In an ever competitive South American contingent of world football, Colombia has slowly but surely built an impressive team. A solid mix of veteran skill with young talent, Colombia are lead by all star first team names across Europe and are poised to make a deep run in Russia. Their group doesn’t have any of the bookies favourites for tournament domination, but is very competitive, featuring four teams with something to prove for themselves and for the rest of the world.
Players to watch for from Colombia
James Rodriguez – The first name on the team sheet and the man responsible for a lot of what has been going good for Colombia, James Rodriguez is a dominant player. At Bayern Munich on a loan from Real Madrid, J-Rod scored 7 goals and 11 assists in his 23 Bundesliga games this season, meaning he was involved in a goal almost every game. He is the sparkplug for this team and will be the same for Colombia. He scored two worldies at just 22 years old in the last World Cup and is poised to be even better this time around.
Juan Cuadrado – If you’re looking for speed look no further. The Juventus right sided midfielder has blinding speed and cuts in from the wide parts of the pitch to get in on the offensive action. Should he be played on the right wing, Jose Izquierdo could be he left sided partner and boy oh boy is that a side with insane speed. Cuadrado managed 4 goals and 8 assists this season in Calcio A in just 21 games. With him in the mix Colombia can widen out the opposition, forcing them to try and contain his speed.
Falcao – One of the veterans on this Colombian team, Falcao has ignored his age and keeps producing at an elite level. The AS Monaco front man in France’s top tier football is a goal scoring machine – 18 in 26 league games this year. He added 6 more goals in tournament play. He may be battling with fellow 30+ striker Carlos Bacca who light up La Liga this season with Villareal netted 15 goals and is a good shout to give Flacao some competition up top!
In a group too close to pick right now, Colombia are legit contenders to get into the knockout games in Russia. Their team is really balanced and is littered with really solid players (at a minimum) and punctuated with world class talents. If nothing else, Colombia promises to be an entertaining team to watch, hopefully with some more world class goals to score, too!