Peru World Cup preparations have been clouded by Paolo Guerrero suspension. The 34 years old forward was tested positive of cocaine abuse last year and was slammed with a 14 month ban. However, the skipper was cleared to play in Russia by Swiss tribunal.
Peru return to the World Cup for the first time since 1982, by defeating New Zealand in the play offs.
Ricardo Gareca’s side is the second highest ranked side in the group C behind France, 11th in last FIFA ranking. The Peruvian will also look to surpass their 1978 quarter-final finish.
The team managed by Ricardo Gareca is enjoying a fine run at the moment having gone unbeaten in 14 games with 10 wins and 4 draws.
Paolo Guerrero, is without a doubt back to his very best. His return from exile is marked with two goals in the 3-0 win against Saudi Arabia and shown little rustiness after making only a handful for his current club Flamengo. At 34 years old, the former Bayern Munich striker comes with a bag of experience and could be a key contributor to Peru’s success at the tournament.
Jefferson Farfan: Currently playing his trade in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow, the pacey winger is only player in the Peruvian squad familiar to local conditions. This could also attract some local fans to cheer for the national side, but his skill is what comes handy for his national team.
Andre Carillo: Despite his poor form with Watford, Andre Carillo is still a game changing forward for the national side. The 26 years old scored twice in 30 club appearances in the just concluded 2017/2018.
The History of Peru at the World Cup
Peru was participated in the first edition of world cup in 1930 by invitation. The 2018 edition will be their 5th overall appearance at the global stage and the first since 1982.
Their best run in the competition is during 1970 when they reached the quarter finals.
The Final Verdict
Peru will look to play free flowing attacking football and will be a team to watch in this summer. As on 5th June 2018, they are unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions with wins in 10. They might be the ones that book the round of 16 berth from Group C, just behind the mighty French.