Peru national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Blanquirroja
(The White and Red)
Los Incas
(The Incas)
Association Peruvian Football Federation
Confederation CONMEBOL
(South America)
Head coach Ricardo Gareca[1]
Captain Claudio Pizarro[2]
Most caps Roberto Palacios (128)[3]
Top scorer Teófilo Cubillas (26)[3]
Home stadium Estadio Nacional
FIFA ranking 59 Steady (12 March 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 19 (July 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 91 (September 2009)
Elo ranking 35
Highest Elo ranking 12 (June 1978)
Lowest Elo ranking 75 (May 1994)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Peru Peru 0–4 Uruguay 
(Lima, Peru; 1 November 1927)
Biggest win
Peru Peru 9–1 Ecuador 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 11 August 1938)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 7–0 Peru Peru
(Santa Cruz, Bolivia; 26 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1930)
Best result Top 8, 1970 (Quarterfinals) & 1978 (Round 2)
Copa América
Appearances 29 (First in 1927)
Best result Winners, 1939 and 1975
Appearances 1 (First in 2000)
Best result Third (shared), 2000

The Peru national football team has represented Peru in international football since 1927. Organised by the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF),[A] it is one of the 10 members of FIFA's South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). The Peruvian team's performance has been inconsistent; it enjoyed its most successful periods in the 1930s and the 1970s.[4] It plays most of its home matches at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, the country's capital.

The Peru national team has won the Copa América twice and qualified for FIFA World Cup finals four times; it also participated in the 1936 Olympic football competition. It has longstanding rivalries with Chile and Ecuador.[5] The team is well known for its white shirts adorned with a diagonal red stripe, Peru's national colours. This basic design has been used continuously since 1936, and gives rise to the team's common Spanish nickname, la Blanquirroja ("the white-and-red").[6]

Peru took part in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930 and enjoyed victories in the 1938 Bolivarian Games and the 1939 Copa América, with goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso and forwards Teodoro Fernández and Alejandro Villanueva playing important roles. Peruvian football's successful period in the 1970s brought it worldwide recognition; the team then included the formidable forward partnership of Hugo Sotil and Teófilo Cubillas, often regarded as Peru's greatest player, and defender Héctor Chumpitaz.[7] This team qualified for three World Cups and won the Copa América in 1975.

The Peruvian team last reached the World Cup finals in 1982; it has since not qualified, and has not won any major tournament. FIFA temporarily suspended the country from international competition in late 2008 during the Peruvian government's investigations into alleged corruption within the FPF. Peru came third at the 2011 Copa América, but failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


Football was introduced to Peru in the 19th century by British immigrants and Peruvians returning from England.[8] In 1859, members of the capital Lima's British community founded the Lima Cricket Club, Peru's first organization dedicated to the practice of cricket, rugby, and football.[B][10][11] These new sports became popular among the local upper-class over the following decades, but early developments were halted by the War of the Pacific against Chile from 1879 to 1883. After the war, Peru's coastal society embraced football as a modern innovation.[12] The sport became a popular daily activity in Lima barrios, encouraged by bosses who wanted it to inspire solidarity and improved productivity among their workers.[13] In the adjacent port of Callao and other commercial areas, British civilian workers and sailors played the sport among themselves and with locals.[14][C] Sports rivalries between locals and foreigners arose in Callao, and between elites and workers in Lima. Over time, as foreigners departed, this evolved into a rivalry between Callao and Lima.[8][16] These factors, coupled with the sport's rapid growth among the urban poor of Lima's La Victoria district (where the Alianza Lima club was formed in 1901), led to Peru developing, according to historian Andreas Campomar, "some of the most elegant and accomplished football on the continent",[17] and the strongest footballing culture in the Andean region.[18]

