Flag of Paraguay


406,752 km


6 million

Paraguay is a country in central South America. It borders Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil.


Paraguay's most popular sport is football. Paraguay failed to qualify for every FIFA World Cup from 1962 through 1982. The Paraguay national football team qualified for eight FIFA World Cups, including four consecutive World Cups from 1998 to 2010. Their best result was a quarterfinal finish in 2010.

In the real 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Paraguay finished rock bottom with 3 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses, failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1994. This was considered to be the decline of the Paraguay national football team. At the 2015 Copa America, Paraguay had a much better result than their 2014 World Cup qualifying, reaching the semifinals and shocking Brazil in the quarterfinals to deny them a Confederations Cup spot. However, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, Paraguay turn their 2014 bad luck around, with 24 points.