Paraguay's Los Guaraníes
Football is Paraguay's premier sport, and the South American country is crazy about Los Guaraníes, their national side. They may never have won the World Cup, but Paraguay have often contended for regional titles and have defeated all of their more illustrious neighbours in the past, and they will surely do so in the future. So get hold of Paraguay tickets and you may well witness something truly special.
Paraguay's national football team: A little background
Famous for their red and white tops with blue shorts, Los Guaraníes have been playing international matches since 1921. From the very start, they have surprised their more famous regional rivals. In fact, they beat Uruguay in their very first Copa America match - a sign that Paraguay should never be underestimated.
Since then, the team has travelled to eight World Cups, reached the second round four times and won two Copa America championships. At the same time, they have featured some of South America's most glittering talents, including extrovert goalkeeper Jose Chilavert, striker Roque Santa Cruz, and central defender Carlos Gamarra.
Paraguay play most of their home matches at the Estadio Defensores del Chaco, a 38,000 capacity arena in the capital Asuncion. However, they often play abroad, whether it's in the United States for a Copa America tournament or friendly matches in Europe. So wherever you are, there may be a chance to buy Paraguay tickets.
Great achievements in the history of Paraguayan football
Paraguay have always punched well above their weight in footballing terms, spurred on by a desire to bring nations like Brazil and Argentina down to size. You could see that from the start, when they defeated Uruguay in their first Copa America, but it was most clearly shown in 1953, when Paraguay won the title for the first time.
Glory returned in 1979, when Paraguay won a second title. This time, they had to contend with the 1978 World Cup winners Argentina and a Brazil team featuring greats like Socrates (who Paraguay defeated in the semi-final). It was an incredible achievement for a small footballing nation.
Paraguay haven't won another Copa America since then, but they have come close, reaching the final in 2011 only to lose against an Uruguay team featuring Luis Suarez. The same team also managed to reach the World Cup quarter finals in 2010, during the country's most consistent period of success.
Whenever you purchase Paraguay tickets, expect to see disciplined football with a stylish edge. Never likely to give up, Los Guaraníes represent that country with pride and are always worth watching.