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From Peru to Denmark: the race for South American talent

IN 2001, a 13-year-old Lionel Messi and his family relocated from Rosario to Barcelona. Reports of his trial are poetic, as just two minutes on a football pitch were enough for the…

The inconsistent but storied career of Jefferson Farfán

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS are wondrous athletes. The sheer talent that many possess often ensures fans and media run out of superlatives to describe what they have just witnessed. However, there are fine lines…

Trailblazer or troublemaker? The legacy of Claudio Pizarro

Werder Bremen were in trouble. Viktor Skrypnyk’s side was only one point above the relegation zone entering the winter break during the 2015/16 Bundesliga season. Thankfully, Bremen managed to pick up a…

Can a youthful Peru return to the greatness of the 1970s?

As Christian Cueva dribbled towards Diego Barretto’s goal, rounded the Paraguayan goalkeeper and scored Peru’s third goal in a massive 4-1 win in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, there was a sense of…

Teófilo Cubillas: the greatest Peruvian of them all

ON 3 JUNE 1978, Peruvian footballer Teófilo Cubillas broke the hearts of five million Scots with a set-piece of ineffable magic. Moments earlier, Cubillas stood 20-yards away from the Scottish goal, staring…

The Alianza Lima air disaster of 1987

In 1987, Peru lost its number one ranked club side and biggest hope for the future of the national team. We look back at the nation’s greatest footballing tragedy.

Peru, Cubillas and the 1970s

The 1970 World Cup finals are often cited as the birth of modern football. It was the first World Cup to be filmed for a colour television audience and the first real-time trans-Atlantic…