Colombia national football team
|Nickname(s)||Los Cafeteros (The Coffeers)|
|Association||Federación Colombiana de Fútbol (FCF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||José Pékerman|
|Most caps||Carlos Valderrama (111)|
|Top scorer||Arnoldo Iguarán (25)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez|
|FIFA ranking||4 4 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||3 (July 2013, August 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||54 (June 2011)|
|Elo ranking||4 (9 July 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||4 (July 2014)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||93 (August 1965)|
| Mexico 3–1 Colombia
(Panama City, Panama; 10 February 1938)
| Argentina 0–5 Colombia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 September 1993)
Colombia 5–0 Uruguay
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 6 June 2004)
Colombia 5–0 Peru
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 4 June 2005)
Colombia 5–0 Bolivia
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 22 March 2013)
| Brazil 9–0 Colombia
(Lima, Peru; 24 March 1957)
|Appearances||5 (First in 1962)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2014|
|Appearances||19 (First in 1945)|
|Best result||Champions, 2001|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||3 (First in 2000)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2000|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2003)|
|Best result||Fourth Place, 2003|
The Colombia national football team represents Colombia in international football competitions and is overseen by the Colombian Football Federation. It is a member of the CONMEBOL and is currently ranked 4th both in the FIFA World Rankings, and in Elo World Rankings.
Since the mid-1980s, the national team has been a symbol fighting the country's negative reputation. This has made the sport popular and made the national team a sign of nationalism, pride, and passion for many Colombians worldwide. Colombia is known for having a passionate fanbase.
Colombia had its strongest period during the 1990s. A 1993 match resulted in a 5–0 win over Argentina which caused a special 'mutual respect' rivalry between both nations. The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley in 1995. Stars from Colombia's team included Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla. During this era Colombia qualified for the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups, only reaching the second round in 1990. Following the death of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 World Cup, Colombia's team faded in the latter half of the 1990s. They were the champions of the 2001 Copa América, which they hosted and set a new Copa America record of conceding no goals and winning each match. Prior to that success they were runners-up to Peru in the 1975 Copa América. In total, Colombia has gained a top 4 result in 7 Copa Americas. Colombia was the first team to win FIFA best mover in 1993 where the achievement was first introduced and the second team after Croatia to win it twice in 2012.
Colombia missed 3 World Cups between 2002-2010. However, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Colombia showed improvement since the 2011 Copa America, bringing its rank within the top 10 for the first time since 2002 and into the top 5 consistently for the first time since 2004. After a 16-year long wait, Colombia finally returned to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Former midfielder Marcos Coll is the only player in history to score an Olympic goal in a FIFA World Cup, in the 1962 FIFA World Cup against the USSR. The match finished in a 4–4 tie after a spectacular come back by Colombia from 4–1 to draw the match, making it the biggest comeback in World Cup history. The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country.
- 1 History
- 2 Schedule and results
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Players
- 5 Individual records
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 Kit
- 8 Competitive record
- 9 Honours
- 10 Managers
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
- 14 Titles
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Colombia played its first official matches at the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games. The Colombia national football team was composed mostly by all the players of the Club Juventud Bogotana (now Millonarios FC). Alfonso Novoa was the manager of Colombia until 23 February.
The first game was played on 10 February 1938 against Mexico. Colombia was defeated 1–3; Luis Argüelles, Luis de la Fuente and Horacio Casarín scored for Mexico, Marcos Mejía scored for Colombia. Colombia was able to obtain the bronze medal, with two wins and three losses. The same year Colombia played at the I Bolivarian Games in Bogotá, where they were 4th with one win and three losses. Fernando Paternoster was the manager of Colombia, being the first foreign manager of the team.
Colombia did not play again until 1945 when they participated for the first time at the South American Championship, where they were 5th. This time, Colombia was composed by players of Junior de Barranquilla, except for Antonio de la Hoz, who played for Sporting de Barranquilla, and Pedro Ricardo López, who played for Boca Juniors de Cali. Roberto Meléndez was player and coach of Colombia throughout the tournament.
