FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Paraguay took part in the very first world finals in Uruguay in 1930, and have since made seven more appearances at the game's showpiece event, the last of them coming at South Africa 2010. It was there that they achieved their best ever performance, reaching the quarter-finals before going down 1-0 to eventual champions Spain.
After missing out on a place at Brazil 2014, La Albirroja are banking on a group of experienced players in their bid to return to the global elite at Russia 2018. Skippered by front man Roque Santa Cruz, Los Guaraníes have a solid core of seasoned performers in Paulo da Silva, Justo Villar, Victor Caceres and Edgar Benitez, a quartet that will be crucial to their chances of challenging for qualification.
22 - The position occupied by Paraguay in the all-time FIFA World Cup table, courtesy of their record of seven wins, ten draws and as many defeats, equivalent to 31 points, the fifth-best tally in South America.
The former stars
Aurelio Gonzalez, Florencio Amarilla, Cayetano Re, Saturnino Arrua, Julio Cesar Romero, Roberto Cabanas, Jose Luis Chilavert, Roberto Acuna, Jose Cardozo, Francisco Arce, Carlos Gamarra, Salvador Cabanas