Paraguay Keep ‘Hottest Fan’ Larissa Riquelme’s Dream Alive [Gallery]

There’s no doubt that Paraguay have been the form team in this year’s Copa America — if the view from the stands is anything to go by.

  • She may even go naked if Paraguay loses the championship, making it a win-win situation for her fans. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrShe may even go naked if Paraguay loses the championship, making it a win-win situation for her fans. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model, Larissa Riquelme has promised to go naked if the Paraguayan soccer team wins the Copa America title in Argentina. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrParaguayan model, Larissa Riquelme has promised to go naked if the Paraguayan soccer team wins the Copa America title in Argentina. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr
  • According to Metro of UK, Larissa made a similar promise in 2010 at the World Cup, saying she'd strip her clothes off if her team could go all the way. They failed to do that, but being a good sport, she still got naked anyways. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrAccording to Metro of UK, Larissa made a similar promise in 2010 at the World Cup, saying she'd strip her clothes off if her team could go all the way. They failed to do that, but being a good sport, she still got naked anyways. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr
  • Larissa Riquelme's been in the September 2010 issue of Playboy Brazil and also on the Brazilian version of Dancing With the Stars.Larissa Riquelme's been in the September 2010 issue of Playboy Brazil and also on the Brazilian version of Dancing With the Stars.
  • Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme watches her national soccer team play New Zealand during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, in downtown Asuncion. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrParaguayan model Larissa Riquelme watches her national soccer team play New Zealand during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, in downtown Asuncion. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr
  • Larissa Riquelme has been an outspoken fan of her home country of Paraguay. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrLarissa Riquelme has been an outspoken fan of her home country of Paraguay. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr
  • Paraguayan model, Larissa Riquelme has promised to go naked if the Paraguayan soccer team wins the Copa America title in Argentina. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrParaguayan model, Larissa Riquelme has promised to go naked if the Paraguayan soccer team wins the Copa America title in Argentina. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr
  • Playboy model Larissa Riquelme has promised to strip nude at Copa America 2011 if Paraguay can win the championship. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/FlickrPlayboy model Larissa Riquelme has promised to strip nude at Copa America 2011 if Paraguay can win the championship. Photo: Larissa Riquelme/Flickr

South American teams have a reputation for having some of the most glamorous fans on the planet.  And the ladies have certainly swelled the ranks of supporters eager to see the action in Argentina.

With an incredible win over Brazil in the Copa America semifinal, the Paraguay national football team kept the dream of its biggest and hottest fan, Larissa Riquelme, alive.

Larissa for the second time has promised to bare it all for the team if it lifts the Copa America trophy. Larissa had promised to run naked on the streets of Paraguay if her team won the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

As that did not happen, the 26-year-old model made another promise saying: “If Paraguay win the Copa America then, I shall pose nude on the pitch.” She said as she gestured in the direction of the Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez Stadium before the match against Ecuador.

Paraguay beat defending champion and most favorite team in the tournament, Brazil, 2-0 on penalties in a nail-biting clash. Both the teams failed to score in normal and extra time which took the match into penalty shoot-out.

Following a brawl among players, both the teams were reduced to 10 players each as the referee showed red card to Lucas of Brazil and Alcaraz of Paraguay and directed them off the pitch for their petulance in the 13th minute.

In the shoot-out Brazil’s Elano came to take the opening spot kick and hit the ball way high over the bar giving the first blow to his own side. Paraguay’s Barreto repeated the story by wasting his attempt by sending the ball wide.

Paraguay goalie and captain Justo Villar became the national hero by guessing Thiago Silva’s side-footed loose strike right and stopping it. Marcelo Estigarribia then gave Paraguay its deserving lead by directing the ball into the net with a powerful kick.

Andre Santos repeated his team-mate Elano’s mistake and sent the ball into the crowd from above the bar. Riveros then did the rest of the damage for the Sambas by reading Cesar’s early reaction and sending the ball high into the goal.

Brazil’s ouster is the biggest upset in the tournament after Uruguay sent host Argentina packing in the first quarterfinal. Paraguay will meet Venezuela in the semifinal. With just two victories away, the hopes of those who fantasize about Larissa remain alive.

Larissa made a similar promise in 2010 at the World Cup, saying she’d strip her clothes off if her team could go all the way. They failed to do that, but being a good sport, she still got naked anyways.

Riquelme wore nothing but bodypaint in her team’s colors and did a naked streak through the capital city as a way to lift spirits and celebrate her team. It’s very likely a repeat performance could be coming this weekend, and maybe she’ll even up the ante somehow. [via IB Times]

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