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Paraguay World Cup great Carlos Gamarra, 47, could come out of retirement

Former Paraguay international Carlos Gamarra could make a sensational return to football at the age of 47 -- 11 years after announcing his retirement.

Gamarra -- who won 110 caps for Paraguay and was named in FIFA's Team of the Tournament at the 1998 World Cup -- played for Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan as well as various teams in Brazil and Argentina in a career which spanned from 1991 to 2007.

Rubio Nu technical director Juan Sosa believes the Copa Paraguaya has been "devalued" and...

U.S. not slowed by lack of experience in friendly win over Paraguay

With just four substitutions used, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno questions the lack of minutes for the USMNT's up-and-coming players against Paraguay.

CARY, N.C. -- The U.S. men's national team defeated Paraguay 1-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday. Bobby Wood's penalty late in the first half provided the winning margin, while the U.S. defense held firm, despite a few late scrambles.

Here are three thoughts on the Americans' first win since last October.

1. Lack of experience doesn't slow U.S.

The storyline heading into the match was how few caps could be found on the U.S. roster. There were eight uncapped players and another 10...

 By Tim Vickery

Brazil through to 2018 World Cup while Uruguay and Argentina fret

In stoppage time of the last game of the round, Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed a free kick against the Peruvian bar. It came down, from the Uruguayan point of view, on the wrong side of the line. They lost 2-1, and as a result of that, Brazil became the first team to qualify for Russia 2018.

Earlier in the evening Brazil had beaten Paraguay 3-0. It was their eighth consecutive victory, all of them since coach Tite took command of a struggling side.

Paraguay did not make it easy for them in...

 By Tim Vickery

The state of play in South America's World Cup qualifiers

There are no real prizes for coming first. Or second for that matter. World Cup qualification in South America is all about crossing the line and making it through to Russia.

The first four teams qualify automatically for next year's tournament, with the side finishing fifth having to play off against opponents from Oceania. And as the competition moves into the final third, only Brazil are really sitting pretty.

Those six consecutive wins under new coach Tite have carried Brazil to 27 points. In...

 By Tim Vickery

48-team World Cup could negatively affect South American qualifying

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.

On the website of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, there is an article entitled: "From 13 teams in Uruguay 1930 to 48 in the 2026 World Cup."

It is a neat way of reminding everyone of one of the great trump cards of the South American game: its fabulous tradition. This is the continent where the World Cup began and which has won nine versions of the tournament, divided between Brazil (five wins) and Uruguay and Argentina (two apiece).

The big three has provided Barcelona with the "MSN"...

 By Tim Vickery

Echoes of Sebastian Abreu as Juan Manuel Iturbe makes his 10th move

Juan Manuel Iturbe
Torino is the eighth club that Juan Manuel Iturbe has played for in his short career.

Last week veteran Uruguayan centre-forward Sebastian Abreu was proudly presented at his latest club -- Bangu, a small but traditional outfit on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

The move to Brazil is the 28th of his career, which has taken him to a total of 23 clubs in nine countries. At the age of 40, this will surely be one of his last moves.

But even as Abreu trades El Salvador for Brazil, a player is emerging in Italy who could end up challenging Abreu's statistics. Paraguayan striker Juan Manuel...