Paraguayan

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Hard working, determined and adventurous, Paraguayans are well known for their love of sports which are an important part of the country’s national culture. Football is the most popular sport, while basketball is also very famous. The most successful football players in Paraguayan history are Arsenio Erico, Aurelio González, Julio César Romero and José Luis Chilavert while sportsmen like Victor Caballero, Hugo Chapacú, and Ramón Delgado have made the country proud in the world of tennis. The nation has an interesting music history and the famous composer José Asunción Flores is credited to be the creator of the Guarania music genre which is most popular in Paraguay. There is a small but vibrant jazz community in Paraguay, represented by the likes of Palito Miranda and Pereira. The country has also produced several literary geniuses in the form of poets and novelists such as José Ricardo Mazó, Roque Vallejos, and Nobel Prize nominee Augusto Roa Bastos. Paraguayan film industry, a traditionally small one, is now beginning to thrive with the likes of Renate Costa, Manuel Cuenca, Jorge Díaz de Bedoya, and Paz Encina dominating the cinema. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Paraguayans.
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Roque Santa Cruz
(Footballer Striker)
Roque Santa Cruz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Alfredo Stroessner
(42nd President of Paraguay)
Alfredo Stroessner
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Encarnación, Paraguay Encarnación, Paraguay
Died: August 16, 2006

Alfredo Stroessner was a Paraguayan Army officer who ruled over Paraguay as its dictator from 1954 to 1989. His 35-year-long rule is the longest in the history of modern South America. He was overthrown in 1989 in a military coup led by Andrés Rodríguez. Subsequently, he was forced into exile and spent his last 17 years in exile in Brazil.

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José Luis Chilavert
(Footballer Goalkeeper)
José Luis Chilavert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luque, Paraguay
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Francisco Solano López
(Former President of Paraguay)
Francisco Solano López
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción
Died: March 1, 1870

Francisco Solano López was a Paraguayan politician who served as the president of Paraguay from 1862 to 1870. Before becoming a leader, López played an important role in the Platine Wars where he fought against Juan Manuel de Rosas, serving in the Paraguayan Army. A controversial figure, Solano López is sometimes held responsible for the outbreak of the Paraguayan War. 

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Silvana López Moreira
(First Lady of Paraguay)
Silvana López Moreira
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Oscar Cardozo
(Footballer)
Oscar Cardozo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juan Eulogio Estigarribia
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Horacio Cartes
(President of Paraguay)
Horacio Cartes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asunción

Horacio Cartes is a Paraguayan politician and businessman. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the president of Paraguay. Apart from being an important member of the Colorado Party, Cartes is also an influential businessman. He owns the business conglomerate Grupo Cartes, which includes about two dozen businesses, including Paraguay's largest cigarette manufacturer Tabacalera del Este.

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Juan Iturbe
(Football player - Winger)
Juan Iturbe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 4, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Larissa Riquelme
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Carlos Gamarra
(Football player)
Carlos Gamarra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ypacaraí
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Justo Villar
(Footballer)
Justo Villar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cerrito
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Eliza Lynch
(Former First Lady of Paraguay)
Eliza Lynch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: July 27, 1886
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Ana Lucrecia Taglioretti
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paraguay
Died: January 7, 2020
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Raúl Bobadilla
(Footballer striker, winger)
Raúl Bobadilla
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Formosa, Argentina
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Fernando Lugo
(A Catholic Bishop Who Later Led as Paraguay's President)
Fernando Lugo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Solano, Paraguay

Initially a Roman Catholic bishop, Fernando Lugo later led Paraguay as its president. His election as the president ended the long reign of over 6 decades of the Colorado Party. He made headlines when he was dragged into a sex scandal, which proved he had fathered several illegitimate children.

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Leryn Franco
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Verónica Cepede Royg
(Tennis player)
Verónica Cepede Royg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Augusto Roa Bastos
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: April 26, 2005
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Wanda Seux
(Vedette, dancer, and actress, who enjoyed a long career in film, television, and theatre in Mexico)
Wanda Seux
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Birthdate: January 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paraguay
Died: September 2, 2020
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Cristian Riveros
(Footballer)
Cristian Riveros
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Juan Augusto Saldívar
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Clara Sosa
(Model)
Clara Sosa
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yaguarón
Died: September 20, 1840

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia went down in history as the first dictator of Paraguay. Although he had initially studied theology, he later deviated to law. Known as El Supremo, he banned all foreign trade in his bid to make Paraguay self-sufficient, thus eventually weaking it and curbing personal freedom.

