In 2017, Peru fielded a young crop of players who were exciting to watch as they ended up writing their names in history books. One of those exciting players is talented midfielder, Renato Tapia.

Tapia was part of a young exciting side that defied the odds as they took their nation Peru to the 2018 World Cup, something the country last achieved as long as 36 years ago. Tapia is beaming with confidence and he recently boldly said that Ricardo Gareca’s guns will be present at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Peruvian players test positive ahead of World Cup qualifier with Brazil



Peru’s match against Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers has been thrown into a lot of doubt as a result of key players like Alex Valera and Raul Ruidiaz testing positive for corona virus. The World Cup qualification campaign for Peru recently began with a 2-2 draw with Paraguay. This was a significant setback for the national team, who are languishing in the bottom few places of the World Cup qualification group from South America. Undoubtedly, the likes of Brazil and Argentina will be the favourites to qualify for the finals. The first four teams in the group will qualify directly while the fifth placed team will have to go through the play-offs.

Peru are ideally targeting a place in the fourth and fifth places of the group. The absence ofRuidiaz andValera for a key match against Brazil is a major blow. The Peruvian football Federation (PFF) has claimed that both players have shown serious symptoms and this is a sign indeed. It remains to be seen if other players in the squad will get the virus. If it turns out to be the case, this will be bad news for the national team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in November. Peru will be taking on Chile and Argentina in the middle of November.

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Ricardo Gareca Reveals Offer from Costa Rica in 2015


Ricardo Gareca has revealed that Costa Rica football Association tried to get him as the manager before he decided to go with Peru. After having been in charge of several clubs like Universitario and Palmeiras in a very long manager career that started in 1996,Gareca took over as the manager of Peru in 2015. The 61-year-old, though, has strong ties with Argentina after having been a top player for the likes of Boca Juniors and River Plate. He has also featured for clubs like VelezSarsfield. His vast experience as a player and manager makes him a sought-after name.

The strategist claimed that Costa Rica looking to bring him as a surprise candidate to lead the national team just after the 2014 World Cup. Costa Rica were able to surprise many candidates at this competition after reaching the quarter-finals, but they were quite unlikely to exit the competition after losing on penalties to the Netherlands. After this remarkable performance, Costa Rica needed something to improve even further. Hence, the national team is looking to bring in an experienced coach since Jorge Luis Pinto was announcing his exit. However, the move never happened andGareca went on to achieve success with Peru by taking the national team to the first ever World Cup in 2018.
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Ricardo Gareca pleased with postponement of World Cup qualifiers


Peru national team coach Ricardo Gareca has said that it is a major relief that the World Cup qualifiers have been postponed and it would significantly help the South American team. The delay to the start of the qualifiers would have been a disaster for the national team in other conditions, as they were in a very good condition coming into the qualifiers. Peru were able to do well at the World Cup 2018 by qualifying for the competition, while the team also finished as the runner-up in the recent Copa America.

Due to the postponement of the South American tournament until October at the latest is a relief since it would give enough time for the Peruvian players to start in the qualification in a strong manner. This would potentially place them at an advantage compared to the likes of Brazil and Paraguay. These teams are expected to be in a physically better shape, but Peru will need a lot of tactical advantage. A number of leagues have started their football while others have been unable to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic. For those who are playing in the MLS and Mexican leagues, the physical condition will be better. However, those playing in the domestic leagues will suffer due to the lack of regular football.
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Vidal insists he is happy Barcelona despite the regular speculation

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has insisted that he is very happy at the club despite the regular speculation over his future. The Chile international has been with the Blaugrana since the summer of 2018 and he has bagged nine goals and 10 assists from 84 appearances across all competitions. He has another 13 months remaining on his contract but reports have recently claimed that he could be offered as a makeweight to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan.