The Peruvian Football League was formed in 1912 and held each year until it broke up in 1921 amid disputes between the member clubs.[19] The Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) was created the following year and, in 1926, it reorganised the annual league competition.[20] The FPF joined the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in 1925, and formed a national team in 1927—the delay was due to financial issues.[21] The team debuted in the 1927 South American Championship, which the FPF hosted at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.[14] Peru's first match was a 0–4 loss against Uruguay; their second was a 3–2 victory over Bolivia.[22] Peru next took part in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, but was eliminated in the first stage.[23]

Photo of twelve men, seven standing and five crouching, inside a stadium
Peru's football team at the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany

The 1930s have been called Peruvian football's first golden era.[4] During this decade, Peruvians traveled abroad in search of competition that would further develop their football.[17] One notable travel was held in Europe between 1933 and 1934 by the Combinado del Pacífico, a squad composed of Chilean and Peruvian footballers,[D] which provided the South Americans with much-needed experience.[17] Starting with Ciclista Lima in 1926, Peruvian clubs also toured Latin America, achieving numerous victories.[24][25] During one of these tours—Alianza Lima's undefeated journey through Chile in 1935—a group of players emerged that became called the Rodillo Negro ("Black Roller"), led by forwards Alejandro Villanueva and Teodoro Fernández and goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso.[26] Sports historian Richard Witzig described these three as "a soccer triumvirate unsurpassed in the world at that time", citing their combined innovation and effectiveness at both ends of the field.[4] Peru and the Rodillo Negro awed crowds at the 1936 Summer Olympics, won the inaugural Bolivarian Games in 1938, and finished the decade as South American champions.[27][28]

Subsequent years proved less successful for the team; according to historian David Goldblatt, "despite all the apparent preconditions for footballing growth and success, Peruvian football disappeared".[29] He attributes this sudden decline to Peruvian authorities' repression of "social, sporting and political organisations among the urban and rural poor" during the 1940s and 1950s.[29] Peru generally performed creditably at the South American Championships during this period, nevertheless, and only narrowly missed qualification for the Sweden 1958 World Cup finals, losing over two legs to eventual champions Brazil.[30]

Twelve men, six standing and six crouching, pose for a photo inside a stadium
Peru's 1982 World Cup team, pictured on a contemporary Paraguayan postage stamp

A series of successes during the late 1960s, culminating with qualification for the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico, ushered in a second golden period for Peruvian football.[4][31] The formidable forward partnership between Teófilo Cubillas and Hugo Sotil has been cited as a key factor in Peru's success during the 1970s.[32] Peru reached the quarter-finals in 1970, losing to the tournament winners Brazil, and earned the first FIFA Fair Play Trophy;[33][34] the team was, Richard Henshaw writes, "the surprise of the 1970 competition, showing flair and a high level of skill".[30] Five years later, Peru was crowned South American champions for the second time when it won the 1975 Copa América (as the South American Championship was renamed that year). The team then qualified for two consecutive World Cup tournaments: it reached the second round in Argentina 1978, and was knocked out in the first group stage at the 1982 tournament in Spain. Peru's early elimination in 1982 ended a period when the side's "flowing football was admired across the globe".[35]

Following the team's failure to qualify for the Mexico 1986 World Cup, renewed expectations for Peru were centred on a young generation of Alianza Lima players known colloquially as Los Potrillos ("The Colts").[E] The team entered a hiatus after the Alianza Lima air disaster of 8 December 1987, when a plane carrying most of Alianza's players and staff crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Only the pilot survived the crash; among the dead were the Peru manager, Marcos Calderón, and several Peru international players, including goalkeeper José González Ganoza and Luis Escobar, who was widely tipped as a future star forward.[37] The team came last in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cup qualifiers. Peru afterward missed qualification for the France 1998 World Cup only on goal difference,[38] won the 1999 Kirin Cup in Japan (sharing the title with Belgium),[39] and placed third at the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[40] which it contested as an invited guest team.

