Paraguay’s Riveros gripping a faith

  • Paraguay seventh in South American qualifying, dual points behind Argentina
  • Christian Riveros aiming for third World Cup, carrying seemed in 2006 2010
  • Veteran midfielder says La Albirroja need limit points from their final dual games

“We’re revelation ourselves we can still do it.”


Cristian Riveros has no goal of throwing a towel in only yet. The 34-year-old midfielder knows that Paraguay have only 180 mins left to try and book a place during a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. And notwithstanding a formidable conditions La Albirroja find themselves in, they are banking on a latest South American qualifiers to chuck adult nonetheless some-more surprises: “These final few games have constructed some flattering crazy results.” 

Paraguay are seventh in a list on 21 points, 3 places subsequent Peru, who occupy a fourth and final approach subordinate slot, and dual subsequent play-off place occupants Argentina. “It’s out of a hands now,” pronounced Riveros, a maestro of Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. “It’s all got a lot some-more formidable for us. We need to win in Colombia and afterwards opposite Venezuela during home.”

An gifted campaigner, he is good competent to analyse what has been a hugely indeterminate subordinate competition, with 7 teams distant by only 7 points and with a 3 remaining involuntary slots for Russia 2018 and a play-off berth still to be motionless in a final dual matchdays.

“The teams who were down during a bottom have softened no end, and a teams who were personification unequivocally good have all depressed divided a bit, solely Brazil, who done a slowish start and are now approach above a other sides,” he said. “And that’s how a table’s got so congested.”

As for Paraguay, they are profitable a cost for their possess inconsistency, a underline once again of their many new double header. After earning an considerable 3-0 win over Chile in Santiago, La Albirroja went down during home to Uruguay. “It really, unequivocally harm us,” pronounced a Olimpia midfielder.

“You wish to go out and make adult for it true divided yet a best thing we can do in these qualifiers is rest adult a bit, go behind to your club, put in some good performances and come behind with a transparent head, batteries recharged and a integrity to go out and collect adult 6 points in a final dual games. If we don’t, afterwards we’re roughly positively out.”

Riveros, a timeline

  • 1982: innate on 16 October
  • 1997: starts out with Cristobal Colon JAS
  • 2000: creates initial multiplication entrance with Sportivo San Lorenzo
  • 2006: rises a Paraguayan pretension with Libertad, a initial of his 3 career joining wins
  • 2007: creates initial pierce abroad, to Mexico, in a career that would after take him to England, Turkey and Brazil.
  • 2017: becomes a seventh actor to win 100 caps for Paraguay


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    Una publicación compartida por Cristian Riveros (@cristianriveros16) el 30 de Jun de 2015 a la(s) 2:12 PDT

    What does a destiny reason for Paraguay?
    “We’ve got a unequivocally good era of players. Some of them featured in a final subordinate foe yet they were unequivocally immature then. They’re 24-25 now and a normal age is unequivocally good. By a time a subsequent qualifiers come around we’ll be unequivocally organisation contenders to make it, with players who are determined in a group and who are personification abroad for some large teams.” 

    His general future?
    “There are a lot some-more players in each position than before. There are a lot of alternatives now. These are really my final subordinate matches, and that’s not since we wish to give adult yet since there are players entrance yet who are aged adequate now to take on that responsibility.”

    Why does he wear a No16 jersey?
    “The initial time we was called adult to a inhabitant group we was handed a No16 jersey, that was a series of my team. I’ve asked for that series everywhere I’ve played and, looking back, it’s left flattering good for me, for that I’m grateful. I’ve also scored 16 goals for Paraguay. we wish we can get one or dual some-more – God willing, during a World Cup in Russia.”

    Article source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=paraguay-s-riveros-keeping-the-faith-2908914.html