Brazil showed the world the power of determination when they won their first ever gold medal in the men’s event in a football tournament at an Olympic Games.

The story is very inspiring, and a nice fairly tale especially with the initial stumbles. The country is now hoping this will translate to a better fate for the senior team currently facing troubles.

After the 1-1 draw in the final on Saturday, the Olympic team coach Rogerio Micale said: “This is a contribution to the national team but the situations are different.” Brazil knocked out their German opponents in a revenge after losing 7-1 at home in the semi final of the last World Cup on home soil, albeit on the senior level.

“It is a seed, the players are young so that is an excellent sign for the future,” Micale added hoping the success will translate to better fortunes for the faltering senior team. However, that future begins on Monday with the national team boss Tite naming his first squad for World Cup qualifiers in Ecuador. Brazil are poised to face the south American country on September 1, before hosting Colombia the following week. Read More “BRAZIL HOPE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WILL SOLVE SENIOR TEAM FOOTBALL PROBLEMS”


The Peru national team moved up several places in the just released FIFA ranking of countries.

The country climbed up 14 spots, likely following from their victory over Brazil at the recently concluded Copa America Centenario at the United States. In the group stage, Peru were not given a chance ahead of the continental tournament but they went on record sterling records.

Peru defeated Haiti and Brazil at the tournament and played a draw against Ecuador. This year’s edition held by Conmebol and Concacaf was in celebration of the centennial edition of the tournament. Based on the decent results at the games, Peru moved up to the 34th position with 765 points. The ranking in the world depends on the team’s total number of point gained from matches over a four year period, according to FIFA.

Argentina ranked number one, despite losing the Copa America final to Chile for the second successive year. Surprisingly, Belgium were still in second place despite their loss to Wales at the quarter final stage of the Euro 2016. Columbia were in third place and Germany followed closely, despite their semi final crash to host of the Euro 2016, France.

Peru has finalized their squad for the Copa America

Peru has announced their final squad for the Copa America which will be taking part in the United States as from the 3rd June.

23 players have been selected by the Peruvian coach Ricardo Gareca. He said that he has chosen the best players at the moment, and he believes that they can go far in the tournament.

Players such as Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan, and Juan Manuel Vargas are all excluded from the side that will participate in the Copa America since the coach wanted to give younger players a chance to represent their country. This is no surprise since they were not included in the 40-players squad that was announced in April.

This might come as a deception for Claudio Pizarro, who was hoping that he could participate in his last Copa America tournament at 37-years old.

Instead, the coach placed his trust in younger players such as Alejandro Hohberg, Luiz da Silva, Armando Alfageme, Luis Abram and Carlos Caceda, who have yet to make their debut for their country. This is clearly in line with the coach philosophy of not only trying to do well in the Copa America but also build a team for the future. Read More “Peru has finalized their squad for the Copa America”


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”