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Peru to bring top guns to football friendly against S. Korea
SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro and Schalke 04 winger Jefferson Farfan will headline the 20-man roster for Peru in an upcoming football friendly match against South Korea, officials said Friday.

   The Korea Football Association (KFA) released Peru's lineup to the local press on Friday. South Korea will host the South Americans at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Suwon World Cup Stadium, about 45 kilometers south of Seoul.

   Peru, ranked 22nd in the latest FIFA table, will bring most of its top guns, the KFA noted. Pizarro is the most experienced member on the team with 18 goals in 69 international matches.

   The 34-year-old veteran has starred for Bayern Munich in Bundesliga, the top-division German league, in two different stints -- first from 2001 to 2007 -- before rejoining the club in 2012. Last year, he scored 13 goals in 28 matches for the team, including four goals in six games in UEFA Champions League, helping Bayern Munich life both Bundesliga and Champions League trophies.

   Farfan has 61 caps under his belt for Peru and has scored 16 times. He was a teammate of the South Korean midfielder Park Ji-sung on the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven during the 2004-2005 season. Farfan has played for Schalke 04, a Bundesliga side, since 2008.

   Another scoring threat for Peru will be Paolo Guerrero, with 19 goals in 46 international contests. A former member of Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV in Germany, Guerrero has been playing for Corinthians in Brazil since 2012.

   Overall, 14 out of 20 Peru players are based in overseas leagues. In comparison, South Korea didn't call up anyone from European leagues, with 13 players based in the domestic K League Classic and seven from Japan's J. League.

   South Korean head coach Hong Myung-bo retained all but one defender from the East Asian Cup held in July. South Korea only managed two draws and a loss in that tournament, but defenders gave up only two goals in three games and generally drew positive reviews for their strong play on both ends of the field.

   Hong said he brought back the same players for the sake of continuity and said he saw no reason to make any major change because his defenders played well at the East Asian Cup.

   From the regional event, Kim Young-gwon of Guangzhou Evergrande in China is the only defensive back missing. Hong said he left out Kim this time because Kim's Chinese club plays only two days before the Peru match.

   At the East Asian Cup, Hong Jeong-ho of Jeju United in South Korea started two of the three games alongside Kim as the center back. Fullbacks Kim Chang-soo of Kashiwa Reysol and Kim Jin-soo of Albirex Niigata, both in Japan, also played twice at the regional event.

   jeeho@yna.co.kr
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