Paraguayan president congratulates national soccer team

09:10, June 25, 2010      

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Paraguay's Enrique Vera reacts after the 2010 World Cup Group F soccer match against New Zealand at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, South Africa, June 24, 2010. The match tied 0-0 and Paraguay progressed to the next round. (Xinhua/Li Ga)

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo congratulated their national team by phone on Thursday after they advanced to the second round of the World Cup in South Africa.

The Information Direction of the Presidency said on Thursday in a statement that Lugo "phoned the members of the national soccer team, just after the match against New Zealand".

Lugo expressed his admiration of the Paraguayan people over the triumph, saying "The Paraguayan people want to hug, through this message, all the players who sweated the T-shirt with sacrifice and quality, who deserve the love and respect of everybody."

"The admiration that we feel, we want to extend it also to the authorities of the Association and the Technical Group, who as professionals show that, facing the processes with responsibility, the successes can arrive," the statement added.


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