Peru is a mysterious and unexplored country of South America. Millions of tourists flock to this mysterious corner of the New World, where, it would seem, nothing interesting. But it’s not true. The Inca culture conquered all foreign visitors, even the Spanish invaders. Mysterious truncated cone-shaped pyramids, developed writing performed by multicolored laces with knots, mysterious and full of shaman totems, the city of Machu Picchu. Indians have always strived for education and the establishment of law therefore it was in Peru that the first American university was opened. The current capital, Lima, became its haven. By the way, according to the information of the Peruvian government, a tribe unaware of the civilized world lives in the “outback” of the country. Their location is carefully hidden by the authorities.
Life in Peru has never been easy. The country’s economy is one of the weakest in the region such as Peru football history. Two victories at Copa America – this is the list of Peru national team awards in history. The first was produced in 1939, when Teodoro Fernandez raised the level of the Inca game to a new level. But the main football hero of the Peruvian nation is Teofilo Cubillas. Peru gave the world such star coaches as Sport Huancayo, Sport Rosario, Real Garcilaso, Union Comercio, Comerciantes Unidos, Ayacucho FC, Sport Boys and many others.
National team today
Peru football national team for the total cost of the players could easily get lost in the Premier League. Without the suspended Jose Paolo Guerrero, the picture becomes even worse. The whole team costs 35 million euros and this is slightly more than two Mario Fernandez, or 3.5 times less than one Kilian Mbappa. The main goalkeeper of the national team is estimated at one million euros, which is slightly less than the average temperature in the hospital. Pedro Gallez will be number one; Carlos Caseda and José Carvalho will remain on the substitution.
The defense flanks are reserved by Aldo Corso and Miguel Trauco, both played most of the matches of the last qualifying round. Louis Advinkula and Nilsson Loyola are responsible for the competition in these positions. Alberto Rodriguez, paired with Christian Ramos, has been playing for the national team for seven years, so Miguel Araujo, Santamaría and Abram will have to replace one of them in case of injury or fatigue. There is also no alternative support zone. Yoshimar Jotun, coupled with Renato Tapia, represents a powerful destructive fist. The first is more experienced, and the second is the main hope of the Peruvian national team. Pedro Aquino, Wildemar Cartagena or Sergio Flores can replenish the center of the field, a little diversifying the game in attack.
For the creative in the mass are responsible for completely different personalities. Canceled disqualification José Paolo Guerrero complicates the life of Raul Ruidas or Paulo Hurtado, now they are unlikely to get the role of the spear. Jefferson Farfán can play at the edge, but he will most certainly have a place under the attacker in conjunction with Christian Cueva and the most expensive player of the Peru national team – Andre Carrillo. This triple is virtually uncontested. Options like Andy Polo or Edison Flores are seriously inferior in class.
The head coach of the Peru national team is almost unknown to a European fan, and at the same time widely known in the vast South American. The Argentinean striker, nicknamed “El Tigre”, began his career at Boca Juniors, and Gareka didn’t immediately get around, but after renting and getting a little stronger, he played the season together with the great Diego Maradona. Transit through Colombia, Ricardo became a legend of the club “Velez Sarsfield”, having spent in his T-shirt more than a hundred matches. In total, Garek distinguished himself 147 times in his career, he was summoned to the Argentina national team, but he could not, with Diego Armando, raise the World Cup over his head, he was uncoupled from the final bid. Coaching career turns a little calmer. For the first eight years, Garek coached Argentine clubs like Taliers, Colon and Quilmes, solving tasks only to maintain residence in the elite division. A short-term business trip as an assistant coach at Elche helped make a significant breakthrough. The trainer began to receive more attractive offers, and with them went the titles. With “Universitario” Peru Apertura was won the championship of Peru, and his beloved “Velez Sarsfield” coach three times made the strongest in clausure. The peak of his career was the release of Peru to the World Cup; he has been working with the national team since 2015, so he can consider this success a personal victory. Ricardo spent his entire career in South America.
- The national team of Peru was selected for the World Championship for the first time in 36 (!) years. The team failed to overcome the last 8 qualifying rounds.
- Peru’s top scorer is José Paolo Guerrero (32 goals), whose goal led the team to the play-offs. The second place is occupied by the legendary Teofilo Cubillas.
- Record for the number of matches for the national team of Peru, a little-known midfielder Roberto Palacios, who spent 128 games served for the national team for 20 years from 1992-2012.
- The national team of Peru ranks unexpectedly high in the FIFA rankings – 11. This is higher than England, Italy, Croatia, Uruguay and Colombia.
In whom do they believe?
José Paolo Guerrero – the main star in the Peruvian, but the football player was almost left without the World Cup due to a one-year disqualification for cocaine use. Initially, he managed to reduce her term to six months, but WADA filed a counterclaim, and Guerrero was removed from football for 14 months. For José Paolo, even the captains of a number of teams stood up. As a result, the Swiss Federal Court decided to suspend the disqualification of a football player until the time his complaint is considered. But the newly-minted champion Jefferson Farfan will not interfere. As for the fast forward club career, he also made a name for himself in the Bundesliga, where he very successfully defended the colors of Schalke.
Famous teams of Peru
- Sporting Cristal. Sporting Cristal is a Peruvian club from the city of Lima. Founded in 1955 on the basis of the Sporting Tobago team, whose achievements are sometimes attributed to current club. Sporting Cristal is one of the three most successful clubs in the country.
- San Martin. On September 27, 1907, a group of former members of the Atletico Huventud club founded a new Argentine football club, San Martin, in the city of San Juan. The name was given to it in honor of the Argentine hero José de San Martin. Club “San Martin” in 1921 became the first champion of the province of San Juan.