Since the turn of the century, the Peruvian team has dealt with internal problems and continuing difficulties in World Cup qualification.[41][F] When the Peruvian government charged Manuel Burga, the unpopular FPF president who was blamed by many in Peru for what they saw as the national team's underperformance since 2002,[42][43] with corruption in late 2008 and declared his re-election illegal, FIFA suspended the Peru national team and Football League, citing political interference.[44] These sanctions were lifted in December 2008 after the Peruvian Institute of Sport (IPD) agreed to negotiate with the FPF.[45][46] Peru subsequently missed qualification for the finals of the South Africa 2010 World Cup and the Brazil 2014 World Cup,[47][48] despite the team won the 2011 Kirin Cup (sharing the title with Japan and the Czech Republic), came third at the 2011 Copa América, and reached 19th in the July 2013 FIFA world rankings—its highest-ever position since the start of the rankings in December 1992.[49] In early 2015, Burga was succeeded as FPF president by Edwin Oviedo.[50] In March 2015, Ricardo Gareca was appointed as Peru's new manager.[1]


Photo of eleven men, six standing and five crouching, inside a stadium
Peru at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, wearing their traditional kit. The distinctive diagonal red "sash", emblazoned across Peru's white shirts continuously since 1936, has won praise as a simple yet effective design.

The Peru national football team plays in red and white, the country's national colours.[51] Its first-choice kit has been, since 1936, white shorts, white socks, and white shirts with a distinctive red "sash" crossing their front diagonally from the proper left shoulder to the right hip and returning on the back from the right hip to the proper left shoulder. This basic scheme has been only slightly altered over the years.[6] It has won praise as one of world football's most attractive kit designs; Christopher Turpin, the executive producer of NPR's All Things Considered news show, lauded the 1970 iteration in 2010 as "the beautiful game's most beautiful shirt", also commenting that it "was retro even in 1970".[52] The version worn in 1978 came first in a 2010 ESPN list of the "Best World Cup jerseys of all time", described therein as a "simple yet strikingly effective piece of design".[53]

Peru's first kit, made for the 1927 South American Championship, comprised a white-and-red striped shirt, white shorts and black socks.[54] Peru was compelled to use an alternative design in the 1930 World Cup because Paraguay had already registered a kit with white-and-red striped shirts. The Peruvians instead wore white shirts with a red collar, white shorts and black socks.[54] For the 1935 South American Championship, a horizontal red stripe was added to the shirt. The following year, at the Berlin Olympics, the team adopted the red sash design it has retained ever since.[6] According to historian Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, the idea for the diagonal red stripe came from school football matches in which coloured sashes worn over the shoulder would allow two teams wearing white shirts to play against each other.[55]

The Peru national team has had eight official kit manufacturers. The first of these, Adidas, began supplying the team's kit in 1978. Peru have since had contracts with Penalty (1981–82), Adidas (1983–85), Calvo Sportwear (1987), Power (1989–91), Diadora (1991–92), local manufacturer Polmer (1993–95), Umbro (1996–97), and Peruvian company Walon Sport (1998–2010).[6] Umbro have again produced the team's kit since 2010.[56]


Photograph of a modern football stadium's interior; the stands are full of spectators
The Estadio Nacional, Peru's national stadium and the venue for most of the team's home matches, in December 2011

The traditional home of Peruvian football is the country's national stadium, the Estadio Nacional in Lima, which houses 45,000 spectators.[14] The present ground is the Estadio Nacional's third incarnation, the result of renovations conducted under the Alan García administration; it was officially inaugurated on 24 July 2011,[57] 88 years to the day after the original ground opened on the same site in 1923.[58]

The original Estadio Nacional was a wooden structure with a capacity of 6,000, donated by members of Lima's British community to celebrate the centenary of Peru's independence from Spain.[58] Following a campaign for the ground's renovation, headed by Miguel Dasso, president of the Sociedad de Beneficencia de Lima,[59] it was rebuilt with a larger capacity under General Manuel A. Odría and opened for the second time on 27 October 1952.[60] The stadium was last redeveloped in 2011; improvements included the construction of a plaque-covered exterior, a multicoloured illumination system added inside the ground, as well as two giant LED screens and 375 private suites.[61][62]

