Peru's World Cup 2022 Standings
Peru is the third team in Group C, which also includes France, Australia and Denmark. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Peru's Odds To Win The World Cup
Peru has been drawn a tough group, containing one of the pre-tournament favourites in France, a strong and solid European nation in Denmark, and one of the more resilient and physically fit squads in Australia. Peru is a good side but on paper don't quite have the quality to match it with their European counterparts, and perhaps will have their best chance of a first World Cup win since 1978 in their final match against Australia.
Sports Interaction has rated the Peruvians as definite outsiders in terms of the overall market, rating them a +17500 chance of winning the tournament. Getting out of their group will be an achievement in itself for Peru, however, we believe France and Denmark will progress from Group C. You will get odds of +230 for them to emerge from the group stage, while -333 is available for them failing to do so.
Our advice here is to look at the individual matchups and bet on them, as there is little value in putting money on Peru to progress too far in this tournament. They are certainly capable of stealing a point against Denmark and going one better against the Australians, but it will be much easier to make these decisions closer to kickoff.
Peru's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the Peruvian team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Paolo Guerrero (Striker)
There was a huge cloud over Guerrero leading into the tournament, as he was originally banned for a year for consuming a banned substance. However, Peru's all-time leading goal scorer will join the team in Russia after his punishment was reduced to just six months. He spent the majority of his career in the Bundesliga, scoring 47 goals for Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV, and is now a part of the setup with Brazilian side Flamengo.
Guerrero's influence on the team is immense, and his 86 caps for Peru will also provide experience for a side that will be entering the unknown of a major tournament in Europe. As captain, a lot will rest on his shoulders, which is just the way he likes it.
Jefferson Farfan (Winger)
The Lokomotiv Moscow man will be playing in the nation where he plays club football, which will be a huge advantage. He is the same age as Guerrero and will also add experience and strength to the Peruvian side; 23 goals from 79 caps is also an indication of his value as a winger or second striker alongside Guerrero.
Farfan scored the breakthrough goal for Peru against New Zealand in their World Cup play-off match, but he is especially known for his ability to assist goals. He will be the one standing over free-kicks and corners and is always a threat from range.
Christian Cueva (Midfielder)
The attacking midfielder has excelled since his move to Brazil with Sao Paulo, and his performances in the middle for Peru will be critical to their success in Russia. He is the one with the ability to unlock a sturdy defence with creativity and movement, and his link-up play with the forwards will be important.
The Coach - Ricardo Gareca
Gareca has only been at the helm since 2015, however, he will go down in history as one of Peru's most successful managers. Taking over the struggling nation just before the 2015 Copa America, the Argentine led the team to a bronze medal, losing in the semi-final to hosts and eventual champions Chile.
Obviously, the jewel in the crown is World Cup qualification, which Peru managed by the barest of margins, but it is the way in which Peru played their football that is perhaps Gareca's greatest achievement. Short passing and possession-based play is a style that was historically part of Peruvian culture, yet has been lost along the way under the guidance of various managers. Gareca has brought it back with immediate results.
Peru's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Peru's latest international was played against New Zealand on November 15th, 2017. The full lineup was as follows.
Starting Lineup (4-2-2-2)
Pedro Gallese (Veracriz) - Luis Advincula (BUAP), Christian Ramos (Emelec), Alberto Rodriguez (Universitario), Miguel Trauco Saavedra (Flamengo) - Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Edison Flores (AaB) - Andy Polo (Morelia), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo) - Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Reserves: Carlos Caceda, Yordy Reyna, Miguel Araujo, Sergio Pena, Pedro Aquino, Nilson Loyola Morales, Jose Carvallo, Aldo Corzo, Adrian Zela, Paolo Hurtado, Andre Carillo, Yoshimar Yotun.
Peru's World Cup History
Peru's long absence from the World Cup is finally over! The South Americans have not made an appearance at the greatest sporting event on Earth since 1982, and the scenes after their win against New Zealand in the intercontinental play-off match were indicative of a nation that has been in the wilderness for 36 years.
Amazingly, this is not the first time that Peru has broken a long World Cup drought, nor is it the longest amount of time away from the tournament. Los Incas were participants in the first-ever competition, losing both their matches in the 1930 edition in Uruguay, and did not return to compete until the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, where they reached the quarter-finals.
This result remains their best performance at the World Cup; they defeated Bulgaria and Morocco in the first round, before losing to Germany and then Brazil. In 1978, Peru managed a similar result, beating both Scotland and Iran and sharing the points against the Netherlands before heavy defeats to Brazil and Argentina resulted in their elimination from the second round.
1982 was the end of the best period in Peruvian soccer to date as they made three out of the four World Cups at that time. Sadly, Peru did not manage a victory in a group stage exit, losing heavily to Poland after draws against Cameroon and Italy.
Qualification for Russia was certainly not easily achieved, which is normally the case in a tough South American conference. Five teams were still in the hunt for three places on the final day, with even Argentina a chance of missing the tournament. Peru managed a late equalizer against Columbia, placing them ahead of Chile on goal difference in the final standings after their loss to Brazil. Their fifth-place finish meant they would need to face New Zealand, and managed a 2-0 win at home to secure a place in Russia.
They will face a tough group including France, Denmark and Australia, however, they will see themselves as a decent chance of securing at least one win.