Winning is not everything in Peru

“Just as a flower can grow on a dung heap, so one of football’s most heartwarming stories of the year began with a depressing staple of the South American game – the mass brawl. It came in the first leg of the final of the Peruvian Championship. The away side, San Martin, are something of a curiosity. They were set up by a university in Lima less than seven years ago and have very few fans. Last year, when I saw them in a Lima derby against Sporting Cristal, they had brought a grand total of 33 supporters across town – plus a dancing mascot dressed up as a tooth.” BBC – Tim Vickery

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