A distinctive feature of the ground is the Miguel Dasso Tower on its northern side, which contains luxury boxes; it was most recently renovated in 2004.[59] The Estadio Nacional has a natural bermudagrass pitch. It was, from 2005 to 2011,[63] the only national stadium in CONMEBOL to have artificial turf, which was installed for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The stadium was during this period one of Peru's four "FIFA Star II" grounds, the highest certification granted to artificial pitches, but the synthetic turf was blamed for players' injuries, such as burns and bruises.[64] Natural grass was reinstalled as part of the redevelopments completed in 2011.[63]

Peru sometimes play home matches at other venues. Outside the desert-like coast region of Lima, the thin atmosphere at the high-altitude Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega in Cusco and the balmy Amazonic climate of the Estadio Max Augustín in Iquitos have been described as providing strategic advantages for Peru against certain visiting teams.[65][66] Other common alternate venues for the national team include two other grounds in the Peruvian capital—Alianza's Estadio Alejandro Villanueva and Universitario's Estadio Monumental.[67][68] The last time the Peruvian team played at an alternate venue was in 2012, when it faced Chile at the Estadio Jorge Basadre in Tacna.[69]


Photograph of an artistic show inside a football stadium
Festivities at the Estadio Nacional before the final of the 2004 Copa América, which Peru hosted

Football has been the most popular sport in Peru since the early 20th century.[70] Originally largely exclusive to Lima's Anglophile elite and expatriates, and secluded from the rest of the city,[71] football became an integral part of wider popular culture during the 1900s and 1910s. Over the following decades, Augusto Leguía's government institutionalised the sport into a national pastime by promoting and organising its development.[72] Consequently, the national football team became an important element of Peru's national identity.[73]

Peruvian football fans are known for their distinctive chant ¡Arriba Perú! ("Come on Peru!"),[74] as well as for their use of traditional Peruvian música criolla to express support, both at national team games and at club matches. Música criolla attained national and international recognition with the advent of mass media during the 1930s, becoming a recognised symbol of Peru and its culture.[75] The national team's most popular anthems are Peru Campeón, a polca criolla (Peruvian polka) glorifying Peru's qualification for the Mexico 1970 World Cup,[75] and Contigo Perú, a vals criollo (Peruvian waltz) that newspaper El Comercio calls "the hymn of Peruvian national football teams".[76]

The Estadio Nacional disaster of 24 May 1964, involving Peruvian supporters, is cited as one of the worst tragedies in football history.[77] During a qualifying match for the 1964 Olympics between Peru's under-20 team and its counterpart from Argentina, the Uruguayan referee Angel Payos disallowed a would-be Peruvian equaliser, alleging rough play. Spectators threw missiles from the stands while two fans invaded the pitch and attacked the referee. Police threw tear gas into the crowd, causing a stampede; trying to escape, fans were crushed against the stadium's locked gates. A total of 315 people were killed in the chaos, with more than 500 others injured.[78]


Portrait of two men, dressed in sports attire, looking straight a the viewer
Chile's Raúl Toro and Peru's Teodoro Fernández, opponents in the 1937 South American Championship

The Peru national football team maintains prominent rivalries with its counterparts from neighbouring Chile and Ecuador. The Peruvians have a favourable record against Ecuador and a negative record against Chile.[79][80] Peru faced both rivals in the 1939 South American Championship in Lima, which was also the first time Peru faced Ecuador in an official tournament; Peru won both games.[81] Peru also defeated its rivals during qualifying for the Argentina 1978 World Cup, directly eliminating both teams.[79][80]

