South America has at all times proven that they affiliate with the sport of soccer greater than anything. You will discover folks coming collectively in colleges, parks and seashores of each South American nation to indicate their footballing expertise. Even within the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a bunch of children could be seen taking part in relentlessly from dawn to sunset, unperturbed by the muddy grounds and with out correct boots. It’s simply this love for the sport that units South America aside in world soccer.
Argentina, Brazil and Colombia are a few of the continental giants that come to thoughts. From nationwide groups to U-17 sides, their footballing tradition has mesmerised followers throughout the globe for many years. Even on the ongoing U-17 World Cup in India, Brazil and Colombia haven’t solely outsmarted their opponents however made a press release of intent with their attacking model of soccer.
However, Paraguay have maintained the South American dominance on the world occasion. To name them a shock package deal could be unfair as their lovely and artsy model of play has been a deal with to observe in Group B.
Clubbed in a tough group with Mali, New Zealand and Turkey, their path to the knockout phases could possibly be have been perilous, however Paraguay have introduced an important exhibition of each their technical and psychological capacity, particularly of their come-from-behind win in opposition to New Zealand.
“You possibly can count on South American groups like Brazil, Chile and Colombia to be dominant within the competitors. The extent of soccer performed within the Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-17 could be very powerful. So, it comes from there,” Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo mentioned.
Within the opening sport, they dominated African champions Mali on a breezy night time on the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The primary half of their second match served as a wake-up name because the Kiwis took the lead by way of two personal objectives by the Paraguayan captain Alexis Duarte. Nevertheless, Paraguay made amends for it within the subsequent 45 minutes to attain 3 times to seal a Four-2 win.
The continental stereotype of demonstrating soccer with aptitude, domination and emotion was fairly obvious. Whereas we witnessed the Samba dance from the Brazilians and the Colombian dance strikes after they scored in opposition to United States, Paraguayans favor a extra conventional means of celebration. “We do it (go down on the knees with fingers pointing to the sky) to acknowledge our effort. We additionally consider it’s God’s will,” captain Duarte defined. Paraguayan teenagers celebrated of their conventional routine thrice of their last group stage match in opposition to Turkey, which was the icing on the cake for the South American outfit.
Nevertheless, these three outcomes additionally present how they haven’t been in a position to cease their opponents from netting a objective or two in reply. “For us, the defensive side of our sport is essential. Our plan for this sport was to maintain a clear sheet however we conceded one deep into harm time. That is one thing we have to focus at. We now have two days to work on that,” mentioned Morinigo.
Goalscoring is likely one of the world’s most profitable expertise and it looks as if the youngsters have already mastered it. Paraguay have scored 10 instances in three matches up to now, sustaining a 100 % document within the group stage. It will be silly to neglect how Paraguay solely misplaced as soon as from 12 video games in South America and was the one facet to carry the rampaging Brazilians to attracts not as soon as, however twice.
“They (Paraguay) are harmful due to these quick assaults. Additionally, they’re bodily robust. In response to me, Paraguay are fast and bodily able to changing into champions. If the crew is bodily aggressive, there may be at all times room for enchancment and may carry out higher,“ mentioned Turkey coach Mehmet Hacioglu, whose facet was crushed by Paraguay within the last group sport.
Paraguay, who had been on the verge of constructing it to the Spherical of 16 two years in the past when New Zealand scored a late winner within the final group match to knock them out, would have needed to bury their previous outcomes and begin afresh. Ever since Paraguay sealed qualification, Morinigo’s younger weapons underwent a sequence of coaching classes on the Albiroga advanced within the metropolis of Ypane. Not solely that, coach Morinigo additionally made his gamers endure two coaching classes a day — one devoted within the gymnasium and the opposite on-field drills to up their sport. Such is the seriousness among the many devoted bunch.
The proficient La Albirroja is a mix of South America’s pure model of soccer and self-discipline altogether. They won’t be the competitors favourites like neighbours Brazil however when Morinigo’s inseparable group take the sphere, they play with exuberance. All soccer crew wants on the pitch.