The Peru national football team has represented Peru in international
football since 1927. Organised by the Peruvian Football Federation, it
is one of ten members of FIFA's South American Football Confederation
(CONMEBOL), playing most home matches at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.
Peru took part in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930 and the 1936
Olympic football competition. Goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso and forwards
Teodoro Fernández and Alejandro Villanueva led the squad to wins in the
1938 Bolivarian Games and the 1939 Copa América. The team won the Copa
América in 1975 and qualified for three World Cups in the 1970s with
Hugo Sotil, defender Héctor Chumpitaz, and Teófilo Cubillas, the
player often regarded as Peru's greatest. Peru last qualified for the
World Cup in 1982 (team pictured). Players wear white shirts adorned
with a red diagonal stripe, 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"). The team
has longstanding rivalries with Chile and Ecuador.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru_national_football_team>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Dictator Julius Caesar of the Roman Republic was stabbed to
death (painting by Vincenzo Camuccini pictured) by Marcus Junius Brutus
and several other Roman senators.
The Catalan Company defeated Walter V, Count of Brienne in the
Battle of Halmyros and took control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader
state in Greece.
Archbishop of New York John McCloskey was named the first
cardinal in the United States.
World War II: The Soviet Red Army began the Upper Silesian
Offensive aimed at capturing the industrial and raw materials resources
located in Upper Silesia.
Iraqi authorities hanged freelance Iranian reporter Farzad
Bazoft for spying for Israel.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive) To enclose (a sacred relic etc.) in a shrine or chest.
2. (transitive) To preserve or cherish (something) as though in a shrine;
to preserve or contain, especially with some reverence.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Strive for perfection in everything we do. Take the best that
exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept
nothing nearly right or good enough.