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Justo Villar

Justo Villar
Villar with Valladolid in 2009
Personal information
Full name Justo Wilmar Villar Viveros
Date of birth (1977-06-30) 30 June 1977
Place of birth Cerrito, Paraguay
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Sol de América 103 (0)
2001–2004 Libertad 109 (0)
2004–2008 Newell's Old Boys 135 (0)
2008–2011 Valladolid 44 (0)
2011–2012 Estudiantes 18 (0)
2013 Nacional 13 (0)
2013– Colo-Colo 54 (0)
National team
1997 Paraguay U20 5 (0)
2000 Paraguay U23 4 (0)
1999– Paraguay 112 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 July 2015

Justo Wilmar Villar Viveros (born 30 June 1977) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Chilean club Colo-Colo as a goalkeeper.

A Paraguayan international on more than 100 occasions, he represented the nation in three World Cups and six Copa América tournaments.[2][3]


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • International 3.2
    • Individual 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Club career

Born in Cerrito, Ñeembucú Department, Villar started his career at Club Sol de América where he was coached by legendary Ever Hugo Almeida, also a goalkeeper, as the side also included another famed player in that position as the keepers' coach, Modesto Sandoval.

In 2001 he moved to bigger club Club Libertad, where he was reunited with Sandoval: he won back-to-back national championships with the team, in 2002 and 2003, signing the following year with Argentina's Newell's Old Boys.

As an undisputed starter, Villar helped Newell's to the 2004 Apertura championship, also being considered by the press as the Goalkeeper of the Year – previously, he had won the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year award (2004).

In January 2008, terms were agreed upon between Newell's and Real Valladolid of Spain for Villar's transfer, effective in the summer. On 14 July, he was officially presented by his new team; due to starter Sergio Asenjo's injury, he was able to appear in 15 La Liga matches in his first year.

During the 2009–10 season, Villar constantly battled for first-choice status with Jacobo,[4] featuring in 23 games as the Castile and León side returned to Segunda División after a three-year stay. He was released in June 2011 at the age of 34, mainly due to his high salary.[5]

The following month Villar moved back to Argentina, signing a three-year deal with Estudiantes.[6] In 2013 he returned to his homeland, joining Club Nacional.

Villar changed clubs and countries again on 18 June 2013, after agreeing to a one 1/2-year contract with Colo-Colo in the Chilean Primera División.[7] He helped the team win the Clausura in his debut season, as first-choice.[8]

International career

Villar represented Paraguay at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, and received his first cap for the full side two years later. He also appeared with the under-23 team at the 2000 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament, making four appearances.[9][10][11][12]

Having been selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, backing up legendary José Luis Chilavert, Villar was already a starter in the 2006 edition, but had a brief participation: during the first seven minutes of the opener against England, just after Carlos Gamarra's own goal, he got injured, was replaced by Aldo Bobadilla and subsequently sidelined for the rest of the tournament,[13] in which the national team was eliminated in the first round.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa Villar played all the matches for the eventual quarterfinalists, only conceding two goals, against Italy in the group stage (1–1) and Spain in the last-eight match (0–1, also saving a Xabi Alonso penalty[14]), and was selected as team captain. During the 2011 Copa América he was again first-choice and captain, and helped his team reach the final, notably saving a penalty in the quarter-finals shootout against Brazil (0–0 after 120 minutes);[15] he was named the Best Goalkeeper for his displays during the competition, keeping clean sheets in three games.

Villar played four games in the 2015 Copa América, helping Paraguay to the fourth place in Chile.[16][17]


Villar playing with Colo-Colo in 2014.


Newell's Old Boys




  1. ^ "Justo Villar" (in Spanish). Colo-Colo. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Justo Wilmar Villar – Century of International Appearances".  
  3. ^ "Paraguay – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Justo Villar quiere irse en diciembre" [Justo Villar wants to leave in December] (in Spanish).  
  5. ^ "El Valladolid decide que Justo Villar no seguirá" [Valladolid decides Justo Villar will not continue] (in Spanish).  
  6. ^ heroe]guaraní"Justo Villar puso la firma y Estudiantes se aseguró al héroe guaraní" [Villar put pen to paper and Estudiantes confirmed (in Spanish). Cancha Llena. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Justo Villar llega a acuerdo con Colo Colo y será presentado en las próximas horas" [Justo Villar reaches agreement with Colo Colo and will be presented in the next hours] (in Spanish). Emol. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Colo Colo se coronó campeón y consiguió la anhelada estrella 30 ante Wanderers" [Colo Colo crowned champion and got the long-awaited 30th star against Wanderers] (in Spanish). ADN Radio. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Argentina v Paraguay, 18 January 2000; at 11V11
  10. ^ Paraguay v Bolivia, 20 January 2000; at 11V11
  11. ^ Paraguay v Peru, 22 January 2000; at 11V11
  12. ^ Uruguay v Paraguay, 25 January 2000; at 11V11
  13. ^ "Villar's World Cup could be over".  
  14. ^ Fletcher, Paul (29 June 2010). "Paraguay 0–0 Japan (5–3 pens)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  15. ^ " [Justo Villar, Paraguay's heroe: 'We will push through until the final']'"Justo Villar, el héroe de Paraguay: 'Iremos raspando hasta la final (in Spanish).  
  16. ^ "Brazil 1–1 Paraguay (Paraguay win 4–3 on penalties)". BBC Sport. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "2–0. Perú repite el tercer lugar en un partido de pocas ocasiones" [2–0. Peru repeats third place in match with few chances] (in Spanish).  

External links

  • Justo Villar profile at BDFutbol
  • Justo Villar at
  • Justo Villar – FIFA competition record
  • Stats at Footballdatabase
  • Justo Villar profile at Soccerway
  • Worldfootball profile
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