|| The team known as the "Guaraníes"
was present at the first FIFA World Cup finals
at Uruguay '30. One victory and one defeat
was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
In 1950 and 1958, Paraguay failed to progress
from the qualifying group. They would have
to wait until 1986 to return to football's
biggest stage. In Mexico, Paraguay reached
the second round for the first time. However,
their luck ran out in a 3-0 defeat to England,
with coach Caetano Re forced to watch the
match from the stands.
||In 1998, a Paraguay team featuring goalkeeper
Jose Luis Chilavert sent shockwaves through
the tournament. Their unbeaten run was eventually
ended by a golden goal in the second round
defeat to eventual FIFA World Cup winners
France. The second round was again the end
of Paraguay's campaign again in 2002.