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

Francisco Solano LópezFrancisco Solano López
(Former President of Paraguay)

24 July 1827

José Gaspar Rodríguez de FranciaJosé Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

06 January 1766

Horacio CartesHoracio Cartes
(President of Paraguay)

05 July 1956 Roa Bastos

13 June 1917

Nicanor DuarteNicanor Duarte
(Paraguayan Politician)

11 October 1956

Manuel Ortiz GuerreroManuel Ortiz Guerrero

16 July 1897

Roque Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz

16 August 1981

José Luis ChilavertJosé Luis Chilavert

27 June 1965

Juan IturbeJuan Iturbe
(Association football player)

04 June 1993

Lucas BarriosLucas Barrios
(Argentine-Paraguayan footballer)

13 November 1984

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

30 June 1951

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Carlos GamarraCarlos Gamarra
(Football player)

17 February 1971

Antolín AlcarazAntolín Alcaraz
(Paraguayan footballer)

30 July 1982

Cristian RiverosCristian Riveros

16 October 1982

Justo VillarJusto Villar

30 June 1977

Federico FrancoFederico Franco

24 July 1962

Nelson Haedo ValdezNelson Haedo Valdez
(Paraguayan footballer)

28 November 1983

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Oscar CardozoOscar Cardozo

20 May 1983