When the word “sport” is mentioned in Peru, the most popular that will come to people’s mind is football.
Football in Peru was introduced by British immigrants, the Peruvians returning from Great Britain, as well by English sailors in the middle of 19th century during their frequent stops at the port of Callao.
In reference to the research-work entitled La Difusion del Futbol en Lima, during the last ten years of the 19th century, records show that sailors were fond of practicing sports such as football and they would play against teams made up of Englishmen, Peruvians, or a mix between Englishmen and Peruvians.
The 1990s were not brilliant football years for the Peruvian footballers and the disastrous 1987 Alianza Lima air incident alsocrushed the hopes for the team as series of good players who were prepared to play for the national team lost their lives.
Although there were still other good players like Julio César Uribe, Nolberto Solano, Claudio Pizarro, and Lose del Solar, yet the team was no longer the “Golden Team” of earlier. Continue reading Football in Peru
Jefferson Farfan has been recalled back to the national team of Peru, according to reports.
The Veteran winger is expected to help out the South American side in their World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Ecuador.
The national team manager Ricardo Gareca named Farfanand forward Ivan Bulos in the team. Bulos would play in place of Paolo Guerrro who was suspended in the last game against Bolivia due to suspension.
Farfarn, who plays in the Russian Premier League for Lokomotiv Moscow, has featured 75 times for Peru national team. The coach claimed the veteran was “rewarded for his new found stability and continuity.” The player last played for his country in the first quarter of last year. Continue reading VETERAN PERU WINGER RECALLED TO NATIONAL TEAM
South American sides Ecuador and Venezuela played a draw on Thursday night when they clashed.
Mikel Villanueva had an own goal in the 29th minute while Junior Moreno scored through a powerful shot from the centre of the box after receiving an assist from ArquimedesFiguera.
The teams played a 1-1 draw at half time and there was no change when the game ended. However, Figuera received marching orders in the 75th minute for a second yellow card.
When Peru and Paraguay met in a friendly game at Trujillo, Paolo Guerrero’s 75th minute effort was the difference in the 1-0 win. Rodrigo Rojas has fouled Miguel Trauco, picking up his second yellow card of the game. The visitors were down to ten men.
Football in Peru has been developing of recent. They play Jamaica in their next game. The friendly game would hold on June 13.
Elsewhere in football’s most iconic rivalries, Argentina defeated Brazil in a superclasico in Australia. Sevilla defender Garbiel Mercado scored the sole goal that separated the bitter rivals as over 95,000 fans gathered to watch the star studded game. Funny enough only 31 percent saw the game the Socceroos played against Saudi Arabia in the crucial World Cup fixture. Continue reading PERU DEFEAT PARAGUAY, ECUADOR PLAY DRAW WITH VENEZUELA
Police in Peru have seized a shipment that contains 1.4 kilogram of cocaine, with packaging material branded with Lionel Messi’s face.
The seized shipment has areported street worth of £73million.
The haul had Barcelona’s ‘M’ logo printed on it, with Messi’s name and face. The shipment even had the royal seal of the King of Spain. The Class A drug illegal shipment was poised to land in Europe before the officials captured it.
Spanish sources El Mundo Deportivo claims the shipment were hidden inside a container that was carrying 1,300 giant squid fillets. There are creative ways through which the exporters hide their illegalities. Last year a fruit wholesale dealer hid cocaine in plastic bananas. The cocaine had a street value of £24milion. The fruit seller hid the drug for Columbian drug lord Daniel Valdes Jaramillo whose nickname was ‘Messi.’ The banned shipment was found in a warehouse in Kent.
The drug business is not affecting football in Peru. The national team side kept their World Cup hopes alive after they defeated their Uruguayan counterpart 2-1. Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez returned from suspension for the game but he could do nothing to save them. Continue reading POLICE UNCOVER COCAINE WITH LIONEL MESSI PACKAGING
Peru football association said that they are looking for ways to improve the level of their football.
The national team is currently ranked 8th in the CONMEBOL ranking for the World Cup qualification, and the federation wants the team to improve.
Indeed the level of Peruvian football has steadily declined in recent years due to poor management of the football federation.
However, there are signs that the national team is recovering with results of the national team improving. They managed to eliminate Brazil at the latest Copa America in the USA, and they have also managed some good results in the World Cup qualification.
In their last game against Argentina, they were unfortunate for not having won the game after twice leading the match. They only managed a draw against one of the better sides in qualification.
But these results have been relatively rare, and the football federation wants to ensure that they get this kind of result on a regular basis. Continue reading Peru football must improve
Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Chile defeated Uruguay 3-1 in a crucial CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.
The forward only just returned from a hamstring injury with the club warning Chile not to risk him. Sanchez played anyway, and he was heavily strapped yet he scored two times in 16 minutes. He received an overwhelming standing ovation when he exited the pitch in the 84th minute.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned sternly that playing in the game would be a “suicidal decision” for Sanchez as it might leave him with a more serious injury. Wenger was not ready to risk the striker as it could impact Arsenal’s title chase in a very competitive term. Sanchez’s display will allay the French tactician’s fears going into the game against Manchester United this weekend.
Edison Cavani opened scoring for Uruguay within 15 minutes before Chile got an equalizer just before the recess. Eduardo Vargas’ header did the magic, and Sanchez put them ahead in the 60th minute. He got the second goal as well, sending fans wild. Everyone knew what a victory would do to their World Cup hopes, particularly as they battle Argentina for a spot in Russia 2018. Continue reading SANCHEZ SCORES TWICE IN 3-1 URUGUAY WIN
Sebastian Vignolo, the presenter of a famous Football show on Argentinean TV, is of the opinion that Paolo Guerrero, the skipper of the Peruvian national Football Team, hasn’t got his due recognition in the Football world because of his nationality.
As per Vignolo, if Guerrero had been hailing from a country that is in Europe or even from some other country in South America, but, not Peru, the best clubs in the world would be lining up for his services.
In the words of Vignolo, “Peru doesn’t have a history of producing players who became the best of the generations, like an Argentina or a Brazil has and the league structure of the country is not rated around the world either. That is, maybe, why someone coming from Peru doesn’t fascinate you, but, what I have made of Paolo is that he is world-class and with a different nationality, he might have a Barcelona contract in his pocket by now.”
Continue reading Sebastian Vignolo is of view that Paolo Guerrero hasnt got Recognition in Football World
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. Continue reading 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.
Continue reading PERU MOVE UP IN LATEST FIFA RANKING
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. Continue reading Peru has finalized their squad for the Copa America