Paraguay-National-Football-Team-Logo-Vector-ImageGoalkeepers: Diego Barreto (Olimpia), Antony Silva (Cerro Porteño), Justo Villar (Colo Colo)

Defenders: Fabian Balbuena (Corinthians), Gustavo Gomez (Lanus), Blas Riveros (Olimpia), Miguel Samudio (America), Paulo Da Silva (Toluca), Bruno Valdez (Cerro Porteño), Ivan Piris (Udinese)

Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Lanus), Celso Ortiz (AZ Alkmaar), Robert Piris Da Motta (Olimpia), Rodrigo Rojas (Cerro Porteño), Oscar Romero (Racing Club), Victor Ayala (Lanus)

Attackers: Edgar Benitez (Queretaro), Jorge Benitez (Cruz Azul), Derlis Gonzalez (Dynamo Kiev), Juan Manuel Iturbe (Bournemouth), Dario Lezcano (Ingolstadt), Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga), Nelson Valdez (Seattle Sounders)

The Skinny: While Paraguay looks unlikely to make it out of the group stage, they have the talent to take another team down with them.

Paraguay has some exciting young talent that will be on display this summer, including winger Derlis Gonzalez and midfielder Oscar Romero. Those two will be joined by AFC Bournemouth winger Juan Manuel Iturbe, FC Ingolstadt striker Dario Lezcano and Cruz Azul striker Jorge Benitez to form a dangerous attack for Paraguay that could trouble a team like Colombia, who do not have the best defense. Potentially leading the line will be veteran striker Roque Santa Cruz, the top goal-scorer in the history of the Paraguayan national team, with 32 goals. However, Paraguay manager Ramon Diaz might do better leaving the 34 year-old on the bench in favor of one of his younger options.

Paraguay’s defense looks solid, if a little uninspiring. 35 year-old captain Paulo Da Silva will lead a veteran back line for Paraguay that will provide cover for 38 year-old goalkeeper Justo Villar.


A notable omission from the squad is highly-rated striker and La Masia product Antonio Sanabria. The talented 19 year-old trained with the team in the days leading up to the roster selection, but was left off the final 23-man squad. Sanabria, who played for Sporting Gijon in La Liga on loan from Serie A side Roma this season, figures to be a star man for Paraguay down the road, but he will have to wait for another chance to show his class.

Paraguay will have a tough time in the group, and are favorites to finish in last place. Their attacking talent will make them dangerous to the other three teams however, and they could spoil the chances of teams like the United States or Costa Rica, who will be fighting hard for a spot in the quarterfinals

Key Players: Juan Manuel Iturbe, Oscar Romero, Delis Gonzalez

Predicted Finish in Group A: Fourth Place


Young Derlis Gonzalez has pace to burn and Paraguay could play spoiler in Group A

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