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Nickname Guaraníes and La Albirroja
Association Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol
(Paraguayan Football Association)
Coach Aníbal Ruiz (2002-)
Most caps Carlos Gamarra (104)
Top scorer José Saturnino Cardozo (24)
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First international
Paraguay 1 - 5 Argentina
(AsunciónParaguay11 March 1919)
Largest win
Paraguay 7 - 0 Bolivia
(Rio de JaneiroBrazil30 April 1949)
Worst defeat
 Argentina 8 - 0 Paraguay
(SantiagoChile20 October 1926)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1930)
Best result Round 2, 198619982002
Copa América
Appearances 32 (First in 1921)
Best result Winners, 1953 and 1979

The Paraguay national football team is the national team of Paraguay and is controlled by the Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol.The Paraguay national football team has reached the second round of the World Cup on three occasions (in 19861998 and 2002) but has never advanced beyond that stage. Paraguay's only major tournament victories have come in the Copa América, in which they triumphed in 1953 and 1979. They also won a silver medal in the football tournament at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, being defeated 1-0 by Argentina in the final. It was the first Olympic medal Paraguay ever won in any sport.

Paraguay's current squad is more well-known for its defensive skill than its ability to score goals, with players such as Denis Caniza and captain Carlos Gamarra being amongst its most prominent members. However, the future of this strategy looks questionable due to the recent international retirement of defenders Francisco Arce and Celso Ayala, and that of world-famous goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert. Several key players are now in the latter stages of their career, so Paraguay will be looking to harness talent amongst the younger generation if they are to maintain the increase in status they have achieved over the past decade. There is optimism that this can occur, as Paraguay's under-19 side won the Milk Cup in both 2002 and 2003.


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See also: NAFTA , FAC , C&E , Z , YAR 1974


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