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Uruguay Pursue Record, Paraguay Risen Up


Two countries with 'Guay' in the end of the name will meet in 2011 Copa America final match. Uruguay have a chance to carve a fantastic record, while Paraguay will play his first final in three decades.

Uruguay is qualified for the final after finishing their step in group stage, Group B, as a runner up, beat the host Argentina in quarterfinals on penalties and humiliated Peru in semifinals with 2-0 win. Paraguay passed Group stage with three draw from three matches, then won on penalties against Brazil and Venezuela in quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.

Uruguay, the former double world champion in the "old-fashioned" (1930 and 1950), is considered being risen up from the long hibernation, and it is marked when they successfully penetrated World Cup semi-finals last year in Africa.

La Celeste will face the first final at Copa America since lost 0-3 against Brazil in the final match of 1999. Last time they hold Copa trophy was in 1995. At that time they beat Brazil in the final on penalty shoot-out.

In Copa America history, which is the oldest interstate tournament, Uruguay shares with Argentina as teams recording the most frequent champion, with collection of 14 titles. It means that If Uruguay can cope Paraguay on Sunday (24 / 7) future, then record it belongs only to them.

Just like World Cup, the first edition of Copa America (1916) also won by this blue sky team.

Paraguay only two times became champion in the region of South America. In 1953 they overthrew Brazil in final, and in 1979 conquered Chile to win the title.

The victory in 1979 was the last time Paraguay play in Copa America final. They had also finished runner-up for five times in 1922, 1929, 1947, 1949, and 1963.

Paraguay is also being actually improve his performance. In World Cup last year, with Gerardo Martino as the coach, the team nicknamed La Albirroja performed brilliantly with passing through quarterfinals, and it is their greatest record in World Cup. They was stopped by the team that became champion in the tournament, Spain, with a thin score 0-1.

 
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