Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peru Greatest All-time 23 member team

Peru in the 1970's
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Peru first made their mark on international football at the 1936 Berlin Olympics with their first Golden Generation.  They eliminated Austria's Wunderteam in the quarterfinal, but the organizer forced a rematch in which Peru forfeited the game. They won the 1939 South American Championship.

Forty years later, the second Golden Genertion arrived.  Héctor Chumpitaz, Teofilo Cubillas, Cesar Cueto and Hugo Sotil formed the backbone of the team that charmed the world with dynamic performances at the 1970 and 1978 World Cup Finals.  They also won the Copa America in 1975.

If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be 23 players I would bring to the tournament.
Peru qualified for Russia 2018

GK : Juan Valdivieso
He was considered as Peru's greatest goalkeeper.  He was known for being a great penalty-stopper and also played successfully as a forward.  He played at the 1936 Olympics.  In the quarterfinal against Austria, Peru was leading 4-2 at 119th minute when a pitch invasion forced a replay.  Peru did not play and Austria advanced to the next round and would win the silver medal.

GK: Jose Soriano
Jose Soriano never played in the top flight in Peru. After a strong performance at the 1942 South American Championship, he joined Banfield in Argentina.  Jose Soriano was best remembered for playing for River Plate in 1944 and 1946 and was the keeper for "La Máquina".  He played one game for Peru.  He was invited to play for Argentina, but declined it.

GK: Ramón Quiroga
Born in Argentina, Ramón Quiroga went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982, playing for Peru.  He is remembered for conceding 6 goals against his birth country Argentina, and Argentina advanced to the World Cup Final due to goal difference. He began his career playing for the Argentine club Rosario Central before playing in Peru.
Ramón Quiroga 

RB: Jaime Duarte 
At a club level, he played his football for Alianza Lima in Peru where he was a member of the team that won two consecutive Peruvian league titles in 1977 and 1978. He also played for Sport Boys, San Agustín in Peru and Deportivo Italia in Venezuela. He had 54 caps between 1975 and 1985. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982, and Copa America in 1979 and 1983.

CB: Julio Meléndez 
Julio Meléndez was nicknamed "Black Diamond".  He was one of the best South American defender of his generation. He played for Boca Juniors between 1968 and 1972. He was considered one of Boca Juniors greatest players, and voted into their team of Century. He was capped 35 times. for Peru. He won the Copa America in 1975.

CB: Guillermo Delgado
Guillermo Delgado is also considered to be one of Peru's greatest defenders.  He was the hero of Peru's first ever victory over Brazil in 1953. He played in Peru, Colombia and Spain for Centro Iqueño, Huracán, Alianza Lima, Deportivo Cali, Real Zaragoza and Cádiz. He was one of the first Peruvians to play in Europe.

CB: Hector Chumpitaz
Chumpitaz was Peru's captain during their Golden Generation in the 1970's.  Peru with him as the captain won the  Copa America 1975 and qualified for the 1970 and 1978 World Cups, He was considered one of the best defenders in South America. At the age of 19, Chumpitaz started with second division team Unidad Vecinal. He then spent a year with Deportivo Municipal. In1966, Chumpitaz began playing for Universitario de Deportes, where he was part of the team that won 5 Peruvian league championships. He captained the Universitario de Deportes side to a runner up in the Copa Libertadores 1972.
Hector Chumpitaz
CB/DM: Victor Benitez 
Victor Benitez only played 11 games for Peru between 1957 and 1959.  He was largely known for his career playing club football in Italy.  He played for A.C. Milan, Messina, Roma, Venezia, and Inter Milan. In 1963, he won the European Cup with AC Milan.  He also played for Boca Juniors before heading to play in Europe.

LB:  Nicolas Fuentes
Despite only played 17 times for Peru, Nicolas Fuentes was considered one of Peru's greatest defender.  He was a member of Peru's Golden Generation in the 1970's. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1970. He played mainly with Club Universitario de Deportes.  He also played for Defensor Lima and Sporting Cristal.

DM:  Jose Velazquez
He was not a member of Peru's 1970 team, but he won the Copa America in 1975.  He participated at the WC Finals in 1974, 1978 and 1982. He is considered one of the greatest defensive midfieders in South America. At club level he played for Alianza Lima in Peru, where he was part of three league championship winning campaigns (1975, 1977 & 1978). He also played for Independiente Medellín of Colombia, Hércules CF of Spain and Deportes Iquique of Chile.
Jose Velazquez
RW/FW:  Hugo Sotil 
Together with Teófilo Cubillas and Héctor Chumpitaz, he was one of Peru's most recognized football players of the 1970s. He also was a popular player in Peru, and a biopic on his life was released in that decade. He was a key member of Peru's Golden Generation in the 1970's.  He played with Johan Cruyff at Barcelona where he was a fan favorite.

RW: Jefferson Farfan 
Jefferson Farfan began his professional career with Alianza Lima.  Later, he moved to play in Europe first with PSV Eindhoven and then, Schalke 04. He also played for Al Jazira in UAE and Locomotiv Moscow.  Farfan had over 80 caps.  He is a senior member of the squad that helped Peru to qualify for Russia 2018. It was Peru's first WC Finals since 1982.
Jefferson Farfan
LW/ST:  Juan Seminario 
Juan Seminario had a great career in Europe during the 1960's.  He played with Sporting CP, Real Zaragoza, FC Barcelona and Fiorentina. He became the top scorer in La Liga with 25 goals for the 1961–62 season while playing for Real Zaragoza. For Peru, he had 19 caps. He scored a hat-trick against England in 1959. 

