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 Pedro Sarabia
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
South Korea 2017
Poland 2019 To be determined
Total 9/21 36 13 10 13 46 47

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to compete in the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship.

Head coach: Pedro Sarabia[4]

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Óscar Benítez (1998-07-10)10 July 1998 (aged 18) Paraguay Rubio Ñu
2 2DF Rodi Ferreira (1998-05-29)29 May 1998 (aged 18) Portugal Leixões
3 2DF Marcelo Arce (1998-03-24)24 March 1998 (aged 18) Paraguay Olimpia
4 2DF Blas Riveros (1998-02-03)3 February 1998 (aged 18) Switzerland Basel
5 2DF Saúl Salcedo (1997-08-29)29 August 1997 (aged 19) Argentina Huracán
6 3MF Cristhian Paredes (1998-05-18)18 May 1998 (aged 18) United States Portland Timbers
7 4FW Julio Villalba (1998-09-11)11 September 1998 (aged 18) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
8 3MF Jorge Morel (1998-01-22)22 January 1998 (aged 18) Paraguay Guaraní
9 4FW Pedro Báez (1997-01-15)15 January 1997 (aged 20) Paraguay Cerro Porteño
10 4FW Josué Colmán (1998-07-25)25 July 1998 (aged 18) United States Orlando City SC
11 3MF Jesús Medina (1997-04-30)30 April 1997 (aged 19) United States New York City FC
12 1GK Fabio Morán (1997-01-25)25 January 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay General Caballero
13 2DF Richard Escobar (1997-01-18)18 January 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
14 2DF Ricardo Garay (1997-03-07)7 March 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay Nacional
15 3MF Rodrigo Bogarín (1997-05-24)24 May 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay Guaraní
16 4FW Guillermo Paiva (1997-08-17)17 August 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay Olimpia
17 4FW Leandro Flecha (1997-03-05)5 March 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay Libertad
18 3MF Mathías Villasanti (1997-01-24)24 January 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño
19 4FW Sebastián Ferreira (1998-02-13)13 February 1998 (aged 18) Mexico Morelia
20 3MF Richard Prieto (1997-01-25)25 January 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay General Díaz
21 2DF Sergio Ávalos (1997-10-25)25 October 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay General Díaz
22 1GK Marino Arzamendia (1998-01-19)19 January 1998 (aged 18) Paraguay Santaní
23 2DF Pablo Meza (1997-01-29)29 January 1997 (aged 19) Paraguay General Díaz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.com.py/deportes/paraguay-se-consagra-campeon-de-la-copa-milk-sub-20-655957.html
  2. ^ http://www.abc.com.py/deportes/seleccion-sub-20-a-casa-con-la-segunda-copa-659890.html
  3. ^ El paraguayo Santander, entre las figuras del Sub 20
  4. ^ "CAMPEONATO SUDAMERICANO SUB-20 - ECUADOR 2017. LISTA DE JUGADORES. País: Paraguay" (PDF). CONMEBOL.

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