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Paraguay

South American teams will support Sepp Blatter for re-election, report says

Sepp Blatter can count on the support of the CONMEBOL federation.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- The countries which make up the South American football confederation have decided to support Sepp Blatter in FIFA's presidential elections, a source familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement by the executive committee of CONMEBOL had not been made. The decision was reached after the 10-nation governing body in South America heard proposals from Blatter and other candidates on...

 By Tim Vickery

Reviewing the results of CONMEBOL teams since the World Cup

With his comeback from suspension close, Luis Suarez has come to terms with his actions, which saw him sent home from the World Cup in disgrace.

After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?

ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0

New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.

Instead...

Scouting Report: Derlis Gonzalez is Paraguay's rising star at FC Basel

Derlis Gonzalez was clearly undaunted in making his Champions League debut at Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Derlis Gonzalez was clearly undaunted in making his Champions League debut at Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Derlis Gonzalez

D.o.B: March 23,1994
Club: Basel
Position: Winger
Nationality: Paraguay
Height: 172cm
Weight: 64kg
Estimated Value: £15 million

Basel were roundly beaten by Real Madrid in their opening Champions League group stage fixture, but at least one of their players came away enriched by the experience. Derlis González made his Champions League debut on one of European football's grandest stages and marked the occasion with an impressive performance and a well-taken goal.

The story of González's rise begins at Rubio Ñu, a small club from the Santísima Trindad neighbourhood of the Paraguayan capital of Asunción....

 By Tim Vickery

Paraguayan football turned into a giant Heartbreak Hotel in 2014

While their neighbours from all around South America got to see their national teams in action at the World Cup in Brazil, Paraguay fans were not as lucky.
While their neighbours from all around South America got to see their national teams in action at the World Cup in Brazil, Paraguay fans were not as lucky.

This was the year when the Paraguayans could have gone to the World Cup to cheer on their team. They could have flooded across the border to Brazil as the Argentines and the Chileans did -- had their team qualified for the tournament. But this time they missed out.

Paraguay had made it through to the four previous World Cups, a splendid achievement for a country with a population of under seven million people. And in those four tournaments, they were never easily beaten. Football brings to the...

Griezmann goal not enough for France

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France were denied victory over Paraguay in their World Cup warm-up match in Nice as Victor Caceres scored his first international goal late on.

Antoine Griezmann scored in the 82nd minute to give France a deserved lead after they had dominated the match in both chances and possession, but Caceres, who has played more than 50 games for his country without finding the net, headed the equaliser in the last minute.

It meant the night would end in frustration for France manager Didier Deschamps as his...