Julio Cesar Uribe
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Julio Cesar Uribe Flores is Peru's former men's national soccer team coach and former player.
On June 3, 2007, under Julio Cesar Uribe's management, Peru had a friendly soccer match against Ecuador in Madrid, Spain. Peru defeated Ecuador 2-1 [after a bad call annulled a goal from Ecuador], still giving Peru a victory over Ecuador after 8 years. A second friendly on June 7 was played in Barcelona, and Ecuador defeated the Peruvian team 2-0 (Both goals scored near the end of the game). Even though most agreed Peru played the better game, the saying that soccer matches are won by goals rather than "pretty play" was proven once more.
Uribe's next task at hand was the Copa America 2007. He was criticized for calling up a younger and somewhat more experimental squad. Nolberto Solano, a key midfielder, held his state of retirement. Peru started off on the right foot, beating Uruguay 3-0 in their opening match. However, they were not able to define in goal scoring opportunities or overcome controversial refereeing decisions in their 2-0 loss to hosts Venezuela. The surprisingly young and nimble Bolivian team also seemed on the way to beating Peru, however 2 Claudio Pizarro headers salvaged a tie for Peru. With the tie, Peru advanced into the quarter finals, but not without a scare. In the quarter finals against Argentina, they were overcome by 4 second half goals after being tied 0-0 at Halftime. Uribe was criticized for unstable formations and inadequate planning, as well as giving Argentina too much space and respect. Uribe was heavily criticized for his game planning, however Peru showed true promise against Uruguay and progress was seen under Uribe, the Copa marked what could be the beginning of a new era in Peruvian soccer, as they enter the South Africa 2010 qualifiers with high expectations.
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