Paraguay men's national under-20 football team

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Paraguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Asociación Paraguaya
de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Paraguay Víctor Genés
Captain Gustavo Gómez
Home stadium Estadio Defensores del Chaco
FIFA code PAR
First colours
Second colours
First international
NA
Best result FIFA U-20 World Cup
Fourth Place 1 time (2001)
South American Youth Football Championship
First Place 1 time (1971)
Runner-up 4 times (1964, 1967, 1985, 2009)
Third Place 6 times (1974, 1977, 1979, 1997, 2001, 2003)
Fourth Place 1 time (1999)

Paraguay national under-20 football team represents Paraguay in international football competitions such as FIFA U-20 World Cup and South American Youth Football Championship.

The team's most successful period was mostly during 2001 to 2003 and once again in 2006, achieving Fourth place at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship before winning back to back tournaments at the Milk Cup in 2002 and 2003 and once again in 2006.[1] Paraguay also won the 2002 SBS Cup disputed in Shizuoka Japan.[2]

Overview[edit]

The under-20 Paraguay national football team has seen and delivered along the years many of Paraguay's best talents such as Juan Bautista Agüero, Julio César Romero, Roberto Cabañas, Paulo Da Silva, Justo Villar, Salvador Cabañas and Roque Santa Cruz.

The team has participated in 8 events of the FIFA World Youth Championship and the best performance came in the 2001 World Cup held in Argentina, when Paraguay finished in the fourth place. The best performance at the South American level came in 1971 when they won the South American Youth Football Championship (also known as "Juventud de América"), along with four runners-up finishes in 1964, 1967, 1985 and 2009.

Paraguay has qualified for 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup that was held in Egypt.

Current talents for the Paraguay squad include Hernán Pérez, Robin Ramírez, Nicolás Martínez, Federico Santander and Joel Silva.[3]

Tournament records[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup
Hosts / Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Tunisia 1977 Group Stage 3 2 0 1 6 2
Japan 1979 Quarterfinals 4 2 1 1 8 3
Australia 1981 Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1983
Soviet Union 1985 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 6
Chile 1987 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1989
Portugal 1991
Australia 1993
Qatar 1995
Malaysia 1997 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 5 6
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 7 8
Argentina 2001 Fourth place 7 3 1 3 8 11
United Arab Emirates 2003 Round of 16 4 2 0 2 4 4
Netherlands 2005 Did Not Qualify
Canada 2007
Egypt 2009 Round of 16 4 1 2 1 2 4
Colombia 2011 Did Not Qualify
Turkey 2013 Round of 16 4 1 2 1 3 3
New Zealand 2015 Did Not Qualify
Total 9/20 36 13 10 13 46 47

Current squad[edit]

Team of the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship.

Coach: Víctor Genes Paraguay[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Tomás Echagüe (1996-09-18)18 September 1996 (aged 18) Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
2 2DF Juan Escobar (1995-07-03)3 July 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
3 2DF Iván Cañete (1995-04-22)22 April 1995 (aged 19) Spain Atlético Madrid C
4 2DF Ariel Benítez (1997-09-15)15 September 1997 (aged 17) Paraguay Guaraní
5 2DF Saúl Salcedo (1997-08-29)29 August 1997 (aged 17) Paraguay Olimpia
6 3MF Ángel Benítez (1996-01-27)27 January 1996 (aged 18) Paraguay Libertad
7 3MF Danilo Santacruz (1995-06-12)12 June 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Libertad
8 3MF Gustavo Viera (1995-08-28)28 August 1995 (aged 19) Brazil Corinthians
9 4FW Luis Amarilla (1995-08-25)25 August 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Libertad
10 4FW Antonio Sanabria (1996-04-04)4 April 1996 (aged 18) Italy Roma
11 4FW Sergio Díaz (1998-03-05)5 March 1998 (aged 16) Paraguay Cerro Porteño
12 1GK José Colmán (1996-06-04)4 June 1996 (aged 18) Paraguay 3 de Febrero
13 2DF Omar Alderete (1996-12-26)26 December 1996 (aged 18) Paraguay Cerro Porteño
14 2DF José Sanabria (1996-03-25)25 March 1996 (aged 18) Paraguay Libertad
15 2DF Marcos González (1995-07-15)15 July 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Olimpia
16 3MF Ariel Guachire (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Libertad
17 3MF Jesús Medina (1997-04-30)30 April 1997 (aged 17) Paraguay Libertad
18 3MF Enrique Araújo (1995-10-03)3 October 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Nacional
19 4FW Walter González (1995-05-21)21 May 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Olimpia
20 3MF Jeremías Bogado (1995-07-04)4 July 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Olimpia
21 3MF Walter Araújo (1995-09-05)5 September 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Sol de América
22 1GK Miguel Mereles (1996-04-06)6 April 1996 (aged 18) Paraguay Libertad
23 4FW Brahian Ayala (1995-06-29)29 June 1995 (aged 19) Paraguay Rubio Ñu

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