Amidst this, Vidal has clarified that he is comfortable at the Camp Nou and he wants to continue with the club, he told: “I am very happy and comfortable in Barcelona, of course, I want to continue. Now I am more prepared than ever. There is a good group and I have great friends in the dressing room. I feel very well physically, better than ever. In all my career I never had so much time to prepare myself. We made a plan to the maximum to extend my career as much as possible. I feel prepared for what is coming, both the Champions League and La Liga.”
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The World football governing body FIFA have postponed the match between Paraguay and Peru. The world cup qualifier was slated for March, but the match has been postponed till further notice. Alongside the match between Paraguay and Peru, all qualifiers slated for the month of March have also been shifted to later dates.

This is in light of the breakout of CONVID19. The breakout has put most domestic league matches on hold. European domestic teams are on hold and only a few are still active while some others play behind closed doors.

Peru’s Friendly with Chile Stands Cancelled

Peru’s national team coach Ricardo Gareca claims that there are no issues surrounding the cancellation of a friendly match with Chile. It was expected that Peru would conclude 2019 with a friendly match against Chile at home. This was supposed to take place just a few days after the friendly against Colombia. However, a unanimous decision has been taken to scrap this game so that the team will conclude the campaign with a 1-0 loss against Colombia. Alfredo Morelos came up with a late goal in such a way that Peru were not able to react.

However, the team has achieved some big successes in recent months. After beating Chile 3-0 back in July, Peru managed to create a major shock in world football after overcoming Brazil with a 1-0 win back in September. Recent form for the team, however, has not been so great and the loss against Colombia is a testament to this status. Ironically, the win over Brazil in September is the only success for team in the last six games. It was a surprise that Peru did not try to find a replacement once Chile pulled out of the friendly. The lack of a friendly match would mean good news for some of the established players within the national team, since they could do with some rest.
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Chile have pulled out of their friendly game against Peru due to the current unrest facing the country. The countries football federation made an announcement on its website revealing that the team had decided not to play the friendly match in Peru.

It is understood that a team meeting was held in which the decision to forfeit the game was taken by the squad and the coaching staff.  The Chilean FA also revealed that the players had been released and allowed to return to their clubs.

There had been wild speculations whether the game would hold with a section of local media claiming that the players should boycott the game. Veteran midfielder Charles Aranguiz had revealed that the game should not be played amid the unrest and it seems this has been taken into account.

Tite Expects Feeling of Revenge from Peru

Brazil manager Tite has revealed that he will not hold discussions with Neymar about the latter’s career. Neymar’s career has had a turbulent period with the striker failing to secure a return back to Barcelona. As a result, he has the difficult job of staying at PSG, a club where he has lost a number of supporters with his summer antiques. Despite not starting a match for his club, Neymar was included in the Brazil squad for the game against Colombia in the recent international friendly. The superstar ended up scoring in the 2-2 draw and these were his first goals of the season. It is highly anticipated that Neymar will continue in the starting role for the game against Peru.

This international friendly will be a rematch of the recent Copa America final. The 27-year-old will be the player to watch in the match. He has come up with 61 goals for Brazil and it is just one shy of the tally held by Ronaldo, who has 62 goals. However, Neymar has still a long way to go before he catches Pele, who is the all-time leading scorer for the national team with 77 goals. Meanwhile, Brazil defender Thiago Silva expressed his delight with Neymar ending up at PSG for another season. Continue reading “Tite Expects Feeling of Revenge from Peru”

Peru head coach optimistic about the country’s footballing progress

Peru head coach Ricardo Gareca has said that there are plenty of positives for the South American nation after their strong performance in the recent Copa America tournament. Peru were ranked outsiders to secure continental glory for the summer but they managed to surprise many as they reached up to the final, where they suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Brazil.

Speaking to reporters, Gareca suggested that Peru should be optimistic about the future, given they have made progress in the forward direction over the past few years, he quipped: “The most important thing is to realize that we have improved over time. We are on the right track despite some setbacks, and we have to stay on this path.”
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