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Antolin Alcaraz

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 21
  • Date of birth: 30 July, 1982 (27 years old)
  • Height: 6'2" (187cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Antolin Alcaraz
1|0 Antolin Alcaraz
0 As substitute
23|29 Total Paraguay
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
5 Total Paraguay
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
1 Antolin Alcaraz
0 Antolin Alcaraz
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
5|4 Antolin Alcaraz
1|0 Antolin Alcaraz
83|76 Total Paraguay
9|0 Total Paraguay
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Paraguay games played

  1. Italy 1-1 Paraguay
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. Paraguay 0-0 New Zealand
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report
  5. Paraguay 0-1 Spain
    Saturday, 3 July Match report

Player Profile

The centre-back joined Wigan in May for an undisclosed fee after impressing in a two-year stint with Belgian side Club Bruges.

A relatively recent addition to the Paraguay squad, Alcaraz’s aerial ability could be useful in South Africa. Unlike many of his international team-mates, he stands over 6ft 1in (1.87m) tall.

He started playing part-time with Paraguayan minnows Teniente, combining his football with work as an apprentice mason. His agent persuaded him to move to Argentine side Racing Club, where he caught the eye of Fiorentina. However, after a just a month in Italy the club folded, and he returned to Paraguay.

He spent six months without a club before resurrecting his career with Beira Mar. He played for the Portuguese side for five years, captaining them in his final season. A regular in his two years with Club Bruges, he helped them finish second in the Jupiler League in 2009/10.

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