The first match of Colombia in the professional era was played on 6 April in the 1949 South American Championship, a 3–0 defeat against Paraguay. The Austrian coach Friedrich Donnenfeld was the manager of Colombia during the tournament. He had moved with his family to Colombia due to the Second World War, and Atlético Junior would be his first team as a coach. As Junior was chosen to represent Colombia in the tournament, he became in the first European manager of the Colombia national team. However, the team repeated their losing streak since, as in the previous tournament, ended 8th with 2 draws and 5 losses, scoring 4 goals.
After a withdrawal in 1938 and getting banned in 1954 (due to the controversial El Dorado era), Colombia participated for the first time in qualifying for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden. Their first match was on 16 June 1957 against Uruguay in Bogotá, that ended in a 1–1 draw. Colombia lost their next matches, leaving them at the bottom of the group.
At the 1962 World Cup, Colombia lost their first match 2–1 against Uruguay. Luis Cubilla and Jorge Sasía scored for Uruguay at the 56th and 75th minute respectively, while Francisco Zuluaga scored a 19th minute penalty goal for Colombia. In the second match they got a 4–4 draw with the Soviet Union, champions of the 1960 European Nations' Cup. It should be noted that in this game, Colombia scored four goals against Soviet goalkeeper 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 so far. Unfortunately, the Colombian campaign in 1962 ended with a 5–0 defeat against Yugoslavia, who end up in fourth place in the tournament.
1990s Golden Era
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.
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.
For the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 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.
For the 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.
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. Colombia's second match was against Tunisia. Colombia's Leider Preciado struck seven minutes from the end to give a 1–0 win. 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.
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 in 2001 was held in Colombia, from 11 to 29 July. 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 the last minute, 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 6 and 10 July respectively, Honduras and Costa Rica were invited. There were no terrorist incidents within the competition. Colombia was placed in Group A with Venezuela, Chile, and Ecuador, and they finished on top of the group with nine points.
Hosts Colombia won their first Copa América title by beating Mexico in Bogotá. Their captain Iván Córdoba 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. It was also noted the following year that Brazil was then considered to be the strongest in the region at the time following their 2002 FIFA World Cup victory thus making the event 'legit'. This is also credited to the fact that Argentina failed to make it out of the group stage at the 2002 World Cup.
Depression Era (2002-2010)
For Korea/Japan 2002, hopes were high for Colombia, but a weak attack and internal turmoil crushed their hopes. Colombia only managed to place sixth in the qualification round. Uruguay and Colombia had both 27 points but due to goal difference, Uruguay advanced to the play-offs with Australia. Colombia would also eventually fail to qualify for the 2006 edition in Germany as well. Colombia failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, mainly because their constant change of formations and struggles to score goals in the last games of the qualification. They played an Exhibition Match against South Africa a month before the World Cup started, which they lost 2–1. The game was the first soccer match played in the recently built Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. All three goals of the match were scored by penalty kicks, and the match was highly criticized because both of the South Africa penalty kicks did not seem to be fouls at all, and because of the reported partiality of the referee towards the South Africa team. Another Exhibition Match was played in England against Nigeria, a match that ended in a 1–1 draw. Both matches were the first ones that coach Hernán Darío Gómez directed after his designation and return to Colombia's coaching. With a 2–0 win over Venezuela, and a 1–0 win against Ecuador, they wanted success over USA (which ended 0–0). In between all that they lost to Mexico 1–0. Los Cafeteros tied with Peru 1–1 but loss in an action packed duel against champions Spain 1–0. They successfully defeated Ecuador again 2–0 but suffered a 2–0 defeat to Chile in March even after many goal attempts. Colombia had beaten Hounduras 2–0 after two spectacular goals from Teo, although many fans complain games such as this one aren't testing their full potential. In Ft. Lauderdale, Colombia beat Jamaica 2–0 with Jackson Martinez and Teo scoring to test Leonel Álvarez's side as a coach.
