Paraguay national football team

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Paraguay
Asociacion Paraguaya de Futbol logo.svg
Nickname(s) Los Guaraníes
La Albirroja (White and red)
Association Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol (APF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Eduardo Berizzo
Captain Vacant
Most caps Paulo da Silva (150)
Top scorer Roque Santa Cruz (32)
Home stadium Estadio Defensores del Chaco
FIFA code PAR
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 36 Decrease2.svg 3 (4 April 2019) [1]
Highest8 (March 2001)
Lowest103 (May 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 40 Decrease2.svg 11 (27 March 2019) [2]
Highest4 [3] (21 February 1954)
Lowest43 [3] (12 August 1962, 5 March 2014, 31 March 2015)
First international
Flag of Paraguay (1842-1954).svg  Paraguay 1–5 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Asunción, Paraguay; 11 May 1919)
Biggest win
Flag of Paraguay (1842-1954).svg  Paraguay 7–0 Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 30 April 1949)
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 0–7 Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg
(Hong Kong; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 8–0 Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1842-1954).svg
(Santiago, Chile; 20 October 1926)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1930 )
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2010
Copa América
Appearances34 (first in 1921 )
Best resultChampions, 1953 and 1979
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Paraguay at the 1929 South American Championship.

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.

Paraguayan Football Association

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.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

CONMEBOL governing body of association football in South America

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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The national team's most successful period was under the coaching of Argentine Gerardo Martino, who was awarded with the South American Coach of the Year in 2007 and took Paraguay to the quarter-final stages of a FIFA World Cup competition for the first time in history (in 2010) and also to the final of the 2011 Copa América, where Paraguay finished as runners-up. In the entire national team's history at the FIFA World Cup, both Carlos Gamarra and José Luis Chilavert hold the distinction of being selected as part of the All-Star Team, being for the 1998 edition. Paulo da Silva holds the most appearances for the national team with 150 matches and Roque Santa Cruz is the all-time leading goal scorer with 32 goals. Denis Caniza, who was present with the national team from 1996 to 2010, is the only player to have represented Paraguay in four consecutive FIFA World Cup competitions (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010).

Gerardo Martino Argentine footballer and manager

Gerardo Daniel "Tata" Martino is an Argentine former footballer and manager of Mexico.

The South American Coach of the Year is an annual association football award presented to the best coach of a club or national team in South America over the previous calendar year. The award has been presented by Uruguayan newspaper El País since 1986.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

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History

The beginning (1900–1930)

Soon after the introduction of football in Paraguay by Williams Paats, the Liga Paraguaya de Futbol (today Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol) was created in 1906. The first national football team was organized in 1910 when an invitation by the Argentine club Hércules of Corrientes was received to play a friendly match. Members of that first national team where F. Melián, G. Almeida, A. Rodríguez, M. Barrios, P. Samaniego, J. Morín, Z. Gadea, D. Andreani, C. Mena Porta, B. Villamayor, M. Rojas and E. Erico. The match ended in a 0–0 draw. [5]

Corrientes City in Argentina

Corrientes is the capital city of the province of Corrientes, Argentina, located on the eastern shore of the Paraná River, about 1,000 km (621 mi) from Buenos Aires and 300 km (186 mi) from Posadas, on National Route 12. It has a population of 346,334 according to the 2010 Census. It lies opposite its twin city, Resistencia, Chaco.

Because of the increasing number of invitations to play matches and international tournaments, the Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol decided to officially create the national team and select the striped red and white jerseys that until this date remain as the official colours (taken from the Paraguayan flag). In late 1919, Paraguay accepted the invitation to play the 1921 Copa América and in order to prepare for that occasion a number of friendly matches were played between 1919 and the start of the tournament in 1921. The first of those friendly matches was a 5–1 loss against Argentina, and it marked the first international game by the Paraguayan national football team. When the 1921 Copa América finally arrived, Paraguay surprised everybody by beating then three-time South American champions Uruguay by 2–1, being this the first match in an official competition for the Paraguayan football team. Paraguay eventually finished fourth in the tournament and became a regular participant of the tournament for the next editions.

