Hiring former Argentina manager Ricardo Gareca to coach Peru’s national team has certainly proved a good decision. The team is finally back at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1982. It’s all the more impressive considering the level competitiveness shown in the South American qualifying group.
Peru have their work cut out for them, having been drawn in a tough group. And if many see them as one of the weaker sides in the competition, the team is ready to bring its possession football to the forefront as they look to leave a good impression on the World Cup’s fans.
– Star players: Jefferson Farfán, Andre Carrillo, Paolo Guerrero
– FootballCoin stars:
Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow) 4,660.45 seasonal points (Easy)
– Coach: Ricardo Gareca
– Group: C
– Group fixtures:
Sat June 16: Peru – Denmark, Saransk, 5pm
Thu June 21: France – Peru, Ekaterinburg, 1pm
Tue June 26: Australia – Peru, Sochi, 3pm
Peru are likely to be a team that is very fun to watch, regardless of their results. They’ve proven themselves in the qualifying stages and should not be underestimated.
However, qualifying from their group would be difficult and quite frankly an interesting surprise. France and Denmark are naturally the group favorites, while Australia has amassed a lot of World Cup experience.
If Peru manages to set the tempo and play their natural game against their tough opponents, they could end up securing a place in the first knockout round. It would be a tremendous performance and one that the future generation of players would be able to build upon.
Goalkeepers: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese.
Defenders: Alberto Rodriguez, Aldo Corzo, Anderson Santamaria, Miguel Araujo, Miguel Trauco, Christian Ramos, Luis Advincula, Nilson
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino,Wilder Cartagena, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Andy Polo, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotun.
Forwards: Paolo Guerrero, Andre Carrillo, Raul Ruidiaz, Jefferson Farfan
– World Cup history: 1930, 1970, 1978, 1982, 2018
Peru will embark on their World Cup adventure with six under-23 players:
🇵🇪 Renato Tapia (22)
🇵🇪 Nilson Loyola (23)
🇵🇪 Pedro Aqunio (23)
🇵🇪 Miguel Araujo (23)
🇵🇪 Wilder Cartagena (23)
🇵🇪 Andy Polo (23)
Oh, and don't forget Paolo Guerrero… pic.twitter.com/UNE9rWzkls
— Scouted Football (@scoutedftbl) June 5, 2018