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Football at the Highest Level

Peru have always played football at the highest level. In fact some teams play in excess of 11,000 feet above sea level!

The effects of being at high altitude are considerable. The air is thin and breathing becomes laboured. So how do visiting teams counter the perceived disadvantage of playing at such a high altitude?

Simon Parker has been to the country to see football in the clouds

Photo: The crowd watch Cienciano Cusco vs Universitario de Deporte in Peru's top flight CREDIT: Simon Parker/BBC)

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5 minutes