Sunday, June 20, 2010
Happy Father's Day to those who are fathers and happy sports day to those who are cheering on one or more of the six sides playing today. Since there are only two sides remaining (Italy and Paraguay) who haven't received a write-up before, I'll do that for those and copy/paste the others for the remainder of the group stages.
Paraguay - Sports Nickname Guaraníes. World Cup appearancs, 8 (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010). World Cup Championships, 0.
Strengths: Paraguay has seen a marked rise in its literary output in the past 70 years. Authors include poets Hérib Campos Cervera, Elvio Romero and Oscar Ferriero, and writers such as Josefina Plá, Manuel Ortiz Guerrero, Eloy Fariña Núñez, Gabriel Casaccia and Juan Bautista Rivarola Matto.
Weaknesses: Paraguay is the weakest South American side in the literary World Cup, with very few writers enjoying more than regional acclaim and no world-class literary strikers or marking philosophers.