Originally Posted by Wally
Guerrero, Claudio Pizarro, Nol Solano, Andres Mendoza and also Jefferson Farfan
are the Peruvian players I heard of.
The attacking third of the team looks good for sure but what about the rest? who are your defenders and other midfielders ? anything to write home about?
If the rest of the team is as good as the attack, then I'm sure you folks will do well in the future!
Mendoza has a problem with the fans, he is not very liked unfortunately, and it's not fair I might add. Guerrero still has everything to prove but looks like the goalscorer we've been missing for ages.
Farfán, Solano are class. So is Pizarro - the captain - but he doesn't score much for us. The #9 always have a problem scoring for the NT.
Our offensive midfielder is the legendary Roberto "Chorri" Palacios, capable of everything, extremely small guy and getting old though.
We have a very exciting prospect in Juan Cominges
there, and also left sided Julio García, former Cienciano who plays for Morelia in Mexico, but he's too insconsistent.
Defensive midfielders are just average having as usual starters Juan José Jayo (ex Celta player) and Ciurlizza. Nothing really out of this world. One of their big problems is that they are really small. Other than that the option is Zegarra, a very intelligent but extremely slow player.
The fullbacks are a problem, but Juan Vargas
has emerged on the left side, he is young, has good crossing and shooting and you'll probably see him in France next season.
Defending is his problem, he could eventually become a left midfielder.
On the right usually Jorge Soto - avery good player that however has gotten old and lost his pace but still manages to score goals often.
Galliquio is the best option there, strong fast and marks well.
Central defenders have quality, with experienced Rebosio who was last year in Zaragoza as a fullback, and talented Acasiete (another former Cienciano) playing together in Almeria,a Spanish second division. But specially with two very hot prospects, Villlalta and Rodriguez
from Sporting Cristal. You'll probably hear from them in the future. I specially like Villalta, he might solve our biggest problem: The Crosses.
His injuries are a big worry for his future though. If he gets over that, he'll become a class-act, European material without doubts.
The keeper is usually the very experienced Ibańez, a correct keeper who's also getting old and losing it. His replacement could be the talented Erick Delgado, but he is still mistake-prone.
The coach is brazilian Autuori, a very capable man who unofrtunately is on permanent war with the press, so they don't really let him work peacefully.
To make it short, the team has the potential. Pretty much same level than all the other South America teams, capable of beating anyone in a good day (look at last year's friendly in Spain, first half was mindblowing).
The problems are mainly from mental strenght. Perú usually concede goals early, lose big advantages, play great and then mess up next game... An this all across history. We lost WC 98 qualyfication for goal ratio
The sort of team that can make you dance the whole game, hit the crossbar three times, but lose 3 - 0in the last five minutes.
The team could well fight for a WC spot, and they're doing so till now, being helped because of the incredibly tight table on the South American qualyfiers... But won't accomplish anything unless the mentality changes, the relation between players, coach and press, the attitude in home games (bare vs. Chile) suck, booing the team as soon as they do something wrong.
The NT problems somehow reflect our society problems, specially in the mentality part, we are not accustomed to success, sometimes it seems like we can't handle it.
The organization of the federation and of the national tournaments and all that really really suck also. Plenty of corrupted people sucking blood form our already poor football. Players are not paid in a lot of teams, a lot of off field scandals.
For instance, the last Copa Amčrica this year had a great organization, and we have the U-17 World Cup coming. But we didn't use the Monumental, a spectacular stadium because the president of the team that owns it - a thug - refused to let the federation use ut.
The man resposnible for the success of Copa América, Arturo Woodman, was left out of the U-17 WC organization, despit being ideal for the job, cause he rfused to give the usual 5000
!!! free tickets to politicians...
From that you might get an image of the way it works.
One thing we don't miss right now is young talent though.