Flag of Paraguay flag

The flag of Paraguay was first adopted in 1842. Its design, a red–white–blue triband, was inspired by the colours of the Dutch flag, believed to signify independence and liberty. The flag is unusual because it differs on its obverse and reverse sides: the obverse of the flag shows the national coat of arms, and the reverse shows the seal of the treasury. It was revised in 2013 to bring the flag towards its original design. It has a ratio of 11:20.

1921 South American Championship

The 1921 South American Championship of Nations was the fifth continental championship for nations in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 2 to 30, 1921.

Argentina national football team Mens national association football team representing Argentina

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in football. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.

In 1930, Paraguay participated in the first World Cup, organized by Uruguay. In the first round, Paraguay debuted and lost to the United States (0–3), to then defeat Belgium (1–0) with a goal by Luis Vargas Peña. Only one team was to advance from the group stage, and the U.S. left Paraguay behind.

1930 FIFA World Cup 1930 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament.

United States mens national soccer team Mens national association football team representing the USA

The United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT) is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals. The U.S. participated in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning 1–0 against England in the latter. After 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup until 1990. The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they lost to Brazil in the round of sixteen. They qualified for five more consecutive World Cups after 1994, becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and often advancing to the knockout stage. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in the final of a major intercontinental tournament. The team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, having been eliminated in continental qualifying, ending the streak of consecutive World Cups at seven. United States will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico. The automatic qualification of all three teams as co-hosts is likely.

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The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in association football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA). Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

First taste of success (1930–1970)

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.

1929 South American Championship

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.

1947 South American Championship

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. [6]

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.

More continental success (1970–1990)

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. [7]

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. [8]

The golden generation (1990–2011)

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. [9] 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.

1998 FIFA World Cup

Paraguay concluded the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup in second position, one point below Argentina.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 32015506
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay 312031+25
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 311184+44
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 301217−61

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. [10] 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. [11] Defender Carlos Gamarra and goalkeeper and captain José Luís Chilavert were selected as part of the 1998 All-Star Team.

1999 and 2001 Copa América

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay 321050+57
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 320143+16
Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 302112−12
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 301238−51

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. [12]

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.

2002 FIFA World Cup

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.

Chilavert was a key figure during the qualifiers as Paraguay qualified for Korea-Japan 2002. Chilavert sanlorenzo.jpg
Chilavert was a key figure during the qualifiers as Paraguay qualified for Korea-Japan 2002.

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 ]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 330094+59Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay 31116604
3Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 31115504
4Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 30032750
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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). [13] [14]

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. [15] 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. [16]

Nelson Haedo played at the 2004 Copa America. Nelson Valdez.jpg
Nelson Haedo played at the 2004 Copa América.

2004 Copa América

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.

2006 FIFA World Cup

Cardozo scored seven goals during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Jose cardozo.jpg
Cardozo scored seven goals during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

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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Paraguay against England at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of England.svg  England 321052+37Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 312032+15
3Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay 31022203
4Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 30120441
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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.

Gerardo Martino became the new coach as of January 2007. Gerardo Martino (marzo de 2014).jpg
Gerardo Martino became the new coach as of January 2007.

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.

2007 Copa América

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 330093+69
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay 320182+66
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 310239−63
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 300328−60

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. [18] 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. [19] 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, [20] 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. [21]

2010 FIFA World Cup

Coach Gerardo Martino regarded Salvador Cabanas as the Albirroja's best player, Martino also considered Cabanas as Paraguay's Lionel Messi. Salvador Cabanas.png
Coach Gerardo Martino regarded Salvador Cabañas as the Albirroja's best player, Martino also considered Cabañas as Paraguay's Lionel Messi.

