Despite a rough qualifying campaign, Columbia made it for world cup 2018 after a draw against Peru in their last qualification match. Columbia’s inconsistency was further made worse by 2 consecutive defeats by both Uruguay and Argentina.
However, the best matches for the team in their qualifying campaign were against Bolivia and Ecuador. As a matter of fact, if it were not for the victories scooped in these two games, Colombia would not have made it for Russia.
After narrowly escaping missing the 2018 world cup, the team has matured by gaining composure and becoming more focused. Their performance has evolved from worst to perfect. This is subsequent to a flawless display of skills and power after mercilessly silencing France with a 3-2 victory in March this year.
Moreover, the team also headed for a draw against Australia and Egypt who also happens to be fellow world cup contenders. According to the head coach Jose Pekerman, the team is ready for the showdown in Russia.
Colombia starts their world cup fixtures against a perceived weaker Japan side. This will be followed by a potentially crucial match against Poland. This match may determine who will progress to the next round from Group H. Nonetheless, we should not forget that Senegal will also have a say as for who will get to the round of 16 from this group.
Monaco’s top-rated Radamel Falcao will be in the team as a striker who may be in Russia to display his prowess and talent in football.
Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez is the face of the team. He is a key player for the Los Cafeteros. Additionally, he is The Adidas Golden Boot winner at Brazil 2014 and has won 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles with Real Madrid.
Key Colombian defenders include Milan’s Cristian Zapata, Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina.
The History of Colombia at the World Cup
Colombia has made 5 appearances in the world cup. This being their 6th time at the global finals, the team will be in high spirits to get to a further stage than they did in 2014.
In 2014, Colombia had their best world cup moment after sailing through a hard group to get to the quarterfinals. Sadly, they were defeated by the hosting and fierce Brazil.
Colombia is a strong team that can make wonders in any matchup if at all they remained focused. During the 2014 world cup, they brought their full potential and made history. They can be able to do it this time round amidst the hard fixtures in the group stages.