Paraguayan

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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 1 
Roque Santa Cruz
(Footballer Striker)

Roque Santa Cruz
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

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Alfredo Stroessner
(Former President of Paraguay)

Alfredo Stroessner
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Encarnación
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
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luque, Paraguay

 4 
Juan Iturbe
(Football player - Winger)

Juan Iturbe
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 4, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

 5 
Francisco Solano López
(Former President of Paraguay)

Francisco Solano López
4
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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Horacio Cartes
(President of Paraguay)

Horacio Cartes
1
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.

 7 
Silvana López Moreira
(First Lady of Paraguay)

Silvana López Moreira
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
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Oscar Cardozo
(Footballer)

Oscar Cardozo
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juan Eulogio Estigarribia

 9 

Larissa Riquelme
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 10 

Ana Lucrecia Taglioretti
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paraguay
Died: January 7, 2020

 11 
Justo Villar
(Footballer)

Justo Villar
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cerrito

 12 
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

 13 
Raúl Bobadilla
(Footballer striker, winger)

Raúl Bobadilla
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Formosa, Argentina

 14 
Fernando Lugo
(48th President of Paraguay)

Fernando Lugo
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Solano, Paraguay

 15 

Augusto Roa Bastos
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: April 26, 2005

 16 
Carlos Gamarra
(Football player)

Carlos Gamarra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ypacaraí

 17 
Cristian Riveros
(Footballer)

Cristian Riveros
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Juan Augusto Saldívar

 18 
Verónica Cepede Royg
(Tennis player)

Verónica Cepede Royg
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 19 
Clara Sosa
(Model)

Clara Sosa
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 20 
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

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.

 22 
Victor Espinola
(Multi-instrumentalist)

Victor Espinola
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay

 23 

Juan Carlos Wasmosy
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 24 

Yanina González
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 25 

Carlos Franco
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 26 
Faith Wilding
(Multidisciplinary artist)

Faith Wilding
0
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Paraguay

 27 
Julio César Romero
(Football Player)

Julio César Romero
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luque, Paraguay

 28 
Lucas Barrios
(Argentine-Paraguayan footballer)

Lucas Barrios
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Fernando de la Buena Vista

 29 

Julieta Granada
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 30 
Victor Pecci
(Tennis player)

Victor Pecci
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 31 

Fabrizio Zanotti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 32 
Antolín Alcaraz
(Footballer centre-back)

Antolín Alcaraz
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Roque González, Paraguay

 33 
Ramón Delgado
(Tennis player)

Ramón Delgado
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay

 34 
Benny Ricardo
(American football player)

Benny Ricardo
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 35 
Berta Rojas
(Musician)

Berta Rojas
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 36 
Perla
(Singer)

Perla
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paraguay

 37 

Leryn Franco
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 38 
Eliza Lynch
(Former First Lady of Paraguay)

Eliza Lynch
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: July 27, 1886

 39 

Luis María Argaña
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: March 23, 1999

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Belen Alderete
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caacupé, Paraguay

 41 
Federico Franco
(President)

Federico Franco
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción

Hernando Arias de Saavedra
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 10, 1564
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: December 21, 1634

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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Vivian Benitez
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay

Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

Manuel Ortiz Guerrero
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 16, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villarrica, Paraguay
Died: May 8, 1933

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Carlos Antonio López
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay
Died: September 10, 1862

 47 
Rossana de los Ríos
(Tennis player)

Rossana de los Ríos
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 48 
Derlis Ayala
(Runner)

Derlis Ayala
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay

 49 
Montserrat González
(Tennis player)

Montserrat González
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asunción, Paraguay

 50 
Nicanor Duarte
(Paraguayan Politician)

Nicanor Duarte
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coronel Oviedo