With most of the leagues on the ‘old continent’ reaching their end this is a slightly different round-up to normal letting you know what our Paraguayan players have been up to in Europe. We start with the honours list!
Marcelo Estigarribia (Juventus)
The 24-year-old has earned a Serie A winner’s medal in his debut season with the Old Lady who wrapped up the Scudetto title last weekend beating Cagliari as AC Milan lost the Milan derby. Left-winger Estigarribia has been in and out of the first team making just eight starts and coming off the bench five times. His only goal was in the 3-3 draw against Napoli.
Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund)
The Argentine-born striker was left out in the cold for most of the season making just three starts but he showed his quality in his final start two weeks ago with a hattrick. He won his second consecutive Bundesliga title and his stats for the season were: Played 3 (15 sub appearances), scored 4 goals, 1 yellow card. Barrios has sinced decided to move on from Dortmund and has joined Chinese side Guangzhou Ever Grande in a multi-million dollar deal.
Tonny Sanabria (Barcelona Cadete A)
The Paraguayan starlet is just 15 but is making a big splash back in the country of his birth with renewed calls for him to be included in the national set up at youth level. He is currently one of the best players in the side scoring 27 goals so far this season including the icing on the cake in the 5-1 victory that sealed the championship. Sanabria was likened to Maradona by the local commentator for that goal (see video below).
Antolín Alcaraz (Wigan Atheltic)
The Albirroja centreback has been one of Wigan’s better players in another difficult season and on Monday night he was the hero, heading in the winner that kept the side safe for another year. The video shows just how much it means to the fans!
A brief mention of some of the other players coming towards the end of their league season
Celso Ortiz (AZ) – generally a substitute due to good form of Jozy Altidore and Johan Gudmundsson but the former Cerro Porteño player will have another chance to play in the Europa League thanks to the side’s 4th place finish
Roberto Fernandez (Utrecht) – The goalkeeper started badly but regained his place and was first choice towards the end of the season, his side finished 11th
Cristian Riveros (Kayserispor) – While it was an average campaign for the club, missing out on the Europa League playoff spots, the midfielder on loan from Sunderland impressed and was offered a three-year deal which he has snapped up.
Aldo Adorno (APOEL) – A key player in the side that shocked Europe by reaching the heady heights of the Champions League quarter final, the attacking midfielder will have to satisfy himself with Europa League football this year now guaranteed with one game of the season to go. READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ALDO HERE.
Next week we’ll have a focus on Spain!
By Ralph Hannah