We conclude our “Team Talks” for Group H of the FIFA World Cup 2018, with high-flying Colombia.
Coach: Jose Pekerman
Captain: Radamel Falcao
Nickname(s): Los Cafeteros
Last Qualified in 2014
Result in 2014: Last 8 (5th overall)
Qualified as: CONMEBOL Round Robin 4th Place
Previous World Cup Appearances: (5 Times) 1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014.
Best World Cup Finals Result: Quarter Finals in 2014.
David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Fernando Quintero, Mateus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel.
1) David Ospina:
The Arsenal keeper will once again be keeping the goal for the South Americans. The most capped Colombian goalkeeper in history will look to recreate his good club form in Russia.
2) Cristian Zapata:
The AC Milan defender is the most experienced Colombian defender in the current squad. The 31-year old will be in charge of providing leadership to the Colombian back-line.
3) Carlos Sanchez:
The 32-year old is one of the most experienced players in the current squad. The Fiorentina midfielder will be Colombia’s key in the defensive third.
4) Juan Cuadrado:
The Juventus winger was the player with the most assists in the 2014 World Cup. Once again Jose Pekerman will be looking towards him to provide final passes for the forwards to score.
5) James Rodriguez:
The 26-year old was the Golden Boot winner in 2014. The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder have matured a lot more in the last 4 years and will hope to be more lethal for Los Cafeteros this time around.
6) Radamel Falcao:
The Colombian captain missed out on the 2014 World Cup after an unfortunate injury forced him to be sidelined for months. The highest ever Colombian scorer is back this year and will surely look to make amends for last time’s absence.