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Colombia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)
Association Colombian Football Federation
(Federación Colombiana de Fútbol)
Confederation CONMEBOL
(South America)
Head coach vacant
Captain Mario Yepes
Most caps Carlos Valderrama (111)
Top scorer Arnoldo Iguarán (25)
Home stadium Estadio El Campín
Estadio Atanasio Girardot
Estadio Roberto Meléndez
FIFA code COL
FIFA ranking 39
Highest FIFA ranking 4 (December 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 51 (February 2009)
Elo ranking 30
Highest Elo ranking 5 (1994)
Lowest Elo ranking 93 (August 1965)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Mexico 3 - 1 Colombia Colombia
(Panama City, Panama; 10 February 1938)
Biggest win
 Argentina 0 - 5 Colombia Colombia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)
Colombia Colombia 5 - 0  Uruguay
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 6 June 2004)[1]
Colombia Colombia 5 - 0  Peru
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 4 June 2005)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 9 - 0 Colombia Colombia
(Lima, Peru; 24 March 1957)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1962)
Best result Round 2, 1990
Copa América
Appearances 18 (First in 1945)
Best result Winners, 2001
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2003)
Best result 4th, 2003

The Colombian national football team represents Colombia in international football competitions and is controlled by the Colombian Football Federation. It is also a member of CONMEBOLThey have been champions only once in the 2001 Copa America which they hosted.They became runner ups in 1975 Copa America againts the host Peru.

Contents

History

They went on to win the Central American Cup in 1946, a cup they would win again in 1970. Colombia would first enter World Cup qualifying in the 1958 qualifiers but were unsuccessful. Colombia tied with Uruguay in Bogotá 1-1 but lost in Montevideo 1-0. Later, Colombia narrowly lost against Paraguay 3-2 in Bogotá and later in Asunción 3-0 leaving Colombia at the bottom of CONMEBOL Group 3 with 1 point.

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1962 FIFA World Cup

In the 1962 qualifiers, they faced Peru in a two-game series and qualified for their first World Cup.

CONMEBOL Group 3

 Colombia 1 - 0  Peru

 Peru 1 - 1  Colombia

Colombia qualified.

At Chile 1962, Colombia lost 2-1 to South American champions Uruguay in their opening match. They then drew 4-4 with the reigning European champions Soviet Union in one of biggest shocks at Chile 1962. It should be noted that in this game, Colombia scored 4 goals against Soviet Union's goalie, Lev Yashin, considered the best goalie in soccer history. Also in that game, Marcos Coll scored the first and only Olympic goal in World Cup History. Unfortunately their campaign ended with a 5-0 defeat to Euro 1960 runners up Yugoslavia.

Group 1 - Chile 1962 Final Standings

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
 Soviet Union 5 3 2 1 0 8 5
 Yugoslavia 4 3 2 0 1 8 3
 Uruguay 2 3 1 0 2 4 6
 Colombia 1 3 0 1 2 5 11

Aftermath and growth of La Seleccion

Colombia entered the 1966 qualifiers and finished bottom of their group behind Chile and Ecuador. The 1970 qualifiers proved to be little better. In the 1974 qualifiers, Colombia finished behind Uruguay only on goal difference. In the 1975 Copa America, Colombia finished runners-up losing to Peru 2-0.

For the 1990, South America was allocated three and a half berths at the 1990 finals, one of which went to Argentina as defending champions from Mexico 1986. The continent's nine remaining sides were split into three groups with the two automatic qualifying berths going to the two best group winners, in this instance Uruguay and Brazil. The group winner with the worst record would advance to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off. Thus Colombia had to take on the winners of the Oceania Zone. Curiously, this turned out to be Israel, after they finished ahead of Australia and New Zealand in the final qualifying group. Colombia qualified for their first FIFA World Cup since Chile 1962 after winning in Barranquilla 1-0, and tying in Israel 0-0.

1990 FIFA World Cup

At Italia '90, Colombia defeated United Arab Emirates 2-0, lost to Yugoslavia 1-0 and earned their place in the Round Of Sixteen after a dramatic 1-1 draw with West Germany, which would later win the cup. Colombia would be the only team Germany did not beat on their road to the cup.

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 West Germany 5 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7
 Yugoslavia 4 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1
 Colombia 3 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
 United Arab Emirates 0 3 0 0 3 2 11 -9

During their Round Of Sixteen match against Cameroon, the game went into Extra Time after a 0-0 draw. In an unfortunate moment, goalkeeper Rene Higuita failed to protect the ball 35 yards (32 m) from the goal line, enabling Cameroon striker Roger Milla to snatch it from him, and score Cameroon's decisive second goal. Milla struck twice, giving Cameroon a 2-0 lead in Extra Time. Colombia would score in the 115th minute, but were unable to get an equalizer.

