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World Cup Participation

1930, 1970, 1978, 1982, 2018



Peru National Football Team History

The Peruvian Football League was founded all the way back in 1912. Ten years later, the Peruvian Football Federation joined FIFA. The Peru national football team made their FIFA World Cup debut at the inaugural tournament in 1930. However, La Blanquirroja went out in the group stage.

Rodillo Negro: Peru’s Golden Generation

One of the best decades for Peruvian soccer was the 1930’s. Despite their World Cup struggle, Peru won the first Bolivarian Games in 1938 and the Copa America in 1939. Peru’s golden generation during this decade was called the Rodillo Negro.

Peru national football team fell off in the coming years but they did finish in third place in the 1949 and 1955 Copa Americas. The next Peru FIFA World Cup appearance came in 1970 and they were one of the surprises of the tournament. La Blanquirroja reached the knockout stage for the first time, falling in the quarterfinals.

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Then, Peru won the 1975 Copa America as Teofilo Cubillas was voted the tournament’s best player. Peru also qualified for the 1978 World Cup and reached the second round for a second straight appearance.

Tragic 1987 Plane Crash

In the 80s, Peru once again had a solid team. They made the FIFA World Cup in 1982 and were expected to qualify for the 1990 World Cup. Tragically, in 1987 a plane crash killed most of Alianza’s team, which included the national team coach and several players.

La Blanquirroja had a resurgent period in the late 2010’s under Ricardo Gareca. They finished third at the 2015 Copa America, qualified for the 2018 World Cup and finished runners up at the 2019 Copa America. Peru were one game away from qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. However, they lost to Australia in the intercontinental playoff, in the “dancing goalkeeper” penalty shootout.

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