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Do you ever look at club history of certain players and think “oh, yeah, he played for them!” there are a lot of those moments in the Primera Division where there were a few very short or ineffective spells at certain clubs, and today we’re here to bring you some of those forgotten moments in a player’s career here in Peru.
Keep in mind, this list only includes players from the last seven years to keep it recent. We also don’t intend any disrespect to these players. We’re just listing moments in their career that we imagine they’ll want to forget about, or probably have already.
10. Diego Mayora – Deportivo Municipal
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While recent, Diego Mayora is a player who has become more forgettable over the years, and even some don’t remember he’s still in the Primera Division. He had a very good spell in Sport Loreto and Union Comercio when he first started in the league, and after he moved to Colon in Argentina, things began going downhill for him. At Municipal, it seemed like Los Ediles had made a coup of a signing, especially given they needed a forward and were in Copa Libertadores. He had an okay start and then did very little as time went on. This was only last season, and definitely the least forgotten spell on this list but definitely not the most remembered.
9. Emanuel Herrera – Melgar
This one is a doozy. Emanuel Herrera was fantastic at El Domino and this is where he had made his name for other Peruvian teams, after coming over from a dry spell at Ecuadorian giants Emelec. Herrera was playing in Copa Libertadores and had a lovely duo with Colombian Omar Fernandez. So why is he on this list? He played for only six months at the club before going to Lobos BUAP in what would be another forgettable spell. The biggest reason he’s on this list, though, is because of his current time at Cristal. It’s fair to say he’s made the league his own, but that seems to have wrote his legacy for Los Cerveceros and made his time in Arequipa only memorable for the locals, given his short time. A controversial pick, but one that could classify as fair.
8. Jose Manzaneda – Juan Aurich
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For this list, we’ve done our best to ignore the career debut’s for most players. Especially for Alexi Gomez and Luis Advincula because it’s harsh to say people have forgotten about where each player started and they weren’t exactly known by then. We are making an exception with Jose Manzaneda at Juan Aurich. The reason why? He played there until 21 and really began hitting the scenes as he reached Cantolao. Ever get frustrated because a Peruvian in Europe with talent isn’t getting any playing time as he’s deemed by said club as “not good enough?” Surely Manzaneda’s family felt the same at Aurich as he only made 12 appearances there. Surely he won’t be the only example to follow as there seems to be other older reserve players that aren’t receiving the minutes they deserve.
7. Andy Pando – Alianza Lima
Andy Pando had come in from a rather forgettable spell in Colombia at La Equidad. He got his move after having a fantastic Copa Sudamericana with Cesar Vallejo in 2014, where he and his team reached the quarterfinals before being knocked out by Atletico Nacional. However, much like most of Alianza’s new signings at this time, Pando failed to make an impact and seems to be most remembered for his stint at Cesar Vallejo.
6. Lampros Kontogiannis – Defensor La Bocana
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So obscure we couldn’t even find a picture of him here. The Mexican is often remembered at either Real Garcilaso or Melgar. The former for being an important part of the first team today and having been for the past two years, and the latter for winning a title in Arequipa in 2015. However, did you know that Kontogiannis played somewhere in between those two spells? He was at Defensor La Bocana, who only played in the top flight for a year. They were promoted via the Copa Peru and got relegated the next year. Two years later, they are back in the Copa Peru. Where have we heard this story before?
The move was most likely forgotten for his short time at the club as well as the club only lasting so long in the Primera Division. When you mention Kontogiannis, you definitely don’t mention his time in Sechura to highlight his career.
5. Alfredo Ramua – Sporting Cristal
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Alfredo Ramua is often remembered for what he’s done in Cusco and is probably the city’s biggest idol and football hero since Oscar Ibañez or German Carty. Ramua was able to spearhead Real Garcilaso into the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals in 2013 and has nearly helped them win two titles in 2013 and 2017, respectively. He actually played for CNI firstly before joining clubs in Ecuador and then returning to Peru, but perhaps his biggest club in this country was Sporting Cristal.
Cristal were managed by Mariano Soso, who likely brought in Ramua after managing him at Garcilaso in 2015. Los Rimenses were champions in that year, but it was one of the lowest-quality seasons in the past few years and Cristal were arguably poor champions as they seem to have slogged out most of their results. Ramua was a bit hit-or-miss at the club. He wasn’t horrible but he was forgettable. In making this list, we nearly didn’t include him because we forgot that he was at the club at all.
4. William Chiroque – Sporting Cristal
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Similar to Ramua, William Chiroque wasn’t horrible at Cristal. I’ll even go further as to say he was pretty good. However, it’s easy to forget Chiroque ever played there. He had two spells at the club, but we’re focusing on his stint from 2013. Not finishing champions with the team that year didn’t help Chiroque’s case, but he stayed for a short time in Rimac before heading back out to the provinces.
3. Robinson Aponza – Sport Rosario
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This one is tough to write about especially because it was only this year. Why is it so forgettable if Robinson Aponza joined this current season? The answer is simple. Aponza played as many as two games all season. He’s played a total of 99 minutes for Los Huaracinos and still managed to score a goal – a consolation against Sporting Cristal in the second matchday. He’s no longer at the club after the financial troubles at the club, following Christofer Gonzales, Tulio Etchemaite and Christian Adrianzen out the door.
2. Raul Ruidiaz – Melgar
Raul Ruidiaz is arguably one of the most loved players in the country, this is due to his tremendous success outside of Peru. He’s done well for Universidad de Chile and Monarcas Morelia and has enjoyed a strong start in Seattle. The only time Ruidiaz experienced a rough patch was at Coritiba.
Or was it?
In Peru, he’s mainly associated with Universitario, but there was a time Melgar actually snapped him up in 2015, where Ruidiaz played for half a year in Arequipa for big money (around 35,000 soles per month). Besides his career debut, it took him the longest to score his first goal with Melgar, and the fans didn’t exactly like him. Even now, they often criticize Ruidiaz for performing well at other clubs and not at Melgar.
2. Alberto Rodriguez – Melgar
Yes, that’s right. Alberto Rodriguez played for Melgar. Not even at the start of his career, near the end.
This shouldn’t come as such a shock as Melgar are a strong team and have a rich owner, but Rodriguez joined in Oct. 2016 and left just two months later, making this one of the shortest spells in recent Peruvian football history. Defenders are often more forgotten than attackers, even if you could argue they should get more credit. This move came about due to Melgar’s need for an extra defender towards the end of the season, and they went for the marquee signing.
In the end, it wasn’t a poor decision but it was so brief that many don’t recall Rodriguez ever suiting up for Melgar.