International Factoids: Paraguay

19 04 2009
Paraguay is currently in first place in CONMEBOL and ranked 17th in the latest FIFA rankings.

Paraguay is currently in first place in CONMEBOL and ranked 17th in the latest FIFA rankings.

The Paraguayan national team is currenty atop the standings in CONMEBOL qualifying play.  The Guaranís have established themselves as a power in South America with successes both at the international and club levels.  When you think of Paraguay, players like Roberto Cabañas, Carlos Gamarra, José Amado Nunes, Julio César Romero, Roque Santa Cruz, and who could forget José Luis Chilavert.   Also there were players like former Barcelona and Espanyol star Cayetano Ré who won the Pichichi back in the 1964-65 season. There are also players like Denis Caniza, Claudio Morel Rodríguez, Julio César Cáceres, Nelson Haedo Valdez, and Salvador Cabañas leading the way for the national side.

This new generation of players led by Gerardo Martino is enjoying the benefits of having won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.   They have been also able to bounce back from an underachieving performance in the 2006 World Cup as well as a disappointing end to the 2007 Copa América at the hands of Paraguay.

Currently, the Albirroja are only two points away from securing their ticket to the World Cup for the fourth consecutive time; the fifth time in seven tournaments.  Although brief, Paraguay made their debut in the World back in 1930, but were manhandled by eventual semifinalist- the USA- 3-0 at the Estadio Parque Central in Montevideo.   Since then, there have been several highs and lows.  The highest moment in Parauguayan football was when they played eventual World Cup champ France to until Laurent Blanc scored in the  113th minute.  Four years later that would happen to them against as Oliver Neuville wold score in the dying minutes of the game to leave them out in the knockout stages yet once again.  Now they are ready to make some new memories.

Below are some factoids.  This will consistently grow and/or change in time.

All-Time Caps Leaders

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia and the APF

Player Years Caps (Goals)
Carlos Gamarra 19932006 110 (12)
Roberto Acuña 1993-2006 97 (5)
Celso Ayala 1993-2003 85 (6)
José Saturnino Cardozo 1991-2006 82 (25)
Roberto Fernández 19761989 78 (0)
Juan Bautista Torales 19791989 77 (1)
Denis Caniza 1996-present 77 (1)
José Luis Chilavert 1989-2003 74 (8)
Estanislao Struway 19912002 74 (4)
Carlos Humberto Paredes 1998-present 71 (10)
Julio César Enciso 19952004 70 (2)

All-Time Goalscorers

Player Years Goals (Caps)
José Saturnino Cardozo 1991-2006 25 (82)
Roque Santa Cruz 1999-present 20 (60)
Saturnino Arrúa 19691980 13 (26)
Julio César Romero 1979-1986 13 (32)
Gerardo Rivas 19211926 12 (32)
Carlos Gamarra 1993-2006 12 (110)
Miguel Ángel Benítez 19961999 11 (30)
Gerardo Claus Decker 1983-1988 11 o/g (29)
Juan Bautista Villalba 19451947 10 (22)
Aurelio González 1924-1937 10 (23)
Carlos Humberto Paredes 1998-present 10 (71)
José Luis Chilavert 1989-2003 8 (74)

Congrats To Jersey Winner…

18 04 2009
Paraguayan National Team

Paraguayan National Team

Congratulations to Sergio Chade of Miami, FL. He won the Paraguayan national team jersey.

The answer was José Saturnino Cardozo. He scored 25 goals in 82 caps.

Log on to MAF for future giveaways.

MAF Paraguayan Jersey Giveaway

9 04 2009

Interested in getting a jersey?

Well now is your chance.
We have a Paraguayan national team jersey that we are giving away. To be in the running you have to answer one simple question.

Who is the all-time leading scorer in Paraguayan national team history?

Who is the all-time leading scorer with the Paraguayan national team. If you would like to guess, send your answer to

All correct answers will be in the running for the Paraguay jersey and the winner will be announced during next week´s edition of Mad About Fútbol.

