All About Peru


Playing Football (Soccer) in Peru – Essentials!

Posted in Culture,Language,Sport by Tony Dunnell on September 20, 2009
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An invitation to play football in Peru is a great opportunity to meet people and experience some Peruvian culture. Being a country of the ‘macho’ persuasion, it is more likely that a male traveler will be invited to play, but female travelers should not be afraid to join in.

Learning the lingo is a great way to engage with the locals to a greater extent, be it a serious game of fútbol or a friendly kick around known as a pichanga.

Read Learning Spanish Soccer Vocabulary and Phrases to get a head start.

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Famous People from Peru

Famous Peruvians…. maybe not many spring to mind. History buffs will probably reel off some Incas, and maybe a few generals or admirals. But what about some famous Peruvians who are household names not just in Peru but worldwide?

Footballers (soccer players) are among the more famous Peruvians today. Nolberto ‘Nobby’ Solano is a Newcastle United legend and a popular figure in the English Premier League. Claudio Pizzaro is another ex Premier player, though his success was minimal. Juan Manuel Vargas is arguably the hottest property from the Peruvian market, and the best player in the struggling national team.

However, Peru is also a volleyball nation, while the long coastline has provided a few surfers along the way. Kina Malpartida, meanwhile, is currently the toast of Peru after claiming her women’s boxing title in 2009.

Famous Peruvians also appear on the silver screen. Benjamin Bratt and Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) were both born in Peru. Many Peruvian telenovela (soap opera) stars are famous throughout Latin America, but often unheard of in the rest of the world.

Take a look at these articles for some more famous Peruvians: