Peru national under-17 football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Jotitas
Association Federación Peruana
de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Peru Juan Jose Ore
Captain Nestor Duarte
Home stadium Estadio Nacional (Lima)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Biggest win
Peru Peru 4 – 1 Bolivia 
(Riobamba, Ecuador; 6 March 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 4 – 0 Peru Peru
(Ibarra, Ecuador; 16 March 2007)
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2005)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2007
South American Under-17 Football Championship
Appearances 17 (first in 1985)
Best result 4th Place, 2007

The Peru national under-17 football team represents Peru in international under-17 football competitions and is overseen by the Federacion Peruana de Futbol.

Despite the current failures of the senior side, the Peruvian U-17 team has given brand new stars and hopes to Peruvian fans early in the year of 2007. After their first FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance in 2005 (Peru as host nation), the youth team greatly improved in skill and determination. Their first U-17 World Cup saw them lose with merely 1 point. Yet, they started the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a bang as they defeated the local South Korean team with an array of constant attacks and effective counter-attacks that completely overwhelmed their opponents.

The U-17 team's success in 2007 came from the leadership of Juan Jose Ore, and the appearance of good players like Reimond Manco. Not only that, but Peru showcased some of the best team games of the South American tournament and in the 2007 World Cup. Although they were eliminated during the quarterfinals, Peru's U-17 squad seems to be having high hopes for future competitions.

Peru will host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, it will be for the second time to be hosted by Peru.

South American U-17 Championship Records[edit]

Year Round Year Round
Argentina 19851 7th Place Peru 19861 Group Stage
Ecuador 19881 Group Stage Paraguay 1991 Group Stage
Colombia 1993 Group Stage Peru 1995 Group Stage
Paraguay 1997 Group Stage Uruguay 1999 Group Stage
Peru 2001 Group Stage Bolivia 2003 Group Stage
Venezuela 2005 Group Stage Ecuador 2007 4th Place
Chile 2009 Group Stage Ecuador 2011 Group Stage
Argentina 2013 6th Place Paraguay 2015 Group Stage
Chile 2017 Group Stage Peru 2019 Qualified

1 Under 16 Championships

Road to the 2007 U-17 World Cup[edit]

In 2007, the Peruvian U-17 football team went to the 2007 South American Under-17 Football Championship that was held in Ecuador that started March 4 of that year. In the debut match, the Peruvian team had to face the Brazil. The Peruvians surprised the Brazilians 2–1 with one goal scored by Reimond Manco and the impressive forward La Torre.[citation needed]

In the group stage, Peru won most of the matches and ended first in its group (qualifying to the final round).

In the final round of the tournament (where the first 4 qualified to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup) Peru won the first match against Venezuela. In the next match, Brazil crushed Peru 4–0 and Colombia trounced them 3–0. By the fourth match Brazil, Colombia and Argentina were already qualified for the main tournament and Peru, Venezuela and host Ecuador had to fight for the last qualification spot.

The fifth match saw Peru with the obligation to defeat Ecuador. The match started horribly for Peru when an Ecuadorian midfielder scored at the first minutes of play. Peru answered quickly when Reimond Manco assisted midfielder Sanchez for a goal. Ecuador was seen to have determination, and it scored once again at the 20th minute of the first half. However, Reimond Manco scored goal caused by a mistake from the Ecuadorian Mendoza, sending them one huge step closer to the world tournament and eliminating their fierce rivals.[citation needed]

For the last match against Argentina, Peru had to lose by at least 4 goals to be eliminated. Peru was capable of drawing the match and classified to the U-17 World Cup. Reimond Manco was named as the best player of the competition by the CONMEBOL.[1]

Road to the 2019 U-17 World Cup[edit]

Peru automatically qualified for the 2019 World Cup as host.

South American Games Records[edit]

The South American Games (a.k.a. ODESUR Games; Spanish: Juegos Sudamericanos) are a regional multi-sport event held between nations from South America, organized by the South American Sports Organization (Organización Deportiva Sudamericana, ODESUR).

The Peruvian U-17 football team achieved its first gold medal in the 1990 South American Games, which they were the hosts, and 2 bronze medals in 1982 and 1994 respectively.

