Peru Olympic football team

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Peru Olympic football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Blanquirroja
(The White and Red)
Los Incas
(The Incas)
AssociationPeruvian Football Federation (FPF)
(South America)
Head coachNolberto Solano
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Peru 7–3 Finland 
(Berlin, Germany; 6 August 1930)
Biggest win
 Peru 9–1 Ecuador 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 11 August 1938)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–2 Peru 
(Napoli, Italy; 29 August 1960)
 Peru 0–4 Brazil 
(Hamilton, Canada; 16 July 2015)
Appearances2 (first in 1936)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1936)
Pan American Games
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage (2015, 2019)

Peru Olympic football team (also known as Peru under-23, Peru U23) represents Peru in international football competitions in multi-sport events such as the Olympic Games and the Pan American Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except three overage players. The team is controlled by the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF). Peru has participated in two Olympic football tournaments, one Pan American football tournament, and 7 Bolivarian football tournaments under this category.

The squad requirements to participate in the Summer Olympics has changed multiple times through the history of the competition. Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23 with similar changes occurring in the Pan American Games in 1999. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.


1936 Summer Olympics[edit]

Peru qualified the Olympics for its first time in 1936,[1] after finishing third in the 1935 South American Championship. Argentina and Uruguay, who had finished ahead, refuse to participate because of economic issues.

Among the line of players featured in this first participation of the Blanquirroja were Alejandro Villanueva, Teodoro Fernández, Juan Valdivieso, and Adelfo Magallanes.[2] The Peruvian players, after arriving in Germany via an Italian ship, were awestruck by the modern stadiums and the German idolatry of Adolf Hitler.[1] The first match against Finland was played on August 6, 1936, and was won with great ease by the Peruvians with a 7-3 result.[2] Peru's next match was against Austria in the quarterfinals. The match was highly contested, and the game went into overtime where the Peruvians tied against the Austrians after being two goals behind. Peru scored 5 goals during overtime, of which 3 were nullified by the referee, and won by a final score of 4-2.[1]

The Austrians demanded a rematch on the grounds that Peruvian fans had stormed the field, and because the field did not meet the requirements for a football game.[1][2] Austria further claimed that the Peruvian players had manhandled the Austrian players and that spectators, one holding a revolver, had "swarmed down on the field."[3] Peru was notified of this situation, and they attempted to go to the assigned meeting but were delayed by a German parade.[1] At the end, the Peruvian defense was never heard, and the Olympic Committee and FIFA sided with the Austrians. The rematch was scheduled to be taken under close grounds on August 10, and later rescheduled to be taken on August 11.[2][3]

As a sign of protest against these actions, which the Peruvians deemed as insulting and discriminatory, the complete Olympic delegations of Peru and Colombia left Germany.[4][5] Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico expressed their solidarity with Peru.[3] Michael Dasso, a member of the Peruvian Olympic Committee, stated: "We've no faith in European athletics. We have come here and found a bunch of merchants."[6] The game was awarded to Austria by default.[3] In Peru, angry crowds protested against the decisions of the Olympic Committee by tearing down an Olympic flag, throwing stones at the German consulate, refusing to load German vessels in the docks of Callao, and listening to inflammatory speeches which included President Oscar Benavides Larrea's mention of "the crafty Berlin decision."[3] To this day, it is not known with certainty what exactly happened in Germany, but it is popularly believed that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi authorities might have had some involvement in the situation.[5]

1960 Summer Olympics[edit]

After 24 years, Peru once again qualified for the football tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome with their U-23 football team. It defeated Uruguay in the two-leg play-off round by 6-0 in Lima and then by 3-2 in Montevideo. The five play-off winners faced each other in a special tournament held in Lima in April 1960. Los Incas finished third ahead of Mexico and Suriname and thus qualified for the tournament in Rome.

In their first match of the tournament, Peru started out with a surprise as Angel Uribe scored a 1st-minute goal against France.[7] Peru would go on to lose 2-1 against the French, and were later beaten by Hungary in a result of 6-2, with only Alberto Ramírez scoring goals for the Blanquirroja.[8] Their last match was against India, which was a comfortable 3-1 score in favor of the Peruvians with goals by Nicolas Nieri and Thomas Iwasaki.[9]

Peru has not qualified again to the tournament since 1960, but were close to qualifying again in the 1964 and 1980 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournaments.

