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Everything that had to happen in 1092 days to have the Nacional full again

No one could imagine that, in March 2020, Peruvian football would change completely due to the arrival of the COVID-19. Not only was League 1 suspended for a few months, people were also prohibited from entering the stadiums. Only this year, the fans were able to accompany their teams and in the University vs. Barcelona SC for Copa Libertadores it was played again with full capacity after a long wait.

El Nacional witnessed this event that the Peruvian fanatic missed so much. It was two years where the fans were left with the desire to encourage their teams. They spent a full season watching both the local tournament and the Libertadores from television.

That was the only way to follow the matches. One of the health measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus was that all matches had to be played behind closed doors. There was no other option.

Perhaps many do not remember it, but the last meeting with the public in League 1, before. That time, the relatives of the footballers went to see that meeting at the Alberto Gallardo.

.And in the Nacional tickets were not sold out since the duel between the Blue and Whites against River Plate for the 2019 Copa Libertadores.

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-THE LAST TIME-

University of Sports was the first great beneficiary of this new measure. The creams played their game of Copa Libertadores 2022 against Barcelona SC with all the capacity available. In fact, they managed to sell all the tickets.

Alianza Lima tied 1-1 with Sporting Cristal and qualified for the League 1 final (Photo: Andina/Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini)

. The first sports venue in Peru had a good number of spectators.

It is true that they also returned to attend the meeting for Copa Libertadores against Internacional de Porto Alegre that arrived with Paolo Guerrero.

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-KEY MOMENTS-

Since that match between Alliance Lima and River PlateMany things happened in Peru. The country was experiencing its worst political crisis. Martín Vizcarra was close to completing a year as president after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on March 21, 2018.

Things did not improve in Peru.

In a message to the nation, President Martín Vizcarra announced his decision to constitutionally dissolve Congress on September 30, 2019. (Photo: Presidency)

With the arrival of COVID-19 In March 2020, Martín Vizcarra declared a State of National Emergency. With this, the Peruvian tournament was paused. The president himself accepted the return of League 1 in August of that year. However, the revival was not as expected.

In the first Peruvian soccer game, after almost five months of paralysis due to the pandemic, the U, which was celebrating its 96th anniversary, faced Cantolao.  Shortly after the game, a hundred people with cream shirts were present outside the sports venue.  It was the restart of League 1, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic no meeting was allowed.  The cream fans, including many without masks, came to the streets surrounding the José Díaz stadium with banners, loudspeakers and chants, they did not respect any social distance.  They even used fireworks and even burned bombards.  In social networks, users denounced these irresponsible acts.  Some police officers tried to contain and disperse them, but it was impossible.  (SD)

In the match between Universitario vs. Cantalao, fans of the cream team broke with the health protocol by going to the outskirts of the National Stadium to support the players. League 1 was suspended again and here Ricardo Gareca came into action.

The technical command headed by Ricardo Gareca had a meeting with members of the FPF.  (Photo: FPF)

took office Manuel Merinothen he resigned and in the end he stayed Francis Sagasti. While all this was happening,

Gianluca Lapadula received a Peruvian ID and passport upon arrival.  (Photos: El Comercio)
Gianluca Lapadula arrived in Lima to join the Peruvian National Team.  (Photos: El Comercio)

By 2021, the pandemic was still hitting all of Peru hard. The population began to be vaccinated, League 1 was played again in Lima, Jefferson Farfan announced his return to Alianza Lima and the election season began.

With the arrival of peter castle to the presidency of Peru, began to change some things in sports. The team asked to play with the public and that request was fulfilled. This thanks to the fact that it began to advance faster the vaccination process.

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-FIRST STEP-

. Nearly 10,000 attendees hosted the meeting between Peru vs. Uruguay for the Qualifiers to Qatar 2022. All complying with a strict biosecurity protocol, such as keeping the double mask during the meeting and having both doses of vaccines against covid-19.

With that same amount of people, the Peruvian team played against Venezuela, Chile and Bolivia. .

Peru vs Uruguay face off at the National Stadium for the day of the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. The fans started calmly!  They respected everything as in a military school.

Everything went well. The fans returned to the stadium in the best way. El Nacional was the first to open its doors.

Alianza Lima and Universitario de Deportes made their presentations with that capacity. This was the first step for the stadiums in Peru to look full again.

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-INCREASE CAPACITY-

The Peruvian team played an important game against Colombia and Ecuador. La Blanquirroja achieved a great 1-0 victory over Colombia. Then, the players and fans began to ask the Government that they wanted to play to a full stadium.

The request was not fulfilled; However, the party returned to the stands, that night the colossus of José Díaz vibrated again as in his old days.

(Photos: Jesus Saucedo / @photo.gec)

In February, the Government again updated the number of fans who could enter the stadiums. That time, according to Supreme Decree 015-2022-PCM, sports venues had a capacity of 80%.

Universitario hopes to have 100% capacity for the Copa Libertadores match.  (Photo: Facebook)

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