The Chile–Peru football rivalry is known in Spanish as the Clásico del Pacífico ("Pacific Derby").[5] CNN World Sport editor Greg Duke ranks it among the top ten football rivalries in the world.[82] Peru first faced Chile in the 1935 South American Championship, defeating it 1–0.[80] The two countries traditionally compete with each other over the rank of fourth-best national team in South America (after Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay).[83] They also both claim to have invented the bicycle kick; Peruvians call it the chalaca, while it is the chilena in Chile.[84]

The rivalry between the Ecuador and Peru football teams is rooted in the historical border conflict between the countries dating back to the 19th century. In 1995, after the brief Cenepa War, CONMEBOL contemplated altering that year's Copa América group stage to prevent a match between the two sides, but ultimately did not.[85] According to Michael Handelsman, Ecuadorian fans consider losses to Colombia or Peru "an excuse to lament Ecuador's inability to establish itself as an international soccer power".[86] During the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Ecuador's captain Walter Ayoví declared that "these matches have always had something additional, a thorough rivalry. We are going to play for the pride of representing the country, its colours, because these games have always been a kind of derby".[87]

Competitive records[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

An action shot from a football match. A goalkeeper jumps and catches the ball.
Peru's match against Romania at the 1930 World Cup

The Peruvian team competed at the first World Cup in 1930 by invitation, and has entered each tournament at the qualifying stage since 1958. Having qualified three times (in 1970, 1978 and 1982), it has taken part in the World Cup finals four times. Peru's all-time record in World Cup qualifying matches as of 2014 stands at 35 wins, 30 draws and 59 losses. In the finals, the team has won four matches, drawn three and lost eight, with 19 goals in favour and 31 against.[22] During the 1930 competition, a Peruvian became the first player sent off in a World Cup—his identity is disputed between sources.[G] Luis de Souza Ferreira scored Peru's first World Cup goal on 14 July 1930, in a match against Romania.[90] Teófilo Cubillas is the team's top scorer in the World Cup finals, with 10 goals in 13 games.[91]

Copa América[edit]

An action shot from a football match. A player scores from a bicycle kick.
Peru's match against Chile at the 1975 Copa América

Peru's national team has taken part in 31 editions of the Copa América since 1927, and has won the competition twice (in 1939 and 1975). The country has hosted the tournament six times (in 1927, 1935, 1939, 1953, 1957 and 2004). Peru's overall record in the competition is 49 victories, 32 draws, and 55 losses.[22] Demetrio Neyra scored Peru's first goal in the competition on 13 November 1927, in a match against Bolivia.[54] Three Copa América tournaments have featured a Peruvian top scorer—Teodoro Fernández in 1939, Eduardo Malásquez in 1983 and Paolo Guerrero in 2011.[92] Fernández, the 1939 top scorer, was also named player of the tournament; Teófilo Cubillas, voted the best player in the 1975 competition, is the only other Peruvian to win this award.[93]

Peru won its first continental title in 1939, when it won the South American Championship with successive victories over Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It was the first time the competition had been won by a team other than Uruguay, Brazil or Argentina.[94] Peru became South American champions for the second time in 1975, when it won that year's Copa América, the first to feature all ten CONMEBOL members.[95] Peru came top of their group in the first round, eliminating Chile and Bolivia, and in the semifinals drew with Brazil over two legs, winning 3–1 in Brazil but losing 2–0 at home. Peru was declared the winner by drawing of lots. In the two-legged final between Colombia and Peru, both teams won their respective home games (1–0 in Bogota and 2–0 in Lima), forcing a play-off in Caracas which Peru won 1–0.[96]

Olympic Games[edit]

An action shot from a football match. A goalkeeper jumps and punches the ball away from his goalmouth
Peru playing against Austria in the 1936 Olympic football tournament

Peru's senior side has competed in the Olympic football tournament once, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The multiracial 1936 team has been latterly described by historian David Goldblatt as "the jewel of the country's first Olympic delegation".[97] It had a record of two victories, scoring 11 goals and conceding five.[22] Teodoro Fernández scored Peru's first goal in the tournament in the match against Finland on 6 August, and finished as the team's top scorer with six goals in two games, including Peru's only hat-trick at the Olympics.[98]

