C.Ronaldo’s series of impressive performances helped Portugal on clinching their spot in the 2014 World Cup with the star of Real Madrid scoring a hat-trick during a qualification match against Sweden as well making another standout display in a friendly match against Cameroon.
From there on out it was a downhill path for the former Manchester United player as he could not continue pushing Portugal to the next stages of the 2014 World Cup and had to settle with a 3rd spot in Group G which wasn’t enough for them to advance any further.
Paraguay might not have been able to qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014, but, they are a very talented unit and they proved that yesterday night in a practice match against one of the World’s strongest teams France in Nice.
Victor Genes’ boys were trailing by 0-1 for most parts of the match, but, at no point of time did they look like giving up. They kept looking for that leveller right through the game and finally managed to score it in the 89th minute to stop the Les Blues on a draw.
Gerardo Martino’s time in charge of Barcelona saw him being unable on securing any major trophies with the Spanish club and even though he had originally signed a 2 year long contract with Barcelona, the Argentinean coach was removed from his position in the club in 10 months.
Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League after playing against Athletic Madrid and losing 2-1 and they failed on winning the League title and had to settle with a 2nd place position.
Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz has stated that his club team, Malaga, were unfortunate not to come away with a point from the recent match against Real Sociedad. After going through a lot of financial troubles in recent years, Malaga are slowly rebuilding and looking to get out of the relegation dogfight.
They are currently just one place above the relegation zone with only three points separating them from it. A point would have been extremely good in these circumstances, but they were able to get only a 1-0 defeat against their Champions league places chasing opponents.
Paraguay are reportedly in talks with former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni about taking charge of their national team. The Italian is currently out of work after leaving the Ireland job a few months ago.
Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz has said that former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is one of the coolest men in football. Pellegrini recently took over as the manager of Manchester city – Santa Cruz' former club. He has come over from Malaga after doing a stellar job with the Spanish club with limited resources.
He managed to almost get them into the semifinals of the Champions League only to be beaten by Borussia Dortmund with a controversial goal last season. City have not been out of the headlines under Pellegrini, as they have been struggling in the league.
Paraguay, who sit bottom of the World Cup qualifying table in South America, managed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Bolivia to give hopes that the team will be able to improve in the forthcoming years.
Paraguay have no chance of qualifying for the World Cup after having taken just 11 points from the 14 matches so far. Only five teams can qualify for the World Cup out of the nine from the South American continent. Even though they managed to reach the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, they have been very disappointing in the last few years.
Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo is set to complete a move away from Portuguese football in the near future according to his agent. The Benfica striker has been linked with a move away from the club in the summer, but it appears that an agreement is close.
Cardozo has been linked with several Premier league clubs including Manchester City in the last few weeks. However, he now looks set to complete a move to Turkish football after Fenerbahce are leading the race to sign the 29-year-old according to his agent. Turkish football has been attracting big names in the last few years.
It is understood that Brazilian club Santos are looking at the possibility of bringing Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz back to South America in the summer. The Manchester city striker is currently playing for the Spanish club Malaga.
However, he is out of contract with the Premier league outfit at the end of the season, thus making him free to join any club of his wish. Even though he has indicated that he is extremely happy at Malaga, the financial restrictions of the Spanish club mean that he is unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis.
Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz has said that he expects Malaga to qualify for the Champions League semifinals against all the odds.
At the start of the season, not many would have expected Malaga to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. However, they have reached this stage and they will be playing against German club Borussia Dortmund. This will be one of the toughest matches for the Spanish club given that Dortmund have proved that they are capable of beating the best.