2015 Pan American Games[edit]

An official multi-sport event squad was created once again for the first time since the 1960 Summer Olympics in 2015 for Peru's first participation in the Pan American football tournament held in Canada. Peru had qualified to this tournament once before in 2007. CONMEBOL only accepted to play with Under-17 teams that year (qualified through the 2007 South American Under-17 Football Championship), since the Under-20 teams had to participate in the U-20 World Cup at the same time. Peru declined to participate because the Under-17 team preferred to play friendlies in Asia in preparation of the U-17 World Cup, so Bolivia took its place.

Thus Peru qualified once again in 2015 via the 2015 South American U-20 Championship. That year the top three teams in the final stage of the tournament qualified to the 2016 Olympic tournament and the bottom three to the 2015 Pan American tournament of which Peru finished 5th.

The team's first game was against Panama on July 12. Panama put themselves ahead via Jorman Aguilar at the beginning of the first half. Peru then equalized the score through a goal by Gonzalo Maldonado twelve minutes later. The deadlock was broken in the 90th minute when Elsar Rodas committed a foul against the Panamanian Cecilio Waterman who was awarded a penalty that was converted by Fidel Escobar for a final score of 2–1. The second game was against Brazil with a final score of 4–0 with goals of Luan, Clayton, Rômulo, and Dodô. This was enough to mathematically eliminate Peru out of the tournament before its third game against Canada. During that game Elsar Rodas scored the first and then Manjrekar James scored an own goal in the second half for a final 0–2 against the locals.

2019 Pan American Games[edit]

Peru qualified to the 2019 tournament as host. It lost its first game by 2–0 against Uruguay. Peru's second game was against Honduras who scored two goals in injury time of the game for a 2–2 draw. Peru's two goals were scored by Kevin Quevedo and Jordan Guivin. On the last match day, Uruguay defeated Honduras by 3–0 which would qualify Peru the second round of the tournament if it was able to defeat Jamaica. In the end Jamaica defeated Peru with two goals on the second half, relegating Peru to the 7th place match against Ecuador. There, a final score of 1–1 forced both teams to decide the match in penalties which Peru won by 4–2 to finish 7th of eight teams.

Bolivarian Games[edit]

The Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos) are a regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simón Bolívar, and organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (Organización Deportiva Bolivariana, ODEBO). The games' football tournament has changed category multiple times during the history of the competition with full national teams participating only on the first edition in 1938. At times the competition was limited to only amateur sides or youth teams. In 1985 the tournament was played by Under-20 sides. Since 1993 the football tournament is played by U-17 national teams.

Peru won the first tournament which it counts as part of the accomplishments of the senior team. Because of the many changes, all of Peru's accomplishment since then until 1981 are counted as accomplishments of the Olympic team.



The following 23 players have been called up for the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament.

  • Overage players are denoted with a *

Caps and goals are correct as of 31 January 2020, after the match against Bolivia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pedro Ynamine (1998-10-14)14 October 1998 (aged 21) 2 0 Peru Universidad San Martín
12 1GK Renato Solís (1998-01-28)28 January 1998 (aged 21) 6 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
21 1GK Ángel Zamudio (1997-04-21)21 April 1997 (aged 22) 1 0 Peru Unión Comercio

2 2DF Marco Saravia (1999-02-06)6 February 1999 (aged 20) 0 0 Peru Unión Huaral
3 2DF Eduardo Caballero (1997-03-31)31 March 1997 (aged 22) 5 0 Peru Deportivo Municipal
4 2DF Gianfranco Chávez (captain) (1998-08-10)10 August 1998 (aged 21) 12 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
5 2DF Eduardo Rabanal (1997-01-30)30 January 1997 (aged 22) 8 0 Peru Deportivo Municipal
6 2DF José Luján (1997-01-12)12 January 1997 (aged 23) 3 1 Peru Universidad San Martín
13 2DF Dylan Caro (1999-03-23)23 March 1999 (aged 20) 5 0 Peru Alianza Lima
15 2DF Marcos López (1999-11-20)20 November 1999 (aged 20) 7 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes
22 2DF Kluivert Aguilar (2003-05-05)5 May 2003 (aged 16) 1 0 Peru Alianza Lima