- FBC Melgar is Peruvian club from the city of Arequipo founded in 1915. It received the name in honor of Mariano Melgar, Peruvian fighter for independence from Spain, who died March 12, 1815 in Arequipa. After winning the Peru Cup in 1971, the club never left the top division of Peruvian football. By the number of points scored and seasons held, Melgar has been ranked fourth in the history of the Peruvian championships since 1966, when clubs from outside the capital region were allowed to enter the championship.
- Allianza Lima. Allianza Lima is a Peruvian club from the country’s capital, the city of Lima. It was founded in 1901 under the name “Sport of the Allianza” by a group of young workers of the Allianza Equestrian Club. In 1928, the club stopped moving from place to place and settled in one of the districts of the capital. On December 7, 1987, the team was returning from the city of Pucallpa, from the next national championship match against the club Deportivo Pucallpa.
The Peru Football Championship named Primera Division was founded in 1928 and has 16 permanent football teams. The Peru Football Championship is a competition held among the country’s main football clubs, as a result of which the winner is determined, as well as future participants in international club competitions. In Peru, the football season fits into the calendar year and runs from February to December. During the year in Peru, one champion is determined, although some countries, such as Mexico or Argentina, usually have many different nominations and, accordingly, several winners. In the first championship match in 1928, he won a club from the capital called “Allianza Lima”. This club also won in 1930.
Shamans and salute helped
Recently, Peru’s national team for the first time in 36 years was selected for the World Cup beating 2: 0 at home in New Zealand in the last match of the multi-year qualifying tournament, which began on March 12, 2015 in East Timor. Butt matches for the right to participate in the World Cup – perhaps the most roast, that is in all world football. For dozens of countries, the fate of the development of football depends on one blow, sometimes a rebound, one little thing, like an unfair judicial decision. The story of Peru and New Zealand is just that. Peruvians, being a football nation, were not at the World Championships for 36 (!) Years and last saw their pets at the 1982 World Cup along with Michel Platini or Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. New Zealanders got to the World Cup only twice – in the same 1982 and 2010, and every four years an unequal battle with the middle peasant from South America takes place among the representatives of Oceania.
And how important this evening was on both sides of the Pacific Ocean was also demonstrated by the pre-match news: in New Zealand, the team asked all employers to give their fans a day off, and Peruvians raised several Air Force planes at night to circle the hotel where the footballers settled guests. Before that, there were nightly fireworks and shamans. The team of impressive Ricardo Gareki, who failed to break through the defense of “kiwi” in the first game at the crowded stadium in Wellington, changed tactics at home. If on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the Peruvians tried to wade to the gate through the center by dribbling, then in Lima they engaged the flanks. They helped their 50 thousand crazy fans who sang and supported the team as actively as possible – unlike our “Luzhniki” and “Arena St. Petersburg”.
The defense of the New Zealanders crackled, but for the time being held. But it was only on the 28th minute that the guests had to run to the counterattack, as the suicide attack was instantly missed. Christian Cueva broke through on the free left flank, waited and gave exactly to the attacker “Locomotive” Jefferson Farfan. He pierced Marinovich with a blow under the crossbar. A repetition in a few minutes showed that the railway worker was helped by the rebound from Boxall. The stadium after the goal came to ecstasy, and Farfan dedicated it to the captain of the national team Paolo Guerrero, who was removed from the FIFA games on suspicion of taking drugs. The best time for such a “sticking out”, apparently, was not found in the Peruvian legend. But without it, the advantage of South Americans was overwhelming. The guests in black relied on angles and standards, but in the end they played for Peru. And in the 65th minute after the bustle at the gates of Marinovich, the second ball into the net pierced Ramos, effectively ending the standoff.
One of the best: Teofilo Cubillas
Speaking about the high performance of Cubillas on the world championships, you need to take into account that his role is a midfielder. Possessing an elegant technique, powerful, textured midfielder, who had excellent speed, who was able to change the pace and direction of the run, he was a real headache for rivals. And the Peruvian brilliantly played the penalty, cutting the ball with the outside of the foot. However, despite the frightening figure, the instincts of a born scorer, Teofilo had a childish, somewhat naive view of life: it was not for nothing that he received the nickname Nene – “The Kid”. Cubillas professional career began at age 16 in the native club “Alliance” from Peru. At 19, he received an invitation to the national team, and at 21 he played at the World Championships, having previously outstripped Argentina with his companions at the qualifying stage of the tournament, and made a real sensation there. None of the matches held in Mexico, he did not leave the field without a goal scored!
In the starting match with Bulgaria, his ball was victorious – 3: 2. Although in the debut of the meeting the Peruvians were inferior 0: 2. In the match with Morocco (3: 0), Cubillas scored twice and gave the scoring pass. He scored and the team of Germany, however, already with the score 0-3 on the scoreboard. But in the quarterfinals, the Peru national team gave battle to the future world champions Brazilians (2: 4). With the score 1: 3 Teofilo cannon blow drove the ball into the net of the opponent’s goal and made those much nervous. Not surprisingly it was the young Peruvian talent who was named the best of the South American players who played on it according to the results of the Mexican championship, although Brazil was celebrating the victory. A Portuguese club player, Teofilo won the 1975 South American Championship. That tournament was held with traveling. In the semifinals, Peruvians “slapped” Brazil away 3: 1 (one goal was scored by Cubillas), in the second match they lost 0: 2, but thanks to the greater number of goals held in a foreign field, they went further. In the decisive confrontation, Peru defeated Colombia.