1994 FIFA World Cup

Colombia entered 1994 FIFA World Cup with high expectations. An impressive qualifying campaign included a historic 5-0 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Qualification - CONMEBOL Group 1

August 1, 1993, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 0 - 0  Paraguay

August 1, 1993, Lima, Peru -  Peru 0 - 1  Argentina

August 8, 1993, Asunción, Paraguay -  Paraguay 1 - 3  Argentina

August 8, 1993, Lima, Peru -  Peru 0 - 1  Colombia

August 15, 1993, Asunción, Paraguay -  Paraguay 2 - 1  Peru

August 18, 1993, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 2 - 1  Argentina

August 22, 1993, Buenos Aires, Argentina -  Argentina 2 - 1  Peru

August 22, 1993, Asunción, Paraguay -  Paraguay 1 - 1  Colombia

August 29, 1993, Buenos Aires, Argentina -  Argentina 0 - 0  Paraguay

August 29, 1993, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 4 - 0  Peru

September 5, 1993, Lima, Peru -  Peru 2 - 2  Paraguay

September 5, 1993, Buenos Aires, Argentina -  Argentina 0 - 5  Colombia

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Colombia 10 6 4 2 0 13 2 11
2  Argentina 7 6 3 1 2 7 9 -2
3  Paraguay 6 6 1 4 1 6 7 -1
4  Peru 1 6 0 1 5 4 12 -8

Colombia qualified. Argentina advanced to the CONMEBOL / CONCACAF / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Group Stage: Romania: 3-1 :Colombia - June 18, 1994

The match between Colombia and Romania was the first game for either side in the group phase. Romania took the lead in the 16th minute with their first attack of the match when Raducioiu took on three defenders before firing home a low shot. On the half hour mark, Hagi made it 2-0 when he noticed Cordoba out of position and dipped a cross over his head into the net. Valencia pulled a goal back for the Colombians in the 43rd minute when he headed in a corner from Perez. In the second half, Raducioiu put the result beyond doubt with his second goal in the final few minutes.

Group Stage: USA: 2-1 :Colombia - June 22, 1994

During the team's next game against the United States on June 22, Andrés Escobar was stretching to cut out a cross but he deflected the ball into his own net. The U.S. went on to get a second goal in the 56th minute thanks to Earnie Stewart.

Group Stage: Colombia: 2-0 :Switzerland - June 26, 1994

Colombia scored a 2-0 win over Switzerland.

Group A - Final Standings

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Romania 6 3 2 0 1 5 5 0
 Switzerland 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 United States 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
 Colombia 3 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1
USA 1 - 1 Switzerland
Colombia 1 - 3 Romania
Switzerland 4 - 1 Romania
USA 2 - 1 Colombia
Switzerland 0 - 2 Colombia
USA 0 - 1 Romania

Assassination of Andrés Escobar

In 1994, defender Andrés Escobar scored an own goal in a World Cup match against the United States; shortly after the team returned to Colombia, Escobar was assassinated in the city of Medellín, Colombia.[3]

1998 FIFA World Cup

Colombia began their qualification rounds in South America well and ended in third place with 28 points, 2 points below Argentina who was in 1st place with 30 points. They ended in Group G with Tunisia, England, and Romania.

Qualification For France 98: A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams entered the competition. The South American zone was allocated 5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament. Brazil, the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 4 spots open for competition between 9 teams.

Final Standings

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Argentina 30 16 8 6 2 23 13 10
2  Paraguay 29 16 9 2 5 21 14 7
3  Colombia 28 16 8 4 4 23 15 8
4  Chile 25 16 7 4 5 32 18 14
5  Peru 25 16 7 4 5 19 20 -1
6  Ecuador 21 16 6 3 7 22 21 1
7  Uruguay 21 16 6 3 7 18 21 -3
8  Bolivia 17 16 4 5 7 18 21 -3
9  Venezuela 3 16 0 3 13 8 41 -33

Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia and Chile qualified.

Group Stage: Romania: 1-0 :Colombia

In their opening match 24-year-old Adrian Ilie of Valencia gave Romania a 1-0 victory over Colombia after he placed a magnificent chip shot in the 44th minute from some 15 yards (14 m) that sailed over goalkeeper Farid Mondragon into the net.

Group Stage: Tunisia: 0-1 :Colombia

Colombia's second match was against Tunisia. Colombia's Leider Preciado's strike seven minutes from the end gave Colombia a 1-0 win over Tunisia.

Group Stage: England: 2-0 :Colombia

Although England needed only a draw to guarantee a place in the final 16, Anderton drove home a fiercely-struck angled drive in the 20th minute. Beckham curled in a 30-yard (27 m) free kick nine minutes later leaving the game 2-0 with England winning. This meant Colombia was out for good.

