If you want to believe in a miracle this World Cup saddle up with Peru and and hope for the best! Some late news on their star player allows for Peru to maintain their best hope at survival in the group stages as captain and main striker Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play after a temporary lift on his doping ban. Peru doesn’t have an insane group to contend with, but there will need to be some praying to the football gods if they want to make a run this year!
Key Players for Peru:
Paolo Guerrero – As mentioned above, they lynchpin to their team’s offence striker and team captain, Paolo Guerrero has been cleared to play after a temporary lift on his doping ban. Guerrero is 34 years of age, but in 41 World Cup qualification games he has managed 11 goals and 2 assists. He only played 2 games for club Flamenco in Brazil’s top league but did score 1 goal and added 1 assist, as well. He is enigmatic and enthusiastic, if not hot headed, and will look to fuel Peru forward with his passionate play.
Paolo Hurtado – Attacking midfield for Peru will be patrolled by Hurtado, an offensive minded player with a proven track record for getting on the score sheet. Playing for Vitoria Guimaraes SC in Portugal’s Liga NOS, Hurtado scored 11 goals and had 5 assists in 25 games for club this season. Look out for him as the quarterback for their attack, and watch for him to quickly jump into attacking play.
Jefferson Farfan – Another older veteran player, Farfan had a lights out season in Russia in 2017/18. Scoring 10 goals and 6 assists, the winger from Lokomotiv Moscow has a prowess and the experience to score goals at the international level. In his 81 career national caps for Peru, Farfan has scored 24 times. He looks to keep this alive in Russia this year.
With a group that will be challenging but not impossible Peru could stake a claim at second place behind France in Group C. Their attack is older, with the likes of Farfan and Guerrero being north of 30 years old, but the rest of their team is in the peaks of their careers, generally around 23-29 years old. Do not be surprised if Peru show up to this tournament ready to play and motivated to not go quietly.