With heaps of talent Columbia entered the once in a four-year tournament right on time to place their hands on the trophy this year. Bundles of hope with the audacity to beat the champions, once again Columbia is there to entertain the fans of the pure football talent. The tournament will kick off on June 14 but Columbia will enter the field on June 19 against Japan. This match will be an eye-opener for the haters for sure. So let cheer the South American mammoth of football with their key points.
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
Columbia appeared in five world cup excluding this year. The South American nation gave their best performance in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, in that particular tournament, they thrashed the opponents and entered the quarter-final stage.
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Iván Arboleda (Banfield), José Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas)
Defenders: Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Cristián Zapata (AC Milan), Santiago Arias (PSV), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Óscar Murillo (Pachuca), Johan Mojica (Girona)
Midfielders: Carlos Sánchez (Espanyol), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), James Rodríguez (Bayern Múnich), Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), Mateus Uribe (América), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado(Juventus), Wílmar Barrios (Boca Juniors)
Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Villareal), Luís Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), José Izquierdo (Brighton Hove & Albion)
Manager: Jose Pekerman
Jose Pekerman is an Argentinian who managed the Charcartica Juniors, Argentinos Juniors, Colo-Colo, Argentina U-20, Argentina, Toluca, Tigres UANL before he had throned with Columbian responsibility. In his career as a player he played for Argentinos Juniors, Independiente Medellin but didn’t get the chance to represent the nation.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
Goalkeeper: David Ospina
Defenders: Frank Fabra, Davison Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Santiago Arias
Center Back: Carloz Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma
Midfielders: Mateus Uribe, James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo
Forward: Rademel Falcao
KEY PLAYER: James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez is the most valuable player of the 2014 tournament where he scored 6 Goal just one more than German forward Thomas Muller. This year, he is branded by the fans as the most rated player.
Columbia clinched the Fair Play award of 2014 FIFA world cup for their best disciplinary records in the tournament. For this award only the team that appeared in the knockout stage will be able to get it on their name.
GROUP H-TV SCHEDULE
Tuesday, June 19
Colombia vs. Japan, 5:30 P.M. (Sony Six)
Poland vs. Senegal, 8:30 PM (Sony Six)
Sunday, June 24
Japan vs. Senegal, 8:30 P.M (Sony Six)
Poland vs. Colombia, 11:30 P.M (Sony Six)
Thursday, June 28
Japan vs. Poland, 7:30 P.M (Sony Six)
Colombia vs. Senegal, 7:30 P.M (Sony Six)
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP: