At the end of the qualification process for the 2010 World Cup there would have been few Peruvians confident that they had any chance of qualifying for the next tournament in 2014. Peru had just finished bottom of the ten team group and had lost every single one of their away matches along the way.
New Colombia coach Leonel Alvarez has confirmed his 23-man squad who will face Bolivia in La Paz in the second round of 2014 World Cup qualification on October 11th.
In a scene that brought back memories of John Hartson kicking Eyal Berkovic in the head during West Ham training back in 1998, a fight between two players of Colombian side Itagui on Friday left striker Edwards Jimenez in hospital with three facial fractures.
Peru’s El Clasico between Universitario and Alianza Lima was overshadowed by post-match events as an Alianza supporter was pushed to his death from the second tier of the south stand, seemingly by a member of Universitario’s barra.
Peru open their qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup with a home tie against Paraguay followed by a trip to Chile three days later, but their Uruguayan coach Sergio Markarian is already looking forward to their third match of the process, away to Ecuador in the altitude of Quito, and putting together a plan in preparation for playing 2,850 metres above sea level.
Venezuela have called up four qualified debutants based in Europe for their friendlies against Argentina in Calcutta, India on the 2nd September and Guinea in Caracas four days later.