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Oscar Cardozo

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 7
  • Date of birth: 20 May, 1983 (27 years old)
  • Height: 6'4" (193cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Oscar Cardozo
1|2 Oscar Cardozo
3 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 Oscar Cardozo
0 Oscar Cardozo
3 Total Paraguay
3 Total Paraguay
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
4|3 Oscar Cardozo
0|0 Oscar Cardozo
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

He may be 6ft 4in tall, but in some ways he is Paraguay’s equivalent to Lionel Messi - unstoppable for his Iberian club side, but unable to reproduce that form at international level. Some fans criticised his performances for the Guarani in qualifying, but the absence of Salvador Cabanas means he may play a big role.

He netted 38 goals (26 in the league) as Benfica won both the Portuguese title and league cup in 2009/10, topping the scoring charts in Portugal. He has netted 56 goals in 84 league games for Benfica, reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Manchester City.

The left-footer is an expert free-kick taker, and drilled a 20-yarder past Liverpool’s Pepe Reina in Benfica’s Europa League loss at Anfield this season.

The lanky striker is nicknamed Tacuara, which means ‘Big Cane’ in Guarani, the indigenous language of Paraguay. Previously with 3 de Febrero and Nacional, he joined Benfica after an impressive year with Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys.

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