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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Colombia Men's National Soccer Team News

August 29, 2015 - roster named for Peru friendly
  • Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Nacional)
  • Defenders: Cristian Zapata (Milan), Jeison Murillo (Inter), Santiago Arias (PSV), Johan Mojica (Real Valladolid), Eder Álvarez Balanta (River Plate), Helibelton Palacios (Deportivo Cali), Francisco Meza (Santa Fe), Frank Fabra (Medellín)
  • Midfielders: Alex Mejía (Nacional), Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), Macnelly Torres (Nacional), Kevin Balanta (Deportivo Cali), Andrés Roa (Deportivo Cali), Gustavo Cuéllar (Junior)
  • Forwards: Jackson Martínez (Atlético de Madrid), Carlos Bacca (Milan), Fabián Castillo (Dallas), Rafael Santos Borré (Atletico Madrid), Teófilo Gutérrez (Sporting)
June 17, 2015 - Jeison Murillo scores in 1-0 win over Brazil
"Jeison Murillo was the unlikely hero as Colombia recorded only the third victory in their history over Brazil to bring Dunga’s 11-match winning run to a shuddering halt, with Neymar shown a red card following the final whistle of an encounter which finished in fractious fashion....  The only goal of the game came in the 36th minute when Juan Cuadrado’s free-kick from out on the right caused chaos in the Brazil box with defender Murillo on hand to sweep a low shot beyond Jefferson’s despairing dive and into the bottom corner of the net for his first goal for his country." - Copa America

June 6, 2015 - Radamel Falcao scores in 1-0 win over Costa Rica
"Former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao scored the only goal of the game as Colombia beat Costa Rica in their Copa America warm-up match. The Monaco forward, who scored four goals in 26 Premier League appearances for United while on loan from the Ligue 1 side, netted for the fifth time in five Colombia appearances to secure victory. Falcao’s goal came just two minutes after the restart in Argentina and he was assisted by Chelsea midfielder Juan Cuadrado who helped him bag a typical poacher’s goal." - Daily Mail

May 30, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal - ING), Camilo Vargas (Nacional - COL), Cristian Bonilla (Equidad - COL)
  • Defenders: Carlos Valdés (Nacional - URU), Cristian Zapata (Milán - ITA), Pedro Franco (Besiktas - TUR), Jeison Murillo (Granada - ESP), Darwin Andrade (Standard Lieja - BEL), Camilo Zúñiga (Nápoles - ITA), Pablo Armero (Flamengo - BRA), Santiago Arias (PSV Einhoven - Holanda)
  • Midfielders: Alexander Mejía (Monterrey - MEX), Carlos Alberto Sánchez (Aston Villa - ING), Edwin Valencia (Santos - BRA), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey - MEX), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Chelsea - ING), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid - ESP), Víctor Ibarbo (Roma - ITA)
  • Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Sevilla - ESP), Jackson Martínez (Porto - POR), Luis Fernando Muriel (Sampdoria - ITA), Falcao García (Manchester United - ING), Teófilo Gutiérrez (River Plate - ARG)
March 30, 2015 - Aguilar, Cardona & Falcao score in win over Kuwait
"Radamel Falcao was on the scoresheet again as Colombia saw off a plucky Kuwait side 3-1 in Monday's friendly in Abu Dhabi. The striker scored twice as Colombia hammered Bahrain 6-0 last Thursday and he continued a productive international break with an emphatic penalty in the 73rd minute. There was more than an air of contention about the spot-kick, with the former Atletico Madrid man seemingly fouled by Musaed Al Enazi outside of the penalty area.... Abel Aguilar's sensational volley put Colombia ahead, only for Al Enazi to bundle home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Abdullah Al Buraiki struck the post for Kuwait shortly after the restart, but Colombia - ranked 122 places above their opponents in the Fifa world rankings - moved back in front thanks to Edwin Cardona's strike from distance in the 68th minute, before Falcao's spot-kick wrapped up the win." - Goal

March 26, 2015 - Radamel Falcao scores brace in win over Bahrain
"Radamel Falcao scored two goals and set up another as Colombia cruised to a 6-0 win over Bahrain on Thursday. Falcao headed down a ball down to Carlos Bacca for Colombia's opener, then the Manchester United striker got behind the defence twice in a five-minute span to strike with single touches and give the visitors a 3-0 lead at half-time. Falcao has drawn criticism for his recent play for Manchester United, where he has not started since February and has scored just four goals in 22 appearances while on loan from Monaco. Adrian Ramos, Johan Mojica and Andres Renteria all scored for Colombia in the second half to complete the rout." - ESPN

