Getting to know NZ’s World Cup rivals.
Forget Australia, South Africa or even France. For one week, New Zealand’s greatest sporting rival is the sleepy South American nation of Peru.
On Saturday, the All Whites host the 10th-ranked team in the final step towards World Cup football qualification. The opening game of the home-and-away format is scheduled for Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, kicking off at 4:15pm.
The return match is set for the Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru’s capital on Thursday, November 16, 3:15pm (NZT).
In terms of world sporting powers, the Blanquirroja (‘Red-and-Whites’) fly far under the radar, but in the spirit of cultural exchange, here are some things you should know about the country that stands between us and a trip to Russia next year.
The country, the people