Colombia at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of Colombia's results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently takes place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Colombia has appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on five occasions in 1962, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2014.[1]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1934 Not a FIFA member
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Banned by FIFA
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify
Chile 1962 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 5 11
1966 to 1986 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 4
United States 1994 Group Stage 19th 3 1 0 2 4 5
France 1998 Group Stage 21st 3 1 0 2 1 3
2002 to 2010 Did not qualify
Brazil 2014 Quarter-final 5th 5 4 0 1 12 4
Total Quarter-final 5/20 18 7 2 9 26 27

Colombia at the 1962 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Colombia 3 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
2  Peru 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1

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 four goals against Soviet goalkeepr Lev Yashin, widely considered the best goalkeeper in football history. Also in that game, Marcos Coll scored the only Olympic goal in World Cup history. Additionally, in coming back from three goals down to draw the match, the Colombians completed the biggest comeback to draw in World Cup history. Unfortunately, their campaign ended with a 5–0 defeat to Euro 1960 runners-up Yugoslavia, so they went out in the group stage.

Group One

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

Colombia at the 1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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. 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 René 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.

Colombia at the 1994 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Qualification — CONMEBOL Group One

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

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

Colombia finished top of their qualifying group without having lost a match, which included a historic 5–0 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. Expectations of the team were high, some even naming them as favourites to win the tournament.

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 Córdoba 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.
The team went into their second group game against the United States knowing they had to win to have any chance of progressing. On the 35th minute Andrés Escobar attempted to cut out a cross but accidentally deflected the ball into his own net. Earnie Stewart took the US two goals in front after scoring in the 56th minute. Valencia scored a consolation goal for Colombia in the closing minutes of the match. They did win their final group match 2–0 over Switzerland, but it was not enough to help them progress

Group A

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

Colombia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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

Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia and Chile qualified.

Group G

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

In their opening match, Adrian Ilie of Valencia CF 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 Mondragón into the net.

15 June 1998
17:30
Romania  1 – 0  Colombia
Ilie Goal 45' Report
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 37,572
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Colombia's second match was against Tunisia. Colombia's Leider Preciado struck seven minutes from the end to give a 1-0 win.

22 June 1998
17:30
Colombia  1 – 0  Tunisia
Preciado Goal 83' Report
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Attendance: 29,800
Referee: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)

Although England needed only a draw to guarantee a place in the Final 16, Darren Anderton drove home a fiercely struck angled drive in the 20th minute. David Beckham curled in a 30-yard (27 m) free kick nine minutes later and England won the game 2-0. Colombia was thus eliminated.

26 June 1998
21:00
Colombia  0 – 2  England
Report Anderton Goal 20'
Beckham Goal 29'
Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 38,100
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)

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Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

After 16 years out of the World Cup, Colombia won their first match against Greece by a score of 3-0, marking the country's best ever performance in FIFA World Cup. The first goal was scored by Pablo Armero five minutes after the kick-off, Teofilo Gutierrez scored the second goal from a corner shot, James Rodriguez made their final score during the three minutes overtime. Colombia went on to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 and Japan 4-1. For the first time in history, Colombia won their group in group stages at the Fifa World Cup. They defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the Round of 16, marking the deepest run in the World Cup ever for the Colombian national team. They met Brazil in the quarter-finals and were narrowly defeated 2-1, bringing to an end their most successful World Cup campaign to date.

Goalscorers[edit]

Player Goals 1962 1990 1994 1998 2014
Francisco Zuluaga 1 1
Germán Aceros 1 1
Marcos Coll 1 1
Antonio Rada 1 1
Marino Klinger 1 1
Bernardo Redín 2 2
Carlos Valderrama 1 1
Freddy Rincón 1 1
Adolfo Valencia 2 2
Hernán Gaviria 1 1
John Harold Lozano 1 1
Léider Preciado 1 1
Pablo Armero 1 1
Teófilo Gutiérrez 1 1
James Rodríguez 6 6
Juan Fernando Quintero 1 1
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado 1 1
Jackson Martínez 2 2
Total 26 5 4 4 1 12
Own goals scored for opponents

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colombia World Cup Record". FIFA.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 

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