7 3MF Yuriel Celi (2002-02-20)20 February 2002 (aged 17) 12 0 Peru Cantolao
8 3MF Jairo Concha (1999-05-27)27 May 1999 (aged 20) 7 0 Peru Universidad San Martín
14 3MF Jordan Guivin (1998-02-23)23 February 1998 (aged 21) 7 1 Peru Universidad San Martín
16 3MF Jesús Pretell (1999-03-26)26 March 1999 (aged 20) 12 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
19 3MF Jorge Murrugarra (1997-03-22)22 March 1997 (aged 22) 5 0 Peru UTC
20 3MF Aldair Fuentes (1998-04-25)25 April 1998 (aged 21) 11 0 Peru Alianza Lima

9 4FW Christopher Olivares (1999-04-03)3 April 1999 (aged 20) 7 0 Peru Sporting Cristal
10 4FW Fernando Pacheco (1999-06-26)26 June 1999 (aged 20) 7 0 Brazil Fluminense
11 4FW Sebastián Gonzales (1999-12-06)6 December 1999 (aged 20) 7 0 Peru Sport Boys
17 4FW Luis Carranza (1998-08-18)18 August 1998 (aged 21) 5 1 Peru Ayacucho
18 4FW José Rivera (1997-05-08)8 May 1997 (aged 22) 7 1 Peru Unión Comercio
23 4FW Kevin Sandoval (1997-05-03)3 May 1997 (aged 22) 8 2 Peru Sporting Cristal


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

  • Overage players are denoted with a *
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Paolo Izaguirre (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Peru Pirata F.C. v.  Ecuador, 30 October 2019
GK Renato Solís (1998-01-28) 28 January 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Peru Sporting Cristal v.  Colombia, 10 October 2019
GK Carlos Cáceda* (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 (age 28) 4 0 Peru Melgar 2019 Pan American Games
GK Massimo Sandi (2002-05-12) 12 May 2002 (age 17) 0 0 Peru Alianza Lima 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
GK Emile Franco (2000-03-11) 11 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Peru Sporting Cristal 2019 Pan American GamesPRE

DF Carlos Cabello (1997-09-22) 22 September 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Peru Cantolao v.  Ecuador, 30 October 2019
DF Kevin Moreno (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Peru Carlos A. Mannucci v.  Ecuador, 30 October 2019
DF Brayan Velarde (1999-02-18) 18 February 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Peru Universitario v.  Colombia, 10 October 2019
DF Jefferson Portales (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Peru Universidad San Martín 2019 Pan American Games
DF Carlos Huerto (1999-04-26) 26 April 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Peru Universidad de San Martín 2019 Pan American Games
DF Leonardo Mifflin (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Peru Melgar 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
DF Alec Deneumostier (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Peru Melgar 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
DF Cristian Carbajal (1999-09-20) 20 September 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Peru Sporting Cristal 2019 Pan American GamesPRE

MF Gerald Távara (1999-03-25) 25 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Peru Sporting Cristal 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic TournamentINJ[10]
MF Daniel Cabrera (1997-09-17) 17 September 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Peru Deportivo Municipal v.  Ecuador, 30 October 2019
MF Jesús Barco (1997-03-09) 9 March 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Peru Universitario v.  Ecuador, 30 October 2019
MF Franco Medina (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Peru Alianza Lima v.  Colombia, 10 October 2019
MF Hideyoshi Arakaki (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Peru Melgar 2019 Pan American Games
MF Yamir Oliva* (1996-01-17)17 January 1996 (aged 23) 3 0 Peru Universidad San Martín 2019 Pan American Games
MF Andy Polar (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Peru Binacional 2019 Pan American Games
MF Shonn Sánchez (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Peru Melgar 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
MF Brandon Palacios (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Peru Univ. San Martín 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
MF Erick Perleche (2000-08-15) 15 August 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Peru Pirata F.C. 2019 Pan American GamesPRE

FW Kevin Quevedo (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 23) 6 2 Peru Alianza Lima 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic TournamentSUS[11]
FW Sebastián La Torre (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Peru Cantolao v.  Colombia, 10 October 2019
FW Mauricio Montes* (1982-06-22) 22 June 1982 (age 37) 4 0 Peru Ayacucho 2019 Pan American Games
FW Luis Acuy (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Peru Pirata F.C. 2019 Pan American Games
FW Oslimg Mora (1999-06-02) 2 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Peru Univ. San Martín 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
FW Paulo Gallardo (2001-01-29) 29 January 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Peru Sporting Cristal 2019 Pan American GamesPRE
FW Anthony Osorio (1998-04-26) 26 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Peru Universitario 2019 Pan American GamesPRE

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
SUS Suspended
WD Withdrew from the squad


Results and fixtures[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

See also[edit]


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