The Peru national football team has secured the last berth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Peruvians unsuccessfully started in CONMEBOL Qualification: they won no victory in the first six matches and lost four games. But “The White and Red” lost only 2 of 12 following games and managed to seize the last chance to save the fifth place which allowed them to take part in play-offs against the team of New Zealand. In these matches Peru won a victory with the score 2:0 thanks to that got into the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Peru took part in the first 1930 World Cup. They played without much effect and lost both matches against Romania and Uruguay. The second time the Peruvians could get into the main tournament of national teams only in 40 years. Having successfully overcome qualification, “The White and Red” took part in the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico. The World Cup Mexico turned out more successfully for “The Incas”. The magnificent Peruvian forward Teofilo Cubillas stared in the national team of those years. In 1970 Cubillas was that locomotive which, for the first time ever, pulled out the Peru national football team into the World Cup play-offs. At the group stage “The White and Red” lost to the Germany national football team, but they could win two confident victories over the Bulgaria and Morocco national football teams, aggregate 6:2. Cubillas scored four of seven goals by the Peruvians. Alas, in the quater-final the Peru was at a disadvantage as against the Brazil national football team, the future winner of the World Cup Mexico, with score 4:2. Getting into the eight strongest world teams and also a bright attacking play became a positive result of the performance of Peru. Though football historians consider that that Peru national football team felt equal to fight for medals of the 1970 World Cup.
Eight years later the Peruvians went to their third World Cup. Again, like eight years ago, Teofilo Cubillas shone in the “The White and Red” squad. At the first group stage the main Peruvian forward scored five goals into the opponent`s net. Thanks to Cubillas, the Peru national football team won in the group and surely left for the second round which was held according to a circular system. Unfortunately, in the second group round “The White and Red” unexpectedly failed and the team suffered three defeats without scoring a point (from Brazil, Argentina and Poland). Also, like eight years ago, the Peruvians could get into the eight strongest national teams.
Next time “The Incas” could perform at the World Cup in four years in the tournament in Spain. This voyage finished for the South Americans in a deafening failure — two draws and a devastating defeat from Poland led to the last place in the group which did not allow the Peruvians to get into the play-offs.
Alas, the World Cup Spain became the last for the Peru national team. Only in 2018 the national team could overcome, again for many years, a qualifying tournament into the World Cup. In honor of this event the government announced the national holiday.
Also, two victories in the 1939 and 1975 Copa America went to the portfolio of the Peru national football team. Unfortunately, over the last 40 years the Peruvians have been unsuccessful in all tournaments they participated.
The Peru national football team goes to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with the highest FIFA ranking in its history. At the moment, “The White and Red” are in the top ten world teams, but the intrinsic strength of the national team remains a puzzle. The Peru national football team is generally presented by players of the national championship and championships of Brazil and Mexico. The captain is the skilled forward Paolo Guerrero representing the Brazilian club Flamengo, and earlier performing in Germany. The Russian fans know the team forward Jefferson Farfan performing for Lokomotiv.
The Peru national football team feel equal to leave the group in the World Cup, but it will be extremely difficult to repeat their best achievement and to reach quarterfinal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Anyway, it will be very interesting to watch “The White and Red” performances.