The Paraguay team, known as the "Guaraníes", was one of the 13 teams in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. They have appeared at the World Cup eight time, the last in 2010.
In their first world Cup in 1930, 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. Their best performances have been reaching the second round in 1986, 1998 and 2002, and reaching the Quarter-finals in 2010.
- 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 winners France. The second round was again the end of Paraguay's campaign again in 2002.
- Paraguayan coach Cayetano Re was sent off during a First Round match against Belgium on 11 June, 1986 because he was standing too close to the field, becoming the first coach to be sent off in World Cup finals.
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