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Peru

 By Tim Vickery

Peru's poor away record the first piece of business for new boss Gareca

Argentine Ricardo Gareca is charged with leading Peru to their first World Cup since 1982.
Argentine Ricardo Gareca is charged with leading Peru to their first World Cup since 1982.

There are now six Argentine coaches in charge of the ten South American nations --- and there would seem to be little doubt that the last one to be announced faces the most difficult task.

Ricardo Gareca was unveiled on Monday as the new coach of Peru, the team which has not qualified for the World Cup since 1982 and seems to have gone backwards while others on the continent have made progress.

An illustration of the size of the challenge he is facing comes from recent results in the Copa Libertadores,...

 By Tim Vickery

Stakes are high in South American friendlies as players look to impress

Brazil's Rafael Cabral, Uruguay's Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Peru's Carlos Ascues all have the chance to stake their claim for a national team spot in the coming weeks.

As the Copa America (next June and July in Chile) draws nearer, the stakes rise for South America's national teams. For the moment, the teams are just playing friendlies, but the competitive matches are coming closer: the next set of World Cup qualifiers get going soon after the Copa.

In 2015 there is only one set of FIFA dates before the real stuff starts. Over the next few days, then, some interesting experiments will be carried out with coaches wanting to take a long, hard look at some of their...

 By Tim Vickery

Federation infighting deepens existing football trouble in Peru

Mismanagement and mistakes made by FPF -- Peru's national football association -- have led to a decline in the performances of the Peruvian national team.

A much lamented Brazilian comedian called Chacrinha had a long list of catchphrases -- one of which was "I come to confuse, and not to explain."

The genius of the phrase lies in the fact that it can be such a useful guide to a traditional aspect of South American societies, where the common good is a nebulous concept and intelligence and erudition can be used to muddy the waters instead of providing clarity.

It applies perfectly to the recent goings-on in Peruvian football. The Peru national team,...

 By Tim Vickery

Reviewing the results of CONMEBOL teams since the World Cup

With his comeback from suspension close, Luis Suarez has come to terms with his actions, which saw him sent home from the World Cup in disgrace.

After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?

ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0

New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.

Instead...

 By Tim Vickery

With World Cup behind them, Chile prepare to host Copa America

Alexis Sanchez and Chile prepare to play Peru for their international friendly on home soil Friday ahead of the Chileans' hosting Copa America next summer.

Some of South America's biggest hitters -- the likes of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay -- are using this international break to travel to the farthest reaches of the globe. Uruguay are set to play in the Middle East, while the remaining trio tour Asia -- and a number of other CONMEBOL sides will take their show to North America. But this Friday there is one international game, the first since the World Cup final, being played on South American soil -- and it is no coincidence that it is...