The 1935 South American Championship in Lima acted as the qualifying stage for the 1936 Olympic tournament. Uruguay won undefeated and Argentina came second, but neither took up their Olympic spot because of economic issues. Peru, who had come third, duly represented South America.[4][99] The Peruvian team began the competition with a 7–3 win over Finland,[98] after which it faced Austria, managed by Jimmy Hogan and popularly known as the Wunderteam, in the quarterfinals.[H] After the game ended 2–2, Peru scored twice in extra time to win 4–2.[103] Peru was expected to then face Poland in the semifinals, but events off the pitch led to the withdrawal of Peru's Olympic delegation before the match was played.[I]


Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for the friendly match against Venezuela on March 31 2015.[106]

Caps and goals are correct as of 18 November 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Diego Penny (1984-04-22) 22 April 1984 (age 30) 14 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
1GK Pedro Gallese (1990-02-23) 23 February 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Peru Juan Aurich
2DF Luis Advíncula (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 (age 25) 40 0 Portugal Vitória Setúbal
2DF Yoshimar Yotún (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 24) 39 1 Sweden Malmö
2DF Christian Ramos (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 26) 38 1 Peru Juan Aurich
2DF Carlos Zambrano (1989-07-10) 10 July 1989 (age 25) 28 4 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
2DF Jair Céspedes (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 30) 3 0 Peru Juan Aurich
2DF Diego Chávez (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Peru Universitario
3MF Josepmir Ballón (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 27) 34 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
3MF Carlos Lobatón (1980-02-06) 6 February 1980 (age 35) 33 1 Peru Sporting Cristal
3MF Paolo Hurtado (1990-07-27) 27 July 1990 (age 24) 14 2 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
3MF Cristian Benavente (1994-05-19) 19 May 1994 (age 20) 8 1 Spain Real Madrid Castilla
3MF Jean Deza (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Peru Alianza Lima
3MF Christian Cueva (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Peru Alianza Lima
3MF Christofer Gonzáles (1992-10-12) 12 October 1992 (age 22) 4 1 Peru Universitario
3MF Óscar Vílchez (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 29) 1 0 Peru Juan Aurich
3MF Renato Tapia (1995-07-28) 28 July 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Twente
4FW André Carrillo (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 23) 22 1 Portugal Sporting
4FW Irven Ávila (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 24) 10 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
4FW Raúl Ruidíaz (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 24) 9 0 Peru Melgar

Recent callups[edit]

The players listed below were not included in the most recent squad, but have been called up by Peru in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Raúl Fernández (1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 29) 29 0 Peru Universitario v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
GK George Forsyth (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 32) 7 0 Peru Alianza Lima v.  Guatemala, October 14, 2014
DF Alexander Callens (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 22) 10 1 Spain Real Sociedad B v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
DF Hansell Riojas (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 23) 3 0 Peru Universidad César Vallejo v.  Guatemala, 14 October 2014
MF Juan Manuel Vargas (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 31) 53 4 Italy Fiorentina v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
MF Luis Ramírez (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 30) 33 2 Unattached v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
MF Carlos Ascues (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 22) 6 5 Peru Melgar v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
MF Rinaldo Cruzado (1984-09-21) 21 September 1984 (age 30) 44 2 Peru Universidad César Vallejo v.  Guatemala, 14 October 2014
MF Hernán Hinostroza (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Unattached v.  Guatemala, 14 October 2014
MF Víctor Cedrón (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Peru Universidad César Vallejo v.  Guatemala, 14 October 2014
FW Claudio Pizarro (1978-10-03) 3 October 1978 (age 36) 76 19 Germany Bayern Munich v.  Venezuela, 31 March 2015
FW Jefferson Farfán (1984-10-26) 26 October 1984 (age 30) 64 17 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
FW Paolo Guerrero (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 31) 56 21 Brazil Corinthians v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
FW Yordy Reyna (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 21) 8 2 Germany RB Leipzig v.  Paraguay, 18 November 2014
FW Miguel Trauco (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Peru Unión Comercio v.  Guatemala, 14 October 2014
  • INJ Withdrew because of injury
  • WD Withdrew for personal reasons

