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Paraguay and the FIFA World Cup
As the start of the FIFA World Cup approaches the coaches of the teams going to Germany this year, find themselves in very similar situations and all facing the same large looming question of whom to take with when they go to play for football soccer’s most coveted prize: bringing the World Cup Trophy home to their fatherland. However there is one national coach that seems to be unworried: Anibal Ruiz. A Uruguayan by birth, this 50 year old football trainer is eager to prove to his adopted country that he is a trueborn son by bringing home to Paraguay the prize of all prizes. He is confident that his team will be well prepared after playing their friendly games against Mexico, Norway, Denmark, and Georgia. You can see a determination in his face; instead of the furrow of thought most coaches have on their faces at this time before the tournament. Determination that he is sure will propel his team to do better than the second round exits that Paraguay has had in the last two World Cup encounters, first in France in ’98 and later in Korea/Japan in ’02.
Reflecting on his teams draw to meet England in the first round of the Cup, Ruiz again showed his determined face stating, “What is it that every team at this level aspires to? Playing against the very best, that’s the only way to prove how good you are. We need to prove ourselves. Paraguay is a big game side. Obviously, we are aware that England is a great side, but I maintain that it is the best thing that could have happened and the players agree. It’s a bonus to be playing them first; it won’t allow us a moment’s overconfidence. From now until the World Cup kicks off, and during the tournament itself, we need to be totally switched on and focused to avoid making even the slightest error.”
Ruiz has taken not only a very determined view on the upcoming tournament but has also taken a very realistic view and knows exactly what his team should expect in the upcoming tournament and is also very aware of the need of his players to be aware of what is upcoming. Paraguay’s recent friendly match with Wales was according to Ruiz “Extremely positive.” Claiming that more than anything the match gave the team a chance to meet and go over a few things, and remember how important it is that the team is all on the same page. When all the players are all coming from different systems of play from their separate club teams it is important to give them time to adjust to the national team play, and there is no question that Ruiz understands this notion.
Having already decided on 18 of the 23 players on his team Ruiz only has a few more decisions left to make regarding the team. One of those is Rogue Santa Cruz. With his recent injury there is some small question on whether he will be able to paly at a 100 percent or not. However, both Santa Cruz and his doctor are very optimistic about his ability to play in time. Santa Cruz says that he will be ready to play by April 15, which would give him nearly two months of practice before the tournament starts. As for Ruiz, he is satisfied with that date and the confidence that Santa Cruz and his doctor show and is certain that Santa Cruz will be ready in time.
This year one can expect to see a different sort of team from Paraguay, one that is well organized and well coached. Focusing their offensive strategies on width and penetration instead of direct passes as they have done in the past. If they make it past the first big hurdle in England expect this years team from Paraguay to go far.
Published by K. Smith
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The label of “South American revelation” might be too heavy for Gerardo Martino’s squad to deal with, but up to the moment the Paraguayans have stand for their name proudly. A highly tactical team with a sharp offense will take on Marek Hamsik’s Slovakia for the top of the group, a trophy deserved only for the winner. The Eastern Europeans still have to take on the Squadra Azzurra, while the Guaranies are expecting New Zealand for their third match.
Defy the king
Once again the Paraguayans proved their worth in a world championship, having stood up against the Italians for their place within the best sixteen. Thanks to Antolin Alcaraz the Albirroja could have won the debut match, but nevertheless the result was positive for Gerardo Martino. Team’s coach declared “We are more than satisfied with the result, Paraguayans can dream with the title. We can face any rival on equal terms, we’re really optimistic regarding our future”.
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Lionel Messi’s twin strikes helped Argentina thrash Paraguay and earn a FIFA World Cup berth. The striker will now need a lot more of these trademark shots if he wants to realize his dream of winning the 2014 World Cup for his side.
A title winning performance from Argentina is long over due with their last triumph coming in 1986, a year before Messi was even born! Now, at the helm of the national team, the 26 year old wants to reclaim the title, trophy and the glory. “I dream of winning the World Cup. We all do in Argentina. But there is still a long way to go,” he was quoted as saying after Tuesday’s match.
With reports of Barcelona asking Argentina Football Association to not play him in the remaining two qualifiers doing the rounds, Messi said that his heart still wants to play for the national side. “I don’t know anything about that. I always want to play for Argentina.”
Messi has played two World Cup tournaments. In 2006, he became Argentina’s youngest ever to feature in the tournament and while his performances have been raved about, Messi has just one goal against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 to his name from the two editions.
Come 2014, Messi will be looking to re write history books and change his personal record as well when he fights to take his team quarterfinalists from the last FIFA World Cup all the way.