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Most football players who ply their trade in the Paraguayan second division have taken to side hustles in order to fend for themselves after being hit by financial crises at their respective clubs in recent times. The global coronavirus pandemic struck their clubs hard to the extent that a lot of them have not been paid their salaries for over a year now, it has been confirmed.

Some of the players have had to settle for trading businesses and while some are into the business of selling eggs, some are gardeners, while others have turned to builders all in the bid to survive. The country’s second tier of football ended its season on the 17th of November 2019, but according to sources, the top football division in the country began only a few months after the pandemic set in; becoming the first football league to resume operations in South America.More Link


Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron is expected to keep his place in the Newcastle United team ahead of the trip to Manchester to face title contenders Manchester City in the Premier League on Boxing Day. The Paraguay player should keep his place despite being substituted during the disappointing Carabao Cup quarterfinal exit at the hands of London team Brentford in midweek. Paraguay midfielder Almiron played 65 minutes of the Brentford game before making way for striker Dwight Gayle.

Miguel Almiron was unable to affect the Carabao Cup clash with Brentford in a positive way though it must be stated that the scoreline was goalless by the time the Paraguay national team star was replaced by his English counterpart. Brentford scored the only goal of proceedings around one minute after he was subbed off. Josh da Silva was responsible for the goal that sealed a famous 1-0 home win over the Magpies thereby securing a spot in the semi-finals. Brentford were able to make history by qualifying for the last four of a major cup competition for the first time ever.Brentford will now face another Premier League team in Tottenham Hotspur in the last four of the competition in what’s a London Derby to determine who will qualify for the final.
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Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron is the recipient of the fastest goal in the Premier League this season after he netted his first goal this term during the win over West Brom at the weekend. The Paraguay international hit the opening goal of the game after 19 seconds to set hosts Newcastle United on their way to victory over struggling West Brom. Miguel Almiron holds the record for the quickest goal as a result of that strike against the Baggies. He has scored that solitary goal plus one assist in 11 league games this season though he was more productive in the EFL Cup this term with one goal and two assists in three games.

The early goal from Paraguay international Almiron gave the Magpies a slender first half. Fullback Darnell Furlong equalised for the visitors five minutes into the second half. The Baggies were closing in on a point until the final ten minutes of the game when substitute Dwight Gayle powered in a header off the cross from another substitute to win the game for Newcastle United. Miguel Almiron played for 86 minutes before he was subbed off for United States of America international De Andre Yedlin. The Newcastle United has scored two goals in 26 outings for Paraguay since his international career started five years ago.
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The controversies on using VAR are continued as Argentina held Paraguay at their home match on Thursday at La Bombonera. The on-field referee disallowed a goal from Lionel Messi which could have sealed their victory over Paraguay in the qualification round of World Cup 2022 at Qatar.

This was a very crucial match for both the teams to get forward to book their slot at the preliminary round of the World Cup 2022 at Qatar, though the match didn’t go well for both the teams. Angel Romero helped Paraguay to get a lead on Argentina. But Nicolas Gonzalez brought the equalizing goal for his team. Argentina started their journey of the qualifying round of the world cup with some perfect display of their intention to get the slot booked for them as early as possible. They beat Ecuador at their home ground and Bolivia in an away match. Both these matches were won with very narrow margins but still, them got full points from each of these matches. In such a situation Argentina wanted to win the match so that they could put one more step forward to qualify for the World Cup.
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Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho has been released from his home incarceration by the Paraguayan authorities. Both he and his brother, arrested earlier this year, have been allowed to walk free from house arrest last week.

They were in the custody of the Paraguayan government on allegations that they used fake passports to enter the country and execute business activities. The judge found them guilty of the charges. The retired striker, who last played any professional football way back in 2015, will pay a fine of 200,000 US Dollars along with his brother. Both of them will serve a 2-year suspended jail term.
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Football resumed in South America after all the major leagues were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a match of the state football tournament in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. Both the football clubs and fans were eagerly waiting for the sport to return to South America. According to a report, South America’s very first national football league will return to Paraguay on 17th July 2020. The Copa Libertadores Tournament was back again with the match between Bangu and Flamengo at the iconic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the Maracana Stadium. Though the game was played, it was not as charming and cheerful because of the absence of crowds.

Marcelo Crivella, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro gave the authorization to resume the tournament. He said that Jair Bolsonaro is set to attend the match. The Rio de Janeiro Football Tournament is the first competition for professional football to return to South America amidst the pandemic. Though top football clubs resumed playing in Brazil, they have gone into an argument whether the decision of restarting games was correct by looking at the current situation.
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Robert Lewandowski has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo asked him to join Real Madrid during the Portugal international’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo spent 9 productive years with the Blancos before he left for Juventus two years ago. He won 2 league titles and four champions league titles among other top honours.

Ronaldo was famous among the BBC trident in Madrid’s attack. He formed a formidable understanding with Benzema and Bale. The trio combined well to deliver 3 consecutive champions league trophies for Madrid. But before Bale joined Madrid in 2014. Madrid played against Borussia Dortmund in the last four of the UEFA Champions League in 2013.
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Former Arsenal and Manchester City player, Emmanuel Adebayor has moved to Paraguay to link up with Olympia, the Premira division reigning champions.

Emmanuel Adebayo who has represented top clubs in Europe left Turkey to link up with former teammate, Roque Santa Cruz.

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Japan and Switzerland were already sure of their progress to the next stage of the ongoing FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup but the tie between host Paraguay and United States of America was a chance for either of the two to grab something home. Just to ensure they didn’t totally disgrace their home nations.

Sentiments are part of football. Nick Perera, the current USA captain didn’t want the night to go to complete hence he made the remarkable gesture of giving his armband to a veteran of his country.
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Tottenham are reportedly interested in the signing of Newcastle ace Miguel Almiron according to reports from England. The Paraguay international who signed from the MLS in January has been one of the impressive players for Steve Bruce’s side.

The fleet-footed playmaker has been able to thrive within the EPL despite the physical nature of the league. Spurs are thought to be planning a move for Almiron as they resign themselves to losing Denmark ace Christian Eriksen.
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