Paraguay commenced their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 0–0 away draw against Peru. [25] 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, [26] [27] 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. [28]

Paraguay travelled to Argentina. [29] 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. [30] Paraguay then earned two 1–0 victories against Colombia and Peru. [31] [32] 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 [33] and a 1–1 away draw against Ecuador, [34] By June, Paraguay suffered a 2–0 home defeat at the hands of Chile, [35] Paraguay were defeated 2–1 away against Brazil. [36] 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. [37] Qualification was secured in the next fixture against Argentina on 9 September, when Paraguay won 1–0. [38] Paraguay concluded the qualification campaign with a 2–1 away victory against Venezuela and a 2–0 home loss against Colombia. [39] [40] Paraguay concluded the qualification campaign with 33 points, as Salvador Cabañas finished in sixth position of the leading goal scorers, having scored six goals.[ citation needed ]

The Albirroja vs. Italy on 14 June 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 Italy Paraguay3.jpg
The Albirroja vs. Italy on 14 June 2010
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg  Paraguay 312031+25Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 31114514
3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30302203
4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 30214512
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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. [41] 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. [42] 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. [43] In Paraguay's last group-stage fixture, they played out a 0–0 draw with New Zealand, and finish first of Group F. [44]

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. [45] The win meant that Paraguay had advanced beyond the round of 16 for the first time in the national team's history.[ 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. [46] After the match, Gerardo Martino stated that he would be leaving his position at the end of his contract.

2011 Copa América

Paraguay's Justo Villar was voted best goalkeeper of the 2011 Copa America. Justo Villar en accion 3.jpg
Paraguay's Justo Villar was voted best goalkeeper of the 2011 Copa America.

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.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Francisco Arce was in charge of the Albirroja in 2011, following the departure of Gerardo Martino. Chiqui Arce.jpg
Francisco Arce was in charge of the Albirroja in 2011, following the departure of Gerardo Martino.

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. [47] Four days later, Paraguay drew with Uruguay 1–1. Paraguay earned their first win of the qualifiers when they defeated Ecuador 2–1. [48] 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. [49] 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. [50] This string of losses placed Paraguay at the bottom of the table.

Roque Santa Cruz scored his 26th goal, becoming Paraguay's leading career scorer. Roque Luis Santa Cruz.jpg
Roque Santa Cruz scored his 26th goal, becoming Paraguay's leading career scorer.

Paraguay ended their losing streak when they defeated Peru 1–0, only their second win of the qualifiers. [51] Paraguay's then tied Uruguay 1–1. [52] Paraguay were defeated 4–1 against Ecuador. [53] 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. [54] 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. [55] 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. [56] The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign proved to be unsuccessful. Throughout the duration of the qualifiers, Paraguay changed coaches three times.

2015 Copa América

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. [57]

2016 Copa América Centenario

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. [58] [59] Santa Cruz suffered an injured and was later replaced by Antonio Sanabria. [60]

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. [61] [62] 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. [63] [64] [65] 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. [66] 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". [67]

Results and fixtures

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 .

2017

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

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. [69]
Caps and goals current as of 26 March 2019 after the match against Mexico.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Antony Silva (1984-02-27) 27 February 1984 (age 35)270 Flag of Argentina.svg Huracán
1 GK Roberto Junior Fernández (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 31)70 Flag of Brazil.svg Botafogo
1 GK Alfredo Aguilar (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 30)10 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia
1 GK Juan Espínola (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 24)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg Nacional

2 DF Gustavo Gómez (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 26)312 Flag of Brazil.svg Palmeiras
2 DF Iván Piris (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 30)250 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad
2 DF Bruno Valdez (1992-10-06) 6 October 1992 (age 26)241 Flag of Mexico.svg América
2 DF Júnior Alonso (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 26)201 Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors
2 DF Jorge Moreira (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 29)170 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Timbers
2 DF Fabián Balbuena (1991-08-23) 23 August 1991 (age 27)90 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
2 DF Juan Escobar (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 23)20 Flag of Paraguay.svg Cerro Porteño
2 DF Santiago Arzamendia (1998-05-05) 5 May 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Paraguay.svg Cerro Porteño
2 DF Robert Rojas (1996-04-30) 30 April 1996 (age 23)00 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
2 DF Saúl Salcedo (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 21)00 Flag of Argentina.svg Huracán
2 DF Iván Torres (1991-02-27) 27 February 1991 (age 28)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia

