Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Paraguay.

Famous Paraguayans
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.
Alfredo StroessnerAlfredo Stroessner
(Former President of Paraguay)

03 November 1912

16 August 2006



Horacio CartesHoracio Cartes
(President of Paraguay)

05 July 1956


Cancer Roa Bastos

13 June 1917

26 April 2005



Nicanor DuarteNicanor Duarte
(Paraguayan Politician)

11 October 1956

Coronel Oviedo


Manuel Ortiz GuerreroManuel Ortiz Guerrero

16 July 1897

05 August 1933



Francisco Solano LópezFrancisco Solano López
(Former President of Paraguay)

24 July 1827

01 March 1870



José Gaspar Rodríguez de FranciaJosé Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

06 January 1766

20 September 1840



Juan IturbeJuan Iturbe
(Association football player)

04 June 1993

Buenos Aires


Fernando LugoFernando Lugo
(politician, sociologist, cleric, Catholic priest)

30 June 1951

San Pedro del Paraná


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