We continue “Team Talks” for Group C of the FIFA World Cup 2018, with rekindled Latin Americans Peru.
Team : PERU
Coach: Ricardo Gareca
Captain: Paolo Guerrero
Nickname(s): Los Incas
Last Qualified in: 1982
Result in 2014: Did not qualify
Qualified as: OFC v CONMEBOL play-off winners (15 November 2017)
Previous World Cup Appearances: (4 Times) 1930, 1970, 1978, 1982.
Best World Cup Finals Result: Last 8 in 1970, 1978.
Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun, Paolo Guerrero.
1) Alberto Rodríguez:
The Atletico Junior defender has been a regular for the Peru National Team ever since 2006. The veteran of 73 matches will be crucial for the back-line of Ricardo Gareca’s side.
2) Yoshimar Yotún:
The former Malmo FF midfielder is Peru’s most experienced midfield player in the current squad. The 28-year old Orlando City player is very versatile and can play at Left Back, Left Wing and Defensive Midfielder. He will be the one tasked with marshaling the Peru midfield.
3) Jefferson Farfán:
The 33-year old forward is country’s 3rd highest goal scorer in history with 25 goals in 83 appearances. He has played for some top European clubs like PSV, Schalke 04 and Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russia based forward will be a key factor for Peru for being well accustomed to the Russian conditions.
4) Paolo Guerrero:
The legendary Peruvian forward is their highest goalscorer in history with 34 goals. The 34-year old skipper will lead the forward line for the South Americans. The 2-times Copa America top scorer is making a return to competitive football after being out due to suspension for doping, and will be raring to fire in Russia.