Team profile: Paraguay

The South Americans are apparently relishing the tag of "underdogs" as they look to qualify for the second round at their third successive World Cup. Like Group B opponents England they too are waiting on the fitness of their star striker, Bayern Munich's Roque Santa Cruz. Should he be f

    FIFA Ranking: 33

    Coach: Anibal Ruiz

    Key players: Roque Santa Cruz, Nelson Haedo Valdez, Nelson Cuevas

    World Cup record: Seventh appearance

    Best finish: Second round 1998, 2002

    Qualifying route: Fourth in South American qualifying

    Key question: Without their talismanic goal keeper Jose Luis Chilavert can the Paraguayans better their efforts of the last two Cups?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Justo Villar 1
    Derlis Gomez 12
    Aldo Bobadilla 22
    Defenders
    Jorge Nunez 2
    Delio Toledo 3
    Carlos Gamarra 4
    Julio Cesar Caceres 5
    Paulo da Silva 14
    Julio Manzur 15
    Denis Caniza 21
    Midfielders
    Carlos Bonet 6
    Salvador Cabanas 7
    Edgar Barreto 8
    Roberto Acuna 10
    Diego Gavilan 11
    Carlos Paredes 13
    Cristian Riveros 16
    Jose Montiel 17
    Julio dos Santos 19
    Forwards
    Roque Santa Cruz 9
    Nelson Valdez 18
    Jose Cardozo 20
    Nelson Cuevas 23

    Group matches:

    v England, 13:00 GMT, Saturday 10th June - Frankfurt

    v Sweden, 19:00 GMT, Thursday 15th June - Berlin

    v Trinidad & Tobago, 19:00 GMT, Tuesday 20th June - Kaiserslautern


    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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