Football in Peru and England 2014

On May 30th 2014 England played Peru at Wembley. England had only played Peru twice before and Peru won one, England the other. Both matches were friendlies in the Peruvian capital, Lima, and both took place more than 50 years ago. This time England won 3-0.

A group of the children from our refuge in Peru was invited by the British Embassy to watch the match live on a big screen in the Estadio Nacional in Lima on May 30th.


[British Embassy] 'We got in touch with your local contacts and arranged for several of the children from the refuge to come along. They had a wonderful time and I took them into the VIP enclosure where they ate and drank and watched the game. We also got one of the boys to draw the tickets for the half time raffle which was donated to Project Peru.'

In May Project Peru re-started our participation in the 'LIMA KIDS' knock out football competition between the Lima children's homes; last year our junior girls team won the cup for the 12-14 age group and the mixed juniors reached their final too. In 2012 our older girls won the cup for their age group.

Football in Peru

Football was introduced to Peru in the 19th century by British immigrants to Peru and Peruvians returning from England. This new sport became popular among upper-class Peruvians over the following decades. The sport became a popular daily activity in the poorer parts of Lima, encouraged by employers who hoped that it would breed solidarity and improved productivity among their workers. In the adjacent port of Callao and other commercial areas, British civilian workers and sailors played the sport among themselves and with locals. Sports rivalries between local people and foreigners arose in Callao, and between elites and workers in Lima. Over time, as the foreigners departed, this evolved into a rivalry between Callao and Lima.  These factors, coupled with the sport's rapid development among the urban poor of Lima led to Peru developing the strongest footballing culture in the Andean region. See also

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Posted on 26 May 2014 and filed under News from Peru