Eduardo Lara is the current Colombian youth coach who coaches all levels of the Youth NT after Reynaldo Rueda was promoted to coaching the senior team. Lara is a very strict man and has left many players off the youth squads. Even important players like Dayro Moreno and currently four starters of the Under 17 team that were supposed to go to the Under 17 World Cup in Korea but were kicked off the team for drinking.
He led Colombian under 20s in 2005 to win the Sudamericana and to the World Cup where they lost in the quarter-finals to Argentina the eventual champions. In 2007 his under 20s failed to make it to the World Cup but qualified the under 17s to the World Cup in Korea by finishing 2nd in the Sudamericana by goal difference to Brasil.
On September 19, 2008, he was named as a provisional manager for major Colombian football team as Jorge Luis Pinto was dismissed by the board of Colombian Football Federation. He will lead the team for the matches against Paraguay and Brazil for 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.
He also has led the 20s on the 2011 World Cup in Colombia in which the Colombian team beat France 4-1, Mali 2-0 and Korea 1-0 on the group stage, on the round of 16 the Colombian team beat Costa Rica 3-2 and on Quarter finals was beat by Mexico 1-3.