LW:  Juan Joya
Juan Joya was one of the best left wing in South American history.  He won 11 titles with Penarol between 1961 and 1969, including two Copa Libertadores and a two Copa Intercontinental. He also played for Alianza Lima and River Plate(Argentina). He played 9 times for Peru and once for Uruguay. He played in two Copa Americas for Peru.
 Juan Joya
AM: Cesar Cueto 
Cesar Cueto was nicknamed "El Poeta de la zurda" (the Left-footed Poet).  He was a key player in Peru's Golden Generation of the 1970's.  He earned 51 caps between 1972 and 1985.  He played in 2 World Cup Finals: 1978 and 1982. He was a part of the team that won the 1975 Copa America. He played club football in Colombia and Peru.

AM/SS: Julio Cesar Uribe
He started his career with Sporting Cristal before joining Cagliari in 1982, where he played three seasons.  He also played in Colombia and Mexico.  During his playing days, from 1979 to 1989, he earned 39 caps and scored 9 goals for the Peruvian national team. He went to play at the 1982 WC Finals in Spain.

AM: Nolberto Solano
In 1998, he became the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League when he joined Newcastle United from Boca Juniors. He played 15 seasons in England.  He also played for Aston Villa, West Ham and Leicester City. At home, he is associated with Sporting Cristal. He earned 95 caps for Peru.  He made his debut as a 18 years old in 1994.
Nolberto Solano
AM: Alberto Terry
Terry played mainly for Universitario de Deportes, but a single season for Sporting Cristal.  He is one of Universitario de Deportes' greatest players. Terry was part of two Peruvian league championship teams, in 1949 with Universitario and in 1961 with Sporting Cristal. He was capped 25 times between 1953 and 1959.

AM: Teofilo Cubillas
Teofilo Cubillas is Peru's greatest ever player.  He was a part of three World Cup teams: 1970, 1978 and 1982. Nicknamed El Nene (The Kid), he was part of the Peru national team that won the 1975 Copa América. He is one of only three players to score five or more goals in two different World Cup Finals.  He finished Number 17 at the South American Player of the Century award in 2006.  He is associated with Alianza Lima, but also played in Portugal, Switzerland and the United States.
Teofilo Cubillas
ST Alejandro Villanueva
Known for his bicycle kicks.  Alejandro Villanueva was noted to have an extraordinary handling the football, and his many outrageous moves won him the nickname "Manguera."He played his entire career with Alianza Lima. He participated at the 1927 and 1937 Copa America, 1930 World Cup and at 1936 Summer Olympics.  

Valeriano López was a prolific goalscorer in the 1940's and 1950's.  His game-to goal ratio was more than a goal per game.  He spent most of his career in Peru, but had two stints with Deportivo Cali in Colombia. He also played in Argentina for Club Atlético Huracán in 1953. For the national team, he had 12 caps, scoring 11 goals.

ST: Teodoro Fernández 
Teodoro Fernández was part of the Peruvian squad that reached quarter-finals in the 1936 Olympic Games.  He was Peru;'s first ever star player. He won the 1939 Copa America, a tournament in which he emerged as the top scorer and best players.  He is the second top scorer in the history for his country. Fernández played his entire career with  Universitario de Deportes, winning six times the Peruvian league. 

At the time of writing, Claudio Pizarro is the all-time leading foreign scorer in the Bundesliga history.  His career in Germany was sandwiched between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen.  He also played for Chelsea in England.  For the national team, he only scored 20 times for 85 matches at the time of writing between 1999 and 2016. He played in the 2018 World Cup Final, scoring a single goal.
Claudio Pizarro
Honorable Mention
Roberto Challe, Juan Manuel Vargas, Pedro Pablo León, Juan Jose Munante, Paolo Guerrero, Félix Castillo, Valeriano López, Óscar Gómez Sánchez, Gerardo Arce, Ruben Diaz, Andrés Bedoya, Ramón Mifflin, Alberto Gallardo, Juan Carlos Oblitas, Jorge Alcalde, 

Squad Explantion
-- I coud not find space for Roberto Challe, Juan Manuel Vargas and Juan Jose Munante.
-- The squad is dominated by the great team of the 1970's. Ten players came from the generation between the WC Finals of 1970 and 1982.  They are Teofilo Cubillas, Julio Cesar Uribe, Cesar Cueto, Julio Cesar Uribe, Hugo Sotil, Jose Velazquez, Nicolas Fuentes,  Julio Meléndez, Hector Chumpitaz, Jaime Duarte and Ramón Quiroga.
-- Peru was unfortunately and unfairly remembered for the 5-0 destruction by Argentina that prevented Brazil from going to the Final.  The team, however, charmed the world in the first round stage with free flowing football.
-- Teodoro Fernández was Peru's first ever star player.  However, the Austrian team that played against Peru at the 1938 Olympics was not the real Wunderteam. It was a team consisted of secondary players. Nevertheless, it is considered an important milestone for Peru.
-- In 1959, Peru beat England 4-1 at home. Juan Seminario scored a hat trick and Juan Joya scored another goal. England featured Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Gteaves and Johnny Haynes. It was a famous victory for Peru.
-- The team that qualified for the WC Finals in 2018 probably might get a few additions.  At the time of writing, Jefferson Farfan is the only player on this team.  Paolo Guerrero was also on my list of honourable mention,  They were selected before Peru qualified for the WC Finals.

Starting lineup
Formation: 4-3-3
The code of the team is based on the Golden Generation of the 1970's.  I am using 4-3-3 used in Copa America 1975 and the WC Finals 1978. I started Jose Velazquez over Victor Benitez, and Julio Meléndez over Guillermo Delgado.

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