Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has announced his provisional squad for the World Cup...Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has announced his provisional squad for this summer's World Cup. The most surprising name in the squad was Borussia Dortmund's Lucas Barrios.
The prolific striker was born and raised in Argentina, but has a Paraguayan mother and thus has dual nationality. Barrios has yet to make his first international appearance.
"There's little doubt that Lucas is a superb attacker. He has been in good form this season and deserves a call-up," Martino was quoted as saying at a press conference.
Barrios joined Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund from Colo Colo last summer and has immediately developed into his side's star attacker. He has so far scored 18 Bundesliga goals.
Other big names in the Paraguay squad include Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz and Benfica hitman Oscar Cardozo.
Goalies: Justo Villar (Real Valladolid), Aldo Bobadilla (Deportivo Independiente de Medellin), Diego Barreto (Cerro Porteno)
Defenders: Morel Rodriguez (Boca Juniors), Denis Caniza (Leon), Paulo da Silva (Sunderland), Dario Veron (Pumas UNAM), Julio Cesar Caceres (Atletico Mineiro), Julio Manzur (Tigres), Carlos Bonet (Olimpia), Aureliano Torres (San Lorenzo de Almagro), Marcos Caceres (Racing), Antolin Alcaraz (Club Brugge)
Midfielders: Edgar Barreto (Atalanta Bergamo), Cristian Riveros (Cruz Azul), Osvaldo Martinez (Monterrey), Victor Caceres (Libertad), Enrique Vera (Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito), Jonathan Santana (VfL Wolfsburg), Sergio Aquino (Libertad), Eduardo Ledesma (Lanus), Nestor Ortigoza (Argentinos Juniors), Marcelo Estigarribia (Newell's Old Boys)
Attackers: Roque Santa Cruz (Manchester City), Nelson Haedo Valdez (Borussia Dortmund), Oscar Cardozo (Benfica), Edgar Benitez (Toluca), Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund), Rodolfo Gamarra (Libertad) en Jorge Achucarro (Newell's Old Boys)
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