3 MF Óscar Romero (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 26)383 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Shenhua
3 MF Richard Ortiz (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 29)326 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia
3 MF Rodrigo Rojas (1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 31)190 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia
3 MF Miguel Almirón (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 25)160 Flag of England.svg Newcastle United
3 MF Celso Ortiz (1989-01-26) 26 January 1989 (age 30)160 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
3 MF Robert Piris Da Motta (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 24)60 Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo
3 MF Alejandro Romero Gamarra (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 24)30 Flag of the United States.svg New York Red Bulls
3 MF Cristhian Paredes (1998-05-18) 18 May 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Timbers
3 MF Matías Rojas (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 23)20 Flag of Argentina.svg Defensa y Justicia
3 MF Richard Sánchez (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 23)10 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia
3 MF Mudo Valdez (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 25)10 Flag of Paraguay.svg Sportivo San Lorenzo

4 FW Óscar Cardozo (1983-05-20) 20 May 1983 (age 36)5110 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad
4 FW Hernán Pérez (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 30)332 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol
4 FW Derlis González (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 25)325 Flag of Brazil.svg Santos
4 FW Federico Santander (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 27)172 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna
4 FW Ángel Romero (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 26)132 Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians
4 FW Antonio Sanabria (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 23)131 Flag of Italy.svg Genoa
4 FW Cecilio Domínguez (1994-08-11) 11 August 1994 (age 24)130 Flag of Argentina.svg Independiente
4 FW Juan Iturbe (1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 25)90 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM
4 FW Lorenzo Melgarejo (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 28)20 Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow
4 FW Héctor Villalba (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 24)20 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta United
4 FW Carlos González (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 26)10 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM
4 FW Sebastián Ferreira (1998-02-13) 13 February 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Morelia
4 FW Braian Samudio (1995-12-23) 23 December 1995 (age 23)00 Flag of Turkey.svg Çaykur Rizespor

Recent call-ups

The following players have received a call-up within the past 12 months:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Santiago Rojas (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 23)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg Nacional v. Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa , 20 November 2018
GK Gerardo Ortiz (1989-03-25) 25 March 1989 (age 30)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg Sol de América Training Camp, October 2018

DF Juan Patiño (1989-11-29) 29 November 1989 (age 29)30 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia v. Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa , 20 November 2018
DF Omar Alderete (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 22)10 Flag of Argentina.svg Huracán v. Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa , 20 November 2018
DF Danilo Ortiz (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 26)30 Flag of Argentina.svg Banfield Training Camp, October 2018
DF Blas Riveros (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Switzerland.svg Basel Training Camp, October 2018
DF Rolando García (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 29)00 Flag of Argentina.svg Lanús Training Camp, October 2018
DF Alan Benítez (1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 25)20 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad v. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan , 12 June 2018

MF Blas Cáceres (1990-08-02) 2 August 1990 (age 28)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg General Díaz v. Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa , 20 November 2018
MF Jesús Medina (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 22)10 Flag of the United States.svg New York City Training Camp, October 2018
MF Antonio Bareiro (1989-04-24) 24 April 1989 (age 30)41 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad v. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan , 12 June 2018
MF William Mendieta (1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 30)20 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia v. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan , 12 June 2018
MF Ángel Cardozo (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 24)10 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad v. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan , 12 June 2018

FW Roque Santa Cruz (1981-08-16) 16 August 1981 (age 37)11232 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia 2019 Copa América PRE
FW Sergio Díaz (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21)10 Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians Training Camp, October 2018
FW Cristian Colmán (1994-02-26) 26 February 1994 (age 25)00 Flag of the United States.svg Dallas Training Camp, October 2018

Records

As of 12 June 2018

Players in bold are still active at international level.