Notable players[edit]

Photo of three men, wearing all-white uniforms marked by a red diagonal stripe in their jerseys, inside a stadium filled with spectators
Hugo Sotil, Teófilo Cubillas, and Roberto Challe (left to right) at the Estadio Nacional in 1973

A report published by CONMEBOL in 2008 described Peru as traditionally exhibiting an "elegant, technical and fine football style", and praised it as "one of the most loyal exponents of South American football talent".[107] Peruvian players noted in the CONMEBOL article as "true artists of the ball" include forwards Teófilo Cubillas, Pedro Pablo León and Hugo Sotil, defender Héctor Chumpitaz and midfielders Roberto Challe, César Cueto, José del Solar, and Roberto Palacios.[107]

Cubillas, an attacking midfielder and forward popularly known as El Nene ("The Kid"), is widely regarded as Peru's greatest ever player.[108] Chumpitaz is often cited as the team's best defender; Witzig lists him among his "Best Players of the Modern Era", and praises him as "a strong reader of the game with excellent ball skills and distribution, [who] marshalled a capable defence to support Peru's attack".[109] Cueto, Cubillas, and José Velásquez were together described as "the best [midfield] in the world" by El Gráfico, an Argentine sports journal, in 1978.[110]

Teodoro Fernández, Alejandro Villanueva, and Juan Valdivieso are often regarded as the key members of the Rodillo Negro team of the 1930s.[111] Fernández was the team's forward and primary goalscorer; his partner in attack, Villanueva, was a gifted playmaker. Valdivieso was a goalkeeper with a reputation for exceptional athleticism who often saved penalties.[112]

A commemorative match between teams representing Europe and South America was organised in Basel, Switzerland for the benefit of homeless children in 1972. Cubillas, Chumpitaz, Sotil, and Julio Baylón played in the South American team, which won the game 2–0; Cubillas scored the first goal.[113] A similar match was held the next year at Barcelona's Camp Nou with the declared intent of fighting global poverty; Cubillas, Chumpitaz and Sotil once again played, with Chumpitaz named South America's captain. Each of the Peruvians scored in a 4–4 draw, which South America won 7–6 on penalties.[114]


Peru's first two managers were from Uruguay. The first, Pedro Olivieri, was hired before the 1927 South American Championship because of his prior experience managing Uruguay. The second, Julio Borelli, spent a few years as a referee in Peru before managing the national team in the 1929 South American Championship.[115] Francisco Bru, a former Barcelona player who had been the first manager of the Spain national team, managed Peru at the inaugural World Cup in 1930.[116] Peru's managers at the 1970, 1978 and 1982 World Cup finals were, respectively, Valdir Pereira (from Brazil),[30] Peruvian Marcos Calderón and Brazilian Elba de Pádua Lima.[91]

Sports analysts and historians commonly consider the Peru team's most successful managers to be Calderón, Peru's 1975 Copa América-winning manager, and Englishman Jack Greenwell, under whom the team won the 1938 Bolivarian Games and the 1939 South American Championship.[116][117] Three other Peru managers have led the team to tournament victories—Juan Carlos Oblitas, Freddy Ternero, and Uruguayan Sergio Markarián each oversaw a Peruvian victory in the Kirin Cup in Japan, in 1999, 2005 and 2011, respectively.[118]

Managers that brought innovation to the Peru national team's style of play, according to historian Andreas Campomar, include Valdir Pereira and Hungarian György Orth, who coached Peru from 1957 to 1959. Campomar cites Peru's "4—1 thrashing of England in Lima" as evidence of Orth's influence over the national team, and attributes Pereira's tactics as the reason for Peru's development of "free-flowing football".[119]

