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Rovers World Cup Connections: Peru

8 June 2018

With the World Cup about to begin in Russia, we look at connections between Bristol Rovers Football Club and the 32 participating countries.

In some cases these connections are strong and multiple; in others they are tenuous, at best. Peru are competing in their fourth World Cup Finals, having also qualified in 1930, 1970 and 1978.
As tenuous links go, Peru claim the winning card.

The only connection we can find with Rovers is the tale of Walter Otta.

Born in Argentina in December 1973, Otta played for Walsall against Rovers in a Freight Rover Trophy fixture in December 1998.

After a goalless first half, Jamie Cureton and Jamie Shore put Rovers two goals ahead; however, after conceding a penalty, Rovers allowed Otta to equalise 12 minutes from time and Walsall won the match on penalties.

He spent the 2003 season in Peru at Universidad FC, for whom he scored once in 12 matches.

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