There is no longer a World Cup for which to think together, which is why Peruvians who are active abroad focus on individual goals with their clubs. In this note, we explain the general panorama of national soccer players
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Qatar 2022 is a frustrated dream for Peruvians. But, at this point, the news of not qualifying for the World Cup has already been completely digested. Now it's time to focus on the present of the entire universe of players left by Ricardo Gareca in his seven years on the bench. Gianluca Lapadula has already achieved the goal of leaving Benevento and signed for Cagliari, a club that will also play in Serie B.
In this half of the year, some are still taking a well-deserved break after an intense campaign with the national team and their clubs; others face the preseason with their teams or -even- are already in the middle of one.
The truth is that the panorama is different for each. Without a World Cup to think about together, it is up to concentrate on individual goals. Therefore, in this note we analyze the strongest challenges that Peruvians have and will have abroad.
The only Peruvian who has a guaranteed place in one of the five Top Leagues in Europe is Renato Tapia (Celta de Vigo), who He is currently facing the preseason with the 'Celtistas'. His intention is to be a protagonist in his team again and there have already been some surprises in the last few days.
In the friendly against Pumas, the 'Cabezón' was used as a central defender, a position that he knows very well and where he was able to stand out. Probably, he will alternate as defender and pivot in the coming campaign and will try to win -now yes- the trust of his coach, Eduardo Coudet.
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💰Menajerler, 29 yaşındaki futbolcuyu uygun bir yıllık ücretle getirebileceklerini Beşiktaş’a iletti.
❌Saint-Etienne ile sözleşmesi biten Trauco, henüz bir takımla anlaşmadı… pic.twitter.com/DSk8Zgl39U
— Sabah Spor (@sabahspor1) July 23, 2022
Sergio Peña deserves a special mention, which is trying to qualify for the group stage of the 2022/23 Champions League with Malmö, which has been playing in the Champions League qualifiers. This Wednesday they play the second round rematch against Zalgiris, against whom they lost 1-0 in the first leg. If he advances, he will have to win two more series to reach the group stage of the continental tournament.
Not to forget Miguel Araujo ,who is looking to extend his legend at FC Emmen following promotion to the Eredivisie, while youngster Alessandro Burlamaqui left Valencia for Badajoz to play in Spain's third division.
Sergio Peña seeks to play a new Champions with Malmö. Photo: AFP.
Now then, although Pedro Aquino does not play in the 'Old Continent', these days he played friendlies against the main English teams, which They do preseason in North America, like Chelsea and City and this Tuesday they will face none other than Real Madrid.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 25, 2022
Lapadula with a new club
The Peruvian who changes his mind, although in the same environment is Gianluca Lapadula. The 'Bambino' signed his bond with Cagliari yesterday, Monday, until 2025, so now he faces the bell towards promotion with the Sardinian team where Julio César Uribe knew how to shine in the 1980s.
Cagliari announced his arrival after he passed the medical exams. The economic agreement would have been given for one and a half million euros, the price that Benevento asked for to release their scorer. Lapadula scored 13 goals last season and was close to promotion after falling in the playoffs.
Gianluca Lapadula was announced as Cagliari's new signing. (Capture: Twitter)
Changes of air
The transfer market is busy for Peruvians. Edison Flores, for example, stopped being a DC United franchise player to start his story with Atlas de México, where Anderson Santa María also plays. Little by little, 'Orejas' is adapting to his new team and, in fact, last weekend, he excelled with a double assist in the 'Foxes' first victory (3-2 over Cruz Azul by Luis Abram).
For his part, Gustavo Dulanto He left Sheriff Tiraspol of the Moldovan league, a team with which he surprised playing in the last edition of the Champions League, and was presented as the new signing for Riga FC of Latvia. With this club, the Peruvian defender will now try to qualify for the Conference League (he is already in the second qualifying round).
Gran asistencia de Edison Flores. Atlas derrotó 3-2 a Cruz Azul con dos asistencias del peruano. 🇵🇪🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/fCxHQKiGW3
— Pulso Sports Perú (@PulsoSportsPe) July 17, 2022
Meanwhile, the Peruvians Fernando Pacheco and Gonzalo Sánchezthey managed to emigrate to Europe, signing for none other than FC Emmen. AGREF, agency representing both players, has built an important bridge with the Dutch club and that facilitated the operation. Now, it will be up to them to consolidate themselves in the team as Miguel Araujo has achieved.
Last but not least is the name of Christofer Gonzales, who left Sporting Cristal to venture into soccer in Saudi Arabia along with André Carrillo and Christian Cueva, who are already leaders in their clubs. 'Canchita' will play the coming campaign of the Saudi Professional League with the shirt of Al Adalah and hopes to generate the same impact as his other two compatriots. The former Cristal has already traveled to Slovenia to join the preseason.
— نـادي الــعـدالـة السعودي (@aladalahclub) July 25, 2022
Focusing on the MLS soccer players, they are already halfway through the season, with Alexander Callens being the closest to reaching the top with his team (New York City). This does not mean that other Peruvians are not standing out. In fact, in the last week Marcos López scored his first goal of the year with the San Jose Earthquakes, Yordy Reyna showed off a spectacular brace at Charlotte FC and Pedro Gallese continued to shine in the Orlando City goal.
As for Raúl Ruidíaz, his present is complicated. Although a little over a month ago he was at an optimal scoring moment, a muscle injury has prevented him from playing five of the last six games for his club Seattle Sounders, which suffers more than ever the absence of the Peruvian.
< p itemprop="description" class="story-contents__font-paragraph">Ruidíaz will join the select list of Peruvians who have played in the Club World Cup, which still has no set date. The national achieved the title of the Concachampions last May defeating the Pumas of Mexico, with which they broke the Aztec hegemony of 16 years winning this tournament.
In addition, the other personal goal of the 'Dwarf' is to become the top scorer in history for the American club (he is only five goals away from achieving it).< p>
Raúl Ruidíaz will play the Club World Cup with the Seattle Sounders | Photo: REUTERS/
To gain a foothold
The career of a benchmark like Paolo Guerrero will continue in Brazil. Last Wednesday he was presented at Avaí, a draw that the Brasileirao disputes. The Peruvian attacker rejected Alianza Lima's offer to continue abroad and in the country of the zamba his name still carries weight. Avaí is in the middle of the Brasileirao table, so the national's mission will be for the team that was promoted for this season to secure a place in an international Conmebol tournament.
His contract is until the end of November, then it's up to Paolo to decide. In his presentation at Avaí he repeated that he would like to close his career at Alianza Lima, but by 2023 he will be 39 years old.
As for the other Peruvians who make their way out of the country, the objective, of course, is to continue establishing themselves in the best possible way in their respective teams, being protagonists and winning titles, at least the local ones.
Carlos Zambrano and Luis Advíncula, for example, could not continue advancing in the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors (elimination in the round of 16 against Corinthians) and now they fight to win another trophy together at the local level. As the days go by, the two are increasingly better consolidated with the 'Xeneize'.
Carlos Zambrano and Luis Advíncula have already won three titles together at Boca Juniors
Something similar happens with Gabriel Costa , who stayed in the round of 16 of the South American, after Colo Colo was beaten in the key by Internacional de Porto Alegre. However, the 'Cacique' is the current leader of the Chilean championship and the Peruvian attacker has been the protagonist date after date with goals and assists.
Absolutely everyone hopes to follow a triumphant path with their clubs, fighting to leave the country's flag as high as possible and opening the doors of foreign countries to other Peruvians who wait for their opportunity.