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    Paraguay inspired by Villar the Invincible

    Goalkeeper Justo Villar has had a big hand in Paraguay’s run to the final of the 2011 Copa America, standing tall against Brazil and then Venezuela to put his side on the brink of glory.  

    Paraguay
    FIFA.com profiles Paraguay's qualification hopes for Brazil 2014 and highlights the star players, the coach and the country's footballing history.
    • Justo Villar, from Paraguay, control the penalty against Venezuela
    • Paraguayan footballers celebrate at the end of their 2011 Copa America semi-final match
    • van Piris of Paraguay struggles for the ball with Jose Salomon Rondon of Venezuela
    • Venezuelan defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (R) and Paraguayan midfielder Cristian Riveros jump for the ball
    • Edgar Barreto of Paraguay struggles for the ball with Gabriel Cichero of Venezuela
    • Paraguayan defender Paulo da Silva (L) blocks a kick by Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango (R)
    • Venezuelan midfielder Franklin Lucena (R) and Paraguayan forward Lucas Barrios vie for the ball
    • Paraguayan midfielder Cristian Riveros (R) heads the ball near teammate Nelson Haedo Valdez and Venezuelan defender Roberto Rosales
    • Ivan Piris of Paraguay in action during a semi final match

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    RankingTeam+/- Pts Jul 2011
    24Turkey Turkey-1Down
    25Peru Peru24Up
    26Paraguay Paraguay6Up
    27Serbia Serbia-2Down
    28Korea Republic Korea Republic-2Down