Group G - Final Standings

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Romania 7 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
 England 6 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3
 Colombia 3 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2
 Tunisia 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3
England 2 - 0 Tunisia
Romania 1 - 0 Colombia
Colombia 1 - 0 Tunisia
Romania 2 - 1 England
Colombia 0 - 2 England
Romania 1 - 1 Tunisia

2001 Copa America

Colombia's exit at France 98' marked the end of an era, as many expected, but one last moment of glory came at Copa América 2001.

The Copa América 2001 was held in Colombia, from July 11 to July 29, 2001. It was organised by CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body. Prior to the tournament, three meetings were held by CONMEBOL authorities who were concerned about potential security issues in Colombia, for what Venezuela offered to host the competition . At last minute, the CONMEBOL decided to return the organization to Colombia, and the tournament was held on schedule. Complaining for the sudden decision, and claiming that Argentine players had received death threats from terrorist groups, the Argentine Football Association decided to withdraw from the competition. Because Canada and Argentina withdrew, on July 6 and July 10 respectively, Honduras and Costa Rica were invited. There were no terrorist incidents within the competition. The teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. The formation of the groups was made by CONMEBOL, in a public drawing of lots. Each team plays one match against each of the other teams within the same group. Three (3) points are awarded for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a defeat. First and second placed teams, in each group, advance to the quarter-finals. The best third placed team and the second best third placed team, also advance to the quarter-finals. Colombia was placed in Group A with Venezuela, Chile, and Ecuador. Colombia finished on top of the Group A with 9 points

Group Stage: Colombia 2-0 :Venezuela

A goal in each half was enough to secure Copa America hosts Colombia a victory over Venezuela. Freddy Grisales scored Colombia's first in the 15th minute, and Victor Hugo Aristizabal made it 2-0 on the hour from the penalty spot.

Group Stage: Colombia 1-0 :Ecuador

A goal by Victor Hugo Aristizábal in the 29th minute gave Colombia a 1-0 vicory

Group Stage: Colombia 2-0 :Chile

Two goals left Colombia as group leader with 9 points.

Quarter-Finals: Colombia 3-0 :Peru

The hosts beat Peru with a double from Victor Hugo Aristazabal and one from Giovanni Hernandez.

Semi-Finals: Colombia 2-0 :Honduras

The hosts took the lead after five minutes with a strike from Bedoya. The host nation eventually doubled their lead after 62 minutes, with Aristizabal scoring.

Final: Colombia 1-0 :Mexico

Hosts Colombia won their first Copa America title by beating Mexico in Bogotá. Their captain Ivan Cordoba scored the decisive goal early in the second half with a header from a free kick. It was a fairytale success for Colombia after the decision to go ahead with the tournament after it had initially been cancelled. Even the fact that Argentina, regarded by most observers as the strongest side in the region, elected not to take part and that most countries fielded weakened teams failed to dampen the celebrations in Bogotá.

Copa América Winners::

Colombia COLOMBIA (1st title)

2002 FIFA World Cup

For Korea/Japan 2002, hopes were high for Colombia, but a weak attack and internal turnmoil crushed their hopes. Colombia only managed a 6th place in the qualification round. Uruguay and Colombia both had 27 points but due to goal differences, Uruguay advanced to the Play-Offs with Australia.

Final Standings

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Argentina 43 18 13 4 1 42 15 27
2  Ecuador 31 18 9 4 5 23 20 3
3  Brazil 30 18 9 3 6 31 17 14
4  Paraguay 30 18 9 3 6 29 23 6
5  Uruguay 27 18 7 6 5 19 13 6
6  Colombia 27 18 7 6 5 20 15 5
7  Bolivia 18 18 4 6 8 21 33 -12
8  Peru 16 18 4 4 10 14 25 -11
9  Venezuela 16 18 5 1 12 18 44 -26
10  Chile 12 18 3 3 12 15 27 -12

Fixtures & Results

March 28, 2000, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 0 - 0  Brazil

April 26, 2000, La Paz, Bolivia -  Bolivia 1 - 1  Colombia

June 4, 2000, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 3 - 0  Venezuela

June 29, 2000, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 3  Argentina

July 19, 2000, Lima, Peru -  Peru 0 - 1  Colombia

July 25, 2000, Quito, Ecuador -  Ecuador 0 - 0  Colombia

August 15, 2000, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 0  Uruguay

September 2, 2000, Santiago, Chile -  Chile 0 - 1  Colombia

October 7, 2000, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 0 - 2  Paraguay

November 15, 2000, São Paulo, Brazil -  Brazil 1 - 0  Colombia

March 27, 2001, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 2 - 0  Bolivia

