Christian Cueva facts for kids
|Full name||Christian Alberto Cueva Bravo|
|Date of birth||23 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Trujillo, Peru|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2005–2006||Racing de Huamachuco|
|2007–2008||Universidad de San Martín|
|2008–2012||Universidad de San Martín||121||(19)|
|2013||Unión Española B||2||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||1||(0)|
|2014||→ Rayo Vallecano B (loan)||8||(5)|
|2019||→ Santos (loan)||5||(0)|
† Appearances (Goals).
Cueva was a member of the Peru national team that finished in third place at the 2015 Copa América and runners-up at the 2019 Copa América, also taking part at the Copa América Centenario, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2021 Copa América.
- Club career
- International career
- Style of play
- Career statistics
- See also
Universidad San Martín
Born in Trujillo, Cueva started his career playing for amateurs Instituto Pedagógico Nacional Monterrico, at the age of 14. In August 2007, he played for a Huamachuco representative side in a friendly against Universidad San Martín, impressing enough to secure a subsequent move to the club's under-20 side.
On 12 April 2008, aged only 16, Cueva made his first team – and Torneo Descentralizado – debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 away loss against Universidad César Vallejo.
Cueva finished his first senior season with two goals in 18 appearances, as his side was crowned champions. He only became a regular starter for the side from the 2010 season onwards, and finished his spell at the club with 20 goals in 121 league appearances.
Universidad César Vallejo
On 3 August 2012, Cueva moved to fellow first division side César Vallejo. In November, however, his contract was rescinded by the club after a series of indiscipline problems.
Rayo Vallecano (loan)
On 1 March 2014, after being rarely used by manager Paco Jémez, Cueva was assigned to the reserves in Tercera División. On his debut for the B-team nine days later, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–2 defeat of Internacional de Madrid.
On 18 August 2014, free agent Cueva returned to his home country after agreeing to an 18-month contract with Alianza Lima. A regular starter during the 2014 Clausura Tournament, he was handed a six-match suspension after being sent off in a 1–0 loss to Real Garcilaso for the 2015 Apertura Tournament; the sentence was later reduced to three matches.
On 2 June 2016, Cueva signed a four-year contract with Brazilian side São Paulo FC.
On 22 February 2017, Cueva extended his contract until 2021. However, he subsequently had multiple indiscipline problems, being fined twice and having a face off with teammate Rodrigo Caio due to the club's poor results.
On 7 February 2019, Cueva returned to Brazil after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with Santos FC, with an obligation to buy on a three-year contract on 31 January 2020, for an estimated fee of € 6 million.
Dispute and transfer issues
In September 2019, Cueva was caught fighting on a nightclub in Santos, being subsequently dropped from the first team squad. Santos president José Carlos Peres later requested the lining up of Cueva in a TV interview, which was later dismissed by the club's director of football Paulo Autuori.
Despite appearing on time for the 2020 pre-season, Cueva left Santos in late January, being later found in Argentina; in the meantime, Santos tried to negotiate the player San Lorenzo unsuccessfully. Cueva later attempted to rescind his contract with the club through FIFA, after alleging unpaid wages; he also reached an agreement with Pachuca.
On 14 February 2020, FIFA authorized Cueva to play for the Mexican club, while also authorizing Santos to charge for a restitution fee for his transfer.
On 15 February 2020, after FIFA's clearance, Pachuca announced the signing of Cueva.
In August 2020, Cueva moved to Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor.
In January 2021, Cueva moved to Saudi Arabian club Al-Fateh. On 4 February 2021, he made his debut for Al-Fateh in a 4–1 away loss against Al-Ittihad.
Cueva represented Peru at under-20 level in the 2011 South American Youth Championship. He made his full international debut on 1 June 2011, starting in a 0–0 draw against Japan, for the year's Kirin Cup.
Cueva was included in Peru's squad for the 2015 Copa América, and scored the team's opening goal of the tournament in a 2–1 loss to Brazil. He was an undisputed starter during the tournament, helping his side finish in the third place and being named one of the best midfielders of the competition.
Cueva was also named in Ricardo Gareca's squad for the Copa América Centenario, and scored the opening goal in an eventual 2–2 draw against Ecuador at University of Phoenix Stadium on 8 June 2016. However, in the quarter-finals against Colombia, the match went to a penalty shoot-out, and Cueva missed his spot kick as his side were eliminated 4–2 as a result of this. He was also a first-choice during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, helping his side qualify to the final stage after a 36-year absence.
On 4 June 2018, Cueva was named in Peru's provisional 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Style of play
With Peru, Cueva usually plays in an offensive midfield role through the centre of the pitch, for his club sides, such as Toluca, he plays more frequently on the flank, mainly on the left wing. A good dribbler, he is known for his change of pace over short distances and his ability to manage himself well in tight spaces. His playing style has drawn comparisons with that of Brazilian playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso, who plays for Sevilla, as Cueva occupies a similar function for São Paulo, in the way that he tends to move more through the pitch, making attacking runs into the rival area, scoring goals, and occasionally also helping out defensively by marking opponents. In his side's 4–0 victory against rivals Corinthians on 5 November 2016, Cueva demonstrated his great talent by netting a goal and providing three assists for his teammates David Neres, Chávez and Luiz Araújo.
|Universidad San Martín||2008||Torneo Descentralizado||18||2||—||—||—||18||2|
|Universidad César Vallejo||2012||Torneo Descentralizado||5||0||—||—||—||5||0|
|Unión Española B||2013||Segunda División Profesional||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Unión Española||2013||Primera División||16||0||1||0||—||—||17||0|
|Rayo Vallecano||2013–14||La Liga||1||0||1||0||—||—||2||0|
|Rayo Vallecano B||2013–14||Tercera División||8||5||—||—||—||8||5|
|Alianza Lima||2014||Torneo Descentralizado||15||3||—||—||—||15||3|
|São Paulo||2016||Série A||24||7||2||0||—||—||26||7|
|Krasnodar||2018–19||Russian Premier League||15||0||2||1||6||0||—||23||1|
|Santos (loan)||2019||Série A||4||0||3||0||—||8||0||15||0|
- Scores and results list Peru's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Cueva goal.
|1||14 June 2015||Estadio Municipal Germán Becker, Temuco, Chile||9||Brazil||1–0||1–2||2015 Copa América|
|2||23 May 2016||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||22||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|3||8 June 2016||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States||24||Ecuador||1–0||2–2||Copa América Centenario|
|4||6 September 2016||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||28||Ecuador||1–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||6 October 2016||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||29||Argentina||2–2||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||10 November 2016||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||31||Paraguay||3–1||4–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||31 August 2017||Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru||37||Bolivia||2–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||29 May 2018||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||44||Scotland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|9||22 March 2019||Red Bull Area, Harrison, United States||53||Paraguay||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|10||5 June 2019||Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru||55||Costa Rica||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|11||8 June 2021||Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado, Quito, Ecuador||72||Ecuador||1–0||2–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||5 September 2021||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||81||Venezuela||1–0||1–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||7 October 2021||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||83||Chile||1–0||2–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14||11 November 2021||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||86||Bolivia||2–0||3–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15||16 November 2021||Estadio Olímpico de la UCV, Caracas, Venezuela||87||Venezuela||2–1||2–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|16||27 September 2022||Audi Field, Washington, D.C., United States||94||El Salvador||4–1||4–1||Friendly|
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