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In June 2022, sports journalism student and ‘YouTuber’ Christian Hinostroza (@kriszaski) received an alert from one of his followers about a soccer player with Peruvian roots who stood out in Denmark but was unknown to anyone here. . It was called Oliver Sohn Christensen and his bio were like most men born in the Nordic countries: blond, tall and sturdy like a Viking.

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So Christian did what any curious person would do: track Oliver down on Google. That’s how he found out that he was 21 years old, playing as a right back for Silkeborg IF in the Danish Superliga. Additionally, he has done some modeling work and is the nephew of nineties supermodel Helena Christensen. But the most remarkable thing is her story that connects her to Peru: Elsa, her maternal grandmother, was born in this wonderful land, but when she was 18 years old, she emigrated to Northern Europe by boat.

A few weeks ago, Oliver celebrated with a Peruvian flag after his team won the Danish league.

Before announcing his discovery, Christian decided to go further. He contacted Helena and confirmed all the information he found on the Internet. “I don’t know if my son-in-law will be able to play for the country because he is the grandson of a Peruvian woman.”, account. He also managed to speak briefly with Oliver, who did not hide his surprise when he learned that it was possible to wear the Peruvian national team shirt after the nationalization process. “He told me he was very excited about the possibility.”Collaboration.

As soon as the news went viral on Twitter, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) became aware of Son’s presence. However, the process for him to be a part of the selection started earlier this year.

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Oliver was born and raised in the quiet suburb of Karlslund, southwest of central Copenhagen. His mother, Anita Christensen, encouraged him to play football from an early age: he played in the minor divisions at Ejby IF Fodbold. He had the option of settling at Olympique de Marseille, but decided to start his career as a footballer in Denmark. At the same time, with the encouragement of her aunt Helena, her face was the protagonist of Europe’s most important fashion magazines such as “Vogue” and “Vanity Fair”.

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In 2021, Oliver signed a contract with his current club: Silkborg IF. The Danish sports press describes him as a footballer and handles both profiles: he controls, drives, passes and crosses with both feet. Until he was 18, he was a combination midfielder, but later he transformed himself into a right back, a position owned by Luis Advincula in the Peruvian team.

Son has appeared on the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair and has walked for brands such as Calvin Klein.

“I always knew where I was from, but I never thought it was possible for me to go to Peru and play for them. “Everything happened so quickly.”Sonne said in an interview with Discovery+. “I spent my childhood and grew up here in Denmark, so I’m mainly Danish. But I also have to recognize that there are some opportunities in the world of football, which I want to take advantage of.

Peruvian coach Juan Reynoso wanted to go to Denmark last April to sign him. Just look at some of Son’s videos on the internet. “Oliver Sohn is different. Today he gives us the opportunity to expand the universe of players, which is beneficial for us. “We want to see how he collaborates and how he communicates, we definitely need to speed up the English classes.” Reynoso joked at a press conference. “I think his position achieves that and that’s why he’s there; but you still have to see because he’s used to another movement of the game.

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A few days ago, it was discovered that he already had a Peruvian ID and passport, thus qualifying him for Peru. “FIFA, according to its own regulations, determines that a player is eligible not only by his place of birth, but also by the place of birth of one of his parents, the place of birth of one of his grandparents, or the accumulation of five years of physical presence in a country. . . You must meet at least one of those requirements. Because of the Peruvian grandmother. Soné qualified for Peru”Victor Jefferson, journalist and football scout, tells us.

If the documents are in order, Oliver Sohn can officially represent the country at the next qualification date, where we will face Chile and Argentina. “Zone comes at a great moment as a footballer. The national team needs a generational change and his appearance is one of the best news we can get., complements Jefferson. From the stands or in front of the television, the passionate Peruvian fan will give all his support towards the ultimate goal: qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. //

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