Paraguay Aims for First Copa America Victory Since 1979
Could the Paraguay national football team have what it takes to win the 2015 Copa America? The last time the country won the prestigious South and Central American tournament, it was the end of the 1970s. However, the White and Red did finish as runner-up at the 2011 incarnation of the event, which means they certainly can’t be written off as potential contenders this year. Root for the team today with a brand new Paraguay soccer jersey, available at Soccer Box.
When we say “brand new” in this context, we truly mean “brand new.” We’ve just received stock of the new Paraguay home shirt 2015 – 2016 from Adidas. The jersey, a beautiful home shirt with white and red vertical striping and slight V-neck, is the shirt that Paraguayan players will wear at this summer’s Copa event. Get your hands on the football jersey today, and prepare for the June commencement of this anticipated contest.
Paraguayan Football History
The Paraguay national team is not considered in modern football in the same way that fellow South American sides like Brazil and Argentina are. Currently, the club is slotted at number 79 on FIFA’s world rankings, sandwiched between Jamaica and China. Meanwhile, the Brazilian side is at number six, and Argentina is ranked second.
Still, all rankings aside, the Paraguayan football team does have a respectable legacy in the sport of soccer. The club has won Copa America twice, first in 1953 and most recently in 1979. They’ve also made eight appearances at the World Cup over the years, including a run through to the quarterfinals in 2010.
Recent tournaments have shown some strong signs of life among the wearers of the Paraguay soccer jersey. First was the 2010 World Cup. Paraguay won their group, besting Slovakia, New Zealand, and four-time champs Italy to earn a spot in the knockout stage. They went on to top Japan in the round of 16, but ultimately fell 0-1 to Spain in the quarters. Spain, of course, went on to win the entire tournament.
Fans in the Paraguay home shirt 2015 – 2016 will also be fondly remembering the 2011 Copa America as they assess their squad’s chances in 2015. The 2011 competition saw a slow start for the Red and White. They drew all of their group matches, and ended up in third place behind Brazil and Venezuela. Still, a strong ranking among the third teams gave the squad a second chance, and they advanced to the knockouts.
Somehow, the Red and White really came alive during the knockout phase. In an action-packed quarterfinal fixture, the team forced a scoreless extra-time draw with Brazil. By some stroke of luck, Brazilian footballers missed four shots in a row during the penalty kick shootout. Edgar Barreto missed the first penalty kick for Paraguay, too, but a pair of on-target shots from his teammates secured the club a spot in the semifinals.
The semifinal fixture, against Venezuela, also came down to a penalty shootout after a scoreless match. And once again, the Red and White prevailed, this time winning the shootout 5-3. So it was that the Paraguayan national side earned its first berth in a Copa America championship match since 1979.
The wearers of the Paraguay soccer jersey would ultimately lose 0-3 to Uruguay in the final, but the tournament was still seen as a big success for them. After all, it brought them back into contention at South America’s biggest football tournament for the first time in decades.
2015 – 2016
Now, as players prepare to don the Paraguay home shirt 2015 – 2016 and head off to Chile for the 2015 Copa America, fans are wondering if another championship match could be in the cards. First, the Red and White squad will have to push through the groups again.
This year, Paraguay has been drawn into perhaps the toughest group in the entire tournament. They will have to contend with Argentina, Uruguay, and Jamaica for a chance to reach the knockouts. It will be a challenge, to be sure, but the team exceeded expectations in 2011, and could do so again in 2015.
Cheer for “exceeding expectations” with a new 2015 – 2016 Paraguay soccer jersey, available at Soccer Box. You’ll want to have this stylish 2015 – 2016 home shirt ready for mid-June, when group play begins!