Team Sheet: Colombia

Written by Faris Albarghouthi

These notes were gathered in preparation for our panel discussion of the favorites and dark horses for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

  • Coach: Jose Pekerman (has 3 WC U-20 titles with Argentina)
    • Known for his controversial lineup decisions → will change successful lineups between games, so could be on a winning streak then lose after changing magical formula
  • 5 WC appearances
    • Best achievement was 2014 WC Quarter Finals
    • Unfortunate because they faced Germany and Brazil in ‘06, ‘14 Quarter Finals
  • Top goalscorer of all time: Falcao (Captain)
    • Plays for AS Monaco
    • Nominated for 2017 ballon d’or
  • Star: Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez
    • Won gold boot at 2014 WC for most goals
    • Also has best goal of the tournament
    • Won 2 Club WC titles with Real Madrid
  • Juventus wing Cuadrado
    • Very direct style of play
    • Great pace, dribbling
    • 69 apps for Colombia
    • Most assists in 2014 WC
  • Last game was a friendly vs France → France was up 2-0 by the first half, Colombia secured a 3-2 comeback win by the 85th minute

References:

Gill, S. (2018, February 27). 5 European-based Colombia players to keep an eye on ahead of World Cup 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018, from https://colombiareports.com/5-european-based-colombia-players-keep-eye-ahead-world-cup-2018/

World Cup 2018 preparation: Colombia takes over Paris, Mexico builds momentum – CBSSports.com. (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2018, from https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/world-cup-2018-preparation-colombia-takes-over-paris-mexico-builds-momentum/