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Football – Paraguay coach aims to surprise Argentina

Football – Paraguay coach aims to surprise Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina have been warned to expect a surprise when they face Paraguay under new coach Gerardo Pelusso in a World Cup qualifier in Cordoba on Friday (2310 GMT).

Bolivia, away against Ecuador at the Atahualpa in Quito (2100), have also changed coach, bringing back Spaniard Xabier Askargorta who steered them to their last finals appearance in the United States in 1994.

Colombia will be buoyed by the brilliant scoring form of striker Radamel Falcao Garcia at home in the tropical heat of Barranquilla (2030) against Uruguay, whose forward Diego Forlan has rediscovered his goal touch in the nick of time.

Peru, lowest ranked of the South American teams taking part in the qualifiers at 51, host Venezuela in Lima (0115 Saturday), while group leaders Chile have a bye.

Uruguayan Pelusso, with wide experience coaching club sides in South America, replaced Francisco Arce who was sacked with Paraguay on four points from five matches, level with Bolivia and one point above Peru.

Pelusso said trying to counter the threat of Lionel Messi was almost impossible but that surprise was on his side as Paraguay, quarter-finalists in South Africa in 2010, look to win a qualifier on Argentine soil for the first time.

“None (of our opponents) know who’s going to play (in my team), how we’re going to play or what formation Paraguay will have on the pitch,” Pelusso said in a recent interview on the South American Football Confederation website (www.conmebol.com).

“That will be the surprise factor, (whereas) everyone knows the other teams. Those who know me, have an idea of my style, those who don’t will be in for a surprise,” he said.

Argentina will be without holding midfielder Javier Mascherano and striker Sergio Aguero while playmaker Fernando Gago is doubtful through injury.

Mascherano and Aguero are suspended although the latter is nursing a knee injury and may also miss Tuesday’s match in Peru.

BOLIVIAN OVERHAUL

Bolivia won only one match in 17 under former coach Gustavo Quinteros, a member of their 1994 World Cup midfield.

Ironically, he quit in July after their only victory, 3-1 at home to Paraguay in their last qualifier in June, when Bolivia’s clubs decided to reduce the time their players spent practicing with the national team.

Askargorta agreed to take charge provided he was allowed to mastermind an overhaul of Bolivian football and the national team which has struggled since he left the post 18 years ago.

Uruguay, one point behind Chile, can go top of the standings with a win over Colombia.

They will be without the suspended Luis Suarez and will hope Forlan can retain the form that helped him score two goals for new club Internacional of Brazil last weekend.

Colombia, with seven points and five goals in five matches, have yet to get the best out of Falcao but the striker’s hat-trick in Atletico Madrid’s European Super Cup win over Chelsea is a boost for player and country.

Fellow striker Darwin Quintero has also joined up with Colombia in good form after a two-goal performance for Mexican champions Santos Laguna at the weekend.

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero is nursing an injury to his right ankle and could miss the match with Venezuela, who were their opponents when they won the third-place playoff in last year’s Copa America in Argentina with a Guerrero hat-trick.

Evan Bourne

 5’8″

 165 lbs.
 St. Louis, Mo.
 WWE Tag Team Champion

Don’t let all his boyish smiles and peace signs cloud your judgment. Next thing you know, Evan Bourne will be executing a Shooting Star Press off a ladder – from just above those clouds – right onto your face.

“Air Bourne,” as he calls the move, is perhaps the most breathtaking aerial assault in WWE, but it’s far from the only trick in the high-flyer’s arsenal. Bourne has proven time and time again that he’s willing to throw caution to the wind, especially when opponents least expect it. When you look like a happy-go-lucky sprout in a land of snarling giants, extreme measures need to be taken.

Leave it to the hardcore faithful, then, to be the first to embrace Bourne in his WWE debut. The electric youngster dazzled ECW crowds in 2008 and 2009 and proved he wasn’t afraid of taking on much bigger combatants like Mike Knox. It didn’t take him long to win over the WWE Universe, either, as he took home a Slammy Award for “Best Finishing Maneuver” in his rookie year.

Raw viewers who watched Bourne team up with Rey Mysterio in 2008 were no doubt drawing some comparisons. That’s because Mysterio, another acrobat who’s more dangerous than his size indicates, has long been one of the blossoming Superstar’s idols.

Over the years, Bourne has continued to play the role of David in bouts against Goliaths with matches against Sheamus and Jack Swagger, whom he defeated at WWE Capitol Punishment in 2011. But the contests that have truly showcased Bourne’s action-packed style have been Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, one of which took place on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Bourne has made it clear he’s not done climbing to new heights and, in his ascent, the ranks of WWE. Teaming up with fellow high-adrenaline Superstar, Kofi Kingston, wound up being his most spectacular move yet. The dynamic duo known as Air Boom won the WWE Tag Team Championships on the Aug. 22, 2011 edition of Raw, launching Bourne to new heights.

Ted DiBiase Jr.

 6’3″

 214 lbs.

 Madison, Ms.
 Dream Street
 World Tag Team Champion; Million Dollar Champion

Theodore Marvin “Ted” DiBiase, Jr. (born November 8, 1982) is an American professional wrestler and actor signed with WWE. He is a former two time World Tag Team Champion with his former tag team partner, Cody Rhodes.

After being trained by Chris Youngblood and undergoing further training at Harley Race’s Wrestling Academy, DiBiase made his professional wrestling debut on July 8, 2006. He won the Fusion Pro Tag Team Championship with his brother Mike DiBiase, in February 2007, and also toured Japan briefly with Pro Wrestling Noah. He signed a developmental contract with WWE in July 2007, and was assigned to their developmental facility, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He joined the Next Generation Hart Foundation faction for a short time, before winning the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship in December 2007. Due to injury, he relinquished the championship in January 2008.

He made his WWE television debut on May 26, 2008, and in his first match as a member of the Raw roster, he won the World Tag Team Championship with Cody Rhodes. They dropped the championship in August, before winning it again a week later. Rhodes and DiBiase were joined by Manu shortly afterwards, forming a faction of multi-generation wrestlers, although shortly afterwards DiBiase was taken off television to film The Marine 2. Upon his return, he formed The Legacy faction alongside Rhodes and Randy Orton. Following The Legacy’s dissolution, DiBiase moved into singles competition, and was drafted to the SmackDown brand in April 2011.