Peru national football team

Peru
Nickname(s)La Blanquirroja
(The White and Red)
La Bicolor
(The Bicolour)
Los Incas
(The Incas)
AssociationPeruvian Football Federation (FPF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL
(South America)
Head coachRicardo Gareca
CaptainPaolo Guerrero[1]
Most capsRoberto Palacios (128)
Top scorerPaolo Guerrero (38)
Home stadiumEstadio Nacional
FIFA codePER
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 21 1 (16 September 2021)[2]
Highest10 (October 2017)
Lowest91 (September 2009)
First international
 Peru 0–4 Uruguay 
(Lima, Peru; 1 November 1927)
Biggest win
 Peru 9–1 Ecuador 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 11 August 1938)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 7–0 Peru 
(Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; 26 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1930)
Best resultTop 8, 1970 (Quarter-finals) & 1978 (Round 2)
Copa América
Appearances33 (first in 1927)
Best resultChampions, 1939 and 1975
Panamerican Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1952)
Best resultFourth place, 1952 and 1956
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2000)
Best resultSemi-finals, 2000
Medal record
Bolivarian Games
1938 Bogotá Team
Copa Centenario de Armenia
1989 Armenia NA
Kirin Cup
1999 Japan NA
2005 Japan NA
2011 Japan NA
Marlboro Cup
1989 New York NA
United States Cup
1997 U.S. Cup NA

The Peru national football team represents Peru in men's international football. The national team has been organised, since 1927, by the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF).[upper-alpha 1] The FPF constitutes one of the ten members of FIFA's South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Peru has won the Copa América twice and qualified for FIFA World Cup finals five times (last appearing in 2018); the team also participated in the 1936 Olympic football competition and has reached the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The team plays most of its home matches at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, the country's capital.

The team is well known for its white shirts adorned with a diagonal red stripe, which combine Peru's national colours. This basic design has been used continuously since 1936, and gives rise to the team's common Spanish nickname, la Blanquirroja ("the white-and-red").[3] Peruvian football fans are known for their distinctive cheer ¡Arriba Perú! ("Onward Peru!").[4] Peru has longstanding rivalries with Chile and Ecuador.[5]

The Peru national team enjoyed its most successful periods thanks to footballing generations from the 1930s and the 1970s.[6] The 1930s generation led Peru at the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930 and won the 1938 Bolivarian Games and the 1939 Copa América, with goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso and forwards Teodoro Fernández and Alejandro Villanueva playing important roles. The 1970s generation qualified Peru for three World Cups and won the Copa América in 1975; the team then notably included defender Héctor Chumpitaz and the forward partnership of Hugo Sotil and Teófilo Cubillas, often regarded as Peru's greatest player.

The national team's all-time top goalscorer is Paolo Guerrero, with 38 goals, and its most-capped player is Roberto Palacios, with 128 appearances.[7] Under current manager Ricardo Gareca, Peru placed third at the 2015 Copa América, reached the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario, participated in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, and earned second at the 2019 Copa América.