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Team Colombia: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Colombia: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Colombia closed their CONMEBOL qualifications campaign in a solid finish, ranking second behind eventual winners, Argentina. But despite being one of South America’s strongest contenders, Tricolor have yet to shine really bright in the world stage. With the exception of Italy 1990, when the golden generation that included Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderrama trounced Cameroon in the Round of 16, Colombia have never made it past the group stage at the FIFA World Cup.

 

Colombia’s current ensemble could be their most talented in generations, perhaps ever. They host the likes of Radamel Falcao, known around the world for his finishing prowess and goal scoring record; James Rodriguez, reputed for his clinical skills in the midfield; and Jackson Martinez, the player described by columnist Tim Vickery as “an out-and-out goal scorer, a front-to-goal center-forward who can finish off both feet.” With these football giants, the pack could beat any team in the world, particularly in attack, and exceed their finish in 1990.

 

Colombia have become increasingly well-organized in the past few years, with some veteran defenders giving them impressive balance between youth and experience. They may not have the aristocratic aptitude of the bigger sides, but they vaunt world-class players to make them the clear World Cup betting favorites to top their group―a slate also comprised by Greece, Japan, and Ivory Coast.

 

Jose Pekerman is the team’s current coach. He lost his job as Argentina manager on the grounds that he was being too defensive―which was true and he continues to be. No side in the South American qualifying group conceded fewer than Colombia’s 13.

 

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