2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July


178.0 cm
Date of Birth 24 October 1994
International Caps
International Goals

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca found out just how reliable Miguel Araujo is when he was forced to field the youngster in a 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Ecuador. With the regular first-choice centre-back unavailable and his replacement sustaining an injury just before kick-off, Araujo - who had only previously played in one international friendly - stepped in and excelled.

He only featured in four qualifiers on the road to Russia 2018, but two of those were high-pressure matches against Uruguay and away to Argentina. It was in that latter assignment in particular that the self-confessed Carles Puyol fan demonstrated his strength, character and maturity, playing with poise where he had previously been hot-tempered.

Araujo made his top-flight debut for Cobresol at the age of 17 and three years later, in 2014, was given his first experience on the senior international stage against Paraguay. Following a brief spell in Serbia he returned to Peru with Alianza Lima, where he has also played at right-back.