Peru’s Earth Shaking World Cup Qualification
On Wednesday, Peru took the final qualifying spot for the 2018 World Cup after beating New Zealand 2-0 in their hometown of Lima, Peru. It has been 36 years since the Peruvian National Football Team has qualified for the World Cup, the last time being in 1982.
Peru will join 31 other teams including the host of the World Cup, Russia. The intensity of the fans’ celebration caused detectable seismic activity and set off earthquake alerts not only in Lima but in the bordering country of Chile. It has been confirmed that there was no natural earthquake that night but rather, the sheer joy of supporters caused the earth to tremble.
Sismo Detector (Earthquake Detector), an app designed to warn people of possible natural disasters, released an alert notifying users that the earthquake detection occurred “at the exact moment” of Farfan's goal. The apps official Twitter account later tweeted that “apparently the emotion of the Peruvians made the application activate” with the “ground vibration generated by the fans.”
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted his congratulations to the team, writing: “Thank you warriors for giving us this joy.” The following day, he also declared a national holiday in celebration of the country’s historic win.
Throughout Lima, flares, flames and trumpets were the “main sight” with the “celebrations unlikely to stop anytime soon.” Overcome with emotion for their country Peruvians took to the streets and in between cheerful shouts and warm congratulations, they began to taunt their soccer rival Chile, who did not qualify this year.
Ricardo Gareca, the team’s manager, stated: “I send a greeting to the whole country, I know everyone celebrates,” he said. “We felt a great emotion with the full support of the Peruvian people. The whole country should now be proud.”
In what experts are calling a rebirth of South American footballing, through Peru’s “resurgence in recent years and in qualifying for next year’s World Cup” they have conquered their biggest opponents, and even themselves.