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COLOMBIA FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Colombia national football team represents Colombia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Colombian Football Federation. It is a member of the CONMEBOL. It is currently ranked 4th in the FIFA World Rankings, and ranked 6th in Elo World Rankings.

Colombia has made noticeable moments throughout in their history. Former midfielder Marcos Coll is the only player in history to score an Olympic goal in a FIFA World Cup, where in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, he scored against the USSR football team. On another note, the match finished in a 4–4 tie after a spectacular coming back of Colombia from 4-0 to draw the match, making it also the biggest comeback in the history of a world cup. It is also noted that the USSR had Lev Yashin, (considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the football history) in the starting lineup. Colombia had its strongest period during the 1990s where they were among the giants in world football. A match during this period in 1993 resulted in a 5–0 win over Argentina which caused a special 'mutual respect' rivalry between both nations. The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley in 1995. At the 2001 Copa America, Óscar Córdoba became the first and only goal keeper in history to keep a perfect clean sheet in a Copa America. Other stars from Colombia's team included Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla. During this era Colombia qualified for the 1990, 1994, and 1998 editions of the World Cup, only reaching the second round in 1990.

Colombia suffered over three World Cup cycles between 2002 to 2010, failing to be as strong as it had been in the 1990s, and they did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup in this period. Following the death of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 World Cup, Colombia's golden generation had faded within the end of the decade and sent Colombia into a decade of disappointment and suffering.

However, in recent times during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Colombia has played with a new talented golden generation since the 2011 Copa America, bringing its current rank within the top 10 for the first time since 2002, nearly 10 years around the end of the previous golden era, and into the top 5 consistently since 2004. After a 16-year long wait, Colombia finally returned after qualifying to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Since the mid-1980s, the Colombian National team has been a stronghold fighting the negative stereotypes towards the country's reputation. This has also made the sport very popular and made the national team a sign of nationalism, pride, and passion for many Colombians world wide. Thus, Colombia is known for having a very passionate fan base in both national and international games world wide.

They were the champions of the 2001 Copa América, which they hosted and set a new record of being undefeated, conceding no goals and winning each match. Prior to that success they were runners-up to Peru in the 1975 Copa América. In total, Colombia has gained a top 4 result in 7 Copa Americas. Colombia was the first team to win FIFA best mover in 1993 where the achievement was first introduced and the second team after Croatia to win it twice with the second being in 2012. The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country.

Colombia played its first official matches at the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games. The Colombia national football team was composed mostly by all the players of the Club Juventud Bogotana (now Millonarios FC). Alfonso Novoa was the manager of Colombia until 23 February.

The first game was played on 10 February 1938 against Mexico. Colombia was defeated 1–3; Luis Argüelles, Luis de la Fuente and Horacio Casarín scored for Mexico, Marcos Mejía scored for Colombia. Colombia was able to obtain the bronze medal, with two wins and three losses. The same year Colombia played at the I Bolivarian Games in Bogotá, where they were 4th with one win and three losses. Fernando Paternoster was the manager of Colombia, being the first foreign manager of the team.

 

COLOMBIA FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club 
Ospina, David 1988-08-31 Goalkeeper   OGC Nice 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mondragón, Faryd 1971-06-21 Goalkeeper   Deportivo Cali 0 1 0 0 0 0
Arias, Santiago 1992-01-13 Right Back   PSV Eindhoven 1 0 0 0 0 0
Perea, Luis Amaranto 1979-01-30 Centre Back   Cruz Azul México 1 0 0 0 0 0
Yepes, Mario 1976-01-13 Centre Back   Atalanta Bergamo 1 0 0 0 0 0
Balanta, Éder 1993-02-28 Centre Back   River Plate Buenos Aires 0 1 0 0 0 0
Armero, Pablo 1986-11-02 Left Midfielder   West Ham United 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cuadrado, Juan Guillermo 1988-05-26 Right Midfielder   AC Fiorentina 1 0 0 0 0 0
Valencia, Edwin 1985-03-29 Defensive Midfielder   Fluminense FC (RJ) 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ramírez, Aldo 1981-04-18 Centre Midfielder   Monarcas Morelia 1 0 0 0 0 0
Torres, Macnelly 1984-11-01 Attacking Midfielder   Al-Shabab ar-Riyāḍ 0 1 0 0 0 0
Aguilar, Abel 1985-01-06 Centre Midfielder   Toulouse FC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Rodríguez, James 1991-07-12 Right Winger   AS Monaco 1 0 1 0 0 0
Bacca, Carlos 1986-09-08 Centre Forward   Sevilla FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ibarbo, Victor 1990-05-19 Secondary striker   Cagliari Calcio 1 0 0 0 0 0
Gutiérrez, Teófilo 1985-05-27 Centre Forward   River Plate Buenos Aires 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ramos, Adrián 1986-01-22 Centre Forward   Hertha BSC Berlin 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLD CUP HISTORY


FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
 1930 Did Not Enter
 1934
 1938 Withdrew
 1950 Did Not Enter
 1954 Banned
 1958 Did Not Qualify 4 0 1 3 3 8
 1962 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 5 11 2 1 1 0 2 1
 1966 Did Not Qualify 4 1 0 3 4 10
 1970 6 1 1 4 7 12
 1974 4 1 3 0 3 2
 1978 4 0 2 2 1 8
 1982 4 0 2 2 4 7
 1986 8 3 2 3 7 11
 1990 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 4 6 3 2 1 6 3
 1994 Group Stage 19th 3 1 0 2 4 5 6 4 2 0 13 2
 1998 Group Stage 21st 3 1 0 2 1 3 16 8 4 4 23 15
  2002 Did Not Qualify 18 7 6 5 20 15
 2006 18 6 6 6 24 16
 2010 18 6 5 7 22 26
 2014 Qualified 16 9 3 4 27 13
 2018 To Be Determined
 2022
Total 5/20 13 3 2 8 14 23 134 50 40 44 166 149

 

COLOMBIA FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

# Player National career Matches Goals
1. Carlos Valderrama 1985–1998 111 11
2. Leonel Álvarez 1985–1997 101 1
3. Mario Yepes 1999– 95 6
4. Freddy Rincón 1990–2001 84 17
5. Luis Carlos Perea 1987–1994 78 2
6. Luis Amaranto Perea 2003– 75 0
7. Iván Córdoba 1997–2011 73 5
= Óscar Córdoba 1993–2006 73 0
9. Arnoldo Iguarán 1979–1993 68 25
= René Higuita 1987–1999 68 3


 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

# Player National career Goals Matches Average
7. Iván Valenciano 1991–2000 13 29 0.448
= Teófilo Gutiérrez 2009– 11 28 0.407
= Radamel Falcao 2007– 20 51 0.400
6. Adolfo Valencia 1992–1998 14 37 0.378
1. Arnoldo Iguarán 1979–1993 25 68 0.368
2. Faustino Asprilla 1993–2001 20 57 0.351
= Willington José Ortiz 1973–1985 13 49 0.265
= Antony de Ávila 1983–1998 13 53 0.245
5. Víctor Aristizábal 1993–2003 15 66 0.227
4. Freddy Rincón 1990–2001 17 84 0.202
10. Carlos Valderrama 1985–1998 11 111 0.099


 

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