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Peru is the winner of the sixth FIFPro America Tournament for out-of-contract professional footballers. The event was organised by FIFPro Division America and the players’ association of Costa Rica, Asojupro.

In sunny Playa Tombar, six teams representing five players’ associations in South and Central America competed: Costa Rica 1 and 2 (Asojupro), Brazil (Fenapaf), Colombia (Acolfutpro), Mexico (Comision del Jugador) and Peru (Safap).

More than 100 players tried to show their skills and fitness in an effort to earn a new contract as a professional footballer.

In the final, Peru beat the team of Costa Rica 1. After an intense and hard fought 0-0 draw, the Peruvians earned their victory thanks to a perfect penalty shoot-out (three shots per team). Goalkeeper Johnny Vegas forced the decision by blocking the attempt of Randy Cubero, while his teammates Carlos Barrena, José Shoro and Juan Quiñonez converted their spot kicks: 2-3.

“We arrived here with the goal of becoming champions and we managed to pull it off against strong competition”, Peruvian captain Johnny Vegas said.

Costa Rica’s Randy Cubero was sad: “Being a football player, you always want to win. At this moment it hurts, but it is a part of life. The most important objective of this tournament is signing a contract with a club”.

“We started our training camp on 15 November 2015. We played tough matches against various strong teams from the first and second divisions, who were preparing for the start of the championship. Currently we are all still out of contract, but our performance here will help us find a new club”.

Mexico finished third in the tournament thanks to a 2-0 win against Colombia. Robert Toral and Edmundo López both scored from the left-hand side with clinical finishes. Brazil convincingly secured the fifth spot with a 3-0 drubbing of Costa Rica 2, thanks to a Ditutala brace and a subtle Felipe lob.

 

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