Football Medal Records at the ODESUR South American Games
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Colombia Colombia 3 1 1 5
2 Argentina Argentina 2 1 0 3
3 Peru Peru 1 0 2 3
4 Paraguay Paraguay 1 0 0 1
5 Ecuador Ecuador 0 4 1 5
6 Venezuela Venezuela 0 1 0 1
7 Bolivia Bolivia 0 0 2 2
8 Brazil Brazil 0 0 1 1

FIFA U-17 World Cup Records[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup
Year Round PLD W D L GS GA
China 1985 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Canada 1987 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Scotland 1989 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1991 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Japan 1993 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Ecuador 1995 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Egypt 1997 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
New Zealand 1999 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Finland 2003 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Peru 2005 Round 1 3 0 1 2 1 4
South Korea 2007 Quarter-finals 5 2 2 1 3 3
Nigeria 2009 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 2011 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2013 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Chile 2015 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
India 2017 Didn't qualify - - - - - -
Peru 2019 Qualified as hosts - - - - - -
Total 8 2 3 3 4 7
FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
2005 Round 1  Peru 1 – 1  Ghana Drawn
Round 1  Peru 0 – 1  China PR Lost
Round 1  Peru 0 – 2  Costa Rica Lost
2007 Round 1  Peru 1 – 0  South Korea Won
Round 1  Peru 0 – 0  Togo Drawn
Round 1  Peru 1 – 0  Costa Rica Won
Round 2  Peru 1 – 1  Tajikistan Drawn
Quarterfinals  Peru 0 – 2  Ghana Lost

2007 World Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

The same week as Peru was to face South Korea, a terrible 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Peru. Peru thus started the tournament with the huge responsibility of bringing some joy to the thousands of Peruvians left homeless.

The surprise came from the start, Peru went all out into the attack. Not only that, but the Peruvian defense was effective and even managed to counter-attack on many occasions. South Korea was also decided to win, especially since they were playing at home. At the 29th minute, with a goal of Carlos Bazalar, Peru set itself ahead and was able to maintain its high-performance with several other chances of scoring. The match ended with the "Incas'" victory of 1–0.

The second game, against Togo, proved to be quite a challenge for Peru. Togo went completely into the attack from the start of the game, and Peru was forced to wait for its chance. The attacks of Togo were, though, not very conclusive. Once Peru had the ball, its attacks were more effective, but no favorable conclusion came to them either. Peruvian forwards, Reimond Manco and Irven Avila were the main driving forces of Peru; but goalie Eder Hermoza proved himself against the strikes of Togo. The match ended in a 0–0, mainly favoring Peru which by then had 4 points, a score that could get them to the next round as one of the best third.[2]

Next came the game against Costa Rica, another tough opponent for Peru. The game itself was pretty much dominated by Peru, for during the first-half it were the blanquirrojas that did the most attacks and held the ball. Nevertheless, Costa Rica held good on the back and their goalie showed his skills after ending every Peruvian attack he faced. This went on into the second-half, when the Costa Rican "Ticos" began to attack more. In the last minutes of the game, Peru scored and secured the group's first place.[3]

Teams GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Peru 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
 Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
 South Korea 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
 Togo 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2

Second round[edit]

Once into the second round, Peru faced Tajikistan. The first-half belonged to a Peru that did its best to attack even though the field was badly flooded by the rain. Tajikistan also did several tries, but Peru's attacks were more effective even though they were both inconclusive at the end. Nevertheless, Peru scored first and held victory for a couple of minutes later Tajikistan would score also after a long-shot that benefited from the rain and flooded field.

Peru overcame Tajikistan 5–4 in a typically nailbiting penalty shoot-out to take their place in the last eight at Korea 2007. The hero of the hour was shot-stopper Eder Hermoza, who saved the Tajiks' first spot-kick before Irven Avila coolly finished the job off with the decisive penalty.

As the rain teemed down in Suwon, it was the South Americans who adapted more quickly to the soggy pitch, pinning their opponents back from the off and taking the lead on 13 minutes thanks to a fine strike from distance by Reimond Manco. Undeterred, Tajikistan were back on level terms just two minutes later when Nuriddin Davronov's shot slipped out of Hermoza's grasp and into the back of the net.

The two evenly matched sides then traded blows in midfield as the chances largely dried up. The pattern remained unchanged virtually throughout the second half despite the magical Manco's tireless prompting. Peru's insistence nearly paid off in the closing stages when Avila struck the crossbar with a thunderous drive.

