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Paraguay national football team

The Paraguay national football team represents Paraguay in men's international football competitions and are controlled by Paraguayan Football Association, Paraguay is a member of CONMEBOL. The Albirroja has qualified for eight FIFA World Cup competitions, with their best performance coming in 2010 when they reached the quarter-finals. A regular participant at the Copa América, Paraguay have been crowned champions of the competition on two occasions. Paraguay's highest FIFA World Rankings was 8th and their lowest was 103. Paraguay was awarded second place with Best Move of the Year in 1996 for their rise in the FIFA Rankings; the national team's most successful period was under the coaching of Argentine Gerardo Martino, awarded with the South American Coach of the Year in 2007 and took Paraguay to the quarter-final stages of a FIFA World Cup competition for the first time in history and to the final of the 2011 Copa América, where Paraguay finished as runners-up. In the entire national team's history at the FIFA World Cup, both Carlos Gamarra and José Luis Chilavert hold the distinction of being selected as part of the All-Star Team, being for the 1998 edition.

Paulo da Silva holds the most appearances for the national team with 150 matches and Roque Santa Cruz is the all-time leading goal scorer with 32 goals. Denis Caniza, present with the national team from 1996 to 2010, is the only player to have represented Paraguay in four consecutive FIFA World Cup competitions. While Paraguay is not a major football force in South America, Paraguay is a respected side in the CONMEBOL for having won one Copa América and a major participant in the FIFA World Cup, having reached the quarter-finals once. Paraguay is noted for its distinctive style of play, while most of South American teams are renowned for being skillful and stylish, Paraguay sets aside by a conservative defensive counterattack style. Soon after the introduction of football in Paraguay by Williams Paats, the Liga Paraguaya de Futbol was created in 1906; the first national football team was organized in 1910 when an invitation by the Argentine club Hércules of Corrientes was received to play a friendly match.

Members of that first national team where F. Melián, G. Almeida, A. Rodríguez, M. Barrios, P. Samaniego, J. Morín, Z. Gadea, D. Andreani, C. Mena Porta, B. Villamayor, M. Rojas and E. Erico; the match ended in a 0–0 draw. Because of the increasing number of invitations to play matches and international tournaments, the Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol decided to create the national team and select the striped red and white jerseys that until this date remain as the official colours. In late 1919, Paraguay accepted the invitation to play the 1921 Copa América and in order to prepare for that occasion a number of friendly matches were played between 1919 and the start of the tournament in 1921; the first of those friendly matches was a 5–1 loss against Argentina, it marked the first international game by the Paraguayan national football team. When the 1921 Copa América arrived, Paraguay surprised everybody by beating three-time South American champions Uruguay by 2–1, being this the first match in an official competition for the Paraguayan football team.

Paraguay finished fourth in the tournament and became a regular participant of the tournament for the next editions. In 1930, Paraguay participated in the first World Cup, organized by Uruguay. In the first round, Paraguay debuted and lost to the United States, to defeat Belgium with a goal by Luis Vargas Peña. Only one team was to advance from the group stage, the U. S. left Paraguay behind. After strong participations in the Copa América tournaments of 1929, 1947 and 1949, Paraguay was ready for their next World Cup competition; the return to the World Cup was in 1950, where Paraguay faced Sweden and Italy in Group 3. Paraguay failed to advance to the next round after a 2–2 draw against Sweden and a 2–0 loss against Italy; the first big success came in 1953. In their road to the championship, Paraguay defeated Chile and Brazil. Since Paraguay and Brazil were tied in points at the end of the tournament, a final playoff match was played between them, with Paraguay winning the final by 3–2. Key players of the campaign included Heriberto Herrera and Rubén Fernández.

The coach was Manuel Fleitas Solich. For the 1958 World Cup, Paraguay qualified ahead of Uruguay with a team that contained a formidable attacking lineup with stars such as Juan Bautista Agüero, José Parodi, Jorge Lino Romero, Cayetano Ré and Florencio Amarilla. In their first game in Sweden, Paraguay were 3–2 up against France in a game they lost 7–3. A 3 -- 2 win over Scotland and a 3 -- 3 draw with Yugoslavia saw; the departure of several of their stars for European football resulted in a weakening of Paraguay's football fortunes somewhat, but they were only edged out by Mexico in the 1962 qualifiers. Paraguay fell short in subsequent World Cup qualifying campaigns, but Copa América success in 1979 shored up Paraguay as a solid player on the continent; the 1979 Copa América was won by Paraguay after finishing first in Group C with two wins and t

Jimmy Ryan (footballer, born 1945)