A New Golden Generation (2010-Present)
In Copa América 2011, Colombia made a good run topping their group and shocking the host nation Argentina, who were the favorites. Before extra time, Falcao was given a penalty only to miss by a wide shot and forcing into extra time. Colombia lost 2–0 after a mistake by defense as Mario Yepes had accidentally tripped goal keeper Neco Martínez who conceded no goals up to this point allowing Peruvian player Carlos Lobatón a clear shot. Martinez later had mistakenly kicked the ball to Juan Manuel Vargas who sealed the victory for Peru.
The Colombian side gained Leonel Álvarez as the new coach following the resignation of Hernán Darío Gómez, but was sacked after 3 games with disappointing results, which led in the hiring of Argentina's José Pékerman. With an impressive world cup cycle campaign, this Colombian squad would break a personal qualifying best record, and raise the FIFA ranking consistently into the top 10 and allowed them to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. Celebrations broke throughout the nation, as many neturals hailed Colombia as a dark-horse towards being a world cup contender. Often, Colombia were noted by many figures in Colombia such as Carlos Valderrama as a team that could become the most successful Colombian squad in history.
2014 World Cup
Colombia topped off their return in the 2014 World Cup after a 16 year absence by defeating Greece 3-0. Colombia then edged a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast to dispute Group C's top spot days later. On the same day, Japan and Greece drew 0-0 and automatically qualified Colombia to the round of 16 for the first time in 24 years since the 1990 edition of the world cup. In its final group stage game, Colombia defeated Japan 4–1, to win Group C and become the third South American team (following Brazil and Argentina) to go 3–0 in group stage in World Cup history. Colombia went on to defeat Uruguay 2-0 on June 28, 2014 in the knockout round, securing a spot in the quarter finals for the first time in their history. Colombia fell to the host country Brazil 2–1 in the quarter final round in controversy, where media and figures such as Diego Maradona criticized FIFA and Carlos Velasco Carballo for 'favoring' Brazil and being biased in disallowing a goal from Mario Yepes and allowing too many fouls by the Brazilians to occur without any yellow cards being shown.
Despite the elimination, the national team was greeted by tens of thousands of Colombians in Bogotá Colombia, welcoming them back as heroes and restoring pride to the nation.  Colombia would then receive the FIFA Fair Play Trophy and have James Rodríguez and Juan Cuadrado end as the World Cup's leading goal scorer and assist leader respectively.
Schedule and results
Win Draw Loss
|Friendly February 6, 2013||Guatemala||1–4||Colombia||Miami Gardens, United States|
|20:00 GMT||Contreras 74'||Report||Martínez 24' 33'
|Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Referee: Paul Ward (Canada)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q March 22, 2013||Colombia||5–0||Bolivia||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|15:00 UTC−5||Torres 20'
T. Gutiérrez 62'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q March 26, 2013||Venezuela||1–0||Colombia||Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela|
|19:30 UTC−4:30||Rondón 14'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Polideportivo Cachamay
Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q June 7, 2013||Argentina||0–0||Colombia||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|19:05 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Referee: Marlon Escalante (Venezuela)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q June 11, 2013||Colombia||2–0||Peru||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|15:30 UTC−5||Falcao 12' (pen.)
T. Gutiérrez 45'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
|Friendly August 14, 2013||Colombia||1–0||Serbia||Barcelona, Spain|
|13:00 GMT||Guarín 89'||Report||Stadium: Mini Estadi
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q September 6, 2013||Colombia||1–0||Ecuador||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|17:00 UTC−5||J. Rodríguez 30'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q September 10, 2013||Uruguay||2–0||Colombia||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|19:00 UTC−3||Cavani 77'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q October 11, 2013||Colombia||3–3||Chile||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|16:00 UTC−5||T. Gutiérrez 69'
Falcao 74' (pen.), 83' (pen.)
|Report||Vidal 18' (pen.)
