NATIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL IN PERU LOOK BEYOND WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

The men national football team in Peru are preparing for friendlies lined up prior the Copa America coming up this summer.

The team has had a shambolic form in the world Cup qualifying campaign in the CONMEBOL group. Of the ten teams vying for a place at the World Cup finals, Peru lie in 8th position after garnering just four points from the six games played so far.


The team fought hard against Chile but lost at home 3-4 late last year. The loss propelled the team in the next game against Paraguay where they finished with the three points courtesy of a lone goal at home. They faced the last World Cup host, Brazil next but fell to a three nil defeat in an away match that felt the team scarred. They eventually forced a draw against Venezuela during the March international break but Luiz Suarez and Edison Cavani ran riot in the recent victory of Uruguay against the Peruvian side.

The men’s national team in Peru would now focus on the planet friendlies aginst Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador next month. This will be in preparation for the Copa America billed to start in June. Read More “NATIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL IN PERU LOOK BEYOND WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS”

Peru has a tough road in their 2016 Copa America Centenario group

Peru was pitted against Brazil, Haiti and Ecuador in group B for the 2016 edition of the Copa America Centenario. Making it past this group will not be an easy task as they have tough opponents to face in this approaching tournament.

Ricardo Gareca is the coach of the Peruvian national football team and he has his work cut out. Peru has recently been sustaining a number of defeats as they lost against Uruguay and had to settle with a 2-2 draw when facing off with Venezuela in their latest World Cup South American qualifications.

The first opponent that Peru will play against is Haiti as both sides lock horns on June 4 and the Haitian side made a fairly impressive string of performances during their 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup run where they were placed in group A along with United States, Panama and Honduras.

Haiti was able to secure the 2nd spot and they managed to reach the quarter-finals but were eventually eliminated after losing against Jamaica, but nonetheless Haiti still made a fairly impressive campaign in that tournament as they are showing to be capable of playing at a high level. Read More “Peru has a tough road in their 2016 Copa America Centenario group”

Xavi Hernandez is another as one of the greatest ever players

Xavi Hernandez is another as one of the greatest ever players for Barcelona in the last couple of decades.

In fact, he would be one of the best players in the history of the club. Such is the contribution of the 35-year-old not just to the trophies won but also for the style of football. It was under the presence of Xavi at his peak when Guardiola brought back the passing style of football at the club to immense success. However, Xavi choose not to retire at the Camp Nou since he was in increasingly forced away from the first team.

Manager Luis Enrique decided to opt for the future and it meant that the 35-year-old Xavi was not a regular first choice. He has joined Middle East for the last couple of years of his career. Newly crowned Barcelona presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu says that the legendary midfielder is more likely to return to the Camp Nou once he hangs up his boots. Barcelona will want to continue the tradition of promoting from within. After having come through the ranks at the club, the ultimate progression for Xavi will be to coach the team at some point in the future. It has been the way with the likes of Guardiola and Enrique. Read More “Xavi Hernandez is another as one of the greatest ever players”

Philippe Coutinho may get place in National Team

There are some players who knock on the door of the national team and then, there are others who just break open that door. Philippe Coutinho seems to be the one belonging to that second category.

The 22-year old Brazilian midfielder who has not been featuring for his national team in the recent times has now made it difficult for the Selecao boss Dunga to ignore him.

He has been showing a bit of a Midas touch for the Reds in the English first division Football this season.

It’s not only the goals that he has scored. A lot of players actually find the net, but, there are only few who catch the eyes.

Those who tend to score on big occasions are spoken about the most.

In pressure situations with whips cracking, Coutinho has lifted his game and has done the job for Liverpool and perhaps, tried to send a message to Dunga that he is ready for a national recall.

When he was given the opportunity to play International Football for the first time back in 2010, he was only 17 at that time and was just learning his art. He was pretty good though, but, perhaps not good enough for that level. Read More “Philippe Coutinho may get place in National Team”

Sergio Markarián – Last coach for Peruivian National Football Team

Sergio Markarián was the last coach to be in charge of the Peruvian national football team but ever since his departure from the managerial position in the team in 2013, there has not been anyone else that has officially taken up that spot.

The former Brazil coach Felipe Scolari is currently being viewed as the next possible manager of Peru as they are looking for a coach who has experience playing in some of the biggest teams and competitions from around the world and Scolari definitely does fit the bill as he has been in charge of top teams such as: Chelsea and Brazil as well as has experience coaching clubs which started off as early as 1982. Read More “Sergio Markarián – Last coach for Peruivian National Football Team”