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2014 World Cup: Colombia Announce 30-Man Provisional Roster

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courtesy of mlssoccer.com

Colombia Men’s National Team announced their 30-man provisional roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil  on Tuesday, May 13th. Coach Jose Pekerman delivered a name people may have not expected to see, Radamel Falcao.

It looked as if the Monaco striker would miss the tournament after having knee surgery in the wake of a serious injury suffered against Chasselay Monts d’Or Azergues in January. The former Atletico Madrid player injured his ACL. An ACL injury can take between six and nine months to full recover. Before his injury, Falcao had scored nine goals in seventeen appearances. During qualifying he also scored nine goals and is the marquee name on the roster.

I know of one player who was not listed and may be a little disappointed, Fredy Montero. I know making the national team roster was one of the reasona Montero wanted to play overseas, but, unfortunately, it appears it did not work out as such.

Colombia was drawn into Group C with Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan. Colombia’s first match will be against Greece on June 14th and will take place at Belo Horizonte. They will then face the Ivory Coast on  June 19th in Brasilia. The finish up group C against Japan on June 24th in Cuiaba.

Here is the squad they will be taking to Brazil:

Goalkeepers: 

David Ospina, Nice

Faryd Mondragon, Deportivo Cali

Camilo Vargas, Santa Fe

Defenders: 

Mario Yepes, Atalanta

Aquivaldo Mosquera, Club America

Cristian Zapata, AC Milan

Carlos Valdes, San Lorenzo

Amaranto Perea, Cruz Azul

Eder Alvarez Balanta, River Plate

Santiago Arias, PSV Eindhoven

Camilo Zuniga, Napoli

Pablo Armero, Napoli

Midfielders: 

Carlos Sanchez, Elche

Fredy Guarin, Inter Milan

Abel Aguilar, Toulouse

Aldo Leao Ramirez, Morelia

Juan Fernando Quintero, Porto

Victor Ibarbo, Cagliari

James Rodriguez, Monaco

Macnelly Torres, Al Shabab

Juan Guilermo Cuadrado, Fiorentina

Edwin Valencia, Fluminense

Alexander Mejia, Nacional

Elkin Soto, Mainz

Forwards: 

Radamel Falcao, Monaco

Carlos Bacca, Sevilla

Adrian Ramos, Hertha Berlin

Luis Fernando Muriel, Udinese

Teofilo Gutierrez, River Plate

Jackson Martinez, Porto

Related Links:

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US Men’s National Team: Preliminary 30-Man 2014 World Cup Roster Announced

2014 World Cup: Few Surprises in Mexico Squad

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely or add him to your network on Google.

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