The Italians who won the last competition held in Germany in 2006 want to retain the World Cup and equal Brazil’s five World Cup wins.
However Paraguay have their own plans and that does not consist of losing any games as the South American side will be going into the game with only one thing in mind and that is to win.
Italy’s side consists of old and young players including Buffon, Cannavaro, Pirlo, Gattuso and Zambrotta who are expected to show their experience and top level to the younger payers of the team.
Paraguay in the other hand are being headed by Manchester City Star Roque Santa Cruz, Oscar Cardozo, and Nelson Haedo Valdez who are all confident that they can go far in the competition.
The Group F opener of Italy Vs Paraguay is arguably the biggest game of the competition so far with both sides having defensive qualities and moderately good strike force it all depends on flow of the game.
Both Italy’s and Paraguay’s warm-up games have been mediocre with a 0-0 draw against Cameroon, 2-1 loss against Mexico and a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.
Paraguay in the other hand beat North Korea 2-1, Lost to Ireland 2-1, drew with the Ivory Coast 2-2 and beat Greece 2-0.
Both teams are arguably the best sides in Group F which consists of Slovakia and New Zealand but the World Cup is infamous for the surprises it gives.
Italy 2010 World Cup South Africa Squad
Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Marchetti, Morgan De Sanctis
Christian Maggio, Domenico Criscito, Giorgio Chiellini, Fabio Cannavaro, Salvatore Bocchetti, Gianluca Zambrotta, Leonardo Bonucci
Daniele De Rossi, Simone Pepe, Gennaro Gattuso, Claudio Marchisio, Mauro Camoranesi, Angelo Palombo, Andrea Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo
Vincenzo Iaquinta, Antonio Di Natale, Alberto Gilardino, Fabio Quagliarella, Giampaolo Pazzini
Paraguay 2010 World Cup South Africa Squad
Justo Villar, Diego Barreto, Aldo Bobadilla
Dario Veron, Claudio Morel, Denis Caniza, Julio Cesar Caceres, Paulo Da Silva, Aureliano Torres, Antolin Alcaraz
Carlos Bonet, Oscar Cardozo, Edgar Barreto, Jonathan Santana, Enrique Vera, Victor Caceres, Cristian Riveros, Nestor Ortigoza
Roque Santa Cruz, Edgar Benitez, Nelson Haedo Valdez, Lucas Barrios, Rodolfo Gamarra
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