Colombia’s Los Cafeteros

Colombia will be making their sixth appearance at a FIFA World Cup™.  Nicknamed Los Cafeteros, they first appeared in the 1962 edition in Chile.  In 2014 Colombia find themselves seeded in Group C alongside Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.

The Colombian side started very well in the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers by convincingly collecting four points in their first two games before losing 2-1 to Argentina and, shockingly enough, manager Leonel Alvarez was sent packing.  It was time for a new system and Jose Pekerman took over the Colombian national team.  The former Argentina national coach went on to collect 12 points out of the next 15 and the Colombians were on their way to finishing second in South American qualifying behind the Argentines.

Colombia has made five previous World Cup appearances with the 1990 edition in Italy proving to be their best performance to date when they reached the Second Round before being eliminated by Cameroon.  However 1998 was the last time Los Cafeteros featured and Brazil 2014 marks the end of a painful 16-year wait.

This time around the inexhaustible Radamel Falcao will lead the Colombian attack provided he recovers from a devastating knee injury.  Falcao first moved to Europe in 2009, leaving Argentine club, River Plate, and won two leagues, two cups, three Super Cups and the Uefa Europa League with FC Porto.  The striker went on to win the same Europa League title with Atletico Madrid as well as a Spanish Super Cup.  Colombian supporters remain positive that Falcao will take his place in Brazil after all, the man himself has refused to give up on his World Cup dream.  The mouth-watering creativity of attacking midfielder James Rodriguez and the goal scoring instinct of the deadly Falcao will keep the opponent’s defence on their toes and there is a genuine sense that Los Cafeteros can go further than ever before in 2014.