April 24, 2001, San Cristóbal, Venezuela -  Venezuela 2 - 2  Colombia

June 3, 2001, Buenos Aires, Argentina -  Argentina 3 - 0  Colombia

August 16, 2001, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 0 - 1  Peru

September 5, 2001, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 0 - 0  Ecuador

October 7, 2001, Montevideo, Uruguay -  Uruguay 1 - 1  Colombia

November 7, 2001, Bogotá, Colombia -  Colombia 3 - 1  Chile

November 14, 2001, Asunción, Paraguay -  Paraguay 0 - 4  Colombia

2005 CONCACAF Copa de Oro

The Colombian team playing a friendly match against England national football team in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States (2005)

The 2005 CONCACAF Copa de Oro, or Gold Cup, was played in July 2005 in the United States. Colombia and South Africa were invited guests. Colombia was placed in Group A with Panama, Honduras, and Trinidad and Tobago. There were 3 Groups with 4 teams each ,which meant that all 3 first place and second place finishers would advance to the quarter finals and so would the best two third place finishers

Group Stage: Panama: 1-0 : Colombia

Colombia's opening match was against Panama where they lost 1-0. Tejada, who plays for Colombian club Millonarios, netted the game's lone score in the 70th minute.

Group Stage: Honduras: 2-1 : Colombia

The next match was against Honduras where they lost again 2-1. Two late goals gave Honduras the advantage as the catrachos defeated Colombia 2-1 in Group A action of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup The win is the first for Honduras in the tournament since 2000, when they also defeated Colombia.

Group Stage: Trinidad and Tobago: 0-2 : Colombia

The third match was against Trinidad and Tobago where they won a 2-0 victory.

Quarterfinals: Colombia: 2-1 : Mexico

Colombia reached the quarterfinals to face Mexico. Colombia beat Mexico 2-1 as an unexpected goal from Abel Aguilar helped the South American squad advance to the semifinals.

Semifinals: Panama: 3-2 : Colombia

Colombia reached the semifinals only to be defeated by Panama, the underdogs of the tournament. Panama clipped Colombia 3-2 in front of more than 40,000 people at Giants Stadium.

2006 FIFA World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup -Germany was an important moment for Colombia, having failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Head coach Francisco "Pacho" Maturana led the team through 4 FIFA qualifiers and was fired after losing to Brazil 2-1 in Barranquila, getting thrashed 4-0 by a weak Bolivia and suffering a shocking 1-0 defeat at home to Venezuela. Following a 1-1 tie with Argentina he was fired and Reinaldo Rueda was placed as the new coach. Colombia seemed to have improved and defeated Peru and Uruguay 5-0 during qualifying, managed a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Ecuador, and tied with Brazil 0-0 in São Paulo. Towards the end Colombia (21 pts), Chile (21pts), and Uruguay (22 pts) had a chance to target the playoffs with Australia. Colombia (21 pts) traveled to Asuncion hoping for three points against Paraguay (28), who sealed their place in Germany while Chile battled against Ecuador and Uruguay against Argentina. As in the 2002 qualifiers, the last match of Argentina was against Uruguay, and in both occasions Uruguay needed a favourable result to reach 5th place in order to make the playoffs to earn a place in the World Cup. Even though Colombia won its match against Paraguay, Uruguay also won the match against Argentina, again reaching the position to play the playoff for the last ticket to Germany. Both Argentina and Paraguay had already qualified. Colombia ended with 24 pts, once again behind an Uruguay with 25 pts.

Final Standings

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Brazil 34 18 9 7 2 35 17 18
 Argentina 34 18 10 4 4 29 17 12
 Ecuador 28 18 8 4 6 23 19 4
 Paraguay 28 18 8 4 6 23 23 0
 Uruguay 25 18 6 7 5 23 28 -5
 Colombia 24 18 6 6 6 24 16 8
 Chile 22 18 5 7 6 18 22 -4
 Venezuela 18 18 5 3 10 20 28 -8
 Peru 18 18 4 6 8 20 28 -8
 Bolivia 14 18 4 2 12 20 37 -17

Fixtures & Results

September 7, 2003, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 2  Brazil

September 10, 2003, La Paz, Bolivia -  Bolivia 4 - 0  Colombia

November 15, 2003, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 0 - 1  Venezuela

November 19, 2003, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 1  Argentina

March 31, 2004, Lima, Peru -  Peru 0 - 2  Colombia

June 2, 2004, Quito, Ecuador -  Ecuador 2 - 1  Colombia

June 6, 2004, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 5 - 0  Uruguay

September 5, 2004, Santiago, Chile -  Chile 0 - 0  Colombia

October 9, 2004, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 1  Paraguay

October 13, 2004, Maceió, Brazil -  Brazil 0 - 0  Colombia

November 17, 2004, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 0  Bolivia

