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Cristian Riveros

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 16
  • Date of birth: 16 October, 1982 (27 years old)
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Cristian Riveros
4|1 Cristian Riveros
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 Cristian Riveros
0 Cristian Riveros
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
10|12 Cristian Riveros
1|0 Cristian Riveros
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

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Attack-minded player whose forays forward are key for Paraguay - he was the only midfielder to find the net during qualifying. He scored twice in the 5-1 win against Ecuador and got the opener in the 2-0 victory against Venezuela.

Riveros will join Sunderland on a free transfer in July when his contract with Mexican side Cruz Azul expires. He has agreed a three-year deal with the Black Cats. Manager Steve Bruce had been quoted a price tag of £10m when he tried to sign the midfielder several years earlier. Bruce says Riveros is a player who will excite the Sunderland fans.

Though he often plays centrally for Paraguay, he is likely to feature on the flanks for the Black Cats. He started on the right against England at the last World Cup and gave Ashley Cole problems, but can also play on the left wing. He even filled in as a holding midfielder for the qualifier away to Argentina, performing an effective man-marking role on Juan Riquelme.

He played for Tacuary, Club Sport San Lorenzo and Libertad before moving to Mexico for the 2007/08 season.

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