Records and statistics[edit]

The Peru national team has played 545 matches since 1927, including friendlies.[22] The largest margin of victory achieved by a Peru side is 9–1 against Ecuador, on 11 August 1938 at the Bolivarian Games in Colombia. The team's record deficit, 7–0, occurred against Brazil at the 1997 Copa América in Bolivia.[22] Peru won the inaugural FIFA Fair Play Trophy, awarded at the 1970 World Cup, having been the only team not to receive any yellow or red cards during the competition.[33]

The Peruvian player with the most international caps is Roberto Palacios, who represented the country 122 times between 1992 and 2007. Second is Héctor Chumpitaz, with 105 appearances; Jorge Soto is third with 101. The most capped goalkeeper is Óscar Ibáñez, who played for Peru 50 times between 1998 and 2005. Second is Miguel Miranda with 47 appearances; Ramón Quiroga is third with 40.[3]

The team's all-time top goalscorer is Teófilo Cubillas, who scored 26 goals in 81 appearances. Teodoro Fernández is second with 24 goals in 32 games. Third is Nolberto Solano, who played for Peru 89 times and scored 20 goals.[3] Peru's fastest goal—that is, that scored soonest after kick-off—was scored by Claudio Pizarro less than a minute into the match against Mexico on 20 August 2003.[120]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The acronym FPF comes from the organisation's Spanish name, Federación Peruana de Futbol.
  2. ^ The Lima Cricket and Football Club might also be the oldest club in the Americas that today plays association football.[9]
  3. ^ During these games in Callao, the Peruvians possibly invented the bicycle kick, which is known in Peru as the chalaca (meaning "from Callao").[15]
  4. ^ The team was also known by the European press as the "Peru-Chile XI", the "South American Team", and the "All-Pacific". Most players were from Peru's Universitario de Deportes, and the rest were reinforcements from Alianza Lima, Atlético Chalaco, and Chile's Colo-Colo.[17]
  5. ^ According to sociologists Aldo Panfichi and Victor Vich, Los Potrillos "became the hope of the entire country"—Peru fans expected them to lead the country to qualification for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.[36]
  6. ^ Historian Charles F. Walker writes that "Peruvian soccer has seen better days. Peru ended up in last place in the South American qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and its club teams have floundered in the major cups in recent years. While a few players star in Europe, more make headlines in Lima for their late-night antics before games. Peruvians look back to the 1970s, when Peru had a remarkable showing in the 1970 Mexico City World Cup and its club teams did well in international tournaments, and wonder what happened."[41]
  7. ^ According to FIFA, the player was defender Plácido Galindo,[88] but forward Souza Ferreira and other sources contend that it was midfielder Mario de las Casas.[89]
  8. ^ Although an amateur side in 1936 with no players from their 1934 World Cup team,[100] Austria's 1936 Olympic side is also considered part of the Wunderteam by sports historians and FIFA. This favours the idea that the Wunderteam was primarily a strategic creation of coaches Jimmy Hogan and Hugo Meisl.[101][102]
  9. ^ Austria disputed the 4–2 result, asserting that Peruvian fans had invaded the pitch.[104] While some spectators did encroach on the field of play, their nationality was never confirmed and crowd control was not the Peruvians' responsibility.[105] A FIFA committee headed by Jules Rimet ordered a replay behind closed doors, a suggestion that prompted Peru's President Óscar R. Benavides to withdraw his entire Olympic delegation in protest.[104]


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Inaugural Champions
Bolivarian Champions
1938 (First title)
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U-20 Peru 
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1937 Argentina 
South American Champions
1939 (First title)
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1941 Argentina 
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1967 Uruguay 
South American Champions
1975 (Second title)
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1979 Paraguay 
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1998 Japan 
Kirin Cup Champions
1999 (First title, shared)
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2000 Slovakia 
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2004 Japan 
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2005 (Second title, shared)
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2006 Scotland 
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