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Peru captain Paolo Guerrero should have World Cup ban scrapped - FIFPro

Peru were the last of the 32 teams to qualify for the World Cup, but can they cause an upset in Russia?

Players' union FIFPro has written to FIFA to appeal for Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to be allowed to play at the World Cup.

Flamengo forward Guerrero was given a doping ban from the country's first World Cup for 36 years over cocaine contained in a cup of tea infused with coca leaves.

FIFPro, which has condemned the ban as disproportionate, wrote on Twitter that it hoped for "a breakthrough in the next 24-48 hours."

Earlier this month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal by...

Peru president asks authorities to help Paolo Guerrero overturn doping ban

Peru were the last of the 32 teams to qualify for the World Cup, but can they cause an upset in Russia?

LIMA, Peru -- Peru President Martin Vizcarra wants state authorities to help Paolo Guerrero try to overturn a doping ban which forces the national team captain to miss the country's first World Cup in 36 years.

Vizcarra asked the government and Peru's ambassador to Switzerland on Wednesday to be ready to help Guerrero challenge his ban at the Swiss supreme court.

Guerrero can ask federal judges to study a ruling announced on Monday by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport which banned him...

 By PA Sport

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to miss World Cup after doping ban extended

Peru were the last of the 32 teams to qualify for the World Cup, but can they cause an upset in Russia?

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the World Cup after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to increase the length of his drugs ban.

Guerrero was initially banned for 12 months after testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following Peru's World Cup qualifier with Argentina in October last year.

Accepting Guerrero's argument that the substance was accidentally consumed in contaminated tea, FIFA reduced the ban to six months,...

Peru's defence an asset but Paolo Guerrero absence will be fatal

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The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Alberto Rodriguez (in Paolo Guerrero's absence)
Manager: Ricardo Gareca
Nickname: La Bicolor or La Blanquirroja
FIFA ranking: 11

How they qualified

Peru went from an awful start to an awesome finish in CONMEBOL qualifying as a late run of form allowed...