RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As South America without soccer sounds like a paradox - an ocean without water - on Friday, July 17th, an attempt was made to restart matches on the outskirts of Asunción, Paraguay. The experiment was a failure.

In what was expected to be the first reopening of national competitions after the suspension imposed by the coronavirus, the Paraguayan championship stumbled over confusion, haste, and the risks of contagion surrounding the return of the sport: dozens of positive cases at three clubs forced the local soccer association to defer the date, scheduled for the weekend.

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