There as a moment in time when Brazil, Argentina and Peru played the most elegant football in South America. Then they got lost in time. Haven't qualified for the World Cup since 1982, and the 70's team has already become a legend that only the older people have seen play.
This time around, coach Ricardo Gareca has named a young squad in his search for new talent. Only striker Paolo Guerrero has been nominated. The Predator is already the NT most prolific goalscorer after surpassing Teofilo Cubillas in last year's Copa America.
Peru has two consecutive Copa America 3rd places but is on the last spots on the table to qualify for Russia 2018. They play possession football, a short passing game, based more on skill than physique.
This edition of Copa America will help Gareca establish the core of the team The tactics are already in place, but there are places for grab in the starting XI.
CHRISTIAN BENAVENTE. Left sided midfielder who makes a living in Belgium, is always looking forward. A special personality on games and training.
CHRISTIAN CUEVA. A diminutive midfielder, who has been nicknamed the Iniesta of Peru. A Very skilled player has a natural talent for the last pass. Can play on the wings or behind the strikers.
YOSHIMAR YOTUN. Now playing in Sweden, he is one of the anchors in midfield. Combative, the central midfielder whose main function is to protect the back four.
PAOLO GUERRERO. With the absence of Juan Vargas, Jefferson Farfán and Claudio Pizarro, he is the lone survivor of The Fantastic Four. A veteran from the Bundesliga now playing on the beaches of Rio, with Flamengo.
RICARDO GARECA. A former center forward for Argentina. Never played a World Cup. After learning from Menotti and Bilardo, Gareca likes to play attacking possession football but also to study the rival's tactics. He loves to attack and we saw that in last year's Copa America. He is trying to change the face of Peru. The lack of support from Government has kept football in the fridge for more than 30 years. He is already being questioned due to lack of results. Probably won't last long in his position.