November 18, 2014 - Adrian Ramos scores in win over Slovenia
"Adrian Ramos' first-half goal earned Colombia a 1-0 friendly win over Slovenia on Tuesday and secured their fourth consecutive victory. The Borussia Dortmund striker finished off a well-crafted move involving Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez shortly before the interval as Jose Pekerman's side prevailed in Ljubljana. After being played in by Rodriguez's pass, Ramos coolly rounded goalkeeper Jan Oblak and tapped home his third international goal." - Pulse

November 14, 2014 - Teofilo Gutierrez scores late winner over USA
"Colombia 2-1 USA: Teofilo Gutierrez scores late winner at Craven Cottage after Jozy Altidore's penalty had given Jurgen Klinsmann's side the lead. Craven Cottage has surely never witnessed an eruption anything like that which followed Colombia's winner against the USA. They had been whipped into a frenzy by the performance of James Rodriguez and dominated the match, but had to wait until late on to steal it. Teofilo Gutierrez headed in Edwin Cardona's cross in the 87th minute as they came from a goal down and the stadium crammed with Colombia fans exploded." - Daily Mail

November 8, 2014 - Falcao, Ospina and Zuniga out with injuries
"Manchester United's on-loan striker Radamel Falcao, who is nursing a calf injury, has been left out of Colombia's squad for friendlies against the United States and Slovenia over the next 10 days. Falcao, who missed the World Cup after knee ligament surgery in January, has struggled to hold down a place at United since his loan move from Monaco. Also missing from coach Jose Pekerman's squad, announced by the Colombian federation (FCF) on Friday, are injured World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina of Arsenal and Napoli defender Camilo Zuniga. Pekerman has given first call-ups to 30-year-old goalkeeper Andres Castellanos of Independiente Medellin and full backs Daniel Bocanegra of Atletico Nacional and Brayan Angulo, who plays for Bulgaria's Ludogorets." - EuroSport

October 14, 2014 - James Rodriguez scores in win over Canada
"James Rodriguez scored on a quick restart in the 75th minute and Colombia beat Canada 1-0 in the nightcap of an international friendly doubleheader Tuesday night. After being frustrated repeatedly by goalkeeper Milan Borjan and a Canadian team that defended with numbers, Rodriguez drew a foul just outside the penalty area. While Canada tried to arrange its wall, Juan Fernando Quintero set the ball and quickly played it square across to Rodriguez, who scored on a left-footed shot that beat Borjan inside the right post." - Fox News

October 10, 2014 - Radamel Falcao & Carlos Bacca score in win over El Salvador
"Colombia 3-0 El Salvador: Radamel Falcao back on target and Carlos Bacca scores twice as James Rodriguez and Co dominate. Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao scored his first international goal since November 2013 as Colombia eased past El Salvador in New Jersey. Making his first start for his country in 11 months, Falcao, who missed the World Cup in Brazil with a serious knee injury, took just eight minutes to break the deadlock. The 28-year-old met a Santiago Arias cross with a superb header from near the penalty spot to give Colombia the lead.... Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca scored twice, from a combined distance of no more than four yards, as the El Salvador defence crumbled after the break. The first of Bacca's goals, just four minutes after half time, saw the striker smash the ball home from barely a yard out after some calamitous defending. Then, just three minutes later, he was able to sneak in, again inside the six yard box, to ensure a Falcao knock-down ended up in the back of the net." - Daily Mail

October 4, 2014 - Pedro Franco called up
"Colombia’s national team coach José Pekerman announced his selection for the games against El Salvador (10/10) and Canada (14/10), for the first time in his career Pedro Franco is included in the selection. Pedro Franco previously featured for the youth ranks of Colombia while playing for FC Millonarios who he also captained at a very young age. Beşiktaş transferred the young Colombian starlet from Millonarios last season for €2.4 Mio, however the Colombian didn’t make his league debut untill week 18 of the Süperlig as a second half substitute in the away game against Trabzonspor (1-1)." - Beşiktaş İnternational

June 28, 2014 - James Rodriguez doubles in win over Uruguay
"Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 with two James Rodriguez goals to reach its first quarterfinal in soccer’s World Cup, where it will play host Brazil. Rodriguez scored in both halves and goalkeeper David Ospina was able to keep out several Uruguay attempts to get back into the match in the second period.... For his first goal, Rodriguez controlled a pass with his chest outside Uruguay’s penalty area in the 28th minute and turned to volley it past Fernando Muslera. In the opening minutes of the second period, he met Juan Cuadrado’s pass and poked it past Muslera. Rodriguez is the first player to score in his four games of a World Cup since 2002." - Bloomberg

