2014 World Cup Previews Group C: Colombia

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 World Cup Previews Group C: Colombia
Team: Colombia
Group: C
Schedule: June 14 vs. Greece; June 19 vs. Ivory Coast/Cote D’Ivoire; June 24. vs. Japan.
World Cup Record: 3-8-2 (Round of 16, 1990.)

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Team: Colombia
Group: C
Schedule: June 14 vs. Greece; June 19 vs. Ivory Coast/Cote D’Ivoire; June 24. vs. Japan.
World Cup Record: 3-8-2 (Round of 16, 1990.)
Qualifying Form: Colombia finished second to Argentina in CONMEBOL qualifying, reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 in the process.

Manager: Jose Pekerman, an Argentine who managed his native country at the 2006 World Cup and infamously left Lionel Messi on the bench in favor of Julio Cruz in a quarterfinal loss to Germany. Colombia allowed the fewest goals in South American qualifying (13) and only nine in 13 matches after Pekerman took over in January 2012.

Player to Watch: Juan Cuadrado. Serie A’s reputation in America keeps sinking, so most in America are probably unaware of the Fiorentina winger. That will change after the World Cup given his speed and ability to finish. Oh right, Cuadrado is a pre-tournament darkhorse for…

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