March 26, 2005, Maracaibo, Venezuela -  Venezuela 0 - 0  Colombia

March 30, 2005, Buenos Aires, Argentina -  Argentina 1 - 0  Colombia

June 4, 2005, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 5 - 0  Peru

June 8, 2005, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 3 - 0  Ecuador

September 4, 2005, Montevideo, Uruguay -  Uruguay 3 - 2  Colombia

October 8, 2005, Barranquilla, Colombia -  Colombia 1 - 1  Chile

October 12, 2005, Asunción, Paraguay -  Paraguay 0 - 1  Colombia

2006 Central American and Caribbean Games

Group Stage

July 16 Colombia 7 - 0 Netherlands Antilles at Cartagena, Colombia
July 20 Colombia 2 - 3 Panama at Cartagena, Colombia

Quarter Finals

After Copa America 2007

After Copa America 2007, the Colombian national football team boomed with recent success in the South American 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. After embarrassing losses against Paraguay, and Argentina in the Copa America, many Colombians nonetheless anticipated a successful run for 2010 FIFA World Cup classification. In the first match of the qualifying round, Colombia, defying expectations that they would lose to Brazil, drew 0-0 with Brazil at home. Not long after that, Colombia surprisingly tied 0-0 again with Bolivia national football team, but many argue that this was largely due to the fact that the altitude of La Paz contributes to usual losses or ties for non-Bolivian teams. However, Colombia would find their very first win after defeating a weak Venezuela national football team 1-0, with a stupendous free kick courtesy of Ruben Dario Bustos. In their next game, Colombia would defy expectations again by beating Argentina, at the time ranked first in the world. On November 17, 2007, In Bogotá against Argentina, Lionel Messi beat the defense before scoring past goalkeeper Agustín Julio. Colombia turned the game around in the second half, however, when Ruben Dario Bustos got his second free kick goal of the qualifying campaign, and not long after that, Dayro Moreno scored his first international goal for Colombia. Colombia won the match 2-1, obtaining 4th place in the world cup qualifiers. On June 14, 2008 Colmbia tied Peru 1-1 moving Colombia up to 3rd place in the world cup qualifiers after a Brazilian loss to Paraguay. Another 0-0 between Ecuador and Colombia in Quito was on June 18, 2008 and Colombia remain at 3rd place and as the only undefeated country in the qualification after Bolivia won Paraguay 4-2. Successive defeats to Uruguay and Paraguay at home, and a thrashing away to Chile, however, left Colombia in an extremely dangerous position knocking them out of the top five and forcing them to set their sights on the fifth play-off spot only. As of September 25, 2009, they are eighth after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay in Montevideo. On October 10, 2009, Colombia lost 4-2 in Colombia against Chile, losing any possibility of assisting to 2010 World Cup. After that, on October 14, 2009, they played their last qualification match against Paraguay, in Asunción, Paraguay, beating 2-0 and finishing in 7th place in the table standings with 23 points, one point behind Uruguay, who's gonna compete the play-offs. [needs cleanup and verification]

Current team status

Colombia is currently participating in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

2010 FIFA World Cup
Qualification Standings

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 18 9 7 2 33 11 +22 34
 Chile 18 10 3 5 32 22 +10 33
 Paraguay 18 10 3 5 24 16 +8 33
 Argentina 18 8 4 6 23 20 +3 28
 Uruguay 18 6 6 6 28 20 +8 24
 Ecuador 18 6 5 7 22 26 −4 23
 Colombia 18 6 5 7 14 18 −4 23
 Venezuela 18 6 4 8 23 29 −6 22
 Bolivia 18 4 3 11 22 36 −14 15
 Peru 18 3 4 11 11 34 −23 13
  Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela
Argentina  3–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0
Bolivia  6–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–3 4–2 3–0 2–2 0–1
Brazil  0–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0
Chile  1–0 4–0 0–3 4–0 1–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 2–2
Colombia  2–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Ecuador  2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–2 0–1
Paraguay  1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
Peru  1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0
Uruguay  0–1 5–0 0–4 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 6–0 1–1
Venezuela  0–2 5–3 0–4 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2

Schedule and results

Date Location Opponent Score1 Competition Colombia scorers
September 5, 2009 Medellin, Colombia  Ecuador 2–0 WCQ 2010 J. Martínez Goal 82', T. Gutiérrez Goal 93'
September 9, 2009 Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 1–3 WCQ 2010 J. Martínez Goal 63'
September 30, 2009 Dallas, Texas  Mexico 2–1 F Moreno Goal 47', Quintero Goal 81'
October 10, 2009 Medellin, Colombia  Chile 2–4 WCQ 2010 J. Martínez Goal 14', Moreno Goal 53'
October 14, 2009 Asuncion, Paraguay  Paraguay 2–0 WCQ 2010 A. Ramos Goal 61', Rodallega Goal 80'

