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Edgar Barreto

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 8
  • Date of birth: 15 July, 1984 (25 years old)
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Edgar Barreto
1|1 Edgar Barreto
2 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
0 Edgar Barreto
0 Edgar Barreto
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
2|3 Edgar Barreto
0|0 Edgar Barreto
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 attacking midfielder missed the last seven months of the season because of foot and knee injuries. He underwent surgery to treat a problem in his right knee, making his comeback in the 2-0 win against Greece on 2 June.

Given Paraguay’s shortage of creative midfielders, Gerardo Martino needs the Atalanta player, who often plays on the flanks for the national side, fully fit in South Africa.

Should he line up against Italy on 14 June it will be his first competitive game since a 1-0 loss at Livorno on 28 October 2009. He feels the Italian media have underestimated Paraguay, vowing “we will make them respect us… Italy have a solid defence but lack something in midfield and attack.”

The younger brother of third-choice keeper Diego Barreto, Edgar preferred playing in goal until his teenage years. He helped Paraguay win Olympic silver in 2004 along with his sibling. At the 2006 World Cup he played the final nine minutes against Sweden and started against Trinidad and Tobago.

Barreto has been playing in Europe since 2003, when he left Cerro Porteño to join Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. In 2007 he moved on to Reggina, where he was again a regular starter. Barreto joined Atalanta last summer but his injury problems meant he could contribute little to the club’s unsuccessful relegation battle.

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