Colombia has been named as one of the possible surprises in the upcoming World Cup, mainly due to their multi-talented and experienced team.
Sharing Group H with Poland, Senegal, and Japan, Los Cafeteros seem to be destined to win that group, and judging by the squad they will present in Russia, some might say this could be their best chance to represent CONMEBOL in the semi-final stage.
Having never been able to reach the semi-final stage of this competition, Pekerman and Co. know this will be their best -and maybe last- chance of doing so. They have the talent and experience from four years ago. Why not go the last mile?
Goalkeeper Iván Arboleda made the cut due to an excellent season as Banfield’s shot-stopper in the Superliga Argentina. He will fight for a spot in the final squad against David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, and José Fernando Cuadrado.
Radamel Falcao will be the reference for Colombia in this World Cup. Having missed the 2014 edition, “El Tigre” will be eager to prove his worth to the world, in what could see Colombia reaching the final stages of the competition for the first time.
Camilo Zúñiga, the man that infamously injured Neymar during the 2014 World Cup, will not feature for Colombia this time around. Former Atlético Madrid striker Jackson Martínez, who once became the best-paid Colombian player of all time after joining Guangzhou Evergrande, didn’t make the cut to feature in Pekerman’s team.