KEY: F = Friendly match; WCQ2010 = 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Sponsorship

Current squad

The following players named for their World Cup Qualifiers games against Chile on October 10 and Paraguay on October 14, 2009.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
12 GK David Ospina August 31, 1988 (1988-08-31) (age 21) 10 0 France Nice
1 GK Óscar Eduardo Córdoba February 3, 1970 (1970-02-03) (age 40) 74 0 Earth Retired
16 DF Juan Camilo Zúñiga December 14, 1985 (1985-12-14) (age 24) 21 0 Italy Napoli
15 DF Cristian Eduardo Zapata September 30, 1986 (1986-09-30) (age 23) 12 0 Italy Udinese
3 DF Mario Alberto Yepes January 13, 1976 (1976-01-13) (age 34) 57 4 Italy Chievo
2 DF Iván Ramiro Córdoba August 11, 1976 (1976-08-11) (age 33) 71 4 Italy Internazionale
7 DF Pablo Stífer Armero November 2, 1986 (1986-11-02) (age 23) 14 0 Brazil Palmeiras
DF Humberto Antonio Mendoza October 2, 1984 (1984-10-02) (age 25) 12 2 Colombia Atlético Nacional
5 DF José Yulian Anchico May 28, 1984 (1984-05-28) (age 25) 23 1 Colombia Santa Fe
14 MF Abel Enrique Aguilar January 6, 1985 (1985-01-06) (age 25) 20 4 Spain Real Zaragoza
13 MF Freddy Alejandro Guarín June 30, 1986 (1986-06-30) (age 23) 24 0 Portugal Porto
4 MF Vladimir Marín September 26, 1979 (1979-09-26) (age 30) 14 1 Mexico Toluca
10 MF Giovanni Hernández June 16, 1976 (1976-06-16) (age 33) 45 5 Colombia Junior
MF Cristian Camilo Marrugo July 18, 1985 (1985-07-18) (age 24) 5 0 Colombia Deportes Tolima
8 MF Giovanni Andrés Moreno July 1, 1986 (1986-07-01) (age 23) 6 2 Colombia Atlético Nacional
6 MF Dorlan Mauricio Pabón January 24, 1988 (1988-01-24) (age 22) 4 0 Colombia Envigado
MF Jhersson Enrique Córdoba February 9, 1988 (1988-02-09) (age 22) 2 0 Colombia La Equidad
9 FW Radamel Falcao García February 10, 1986 (1986-02-10) (age 24) 22 5 Portugal Porto
11 FW Hugo Rodallega July 25, 1985 (1985-07-25) (age 24) 31 8 England Wigan Athletic
17 FW Jackson Arley Martínez October 3, 1986 (1986-10-03) (age 23) 5 3 Mexico Chiapas Futbol Club
18 FW Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez May 17, 1985 (1985-05-17) (age 24) 6 2 Turkey Trabzonspor
FW Gustavo Adrián Ramos February 9, 1988 (1988-02-09) (age 22) 7 1 Germany Hertha BSC
FW Carlos Darwin Quintero September 18, 1987 (1987-09-18) (age 22) 9 1 Mexico Santos Laguna

