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Peru’s player union trekked to some of the highest altitudes where football is played to collect votes for the FIFA FIFPro World XI ballot.

The union SAFAP travelled to Cajamarca at 2,600 meters above sea level --- an altitude once deemed too dangerous to play international matches because of a lack of oxygen.

In the Andean city, union officials handed voting forms to players of local team UTC de Cajamarca to select their best team of the year.

The union representatives also went to León de Huánuco which plays at an altitude of 1,800 meters as well as clubs in capital city Lima such as Club Universitario de Deportes (the team’s defender Gustavo Dulanto is pictured above), Sporting Cristal and Deportivo Municipal.

“Some clubs voted straight after training, while they were still in their sweat-soaked training kit,” said Renzo Sanguineti, who was responsible for organizing voting in Peru. Players of FBC Melgar in the city of Arequipa voted in the evening while they were eating dinner, Sanguineti added.

Along with the 807 votes from Peru, team selections from players around the world are being sent to international players union FIFPro in Amsterdam and the most-voted 55 names will be announced on November 26. The World XI will be unveiled on January 11 at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich.

 

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