For the first time since 1982, the Peru national football team has been qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and announced the World Cup squad. The following football players are included:
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Jose Carvallo (Universitario), Carlos Caceda (Universidad).
Defenders: Luis Abram (Velez Sarsfield), Luis Advincula (Lobos BUAP), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo).
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino (Lobos BUAP), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz), Christian Cueva (San Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria), Sergio Pena (Granada B), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City).
Forwards: Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv), Edison Flores (Aalborg).
The Peru national team will become one of the most exotic teams on the World Cup in Russia. The Incas have not performed on the World Cups for 26 years. Most of footballers in the squad play in Northern, Central or Southern America therefore it is a puzzle what the Peru national team may be in 2018.
The most famous players are the team veterans and leaders Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero. Farfan after successful years in the Dutch PSV and the German Schalke made a wrong decision and went to the UAE Pro-League. In the Emirates Farfan didn't perform for several years because of injuries and financial problems of the team. There he nearly got football over. However, to his credit, he managed to reanimate his career — in 2017 Farfan moved to the Lokomotiv Moscow where for two years he was able to win the Russian Premier League and the Russian Cup. Today, Farfan is in great shape and is the main hope of the national team on the World Cup in Russia.
Paolo Guerrero is known in Europe for his performance for Bayern Munich and Hamburg. Recent years Paolo has played on the Brazilian Championship A Series and been regularly called by the Peru national team. However, in 2017 his doping test appeared positive, then the FIFA disqualified Guerrero for six months. Nevertheless, the player has been included in the squad with an eye to the FIFA will revise their decision and allow the veteran to play on his first and last World Cup.