Peru participated for the first time in the FIFA World Cup back in 1930, the inaugural edition. They have made it to the World Cup group stages five times in total : in 1930, 1970, 1978, 1982, and 2018. The 1930 World Cup, Peru made it as one of the 13 sides that accepted the inagrual invitation. Well, who can forget the legendary players with the name of Cubillas and Chumpitaz who outshone many other players and teams individually to earn their name among the best in the World. Their individual brilliance sparked a team performance and that’s what makes Peru a squad that can’t be written off.
● 23 Member Squad List :
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC).
Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar).
Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz).
Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo)
● Squad Analysis :
The three goalkeepers aren’t much experienced when it comes to the number of caps. The highest best Gallese with 36 caps to make his first WC appearance. Carvallo, aged 32 has made only 6 appearance after his debut in 2007.
○ Defence :
The defensive line is highly experienced when it comes to the number of caps. 270 caps by 8 players combined.
Veteran of the line is the centreback Alberto Rodriguez. He was also a part of the squad that finished third in Copa America
His partner in crime is a 29 year old centreback, Cristian Ramos, after making his debut in 2009 he went on to represent the nation 68 times. Trauco and Advincula make up the flanks.
○ Midfield :
Orlando City’s versatile player Yoshimar Yotun will be the important factor in the central Midfielder position controlling the gameplay from kickoff. Complementing Yotun would be Hurtado, Cueva and Tapia who will look to make things hard for opposition
○ Attack :
Guerrero and Farfan with 88 and 86 caps respectively will lead the striking force for Peru in the WC. They stay calm and let their talk on the field wrecking havoc in opposition Defense.
○ Manager : Ricardo Garcea
Nicknamed El Tigre and El Flaco, he’s a former Argentine player. He had been in charge of several clubs and winning silverware constantly but managing a nation in a big tournament will be for the first time in his glorious career in South America. Ricardo lead them to a 3rd place finish in the Copa America and will be looking to take his career to the next level.
● Probable Formations And XI :
Gallese; Trauco-Ramos-Rodrigues-Advincula ; Cueva-Youtun-Hurtado-Tapia ; Guerrero-Farfan
● Team Rating:
•Goalkeeper Rating 6/10
•Defence Rating 6/10
•Midfield Rating 6.5/10
•Attack Rating 8.5/10
•Overall Rating 6.5/10
● Past Record in WC :
1930 : First Round
1938: Did not enter
1950 & 1954: Withdrew
1958, 1962 & 1966 : Did not qualify
1970: Quarter Finals
1974: Did not qualify
1978: Round 2
1982: Round 1
1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 & 2014: Did not qualify
● Fixtures in World Cup :
○ 16/06 Vs Denmark
○ 21/06 Vs France
○ 26/06 Vs Australia
● Recent Form :
Peru are on an amazing form of 15 match unbeaten run. Their last defeat came in the hands of Brazil in 2016, when they beat Peru 2-0.
● Coach/Manager’s Quotes :
“I send a greeting to the whole country, I know everyone celebrates,We felt a great emotion with the full support of the Peruvian people.It would have been very hard to disappoint so much support“, said the gaffer Ricardo Garcea
● Writer’s Take:
Peru are such a team that can’t be written off. Being pitted in a group with France, Denmark and Australia they aren’t much expected to shock the World but will definitely compete to qualify from the group stages and make an impact in the latter stages.