Paraguay National Team

There are not many Paraguayan players have become a top legend in the South American continent. Manuel Fleitas Solich is its first true legend, starting at the first half 1920s and soon succeed by Aurelio Gonzalez who shined in the late 1920s. In the second half 1930s saw Arsenio Erico as  phenomenon scorer and the best strikers in the World but was unlucky to never played official games for Paraguay. It spent around four decades to produce another world-class star Julio Cesar Romero. Paraguay conducted as one of the toughest defensive game in the World in the late 1990s led by Jose Luis Chilavert. Manuel Fleitas Solich was a legendary football player and manager and he will be selected in both roles for this team.



Paraguay

Location : South America
Copa America Participation :  33 Times
World Cup Participation : 8 Times (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Achievement : 2 Times Copa America Winner (1953, 1979)
Most Caps : Carlos Gamarra (110 Games)
Top Scorer :  Jose Cardoso (25 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Arsenio Erico







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All-Time Paraguayan XI


1. Jose Luis Chilavert

Date Of Birth  :  27 July 1965
Position   : Goalkeeper, Height : 189 cm
Major Club : Velez Sarsfield, Caps : 74 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1998, 2002 (7 Games)           
Club Honours  :  3 Times Argentina Champion
1 Time Uruguay Champion, 1 Time Paraguay Champion
1994 Copa Libertadores Cup, 1994 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 6 Times South American Goalkeeper Of The Year
3 Times IFFHS World Best Goalkeeper (1995, 1997, 1998)
2 Times Third Place IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of The Year
1996 Argentina League Player Of The Year
1996 South American Footballer Of The Year,2 Times Bronze Ball (1997,1998)
                                                    Velez Sarsfield Greatest Player Ever
                                                     Class : Queen Silver

2. Francisco Arce 

Date Of Birth  : 2 April 1971
Height : 178 cm, Position  :  Right-Wing-Back
Major Club  :  Gremio, Palmeiras
Caps  :  61 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1998, 2002 (7 Game)
Club Honours  : 3 Times Paraguayan League
1 Time Brazil National Championship
2 Times Brazil State Championship
2 Times Brazilian Cup, 1995 Libertadores Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :  
1999 Silver Ball South American Footballer of The Year
                                                    Class :  Prince Silver

3. Juan Bautista Torales

Date Of Birth  :  9 March 1956
Position   :  Left-Back
Height   :  173 cm
Major Club :  Libertad
Caps  : 77 Games
World Cup Participation  : 1986
Club Honours :  None
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Prince Bronze

4. Heriberto Herrera

Date Of Birth  :  24 April 1926
Position  :  Center-Back
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  :  Atletico Madrid
Caps  :  Unknown
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 1 Time Paraguayan League
International Honours  : 1953 Copa America Winner
Individual Achievement : 1953 Copa America Best Player
Class :  Prince Silver

5. Carlos Gamarra

Date Of Birth  :  17 February 1971
Height :  181 cm, Position : Center-Back
Caps  : 110 Games, Major Club  : Cerro Porteno
World Cup Participation  : 1998, 2002 (11 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Paraguayan League
1 Time Brazil National Championship
3 Times Brazil State Championship
1 Time Greek Cup, 1 Time Copa Italia
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement :  2 Times Paraguayan Footballer of The Year
1998 CONMEBOL Best Defender
1998 Silver Ball South American Footballer of The Year
Class :  Prince Silver

6. Juan Vicente Lezcano 

Date Of Birth  : 5 April 1937
Height : 175 cm, Position  : Center-Back
Major Club : Olimpia, Penarol
World Cup Participation  : 1958  
Club Honours : 5 Times Paraguayan League
6 Times Uruguayan League
2 Times Copa Libertadores Cup (1961, 1966)
3 Times Copa Libertadores Cup Runner-Up (1960, 1962, 1965)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1961, 1966)
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement :   None
Class  : Prince Silver

7. Manuel Fleitas Solich 

Date Of Birth  : 30 December 1900
Height : 193 cm, Position : Box-to-Box Midfielder
Major Club  : Club Nacional, Boca Juniors
Caps : 32 Games     
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours  : 2 Times Paraguayan League
1 Time Argentinian League
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class :  Prince Gold


8. Julio Cesar Romero

Date Of Birth : 28 August 1960
Position : Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Height : 185 cm, Caps  : 32 Games
Major Club  :  Fluminese
World Cup Participation : 1986 (4 Games/2 Goals)
Club Honours : 2 Times NASL Champions
1 Time Brazil National Championship
2 Times Brazil State Championship
International Honours : 1979 Copa America Winner
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Paraguayan League Top Scorer
1985 South American Footballer of The Year
Class :  Prince Gold

9. Arsenio  Erico

Date Of Birth  :  30 March 1915
Height : 178 cm, Position : Target Striker
Caps  : Unavailable in Official Match
Major Club : Independiente
Professional Score Record  :  293 Goals/ 325 Games
Club Honours : 2 Times Argentinean League
International Honours, World Cup Participation :  None
Individual Achievement  : 3 Times Argentinean League Top Scorer        
3 Times South American Top Scorer, 2 Time World League Top Scorer
Argentinean League All-Time Top Scorer, Independiente Greatest Player Ever
Argentinean League All-Time Highest Scorer in a Single Season
IFFHS Paraguay’s Player of The Century
                                                    Class : Queen Gold

