The Peru national football team have a reputation of being reliably inconsistent on the international stage. The side have qualified for four world cup finals tournaments and won the Copa America twice. The side traditionally wear red and white and play their home matches in the capital Lima at the Estadio Nacional. The Peru national team were one of the teams that took part in the first ever world cup tournament in 1930. It then took the side another forty years to qualify for another.
The Peru national football team enjoyed a golden period during the 1970’s and early eighties. After the team’s failure in the playoff round for the 1986 world cup things began to slowly decline for Peruvian football. In 1987 an aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean killing several Peru international players and coaching staff.
In the team’s 1990 and 1994 world cup qualifying campaigns they failed to win a single game. Unsurprisingly they finished bottom of both groups. This unhappy scenario repeated itself for the 2010 world cup qualifiers, although this time they did win three games. The team played amid speculation of key players drinking in the days leading up to games. While some were put under investigation others were banned from playing. After this debacle the Peruvian press labelled the team the worst in the national team’s 82 year history.