Colours: Red and white striped shirt, blue shorts, blue socks.
Nickname: La albirroja (the white and red)
Previous World Cup appearances - 7: 1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006
Best World Cup performance: second round 1986, 1998, 2002
Coach: Gerardo Martino (Argentine)
Most capped player: Carlos Gamarra 110
Top goalscorer: Jose Saturnino Cardozo 25
The loss of Salvador Cabanas, recovering after being shot in the head in an argument in a Mexico City bar in January, might affect Paraguay's chances.
Coach Martino has a policy of calling up naturalised players, with four Argentine-born men in his provisional 30-man squad.
Players to watch:
The Borussia Dortmund strike pair of Nelson Haedo Valdez and Lucas Barrios, if he makes the cut for the 23-man squad. Fellow striker Oscar Cardozo has been in fine scoring form for Benfica, while Roque Santa Cruz stands out for his experience. (Compiled by Rex Gowar; Editing by Clare Fallon; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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