10. Aurelio Gonzalez

Date Of Birth  :  25 September 1905
Position :  Second Striker
Height : 170 cm
Major Club  :  Olimpia Asuncion
Caps  : 14 Games (10 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1930 (2 Games)
Club Honours : 7 Times Paraguayan League
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  1929 Copa America Top Scorer 
Olimpia Greatest Player Ever
Class  :  Prince Gold

11. Eulogio  Martinez

Date Of Birth  :  11 June 1935
Height  : 178 cm, Position :  Fast Striker
Major Club  :  Barcelona
Caps  : 17 Games (10 Goals) (Split into Paraguay and Spain)
World Cup Participation : 1962 (1 Game)
Professional Scores Record : 168 Goals/225 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Paraguayan League
2 Times Spanish League, 3 Times Spanish Cup
2 Times Inter Cities Fair Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  : None
Class : Prince Silver

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Substitution

Rogelio Delgado

Date Of Birth  :  12 October 1959          
Height : 178 cm, Position :  Center-Back
Caps : 51 Games, Major Club : Olimpia Asuncion          
World Cup Participation : 1986 (4 Games)
Club Honours: 7 Times Paraguayan League
1 Time Argentinean League
1 Time Chilean League
1979 Copa Libertadores Cup
1979 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class : Prince Silver     

Modesto  Bria

Date Of Birth  :  8 March 1922
Position  : Destroyer
Height  :  171 cm
Major Club  :  Flamengo
Caps  :  None
World Cup Participation  :   None
Club Honours  :  1 Time Uruguayan League
3 Times Campeonato Carioca
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Silver


Delfin  Benitez Caceres

Date Of Birth  :  24 September 1910
Position :  Forward
Height : 173 cm
Major Club  :  Boca Juniors
Caps  : 15 Games (3 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1930 (1 Game)
Professional Scores Record : 192 Goals/ 312 Games
Club Honours  :  3 Time Argentinean League
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  : 1 Time Argentinean League Top Scorer
1 Time South American League Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver




Manager 

Manuel Fleitas Solich


Year Of Birth :  30 December 1900
Major Team :  Paraguay, Flamengo
Major Achievement : 3 Times Rio State Championship
1953 South American Championship Winner
Individual Achievement : None
Class :  Prince Silver










Formation XI (5-3-2)




Explanation of Formation


The team strategy is defensive-hard tackle. Chilavert is stand as GK and also set as free-kick taker. Three center-backs line has Gamarra as a sweeper and a leader to defensive line. Herrera and Lezcaco are in front of him as a stopper or marker. Arce and Torales are wing-backs to go support as a side midfielder when the team would be attacking. Solich is selected as defensive holding midfielder. Aurelio Gonzalez and Romerito creates the game in midfield as playmaker and also go advanced to support scoring. Eulogio Martinez and Erico are mainly responsible to find the opportunity to make score.




Stadium

Estadio Defensores De Chaco




Opened :  1917 (Newest Renovated In 2007)
City : Asuncion
Capacity :  42,354 Seats
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The Greatest Paraguayan Footballers of All-Time

1. Arsenio Erico
2. Manuel Fleitas Solich
3  Jose Luis Chilavert
4. Aurelio Gonzalez
5. Julio Cesar Romero


15 comments:

  1. Gamarra's photo is wrong.

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  2. Remi from Xtartime.org ? I'm accustomed to your name even we never talked together.

    Thanks for mistake ! I was confused on his face. It is Roberto Acuna and I've updated.

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  3. Anonymous14/11/14

    cadê o cabanas?

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  4. Celso Ayala? did not succeed in Europe, but was an icon in River Plate. Very solid # 2

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  5. Celso Ayala? did not succeed in Europe, but he was very solid (and revered) in River Plate

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  6. Anonymous4/3/16

    For substitution: Saturnino Arrúa? Hugo Talavera? Roque Santa Cruz? Cayetano Ré? Attila Sallustro? Salvador Cabañas? Roberto "El Gato" Fernández? Raúl Amarilla? Raimundo Aguilera?

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    1. They're not qualified to make profile but might be good enough if I create a reserved group. I didn't because it would confuse people why they're not include in the 22-men squad.

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  7. Anonymous4/10/16

    Hugo Ever Almeida as back up for Chilavert

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  8. Anonymous7/10/16

    You forgot Jose Cardozo.

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  9. He was ever named in profile but finally taken out as his club career is consider to disqualify.

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  10. Anonymous13/10/16

    Justo Villar?

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  11. What about Sinforiano Garcia?

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    1. His career is interesting as he is one of a few foreigners to play in Brazil during the 1940s to 1950s but I have no information enough to ensure how great was he.

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  12. My friend, you need more space to nominate other great Paraguayan players that are certainly impresicindibles.
    * Cayetano Ré ( Pichichi on the Spanish League)
    * Francisco S. Reyes (best player of Brasilean league 1970)
    * Saturnino Arrúa (Zaraguayo, historical classic 10)
    * Hugo Talavera (Historical classic 10 of South America, continental multi-champion.
    * Claudio Morel Rodríguez (lefty Full back, continental multi-champion and 2° player of América).


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  13. Also Manuel Gavilán, great defender of Paraguay 1947, 1949, 1950 and champions 1953.

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