Extra time came and went with little in the way of goalmouth action apart from a late Tajik shot that rebounded from Hermoza's crossbar, setting the stage for 'The Cat' to show his feline reactions and pave Peru's way to victory by keeping out Farkoud Vasiev's penalty e



Once in the quarterfinals, Peru faced Ghana. The Ghana national under-17 football team had previously faced and beat the mighty Brazil, who had previously won the U-17 South American tournament. The Peruvians more than anything had spirit and hopes to keep advancing into the next rounds. Still, even though Peru tried, Ghana proved to be a very good adversary and the game was won by the Africans 2–0.

Peru's squad was disappointed for the loss, but the team had made history in the tournament.

2005 World Cup[edit]

Peru  1–1  Ghana
Chavez Goal 10' (pen) Report Cárdenas Goal 62' (o.g.)
Attendance: 21,100
Referee: Frank de Bleeckere Belgium

Peru  0–1  China PR
Report Deng Goal 13'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Oscar Ruiz Colombia

Costa Rica  2–0  Peru
Solorzano Goal 45+1'
Elizondo Goal 77'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Mark Shield Australia

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Costa Rica 5 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2
 China PR 5 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1
 Ghana 3 3 0 3 0 3 3 0
 Peru 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3

2019 World Cup[edit]

Peru will host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. the decision was made on March 8 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. Peru Automatically qualified as the host.


Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected to take part in the 2015 South American Under-17 Football Championship.

Manager: Peru Juan José Oré[5]

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Pedro Ynamine (1998-10-14)October 14, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Universidad San Martín
2 2DF Marco Saravia (1999-02-06)February 6, 1999 (aged 16) Peru Academia Cantolao
3 2DF Óscar Pacheco (1998-02-11)February 11, 1998 (aged 17) Peru Universitario
4 2DF Martín Chang (1998-01-04)January 4, 1998 (aged 17) Peru Universidad San Martín
5 2DF Junior Huerto (1999-04-26)April 26, 1999 (aged 15) Peru Universidad San Martín
6 3MF Christian André Sánchez (1999-04-05)April 5, 1999 (aged 15) Peru Academia Cantolao
7 3MF Gerald Távara (1999-03-25)March 25, 1999 (aged 15) Peru Sporting Cristal
8 3MF José María Corrales (1998-06-18)June 18, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Universidad San Martín
9 4FW Luis Iberico (1998-02-06)February 6, 1998 (aged 17) Peru Universidad San Martín
10 4FW Roberto Reyna (1998-08-23)August 23, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Academia Cantolao
11 3MF Christopher Olivares (1999-04-03)April 3, 1999 (aged 15) Peru Esther Grande
12 1GK Víctor Egocheaga (1998-02-02)February 2, 1998 (aged 17) Peru Universitario
13 2DF Renzo Castro (1998-04-12)April 12, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Universidad San Martín
14 3MF Raúl Pajuelo (1998-05-23)May 23, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Universidad San Martín
15 3MF Jesús Mendieta (1998-04-11)April 11, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Sporting Cristal
16 3MF Anthony Quijano (1999-03-03)March 3, 1999 (aged 16) Peru Sporting Cristal
17 4FW Fernando José Pacheco (1999-06-26)June 26, 1999 (aged 15) Peru Sporting Cristal
18 4FW José Bolívar (2000-01-17)January 17, 2000 (aged 15) Peru Universidad San Martín
19 4FW Hideyoshi Arakaki (1998-01-02)January 2, 1998 (aged 17) Peru Universidad San Martín
20 3MF Kelvin Sánchez (1999-01-03)January 3, 1999 (aged 16) Peru Academia Cantolao
21 3MF Ricardo Bruno (1998-06-01)June 1, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Academia Cantolao
22 1GK Tarek Bendeck (1998-11-27)November 27, 1998 (aged 16) Peru Regatas Lima

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Manco fue el 'Rey del Sudamericano' Archived 2009-01-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "El empate también sirve". (in Spanish). 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  3. ^ "El primer lugar es nuestro". (in Spanish). 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  4. ^ (in Spanish). 2007-08-29 Retrieved 2007-08-29.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "J2 Evolución". March 6, 2015.