James "Jimmy" Ryan is a Scottish former footballer who played as a winger. Born in Stirling, Ryan spent the majority of his professional career in England, starting with Manchester United before moving to Luton Town in 1970. In 1976, he moved to the United States, where he played for the Dallas Tornado in the North American Soccer League and the Wichita Wings in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Upon his return to England in 1984, Ryan took over as manager of Luton Town's reserve team before taking charge of the senior team from January 1990 to May 1991. In June 1991, he was appointed by Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester United's reserve team, a position he held for 10 years, he was the club's assistant manager for the 2001–02 season, before being made Director of Youth Football in 2002. He retired in June 2012, following 21 years on the Manchester United coaching staff, he is current manager of Manchester united U18s Neil Ryan. Born in Stirling, Ryan started his career with Cowie Hearts.

At the age of 17, he was spotted by a scout and invited for an initial two-week trial with English club Manchester United. The trial was extended to a month and Ryan signed as an apprentice with the club on 7 December 1962. A month he signed his first professional contract, but it was not until May 1966 that he made his first-team debut, playing on the right wing in the final four league games of the 1965–66 season, he scored his first goal in the third of those games, the third goal in a 6–1 home win over Aston Villa. He played for Manchester United for four more seasons and was part of the team that won the 1966–67 Football League and 1967–68 European Cup. However, being in competition for a position with George Best meant that his appearances were limited and he left the club for Luton Town in 1970, along with Don Givens. In five seasons with Manchester United, he scored four goals, he played for Luton Town until 1976, when he left to play four seasons in the North American Soccer League with the Dallas Tornado.

In 1979, the NASL players decided to strike for better pay, but Ryan was the only Tornado player to honour the strike. At the end of the 1979 season, Ryan moved to the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League where he finished his career with three indoor seasons. After living in the United States for eight years, Ryan returned to England to take over as manager of the Luton Town reserve team. Following Luton's dismissal of Ray Harford in 1990, Ryan was promoted for an 18-month spell as manager, saving the club from relegation on the last day of two successive seasons. However, he was replaced by David Pleat. About a month Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson invited Ryan to return to the club as reserve team manager, he held the position until 2000. After assistant manager Brian Kidd left to manage Blackburn Rovers in December 1998, Ryan stood in as Ferguson's assistant until Steve McClaren's appointment in February 1999, taking full charge of the side for their 3–2 defeat at home to Middlesbrough on 19 December 1998, which Ferguson missed in order to attend a funeral.

Ryan was named as assistant manager again after McClaren left to manage Middlesbrough in 2001, but remained in the post for just one season until Carlos Queiroz took over. From 2002, he was named as the club's Director of Youth Football, a position he held until his retirement in June 2012. 1Includes other competitive competitions, including Charity Shield, Watney Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. Jimmy Ryan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database Profile at StretfordEnd.co.uk Profile at MUFCinfo.com Profile at NASLJerseys.com

Sean Ross Abbey

Sean Ross Abbey south of Roscrea in County Tipperary, Ireland, is a convent and the location of St Anne's Special School run by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. St Crónán is believed to have founded a monastery at this location in the 6th century. Crónán of Roscrea settled at Sean Ross, a wooded morass far from the haunts of men. In the 7th century, Culdees established a presence on Monahincha, but gave way to Augustinian canons; the Augustinians relocated to Sean Ross in 1485. The main building was built about 1750 as Corville House, a Georgian country house with two storeys over a basement. Although much extended and fitted with UPVC windows, the house is listed as being of special architectural and artistic interest; the gardener's house and walled garden are mentioned in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Within the grounds are the ruined Corville Abbey with its associated small grave yard, an ice house and a lime kiln. There are several functional modern buildings associated with the school.

Corville House was the home of the Prittie family during the nineteenth century. Count John O'Byrne purchased the estate in the nineteenth century and lived here until 1930; the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary came to Sean Ross Abbey in 1932. St. Anne's School opened in February 1971, it provides specialist services students 4 to 18 years of age who may present with either a severe/profound general learning disability, or with autism. A mother and baby home operated at Sean Ross from about 1932 to 1970. Babies born in the home were put up for many of them in the United States. What records are available for Sean Ross adoptions are held by the HSE. Martin Sixsmith's book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee and the film Philomena, based on it, concern the controversial adoption of Michael A. Hess, born Anthony Lee at Sean Ross Abbey in 1952; the graves of an unknown number of mothers and babies are located in the unmarked area known as the Angels Plot. In February 2018, the sisters put up for sale a large part of the campus, exclusive of St. Anne's school and the cemeteries, which will continue to be maintained by the congregation, remain accessible.

Michael A. Hess Memorial on Find A Grave