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PIZZARO BACKS PERU

The Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro is regarded as one of the best footballers from Peru of all-time. He has played for various high-profile clubs like Bayern Munich and Chelsea over the years. He has now said that he is extremely confident that the Peruvian national team can qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Due to the fact that this World Cup will be held in the home continent, a number of the teams like Uruguay and Argentina are also the favourites to lift the competition. However, Pizarro is more concerned about getting Peru to play in this competition by qualifying.

The World Cup qualifying for the South American countries has been going on for a little while. Peru have not qualified for a major tournament like the FIFA World Cup for quite a while now, which has always been the ambition of the Bayern Munich striker. He recently became the first foreign player to score more than 160 goals in the Bundesliga, while he has also made more than 330 appearances in this league. He has said that he is extremely delighted and proud of his record. The 34-year-old is now hoping to help Peru qualify for the World Cup more than anything else.

“I’m absolutely convinced that we can do it and I think the Peruvian public are starting to believe it too. It’ll be difficult, but we’re prepared for the remaining qualifying fixtures. I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: my dream is to reach the World Cup with my country. That’s what we’re trying to achieve. Argentina and Uruguay are the most likely to qualify, although Colombia are doing very well right now. It’ll be very tight right up until the end,” said the 34-year-old in an interview given to FIFA.com.