Recent call-up

The following players have been recently called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Luis Alberto Estacio April 19, 1980 (1980-04-19) (age 29) 4 0 Colombia Atlético Huila vs  Mexico; September 30, 2009 Friendly
GK Agustín Julio October 25, 1974 (1974-10-25) (age 35) 29 0 Colombia Santa Fe vs  Mexico; September 30, 2009 Friendly
GK Héctor Landazuri August 20, 1983 (1983-08-20) (age 26) 4 0 Colombia Once Caldas vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
DF Andrés Felipe González January 8, 1984 (1984-01-08) (age 26) 11 0 Colombia Santa Fe vs  Mexico; September 30, 2009 Friendly
DF Alexis Héctor Henríquez January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02) (age 27) 4 0 Colombia Once Caldas vs  Mexico; September 30, 2009 Friendly
DF Luis Alberto Núñez December 10, 1983 (1983-12-10) (age 26) 3 0 Colombia Once Caldas vs  Mexico; September 30, 2009 Friendly
DF Luis Amaranto Perea January 30, 1979 (1979-01-30) (age 31) 49 0 Spain Atlético Madrid vs  Uruguay; August 12, 2009 Friendly
DF Farid Alfonso Díaz July 25, 1983 (1983-07-25) (age 26) 1 0 Colombia Deportivo Pereira vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
DF José Iván Vélez August 16, 1984 (1984-08-16) (age 25) 1 0 Colombia Once Caldas vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
DF Josimar Mosquera October 12, 1982 (1982-10-12) (age 27) 2 0 Argentina Colón de Santa Fe vs  Venezuela; March 31, 2009 WCQ
MF Juan Carlos Escobar December 10, 1983 (1983-12-10) (age 26) 8 0 Colombia Deportivo Cali vs  Mexico; September 30, 2009 Friendly
MF Fabián Andrés Vargas April 17, 1980 (1980-04-17) (age 29) 41 0 Spain Almería vs  Ecuador; September 5, 2009 WCQ
MF Luis Fernando Mosquera August 17, 1986 (1986-08-17) (age 23) 3 1 Mexico Chiapas Fútbol Club vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
MF José Manuel Nájera September 3, 1988 (1988-09-03) (age 21) 1 0 Colombia Real Cartagena vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
MF Jairo Fabián Palomino August 2, 1988 (1988-08-02) (age 21) 1 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
MF Macnelly Torres April 5, 1984 (1984-04-05) (age 25) 24 2 Chile Colo-Colo vs  Peru; June 10, 2009 WCQ
MF Juan Carlos Toja May 24, 1985 (1985-05-24) (age 24) 3 0 Romania Steaua Bucureşti vs  Argentina; June 6, 2009 WCQ
MF Stalin Motta March 28, 1984 (1984-03-28) (age 25) 3 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional vs  Venezuela; March 31, 2009 WCQ
FW Juan Pablo Pino March 30, 1987 (1987-03-30) (age 22) 1 0 France Monaco vs  Venezuela; August 12, 2009 Friendly
FW Fredy Henkyer Montero July 26, 1987 (1987-07-26) (age 22) 4 0 United States Seattle Sounders FC vs  El Salvador; August 7, 2009 Friendly
FW Wason Libardo Rentería July 4, 1985 (1985-07-04) (age 24) 20 4 Portugal S.C. Braga vs  Peru; June 10, 2009 WCQ

World Cup Record

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1934 Did not enter
1938 Withdrew
1950 to 1954 Did not enter
1958 Did not qualify
1962 Round 1 14 3 0 1 2 5 11
1966 to 1986 Did not qualify
1990 Round of 16 14 4 1 1 2 4 4
1994 Round 1 19 3 1 0 2 4 5
1998 Round 1 21 3 1 0 2 1 3
2002 to 2010 Did not qualify
Total 4/18 13 3 2 8 14 23

Confederations Cup Record

FIFA Confederations Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 to 2001 Did not qualify
2003 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 5 4
2005 to 2009 Did not qualify
Total 1/8 5 2 0 3 5 4

Copa América Record

Copa América
Total: 1 Titles
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Argentina 1916 Did not enter Peru 1939 Did not enter Uruguay 1967 Did not qualify
Uruguay 1917 Did not enter Chile 1941 Did not enter 1975 Second place
Brazil 1919 Did not enter Uruguay 1942 Did not enter 1979 Round 1
Chile 1920 Did not enter Chile 1945 Fifth place 1983 Round 1
Argentina 1921 Did not enter Argentina 1946 Withdrew Argentina 1987 Third place
Brazil 1922 Did not enter Ecuador 1947 Eighth place Brazil 1989 Round 1
Uruguay 1923 Did not enter Brazil 1949 Eighth place Chile 1991 Fourth place
Uruguay 1924 Did not enter Peru 1953 Withdrew Ecuador 1993 Third place
Argentina 1925 Did not enter Chile 1955 Withdrew Uruguay 1995 Third place
Chile 1926 Did not enter Uruguay 1956 Withdrew Bolivia 1997 Quarter-finals
Peru 1927 Did not enter Peru 1957 Fifth place Paraguay 1999 Quarter-finals
Argentina 1929 Did not enter Argentina 1959 Withdrew Colombia 2001 Champions
Peru 1935 Did not enter Ecuador 1959 Withdrew Peru 2004 Fourth place
Argentina 1937 Did not enter Bolivia 1963 Seventh place Venezuela 2007 Round 1

