in quarter-finals via penalty shootouts, after the score being 1–1, although they were eliminated by Argentina, by a score of 6–1.
Prior to the competition, the Paraguayan press had labeled Roque Santa Cruz, Nelson Haedo, Paulo da Silva and Justo Villar as histórics, being the only four experienced and veteran players in the squad selected for the competition.Santa Cruz suffered an injured and was later replaced by Antonio Sanabria.
Following an unsuccessful campaign, Ramón Díaz announced his resignation as coach of the Albirroja in a press conference at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco after returning to the country.He had already received criticism from former Albirroja great José Luís Chilavert, who stated that the team was managed based on "friendship" in the federation due to corruption and opined that Díaz is more of an office person. José Cardozo, former Albirroja leading goal scorer and current coach of Chiapas in Mexico, also expressed his dissatisfaction with the Albirroja. He stated that: "There are players that do not even know our national anthem" and "We used to play until we would suffer severe injuries, and we performed because we loved the Albirroja. Today, someone has pain in their stomach and does not want to train". "Carlos Gamarra and Francisco Arce played many times with busted ankles, and I once played with a damaged knee" remembered Cardozo. Former Albirroja World Cup veteran Celso Ayala spoke to HOY.com and mentioned that "Any team beats us. In the Albirroja, we've stopped kicking, blocking and heading. Uruguay, for instance, never forgets about its roots, and we have to be like them".
The tables below include matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.
See also 2017 Paraguay national team results and 2018 Paraguay national team results .
|1 July Friendly|| Mexico ||2–1||Seattle, United States|
|17:00 (UTC−7)|| Pizarro |
|Report|| Bareiro ||Stadium: CenturyLink Field |
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
|31 August 2018 WCQ|| Chile ||0–3||Santiago, Chile|
|19:30 CLT||Report||Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano |
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
|5 September 2018 WCQ|| Paraguay ||1–2||Asunción, Paraguay|
|20:00 PYT||Report||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco |
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
|5 October 2018 WCQ|| Colombia ||1–2||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|18:30 UTC−5|| Falcao ||Report|| Cardozo |
|Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez |
Referee: Ricardo Marques (Brazil)
|27 March Friendly|| United States ||1–0||Cary, North Carolina|
|19:30 ET (UTC−5)|| Wood ||Report||Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park |
Referee: Kimbett Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|12 June Friendly|| Japan ||4–2||Innsbruck, Austria|
|15:05 CEST (UTC+2)|| Inui |
|Report|| Romero |
|Stadium: Tivoli-Neu |
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
|22 March Friendly|| Peru ||1–0||Harrison, United States|
|20:00 EDT (UTC−4)|| Cueva ||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena |
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|26 March Friendly|| Mexico ||4–2||Santa Clara, California|
|19:00 PDT (UTC−8)|| J. Dos Santos |
|Report|| Pérez |
|Stadium: Levi's Stadium |
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
|19 June 2019 Copa América|| Argentina ||v||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|21:30||Stadium: Mineirão Stadium|
The following 40 players have been included in the preliminary squad for the 2019 Copa América and the preceding friendly matches against Honduras and Guatemala on 5 and 9 June 2019 respectively.
Caps and goals current as of 26 March 2019 after the match against Mexico.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Antony Silva||27 February 1984||27||0|
|GK||Roberto Junior Fernández||29 March 1988||7||0|
|GK||Alfredo Aguilar||18 July 1988||1||0|
|GK||Juan Espínola||1 November 1994||0||0|
|DF||Gustavo Gómez||6 May 1993||31||2|
|DF||Iván Piris||10 March 1989||25||0|
|DF||Bruno Valdez||6 October 1992||24||1|
|DF||Júnior Alonso||9 February 1993||20||1|
|DF||Jorge Moreira||1 February 1990||17||0|
|DF||Fabián Balbuena||23 August 1991||9||0|
|DF||Juan Escobar||3 July 1995||2||0|
|DF||Santiago Arzamendia||5 May 1998||1||0|
|DF||Robert Rojas||30 April 1996||0||0|
|DF||Saúl Salcedo||29 August 1997||0||0|
|DF||Iván Torres||27 February 1991||0||0|
|MF||Óscar Romero||4 July 1992||38||3|
|MF||Richard Ortiz||22 May 1990||32||6|
|MF||Rodrigo Rojas||9 April 1988||19||0|
|MF||Miguel Almirón||10 February 1994||16||0|
|MF||Celso Ortiz||26 January 1989||16||0|
|MF||Robert Piris Da Motta||26 July 1994||6||0|
|MF||Alejandro Romero Gamarra||11 January 1995||3||0|
|MF||Cristhian Paredes||18 May 1998||2||0|
|MF||Matías Rojas||3 November 1995||2||0|
|MF||Richard Sánchez||29 March 1996||1||0|
|MF||Mudo Valdez||14 November 1993||1||0|
|FW||Óscar Cardozo||20 May 1983||51||10|
|FW||Hernán Pérez||25 February 1989||33||2|
|FW||Derlis González||20 March 1994||32||5|
|FW||Federico Santander||4 June 1991||17||2|
|FW||Ángel Romero||4 July 1992||13||2|
|FW||Antonio Sanabria||4 March 1996||13||1|
|FW||Cecilio Domínguez||11 August 1994||13||0|
|FW||Juan Iturbe||4 June 1993||9||0|
|FW||Lorenzo Melgarejo||10 August 1990||2||0|
|FW||Héctor Villalba||26 July 1994||2||0|
|FW||Carlos González||4 February 1993||1||0|
|FW||Sebastián Ferreira||13 February 1998||0||0|
|FW||Braian Samudio||23 December 1995||0||0|
The following players have received a call-up within the past 12 months:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Santiago Rojas||5 April 1996||0||0||v. |
|GK||Gerardo Ortiz||25 March 1989||0||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
|DF||Juan Patiño||29 November 1989||3||0||v. |
|DF||Omar Alderete||26 December 1996||1||0||v. |
|DF||Danilo Ortiz||28 May 1992||3||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
|DF||Blas Riveros||3 February 1998||1||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
|DF||Rolando García||10 February 1990||0||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
|DF||Alan Benítez||25 January 1994||2||0||v. |
|MF||Blas Cáceres||2 August 1990||0||0||v. |
|MF||Jesús Medina||30 April 1997||1||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
|MF||Antonio Bareiro||24 April 1989||4||1||v. |
|MF||William Mendieta||9 January 1989||2||0||v. |
|MF||Ángel Cardozo||19 October 1994||1||0||v. |
|FW||Roque Santa Cruz||16 August 1981||112||32||2019 Copa América PRE|
|FW||Sergio Díaz||5 March 1998||1||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
|FW||Cristian Colmán||26 February 1994||0||0||Training Camp, October 2018|
Players in bold are still active at international level.
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|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|Group stage||9th||2||1||0||1||1||3||Qualified as invitees|
|Did not enter||Declined participation|
|Group stage||11th||2||0||1||1||2||4||Qualified automatically|
|Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||8||6|
|Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||0||1|
|Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||4||6||8||3||3||2||14||8|
|Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||6||7|
|Round of 16||14th||4||1||2||1||3||2||16||9||2||5||21||14|
|Did not qualify||16||3||3||10||17||31|
|To be determined||To be determined|
|South American Championship|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|Did not enter|
|To be determined|
| South American Champions |
1953 (First title)
| South American Champions |
1979 (Second title)
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