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2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Colombia

2014 World Cup Nation Profile Colombia

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The 2014 World Cup is approaching fast as we are less than 40 days until the first kickoff. We will be previewing each participating country over the next two weeks in order to give you a little background on how that nation qualified for the World Cup as well as some key players to keep an eye on as the tournament progresses. We continue our coverage with Colombia.

2014 World Cup Nation Profile

Confederation: CONMEBOL
Manager: Jose Peckerman
2014 FIFA World Cup Group: C
FIFA World Rank: 4 (as of April 2014)
Qualifying Record (W-D-L): 9-3-4
All-Time FIFA World Cup Record (W-D-L): 3-2-8

Impact Players

1. Radamel Falcao — AS Monaco (French Ligue 1) — If Radamel Falcao is in the starting XI when Colombia takes on Greece on June 14, it will be one of the greatest acts of healing in the history of modern medicine. Falcao tore his ACL in late January, yet here he is with an opportunity to lead his nation in the World Cup.

His presence will answer the attack questions that are currently surrounding Jose Peckerman’s squad. Falcao scored nine goals during World Cup qualifying for Colombia. Their advancement chances will take a big hit if he is not fit.

2. Mario Yepes — Atalanta (Italian Serie A) — Yepes announced in December of 2013 that he would retire after the 2014 World Cup. He will be relied upon to lead the defense one more time with a chance to advance further than any Colombia team before.

3. Teofilo Gutierrez — River Plate (Argentina) — Gutierrez often teamed up with Falcao at the top of Peckerman’s 4-4-2 during World Cup Qualifying but his role will likely increase if for some reason Falcao is not able to participate in the tournament. He added six goals during World Cup qualifying.

Group Stage Schedule

June 14: vs. GreeceEstádio Mineirão (Belo Horizonte), 12:00 p.m. EDT
June 19: vs. Ivory Coast, Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha (Brasilia), 12:00 p.m. EDT
June 24: vs. JapanArena Pantanal (Cuiaba), 4:00 p.m. EDT

Prediction

This group is probably the toughest to get a good read of who will advance; you really can make a case for all four nations making the knockout round. I do believe though that Colombia will advance in the top spot setting up a huge clash with either England, Italy or Uruguay from Group D.

Check back in with Stoppage Time Soccer for all of your 2014 World Cup news and notes from training camps all the way through the Final.

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

2 Responses to 2014 World Cup Nation Profile: Colombia

  1. Chris Blakely

    Do you think Fredy Montero will get called up? It’s been awhile since he scored in Portugal. Ever since he got his contract.

  2. I don’t think Montero get called up. I’d love to see it though.

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