Sánchez 21', 29'
|Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Paulo Oliveira (Brazil)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q October 15, 2013||Paraguay||1–2||Colombia||Asunción, Paraguay|
|20:30 UTC−3||J. L. Rojas 7'||Report||Yepes 38', 56'||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: Diego Abal (Argentina)
|Friendly November 14, 2013||Belgium||0–2||Colombia||Brussels, Belgium|
|20:00 GMT||Report||Falcao 51'
|Stadium: Stade Roi Baudouin
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
|Friendly November 19, 2013||Netherlands||0–0||Colombia||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|19:30 GMT||Report||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Florian Meyer (Germany)
|Friendly March 5, 2014||Colombia||1–1||Tunisia||Cornella de Llobregat, Spain|
|18:00 GMT||J. Rodríguez 20' (pen.)||Report||Khazri 35'||Stadium: Estadi Cornellà-El Prat
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernandez (Spain)
|Friendly May 31, 2014||Colombia||2–2||Senegal||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|21:00 GMT||T. Gutiérrez 12'
|Stadium: Estadio Pedro Bidegain
Referee: Silvio Trucco (Argentina)
|Friendly June 7, 2014||Colombia||3–0||Jordan||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|23:00 GMT||J. Rodríguez 42' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Pedro Bidegain
Referee: Pablo Díaz (Argentina)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 14, 2014||Colombia||3–0||Greece||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC−3||Armero 5'
J. Rodríguez 90+3'
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Mineirão
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 19, 2014||Colombia||2–1||Ivory Coast||Brasília, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC−3||J. Rodríguez 64'
|Report||Gervinho 73'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 24, 2014||Japan||1–4||Colombia||Cuiabá, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC−3||Okazaki 45+1'||Report||Cuadrado 17' (pen.)
Martínez 55', 82'
J. Rodríguez 90'
|Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
|2014 FIFA World Cup June 28, 2014||Colombia||2–0||Uruguay||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|17:00 UTC−3||Rodríguez 28', 50'||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
|2014 FIFA World Cup July 4, 2014||Brazil||2–1||Colombia||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|17:00 UTC−3||Thiago Silva 7'
David Luiz 69'
|Report||Rodríguez 80' (pen.)||Stadium: Estádio Castelão
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
|Friendly September 5, 2014||Brazil||v||Colombia||Miami Gardens, United States|
|Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
With political issues with history/culture related nations Ecuador and Venezuela, Colombia has always taken interest. While Colombia has natural rival matches with neighbors Ecuador and Venezuela, the matches aren't as popular as the rival matches against Argentina.
The historical victory for Colombia in 1993 beating host Argentina in the 1993 World Cup qualifiers was the very first time Argentina lost in its home stadium Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti during a qualifying match for a world cup. An impressive 5–0 victory, many figures such as Diego Maradona expected Argentina to 'crush' Colombia entirely. Especially when Argentina were previous 2 time FIFA World Cup winners. Thus, it caused a huge upset and start of a respective rivalries. Unlike other rivalries full of hostility, the Colombian-Argentinean rivalry is more based on 'respect' than a 'hated' relationship always attracting great interest between both nations, evidenced by the applauding Argentinean crowd after Colombia's 5–0 victory proving the respect for Colombia. Thus the Colombian-Argentinean rivalry has been considered 'unique' and 'special'. In a way, the Colombian-Argentinean relationship is viewed as 'sparring partners' in world football.
The following players have been recently called up in the last 12 months.
- As of 4 July 2014
Most capped players
Since its inception the Colombia national football team has adopted different colors for their uniform. This article describe the evolution of the Colombia national football team strip along the years.
In July 1937 on the occasion of the inauguration of Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero of Cali and the fourth centenary of the founding of Cali city, was an international tournament with teams from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and would be the first Colombia team in unofficial game. In this opening Colombia team won 3–1 over Mexico. (Without information from the uniform worn.)
Colombia sky blue
Later in 1938 the Colombia team officially participated in the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games in Panama and later in the same year in Bogotá Bolivarian Games, for these two tournaments wore a sky blue shirt, white shorts and white socks. The sky blue may have been modeled upon three of the world's best teams at the time: Uruguay (Olympic Gold in 1924 and 1928 and the inaugural winners of the World Cup in 1930), Italy (World Cup winners in 1934 and 1938) and Argentina (Olympic Silver in 1928 and World Cup finalist in 1930).
