Peru will be South America's outsiders to win the World Cup when the finals begin in Argentina next month, but this report from their training camp shows no lack of confidence.
GV & SV Players training and practising skills (5 shots)
GV Player practising heading
CU Players training PAN as they sprint (3 shots)
GV Coach Marcos Calderon talking to team
GV Goalkeeper being tested with shots
GV Players shooting and heading (5 shots)
GV Coach Calderon brings players together for practise match
GV Practise match in progress (6 shots)
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Background: Peru will be South America's outsiders to win the World Cup when the finals begin in Argentina next month, but this report from their training camp shows no lack of confidence.
SYNOPSIS: Here at the Los Jugadores Stadium in Lima, the Peru squad do not resent being considered underdogs as they begin their final preparations for their campaign in a strong Group Four.
They are used to strong opposition in South America. Brazil have won the World Cup three times, Uruguay have won the trophy, and these two, together with Argentina dominate football south of Panama. But Peru are beginning to make their presence felt. In 1970 in Mexico, they reached the quarter finals.
Their Manager, Marcos Calderon feels his team can do as well if not better this time. Unlike Brazil and Argentina, the Peruvians have not speeded up their national game to match the Europeans. Instead they will stick to the slow South American style they know best.
In qualifying for the finals, Peru were unbeaten and topped a group which included a strong Chilean team. They then had to go through a play-off with Bolivia. When they were brushed aside, World Cup fever began again in Peru. The major criticism of Peru's present side is that many of the players are now reaching the veteran stage.
Many of Calderon's critics feel he should have introduced more of Peru's promising young stars, but the manager has opted for the experience of tried and trusted players...many of whom were playing eight years ago in Mexico. Calderon says he knows what his squad is capable of at the highest level. It is true that the experience of already having contested one World Cup will benefit his team.