Technical staff

Head Coach: Flag of Argentina.svg Eduardo Berizzo [71] [64]

Kit providers

Kit providerPeriod
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1979-1985
Flag of Brazil.svg Rainha 1986
Flag of Argentina.svg Sportman 1987–1990
Flag of Brazil.svg Textil Paraná 1991–1992
Flag of Italy.svg Enerre 1993–1994
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reebok 1995–1998
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1999–2006
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2007–present

Tournament records

Head to head

World Cup record

2010 FIFA World Cup Stamps of Paraguay, 2010-08.jpg
2010 FIFA World Cup
2010 FIFA World Cup Stamps of Paraguay, 2010-09.jpg
2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Group stage9th210113Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of France.svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Group stage11th201124Qualified automatically
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify420286
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Group stage12th31119124301114
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Did not qualify201101
Flag of England.svg 1966 411235
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 640265
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 421185
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 412133
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 410336
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Round of 1613th4121468332148
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Did not qualify420267
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 614167
Flag of France.svg 1998 Round of 1614th412132169252114
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 16th411267189362923
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Group stage18th310222188462323
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Quarter-finals8th5131321810352416
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Did not qualify1633101731
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 187381925
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalQuarter-finals8/2327710103038154663058201189
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América record

South American Championship
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGSGA
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1916 Did not enter
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1917
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1919
Flag of Chile.svg 1920
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1921 Fourth place4th310227
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1922 Runners-up2nd421153
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1923 Third place3rd310246
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1924 Third place3rd311144
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1925 Third place3rd4004413
Flag of Chile.svg 1926 Fourth place4th4103820
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1927 Did not enter
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1929 Runners-up2nd320194
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1935 Did not enter
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1937 Fourth place4th5203816
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1939 Third place3rd420298
Flag of Chile.svg 1941 Did not enter
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1942 Fourth place4th62221110
Flag of Chile.svg 1945 Did not enter
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1946 Third place3rd521288
Flag of Ecuador (1900-2009).svg 1947 Runners-up2nd75111611
Flag of Brazil.svg 1949 Runners-up2nd86022113
Flag of Peru.svg 1953 Champions1st7421148
Flag of Chile.svg 1955 Fifth place5th5113714
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1956 Fifth place5th502338
Flag of Peru.svg 1957 Did not enter
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1959 Third place3rd63031212
Flag of Ecuador (1900-2009).svg 1959 Fifth place5th4013611
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1963 Runners-up2nd6411137
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1967 Fourth place4th5203913
Total1 Title20/2997411343173196
Copa América
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGSGA
Location South America.png 1975 Group stage7th111255
Location South America.png 1979 Champions1st633093
Location South America.png 1983 Semi-finals3rd202011
Flag of Argentina.svg 1987 Group stage9th201103
Flag of Brazil.svg 1989 Fourth place4th7313910
Flag of Chile.svg 1991 Group stage6th420278
Flag of Ecuador (1900-2009).svg 1993 Quarter-finals8th411227
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Quarter-finals6th421165
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Quarter-finals7th411225
Flag of Paraguay.svg 1999 Quarter-finals6th422061
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Group stage10th302146
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Quarter-finals5th421155
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Quarter-finals5th420288
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Runners-up2nd605158
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Semi-finals4th6132612
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Group stage12th301213
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 To be determined
Total1 Title16/16682228217690

FIFA Ranking

199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
618764382925171013182230303521172924243751764640

Titles

Preceded by
1949 Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg
South American Champions
1953 (First title)
Succeeded by
1955 Argentina  Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg
Preceded by
1975 Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svg
South American Champions
1979 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1983 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg

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