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Saturday, 10 June 2006
World Cup 2006 Finals First Phase Group B, Match One

England 1 Paraguay 0 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Paraguay Squad
Team Records
The Paraguayan World Cup Finals Squad June 2006
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
10. Acuña Cabello, Roberto Miguel 25 March 1972 34 M RC Deportivo de La Coruña, SAD, Spain 93 5
8. Barreto Cáceres, Édgar Osvaldo 15 July 1984 21 M NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands 15 0
22. Bobadilla Ávalos, Aldo Antonio 20 April 1976 30 G Club Libertad 5 0
6. Bonet Cáceres, Carlos 2 October 1977 28 M Club Libertad 28 0
7. Cabañas Ortega, Salvador 5 August 1980 25 F Club Jaguares de Chiapas, Mexico 15 1
5. Cáceres López, Julio César 5 October 1979 26 D CA River Plate, Argentina 31 2
21. Caniza Acuña, Denis Ramón 29 August 1974 31 D unattached 75 1
20. Cardozo Otazu, José Saturnino 19 March 1971 35 F unattached 81 25
José Cardozo was withdrawn from the squad on 6 June due to injury.
23. Cuevas Amarilla, Nelson Rafael 10 January 1980 26 F CF Pachuca, Mexico 35 5
19. dos Santos Rodríguez, Julio Daniel 5 May 1983 23 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 17 5
4. Gamarra Pavón, Carlos Alberto 17 February 1971 35 D SE Palmeiras, Brazil 106 12
11. Gavilán Zarate, Diego Antonio 1 March 1980 26 M CA Newell's Old Boys, Argentina 39 0
12. Gómez López, Derlis Venancio 2 November 1972 33 G Sportivo Luqueño 5 0
18. Haedo Valdez, Nelson Antonio 28 November 1983 22 F SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 11 4
20. López Fariña, Dante Rafael 16 August 1983 22 F Genoa CFC SpA, Italy 7 3
Dante Lopez replaced José Cardozo, who withdrew from the squad on 6 June due to injury.
15. Manzur Caffarena, Julio César 22 June 1981 24 D Club Guaraní 13 0
17. Montiel Núñez, José Arnulfo 19 March 1988 18 M Club Olimpia 6 0
2. Núñez Mendoza, Jorge Martín 22 January 1978 28 D Estudiantes de La Plata, Argentina 15 1
13. Paredes Monges, Carlos Humberto 16 July 1976 29 M Reggina Calcio SpA, Italy 68 10
16. Riveros Núñez, Cristian Miguel 16 October 1982 23 M Club Libertad 9 0
9. Santa Cruz Cantero, Roque Luis 16 August 1981 24 F FC Bayern München AG, Germany 42 13
14. da Silva Barrios, Paulo César 2 January 1980 26 D CD Toluca AC, Mexico 33 0
3. Toledo Rodas, Delio César 2 October 1976 29 D Real Zaragoza SAD, Spain 30 4
1. Villar Viveros, Justo Wilmar 30 June 1977 28 G CA Newell's Old Boys, Argentina 39 0

Squad details correct up to and including Paraguay's match against Georgia on 31 May 2006.
Tallies are taken from the FIFA World Cup 2006 website.


Monday, 15 May 2006 - Nelson Cuevas has won the battle with Flamengo's Cesar Ramirez for a place among the strikers in Paraguay's 23-man World Cup squad.  The Pachuca player joins a powerful attacking group which includes FC Bayern München AG's fit-again Roque Santa Cruz and Werder Bremen's Nelson Haedo Valdez.  Coach Anibal Ruiz resisted the temptation to spring any surprises.  There was a tried and tested flavour to his squad and veteran Roberto Acuna has been selected for his third World Cup.  Ruiz defended his selection against criticism that it was too old to make an impact.  "Those players who are bound for the World Cup are the same athletes who fought for Paraguay's berth in the qualifying process.  A generational changeover has been made without any complications.  We have many young assets who have the backing of those with more experience."  As well as Acuna there are a number of veterans including defender Denis Caniza, captain Carlos Gamarra and forward Jose Cardozo, who is the old man of the squad at 36.  However, there are also a number of youngsters including 18-year-old midfielder Jose Montiel and key strikers Santa Cruz, who is 25, and 22-year-old Haedo Valdez.

Wednesday, 24 May 2006 -  Paraguay fear they will be without FC Bayern München AG striker Roque Santa Cruz for their opening World Cup game against England.  Santa Cruz has tendinitis in his right knee, but he is expected to be fit for Paraguay's second game against Sweden.  "We have other options, we want Roque to be 100% as well." said Anibal Ruiz.
Meanwhile Paraguay drew 2-2 in a friendly with Norway in Oslo.  Frode Johnsen gave Norway a first-half lead, before Paraguay took a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Carlos Gamarra and Nelson Haedo Valdez early in the second half.  Johnsen scored a second for Norway to level the game.

Tuesday, 6 June 2006 -  José Cardozo has been forced to pull out of the World Cup squad.  The 35-year-old sustained a knock in the friendly with German regional side Bavaria last weekend and scans have confirmed he tore a calf muscle.  Although not expected to start against England, Cardozo was his country's leading scorer in qualifying.  Genoa forward Dante Lopez has been called up to replace him.  He is flying from Italy to Oberhaching to join up with the squad.  Cardozo scored seven goals during Paraguay's qualifying campaign and his absence will reduce Anibal Ruiz's options from the bench.  Ruiz already has concerns over star striker Roque Santa Cruz, although he is expected to recover from his knee injury.

Thursday, 8 June 2006 -  Roque Santa Cruz has declared himself fit to face England. "I am ok now. I don't have a problem but we will find out (the lineup) today.  I am recovering and feeling well. I think I will start but I don't know. It is up to him," Santa Cruz said pointing to his coach Anibal Ruiz.  Ruiz declined to reveal whether the striker would be in the starting lineup to face England on Saturday. Ruiz said: "Wait and see until the day of the game at three o'clock. Then you will know."

Paraguay Form: last six games
W D L D D W   f 9:a 7  success: 58%
559 11 November 2005 - Togo 2 Paraguay 4 [2-1]
Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran
560 1 March 2006 - Wales 0 Paraguay 0 [0-0]
The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
  Fr AD
561 29 March 2006 - Mexico 2 Paraguay 1 [1-1]
Soldier Field, Near South Side, Chicago, United States
562 24 May 2006 - Norway 2 Paraguay 2 [1-0]
Ullevål Stadium, Oslo
563 27 May 2006 - Denmark 1 Paraguay 1 [0-1]
Århus Idrætspark, Århus
564 31 May 2006 - Georgia 0 Paraguay 1 [0-1]
Birkenwiese Stadion, Dornbirn, Austria