In the year 1945, the highest authority in the Colombian football: Adefútbol, affiliated to FIFA and CONMEBOL, then the Colombia team participated for the first time in Copa América called 1945 South American Championship, held in Chile, where they played with a team purely "brown" because it was the Junior Barranquilla. (Without information from the kit worn.) Colombia team also participated in 1947 South American Championship and again in 1949, Adefútbol called to Junior Barranquilla to represent Colombia at the 1949 South American Championship in Brazil. (Without information from the uniform worn.)
Colombia dark blue
Colombia's participation in the championship 1957 South American Championship and the first appearance in the World Cup 1962 FIFA World Cup wore a dark blue shirt white shorts with white or dark blue socks and as an alternate dark blue shirt, dark blue shorts and white socks. This same kit was used in qualifying for the 1966 World.
On 15 June 1971, long after the power struggle between Adefútbol and Dimayor, a general assembly was held to give life to the present Colombian Football Federation and with it came the orange uniform, evoking the powerful Netherlands team world runner-up in 1974 and 1978: orange shirt with the national flag crossed on the chest, white shorts and orange socks, and for away matches a white shirt with the national flag crossed on the chest. In the great Copa América 75 on Efraín 'Caiman' Sanchez's team achieved the first time a subtitle Copa América, orange shirt was used without the fringe on the chest, black shorts and orange socks. By the early 80's is still with the same uniform, this time sponsored by the French brand Le Coq Sportif. In the friendly match 24 August 1984 against Argentina in which the Colombia team won 1 to 0, again used the orange shirt with the tricolor band cross.
In 1985 started the tricolor era for the uniform of Colombia team, and for the qualifying to the 1986 FIFA World Cup using a kit designed by María Elvira Pardo with tricolor turtle neck, sleeves and stockings with tricolor edge, red shirt, blue shorts and yellow socks for the home matches and yellow shirt for the away matches. Colombia team used kits of the German brand Adidas in the final matches of the qualifying, keeping the same colors.
For the 1988 Ciudad de Bogotá cup, the 1989 Copa América and the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia national team turned to wear Adidas, with red shirt, blue shorts and yellow socks for home matches and yellow shirt for away matches. Also for the 1990 FIFA World Cup Adidas designed the kit, keeping the same colours.
Since 1992 they used a local yellow shirt, blue shorts and red socks from the brand Comba. For the 1993 Copa América and the 1994 FIFA World Cup Colombia national team was worn by the English brand Umbro with the same colours: yellow shirt, blue shorts and red socks and blue shirt for away matches. Umbro sponsored the Colombia national team until 1997, in 1998 Reebok is the new brand of clothing from Colombia team on the 1998 FIFA World Cup, keeping the same colours for home matches and blue shirt, white shorts and white or blue socks for away matches, Reebok dressed the Colombia national team in the 2001 Copa América until 2002.
Between 29 and 30 December 2002, the Federation traveled to Panama to negotiate with the Italian sportswear company Lotto, they obtained sponsorship in 2003 and it was used on the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, keeping the same colours that they had been using for both home and away jerseys. Lotto accompanied the Colombia team until 2010. Since 2011 the German brand Adidas returned, Adidas was present in March 2011. For the 2011 South American Youth Championship in Peru, held in January, team Colombia uses a preliminary design from Adidas.
In November 2013, Adidas released a very controversial new design for the home jersey, carrying a yellow/blue striped shirt while also carrying blue and white designs, while attending to white shorts and white socks (carrying the Colombian flag stripes), where many Colombian supporters gave a negative mixed response. Likely due towards breaking the traditional yellow shirt, blue shorts, and red socks that started during early 2013 by changing the socks to white. Although Adidas has been praised for including the traditional Sombrero Vueltiao, within the blue stripe that is also surrounding the country's football association badge. Although more positive response has turned towards the away jersey (to be fully revealed in January 2014) over a red scheme, returning the classical late '80s / early '90s praised jerseys.
FIFA World Cup
Main article: Colombia at the FIFA World Cup
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
FIFA Confederations Cup
Main article: Colombia at the Copa América
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
South American Championship
List of coaches: