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At 29 years old, three eliminatory processes, three America Cups and a World Cup above, Christian It is no longer ‘Cuevita’. It is Cave. More than a compliment, it is an obligation. He is the most important footballer of the Gareca era (he played 66 of the 73 games led by ‘Tigre’) and must assume that responsibility as a positive leader for the peruvian team. For now it does not.

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Peruvian team trains with the full team before traveling to Brazil
Those led by Ricardo Gareca carried out the penultimate training session with all the players prior to the trip to Brazil for the Copa América. Santiago Ormeño worked for the first time with his teammates. (Source: America Tv)

Shortly after debut in the America’s Cup 2021 in view of Brazil (this Thursday, 7 pm), a video went viral, which would be from the last days, in which he is seen at the wheel at a social meeting breaking health protocols. Given this, the technician reacted: In the last training of the bicolor before traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Gareca worked with the variant of the ’10’.

The changes were the income of Aldo Corzo for Advincula (he was not summoned at the request of his club) and Luis Iberico instead of Cueva. From there he aligned Pedro Gallese; Christian Ramos, Luis Abram, Marcos Lopez ; Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún, Sergio Pena; André Carrillo Y Gianluca Lapadula. This last starting group in the victory against Ecuador in Quito, on June 8, for the 2022 Qualifiers.

To say that Christian Cueva will be a substitute before the ‘Scratch’ is very hasty, especially knowing Gareca. But his attitudes erase what his right hand draws when he touches the ball. And this would not be the first time that the attacker has been questioned and in the midst of controversies to play a Copa América. It happened to him in two of three tournaments he played.

Alexis Arias, Wilder Cartagena, Christian Cueva, Miguel Trauco and Sergio Peña on the plane prior to the trip to Brazil to play the Copa América.  (Photo: FPF)
Alexis Arias, Wilder Cartagena, Christian Cueva, Miguel Trauco and Sergio Peña on the plane prior to the trip to Brazil to play the Copa América. (Photo: FPF)

The first

The last six months of Christian Cueva on Lima Alliance they were marked by three episodes. None of them related to their performances on the field. Before the final of the Clausura 2014 with Cristal, he fought openly with the coach Guillermo Sanguinetti and broke a solid group that was beaten on game day. And he lost the title. It was a lack of respect towards the coaching staff and towards his teammates”, Said the Uruguayan DT. Two months later, after the win (4-0) against Huracán by the Libertadores, he faced a fan at Matute’s door. He insulted him and the next day he apologized. Finally, after the 1-0 loss to Real Garcilaso in May, the midfielder attacked and insulted the referee Blanco, according to this recorded in his report. He was suspended mainly for six dates, although the penalty was later reduced to two.

At that time Christian was a figure of alliance. Undoubted star of the team. He scored seven goals between January and May 2015. He played, made play and scored. The whole package.

“(A Cueva) we have followed him and I see beyond his expulsion. Nor will I be contemplative with those attitudes, but that all of you (journalists) have condemned it does not mean that I do too, he pointed Gareca defending the call for Cave, who entered the list in replacement of Cristian Benavente.

Despite the bad months, the midfielder was a key piece for the team that achieved third place in Chile, repeating what it did four years ago in Argentina. ‘Aladino’ played six games and scored a goal, in the 2-1 loss to Brazil in the cup debut. It was also his debut in this tournament.


The America’s Cup 2015 was the springboard to relaunch his career abroad. Thanks to his good performance, he left Peruvian football and signed for Toluca. In Mexico he lived the best stage in his career: he played 49 games in the 2015-16 season. He could never match that record.

In 2016 the midfielder played 24 of the 25 games played by Toluca, also scoring three goals. That year the America Centennial Cup and the Trujillo had won his call. This time there was no question on their backs. It was the ’10 ′ of Gareca and the people.

In the United States he was once again the undisputed headline. Only against Haiti did he play 75 minutes. Later, against Ecuador and Brazil by group stage, and against Colombia in the quarterfinals, he played the 90 ′.

But luck did not smile on him. Cave missed the last penalty against the coffee squad, after the 0-0 in regulation time. The Colombians took the victory 4-2 on penalties.

Christian Ramos lifts Christian Cueva, who cries after missing his penalty against Colombia.
Christian Ramos lifts Christian Cueva, who cries after missing his penalty against Colombia.


Between his great 2016 and his irregular 2019 many things happened in the life of Cave. He was loved for qualifying for the World Cup and hated for missing a penalty against Denmark in the World Cup debut. That shot from twelve steps marked him. He himself confessed: “I will be marked for life, but I will have revenge”.

After Russia 2018, Christian He played for Krasnodar in Russia and was doing well. For 2019 he decided to return to South America. Santos from Brazil hired him, but it took him a while to adapt. In fact, between January and June of that year, the Peruvian barely had minutes in 15 of the 25 games played by his team. He could not score goals. Thus came a new America Cup that would have him at the center of criticism.

Christian Cueva He is a highly competitive player and a great professional who has brought many joys to the peruvian team, Ricardo Gareca again defended his call. “I see passes that European players make and in journalism they arouse a lot of admiration and then I see passes that Cueva makes and they go unnoticed. Why do we lose heart? “added.

The technician closed the Cueva topic with the following statement: “It is not valued in the dimension that he has produced in the selection”. Those words took on importance in the America Cup. Again he uncovered and showed that the ’10’ of the ‘Bicolor’ fits him perfectly.

Cave played the six games played by everyone’s team in Brazil. He did not score a goal, but he was important in the team’s operation. A set that led us to a Cup final after 44 years.

Last chance?

After walking out the back door of his last three clubs (Santos, Pachuca and Malatyaspor), Christian Cueva was featured in the Al Fateh. In Saudi Arabia, on the other side of the world, and following in the footsteps of André Carrillo, ‘Aladdin’ found his place. He felt loved from the first moment and the trust paid off handsomely. The midfielder has played 17 of the 17 games his teams have played since he arrived. He scored eight goals and gave nine assists.

With those excellent numbers, Cave came to the selection to face the encounters before Colombia Y Ecuador. In Lima he did not have a good time -no one on the team did-, but in Quito he retaliated: he scored a goal and was a figure.

Unfortunately, despite its great present, Christian He was again in the midst of criticism days after the oldest tournament was played at the national level. A video in which he is seen in a social gathering in the middle of the pandemic, which would be from the last days, went viral. The COops America from Brazil will be for Cave the championship to find himself. To go back to being the ’10’ that people want.

This is how Christian Cueva arrived at the America Cups that he played:

2015 PJ / MIN PJ for the team Goals
(before going to the Cup)
16 / 1186 20 7
America Cup
(Third place)
6 / 454 6 1
2016 PJ / MIN PJ per team Goals
(before going to the Cup)
24 / 1396 25 3
America Cup
(quarter finals)
4 / 345 4 1
2019 PJ / MIN PJ for the team Goals
Santos 15 / 715 25 0
America Cup
6 / 447 6 0
2021 CLUB PJ / MIN PJ from your club GOALS
2021 Al Fateh 17/1264 17 8



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