This is Colombia’s second consecutive appearance in the world greatest football tournament after placing 5th in Brazil 4 years ago. Before 2014, they had never achieved anything higher than the round of 16. They come into the competition ranked 16th but have the skills and ability to make it through to the semi-finals with the current squad. Qualifying was not easy for the Colombians, as they left it till the last game to book their spot in Russia.
Pekerman is a famous Argentinean football coach that has been at the helm of the Colombian side since 2012. In 2006, he took his home side of Argentina through to the Cup in Germany before taking up the reigns with Colombia. He has 3 U-20 Cup titles to his name coaching for Argentina and has successfully taken Colombia to 2 consecutive Cup appearances, a feat which has not been achieved since the 1990’s.
Colombia have a very chequered WC history. Prior to 1958, they either withdrew or were banned from the tournament. In 1958, they failed to qualify and eventually played in their first Cup in 1962 in Chile. Their debut was challenging and they failed to get out of the group stages. They qualified again in 1990 where they made it through to the round of 16. They then played in successful Cups through to 1998, without moving past the group stages. It would be 16 years before they would appear again, this time in Brazil where they placed 5th in the quarterfinal.
Designed by Adidas, Colombia’s home kit is predominantly yellow with three large stripes along the sides of the chest area. The stripes are coloured in red and blue with smaller stripes inside. They home kit is completed with blue shorts and yellow socks. The away kit is predominantly blue with bright orange stripes on the shoulders and around the collar. The front has a long chequered/striped pattern down the left-hand side. This outfit is completed with bright orange shorts and blue socks.