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Juan Carlos Wasmosy
(First Freely Elected President of Paraguay)
Juan Carlos Wasmosy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Juan Carlos Wasmosy of Colorado Party was the first freely elected president of Paraguay as also first civilian president of the country in thirty-nine years. He held office from August 15, 1993 to August 15, 1998. Wasmosy was convicted of defrauding the Paraguayan state in 2002 and sentenced to four-years in prison which was later reduced to bail and house-arrest.

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Arnaldo Andre
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Birthdate: November 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Bernardino, Paraguay
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Victor Espinola
(Multi-instrumentalist)
Victor Espinola
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthplace: Paraguay
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Carlos Franco
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Nelson Haedo Valdez
(Paraguayan footballer)
Nelson Haedo Valdez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Joaquín
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Julio César Romero
(Football Player)
Julio César Romero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luque, Paraguay
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Yanina González
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Lucas Barrios
(Argentine-Paraguayan footballer)
Lucas Barrios
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Fernando de la Buena Vista
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Fabrizio Zanotti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Antolín Alcaraz
(Footballer centre-back)
Antolín Alcaraz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Roque González, Paraguay
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Victor Pecci
(Tennis player)
Victor Pecci
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Ramón Delgado
(Tennis player)
Ramón Delgado
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay
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Julieta Granada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Berta Rojas
(Musician)
Berta Rojas
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Faith Wilding
(Multidisciplinary artist)
Faith Wilding
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Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay
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Luis María Argaña
(Vice-President of Paraguay Whose Assassination Led to the ‘Marzo paraguayo’ Political Crisis)
Luis María Argaña
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: March 23, 1999

Noted Paraguayan politician and Supreme Court judge Luis María Argaña, a prominent member of Colorado Party, became Vice President of Paraguay in August 1998. He was brutally assassinated on March 23, 1999, at a time when President Raúl Cubas was charged with abuse of power and was on-the-verge of being impeached setting the stage for Argaña to succeed as president.

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Federico Franco
(Former President of Paraguay Who Is Also a Practicing Surgeon)
Federico Franco
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción

Former president of Paraguay Federico Franco is also a qualified surgeon who co-owns a hospital with his brothers. The Authentic Radical Liberal Party member was known for establishing economic stability in his country but was later blamed for corruption and accused of depleting the country of its resources.

Manuel Ortiz Guerrero
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 16, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villarrica, Paraguay
Died: May 8, 1933
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Carlos Antonio López
(The 1st President of Paraguay Whose Rule Was Marked by Corruption)
Carlos Antonio López
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: September 10, 1862

The 1st president of Paraguay, Carlos Antonio López started his career as a lawyer. His tenure was marked by corruption, as he owned half the country’s lands. However, he encouraged European professionals to visit his country and engage in trade. He also abolished slavery and torture.

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Perla
(Singer)
Perla
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paraguay
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Hernando Arias de Saavedra
(Former Governor of Governorate of the Río de la Plata)
Hernando Arias de Saavedra
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 10, 1561
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: 1634 AD

Hernando Arias de Saavedra was a politician and soldier of criollo ancestry. He served as the governor of Governorate of the Río de la Plata on two occasions, becoming the first person to serve as governor of a New World's European colony after being born in the Americas. He also served as the Governorate of Paraguay from 1615 to 1617.

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Belen Alderete
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caacupé, Paraguay
Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Andrés Rodríguez
(Military Officer and Politician Who Served as 43rd President of Paraguay)
Andrés Rodríguez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borja, Paraguay
Died: April 21, 1997

Military officer and politician Andrés Rodríguez served as 43rd President of Paraguay. He led the 1989 Paraguayan coup d'état against regime of dictator Alfredo Stroessner resulting in end of thirty-four year rule of Stroessner, and rise of Rodríguez as new President. Presidency of Rodríguez led to several reforms which abolished many draconian laws and paved way for liberalization of Paraguay.

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Derlis Ayala
(Runner)
Derlis Ayala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
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Nicanor Duarte
(Former President of Paraguay)
Nicanor Duarte
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coronel Oviedo

Paraguayan politician Nicanor Duarte, presently a Senator for life, served as the 47th President of Paraguay from August 15, 2003 to August 15, 2008. He earlier held office as Minister of Education and Culture from 1993 to 1997 and as President of the ANR-Colorado Party from 2001 to 2004. He also served as Ambassador to Argentina from 2013 to 2016.

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Vivian Benitez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay
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Stefanie Küster
(German Model)
Stefanie Küster
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Stefanie Küster is a German dancer and model. In the 2000s, Küster achieved popularity for her relationship with Dieter Bohlen, who is 25 years her senior. She then went on to appear in magazines like Playboy and also featured in several music videos.