Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Peru-less World Cup

I've been catching snatches of the World Cup over the past week. It's hard for an old soccer player not to be a bit attracted. We've even enjoyed a game or two as a family thanks to's online broadcast. Kevin said, "I want to play soccer again!" So, I'm not the only one getting the itch to play a little futbol again!

One highlight was seeing the first goal scored during this World Cup. It was a tremendous shot! South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala hit a perfect left-footer into the upper 90 (corner) of the far post. If you didn't see it, you should look it up on YouTube or watch it on the official FIFA page (

Some of you may be asking, where is Peru? Well, they didn't qualify. In their qualifying matches with the other South American countries, Peru gained the fewest points of the nine and is sitting out another World Cup. In fact, they haven't appeared in the World Cup since 1982. Apparently,
though, they had much better success in a previous era, as the FIFA profile page explains, "Between 1970 and 1982 a
golden generation of Peruvian footballers qualified for three out of four FIFA World Cups and won the Copa America in 1975. Teofilio Cubillas was the star of the side, scoring five goals over two different final tournaments, and his attacking flair and skill became synonymous across the world with Peruvian football in the 70s. But, six straight qualification failures since then have plagued the once-proud side."
Well Peru, we'll be pulling for you for 2014!

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