CONMEBOL Week 12 Wrap

1 04 2009

For those neysayers that still think that Europe is tops for international play, the past two days in CONMEBOL once again proved why this region is the toughest in the world to get out of.

Venezuela and Bolivia’s chances to get to the World Cup were moribund until they played their most inspired matches of the season. Both sides made history in process. Venezuela beat their neighbors for the first time in World Cup qualifying play at home. A ten-man Colombia side put up a valiant fight, albeit one that generated few chances on goal the last half hour of play.

Nicolás Fedor opened the scoring with a contrversial goal and Juan Arango once again was the Cafeteros’ nightmare scoring off a free kick that David Ospina could do nothing about. This left Colombis in a tough situation come June against an Argentina side that will defintely be motivated.

Diego Maradona thought his side was clicking on all cylinders, but the altitude and a team that poppoed them in the mouth put them in dire straits from the first whistle. Bolivia’s 6-1 thrashing of the Albiceleste was the worst for the Argentines since the 1958 World Cup when Czechoslovakia beat them by the same result.  Joaquín Botero’s hat-trick placed him top the goalscoring list.

Ecuador once again had trouble scoring but once they had the lead their advantage was take away in the dying moments of the match by Paraguay.  The Guaranís are now two points away from reaching the magic number to qualify for the World Cup.

Chile and Uruguay was one of the more exciting scoreless draws that could be seen.  The frenetic pace benefitted the spectators, but neither team got the complete satisfaction to know that they pulled a point away from Colombia.

Brazil had it a long time coming and they were able to beat Peru without a problem.   The win put them in second place behind Paraguay and Brazil inch closer to the cup as well as a huge match in June at the Centenario.

Venezuela 2-0 Colombia
VEN: Fedor (76′), Arango (81′)

Bolivia 6-1 Argentina
BOL: Martins (11′), Botero (33′ pk, 53′, 65′), Da Rosa (45′), Torrico (81′)
ARG: González (24′)

Ecuador 1-1 Paraguay
ECU: Noboa (63′)
PAR: Benítez (90′)

Chile 0-0 Uruguay

Brazil 3-0 Peru
BRA: Luis Fabiano (16′ pk, 27′), Felipe Melo (64′)stand1

Important Midweek Matches In CONMEBOL

31 03 2009



The weekend results left various teams’ aspirations either recharged or on life support.
One of the teams that is at that stage is Venezuela. After a strong start winning two out of their first four matches, Venezuela has fallen of significantly.

The post-Richard Paez era has not been to kind to the Vinotinto and their confidence is virtually shot.  César Farías has not been able to find the way to right this ship and his he has looked for everything from the established player all the way to the young up and comers.

Their coup de grace might have been the visit to Buenos Aires.  Although they have never won against the Albiceleste, it was a chance to send a message to CONMEBOL that they were still in the running for at least the fifth spot in the region.

But in the Northern Derby… those things fly out the window and their competition does not lie strictly on the football pitch.   I just have two words for you-  Catherine Fulop and Pilar Ruiz.  These two ladies from Venezuela and Colombia respectively make you take life in a different make you look admire the game both in and out of the pitch.

Pilar Ruiz

Pilar Ruiz

Catherine Fulop

Catherine Fulop

Stats:  Both teams have faced off five times in World Cup qualifying play in Venezuela.   Colombia leads the series 1-4-0.  Colombia have not won in Venezuea since 1996. Colombia are winless in their last five road games (1-0-4) and haven’t won a road game in WCQ since November 2005 against Paraguay in Asunción. Read the rest of this entry »

CONMEBOL Week 11 Results And Standings

29 03 2009


Uruguay took a huge leap towards getting back into the race to qualifying for South Africa 2010 with a convincing win over first place Paraguay at the mythical Centenario in Montevideo.  It was the vanguard (Diego Forlán and Diego Lugano) that scored both goals for Oscar Washington Tabárez’ club.  They will now face a Chile side in Santiago that made history against archrivals Peru.
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