Managers

COLOMBIA NATIONAL TEAM MANAGERS SINCE 1938 FROM TO
Colombia Alfonso Novoa 1938-02-10 1938-02-23
Argentina Fernando Paternoster 1938-08-08 1938-08-21
Colombia Roberto Meléndez 1945-01-21 1945-02-21
Peru José Arana Cruz 1946-12-09 1946-12-20
Argentina Lino Taioli 1947-12-02 1947-12-29
Colombia Pedro López 1957-03-16 1957-04-01
Argentina Rafael Orlandi 1957-06-16 1957-07-07
Argentina Adolfo Pedernera 1961-02-05 1962-06-07
Colombia Gabriel Ochoa Uribe 1963-03-10 1963-03-31
Colombia Efraín Sánchez 1963-09-01 1963-09-04
Colombia Antonio Julio de la Hoz 1965-06-20 1965-08-07
Paraguay Cesar López Fretes 1966-11-30 1966-12-11
Colombia Francisco Zuluaga 1968-10-16 1969-08-24
Paraguay Cesar López Fretes 1970-05-20 1970-05-20
Yugoslavia Toza Veselinović 1972-03-29 1973-07-05
Colombia Efraín Sánchez 1975-07-20 1975-10-28
Yugoslavia Blagoje Vidinić 1976-10-15 1979-09-05
Argentina Carlos Bilardo 1980-01-05 1981-09-13
Colombia Efraín Sánchez 1983-02-14 1984-10-11
Colombia Gabriel Ochoa Uribe 1985-02-01 1985-11-03
Colombia Francisco Maturana 1987-06-11 1990-06-23
Colombia Luis Augusto García 1991-01-29 1991-07-21
Colombia Humberto Ortiz 1992-07-08 1992-08-02
Colombia Francisco Maturana 1993-02-24 1994-06-26
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez 1995-01-31 1998-06-26
Colombia Javier Álvarez 1999-02-09 1999-11-19
Colombia Luis Augusto García 2000-02-12 2001-04-24
Colombia Francisco Maturana 2001-06-03 2001-11-14
Colombia Reynaldo Rueda 2002-05-07 2002-05-12
Colombia Francisco Maturana 2002-11-20 2003-11-19
Colombia Reynaldo Rueda 2004-02-18 November 2006
Colombia Jorge Luis Pinto January 2007 September 2008
Colombia Eduardo Lara Lozano September 2008 -

♦ Denotes a notable coach.

Most Caps

Player Colombia career Caps (Goals)
Carlos Valderrama 1985-1998 111 (11)
Leonel Álvarez 1985-1997 101 (1)
Freddy Rincón 1990-2001 84 (17)
Luis Carlos Perea 1987-1994 78 (2)
Óscar Córdoba 1993-2006 73 (0)
Arnoldo Iguarán 1979-1993 68 (25)
René Higuita 1987-1999 68 (3)
Iván Córdoba 1997-2007 67 (5)
Alexis Mendoza 1987-1997 67 (2)
Víctor Aristizábal 1993-2003 66 (15)

Top Goalscorers

Player Colombia career Goals (Caps)
Arnoldo Iguarán 1979-1993 25 (68)
Faustino Asprilla 1993-2001 20 (57)
Freddy Rincón 1990-2001 17 (84)
Víctor Aristizábal 1993-2003 15 (66)
Adolfo Valencia 1992-1998 14 (37)
Iván Valenciano 1991-2000 13 (29)
Willington José Ortiz 1973-1985 13 (49)
Antony de Ávila 1983-1998 13 (53)
Carlos Valderrama 1985-1998 11 (111)
Juan Pablo Ángel 1996-2006 9 (33)

Notable Former Players

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Colombia FW Faustino Asprilla
Colombia MF Freddy Rincon
Colombia GK Faryd Mondragon
Colombia FW Adolfo Valencia
Colombia GK Oscar Cordoba

See also

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ FIFA.com
  3. ^ [1]

External links

Titles

Preceded by
1999 - BrazilBrazil
South American Champions
2001 (First title)
Succeeded by
2004 - BrazilBrazil

Simple English

Colombia
Association Federación Colombiana de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL
Coach Eduardo Lara
Most caps Carlos Valderrama (111)
Top scorer Arnoldo Iguarán (25)
World Cup
Appearances 4
First Apps 1962
Best result Round 2 (1990)

Colombia national football team is the national football team of Colombia.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Carlos Valderrama111111985-1998
2Leonel Álvarez10111985-1997
3Freddy Rincón84171990-2001
4Luis Carlos Perea7821987-1994
5Óscar Córdoba7101993-2003
6René Higuita6931987-1999
7Arnoldo Iguarán68251979-1993
7Alexis Mendoza6821987-1997
9Víctor Aristizábal66151993-2003
10Luis Fernando Herrera6211987-1996

Top scorers

Player Colombia career Goals (Caps)
Arnoldo Iguarán 1979-1993 25 (68)
Faustino Asprilla 1993-2001 20 (57)
Freddy Rincón 1990-2001 17 (84)
Víctor Aristizábal 1993-2003 15 (66)
Adolfo Valencia 1992-1998 14 (37)
Iván Valenciano 1991-2000 13 (29)
Willington José Ortiz 1973-1985 13 (49)
Antony de Ávila 1983-1998 13 (53)
Carlos Valderrama 1985-1998 11 (111)
Juan Pablo Ángel 1996-2006 9 (33)


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