The Colombian national football team

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One of the surprises during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil was the Colombian national team. It won all three group stage matches, and if after a 2-0 victory in the second round by Uruguay on Friday, July 4th, 2014 in the quarterfinals of the knockout stage pitted against the team from host country Brazil, one of the favorites for the world title . At that time, Colombia, with top scorer James Rodríguez and king of the assists Juan Guillermo Cuadadro in the national team, has also become a serious candidate for the new world football. Unfortunately, these quarter finals with 2-1 lost but James Rodrígues, remained top scorer of the 2014 World Cup. For the first time since their last participation in 1998, Colombia did occur in 2014 to once again places for the World Cup. Once in Brazil, the Colombian national team surprised the world by finishing with nine points from three games as group winner of group C. In the knockout stage with the eighth final was 2-0 beating Uruguay, which reached the quarterfinals Columbia on Friday, July 4th at 22:00 Dutch time playing against Brazil.

The Colombian national team

The Colombian national team with players who represent Colombia in international competitions was founded in 1924. The home stadium is the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquila and current coach is Argentine Jose Pekerman. The team consists of the following twenty-three players:
  • David Ospina with number one, playing at OGC Nice in France
  • Camilo Vargas with number 12, playing for Independiente Santa Fe in Colombia
  • Faryd Mondragón with number 22, playing at Deportivo Cali in Colombia
  • Christián Zapata with number two, playing for AC Milan in Italy
  • Mario Yepes with number three, playing with Atalanta Bergamo in Italy
  • Santiago Arias with number four, playing at PSV in the Netherlands
  • Pablo Armero with number seven, playing at West Ham United FC in England
  • Éder Álvaraz Balanta with number 14, playing at CA River Plate in Argentina
  • Juan Camilo Zúñiaga with number 18, playing at SSC Napoli in Italy
  • Carlos Valdés with number 23, playing at San Lorenzo de Almagro in Argentina
  • Carlos Carbonero with number five, playing at CA River Plate in Argentina
  • Carlos Sánchez with number six, playing at Elche CF in Spain
  • Abel Aguilar with number eight, playing at FC Toulouse in France
  • James Rodríguez with number 10, playing at AS Monaco in Monaco / Real Madrid
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado with number 11, playing at ACF Fiorentina in Italy
  • Fredy Guarín with number 13, playing at FC Internazionale Milano in Italy
  • Alexander Mejía with number 15, playing at Atletico Nacional in Colombia
  • Juan Fernando Quintero with number 17, playing at FC Porto in Portugal
  • Teófilo Gutiérrez with number nine, playing at CA River Plate in Argentina
  • Víctor Ibarbo with number 16, playing at Cagliari Calcio in Italy
  • Carlos Bacca with number 19, playing at Sevilla FC in Spain
  • Adrián Ramos with number 20, playing for Borussia Dortmund in Germany
  • Jackson Martínez with number 21, playing at FC Porto in Portugal

The Football Association of Colombia and South America

The Federación Colombiana de Fútbol ?? abbreviation Colfútbol ?? the Colombian Football Federation, founded in 1924 and whose head office is headquartered in Bogotá, Colombia's capital. The president of Colfútbol is Luis Bedoya. Since 1936, the Federación Colombiana de Fútbol affiliated to FIFA.
The Colombian Football Federation is also affiliated with the umbrella football in South America: CONMEBOL. Here are the football associations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela connected.

The Colombian national team at major tournaments

Colombia from 1945 to 2011 eighteen times participated in the Copa América and won it once: in 2001, after which the team in 2003 at the fourth place finisher in the Conferedations Cup. In 2000, 2003 and 2005, Colombia was one of the invited countries outside the CONCACAF and reached the same CONCACAF Gold Cup, respectively the second, quarterfinals and semifinals. Colombia is able to place four times for the Olympic football tournament; was involved in the 1968 Olympics, in 1972, 1980 and 1992 but the Colombian national team stranded again and again in the group stage.

The Colombian national team at the World Cup

Since 1957, Colombia will participate in the qualifying matches for the World Cup. The Colombian national team managed to qualify for the World Cup finals of 1962, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2014.
For the World Cup 2014 in Brazil Colombia managed to enforce the placement by on October 11, 2013 in the penultimate qualifier against Chile a 0-3 behind in the second half to put to a final score of 3 ?? 3. Striker Radamel Falcao did in the closing stages of the race to exploit two penalties after Chile had to play on with ten men after a red card for Carlos Carmona.

James Rodríguez - top scorer at the 2014 World Cup

The Colombian shadow striker James Rodríguez lap Colombia on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro with two stunning goals ?? the latter with an assist from teammate and assist king of the 2014 World Cup Juan Guillermo Cuadrado - the eighth-final against Uruguay in the quarterfinals against Brazil on Friday, July 4th, 2014. These goals have resulted not only in the two ?? 0 victory over Uruguay, it placed James Rodríguez also top the leader board of the World Cup 2014. Brazil lost the quarterfinal he scored the only goal for Colombia. With six matches this 22-year-old player from AS Monaco and No. 10 of Colombia's new top scorer in Brazil. With this, he left Thomas Müller with five goals for Germany and Lionel Messi, Neymar and Robin van Persie with four goals for Argentina, Brazil and the Netherlands behind.
James Rodríguez scored in the first three group stage matches ever one goal and after he scored in the eighth finals, he is the first player since the Italian Christian Vieri in 1998 in his first four World Cup races ?? managed to score. He also gave another two assists in Brazil. Because of this he also ended up on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA, but the Golden Ball was won by Lionel Messi. Meanwhile, he also makes another chance that he he is elected the author of the best goal of the World Cup 2014. Of the 15 goals that nominated FIFA, there are two of James Rodríguez, one of which finally won!

Colombia - most sporting team of the 2014 World Cup

On July 12, 2014 the Colombian national team by FIFA was declared as the most sporting team of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Colombia played through to the quarterfinals - until it was eliminated by Brazil - and got in the five games played also just five yellow cards. The Colombian footballers, FIFA showed a lot of respect for both the opponents and the officials. Despite the violation of Juan Zuñiga on Neymar, the Colombian national team has according to FIFA during the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 carried the voorbeeldigst.

FIFA world rankings

There were whispers here and there that the Colombian national team at the time of the World Cup stood in the forefront, but officially stood in eighth place in the FIFA world rankings. Now the World Cup is over and the list has been updated, Colombia stands as losing quarter-finalist will be good for fourth place ...
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