South American team Paraguay have relieved manager Francisco Arce of his duties following the poor start made by the team in the recent qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Most of the South American teams are extremely aware that this would be a major opportunity for them to do well in the World Cup due to the fact that it will be held on the home continent. Paraguay surprised most of the nations after doing extremely well at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. However, they have started their qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil extremely poorly, and are unlikely to be lining up against the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi any time soon.
Manager Francisco Arce has paid the price for the poor start made by the team with his job after the Paraguay football Federation decided to release him from his duties. Paraguay lost the most recent match against Bolivia 3-1.
Playing against Bolivia is always a tough fixture due to the high altitudes that provide a massive advantage to the Bolivian players. However, Paraguay have been training in high altitude locations for the last three weeks for this fixture, but still ended up losing the match 3-1. This result put so much pressure on them to qualify for the World Cup.
“It is one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to take along with the board. Things did not work out as one wanted and it’s a shame. We worked hard but there is a reality in football that is results. There is no new coach yet, we’re going to take our time to search,” said the Paraguayan FA president Juan Angel Napout after announcing his decision to sack manager Francisco Arce. Paraguay made it to the quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while they have qualified for the last four World Cup tournaments.