June 24, 2014 - Martinez, Rodriguez & Cuadrado score in win over Japan
"Japan was able to sneak a goal across just before halftime, but Colombia, behind wunderkind James Rodriguez, dominated the second half, pulling away for a 4-1 victory. Colombia had already locked up a spot in the knockout round while Japan just had a fighting chance. That chance was erased after a bevy of Colombia goals buried the Japanese side. Notably, Jackson Martinez was able to get in the scoring column -- twice! -- while James Rodriguez was again sensational. He is fast becoming a player that can't be missed. Colombia now will move on to play Uruguay in the Round of 16." - CBS

June 19, 2014 -  James Rodriguez & Juan Quintero score in win over Ivory Coast
"Colombia came out on top in a rollicking game in Brasilia on Thursday, defeating Ivory Coast, 2-1, and almost certainly clinching a spot in the next round. The first half was played at a lightning-fast pace but remained scoreless as both sides' strikers struggled. Colombia was first to break through in the 64th minute, as James Rodriguez jumped highest after a Juan Cuadrado corner and headed the ball into the net. Six minutes later they were up 2-0 after a Serey Die giveaway led to an easy goal for Juan Quintero." - New York Times

June 14, 2014 - Armero, Gutierrez & Rodriguez score in win over Greece
Colombia marked their return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence with an attacking display that earned a 3-0 victory over Greece on Saturday, and the early initiative in what looks to be a really tight Group C. The South Americans went ahead after five minutes when great work by Juan Cuadrado set up Pablo Armero. Teofilo Gutierrez poked in the second after 58 minutes and James Rodriguez drove in a left foot effort in stoppage time at the end of another game full of high-paced action." - CBC

June 6, 2014 - Rodriguez, Cuadrado & Guarin score in win over Jordan
"Colombia used two penalty kick goals to ease past Jordan 3-0 in a warm-up for the World Cup on Friday. Twice Jordan, which did not qualify for the international soccer championship, committed hand balls, once in each half. James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado converted. Rajaei Ayed Fadel hit the ball with his arm in the 40th minute to set up Rodriguez's goal. Anas Bani Yaseen grabbed a ball in the goal crease with both hands in the 83rd minute, earning a red card. Cuadrado made the penalty. Fredy Guarin finished the scoring for Colombia in the 90th with a hard shot past goakeeper Mohammad Shatnawi." - The State

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June 2, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • David Ospina (Nice)
  • Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali)
  • Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe).
  • Camilo Zuniga (Napoli)
  • Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven)
  • Mario Alberto Yepes (Atalanta)
  • Cristian Zapata (AC Milan)
  • Pablo Armero (West Ham)
  • Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate)
  • Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo).
  • Alex Mejia (Atletico Nacional)
  • Freddy Guarin (Inter)
  • Abel Aguilar (Toulouse)
  • Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia)
  • Carlos Sanchez (Elche)
  • Juan Quintero (Porto)
  • Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina)
  • James Rodriguez (Monaco).
  • Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
  • Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate)
  • Jackson Martinez (Porto)
  • Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari)
  • Adrian Ramos (Herta Berlin).

May 31, 2014 - Bacca & Gutierrez score in draw with Senegal
"Colombia coughed up a two-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a dramatic 2-2 draw with Senegal in Buenos Aires. Jose Pekerman's men were all over their west African opponents in the first half of their friendly, and converted their dominance by taking a healthy lead into the interval courtesy of goals to Carlos Bacca and Teofilo Gutierrez.... Bacca's back-post header from a Colombia corner found Gutierrez right in the goalmouth in the 11th minute, and he had an easy tap-in to convert their early dominance of possession....
And Colombia would double their lead just prior to half-time, when Victor Ibarbo got on the end of a long ball, centred a pass for Bacca, who lashed home an effort high into the net to send them into the break with all the momentum." - Goal

May 26, 2014 - Radamel Falcao decision could go down to the wire
"Radamel Falcao was seen participating in a light training session Monday with his Colombian teammates as he works towards match fitness for June's World Cup in Brazil. The Monaco striker suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in January and Colombian manager Jose Pekerman says he will avoid naming the official 23-man roster until he's certain whether or not Falcao is able to participate. 'I'll wait until the last day, until the last hour, the last minute, to give out my list of 23,' Pekerman said, via the Daily Mail." - The Score

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