Colombia national football team

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Colombia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers) La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
AssociationFederación Colombiana de Fútbol (FCF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachArturo Reyes
CaptainRadamel Falcao
Most capsCarlos Valderrama (111)
Top scorerRadamel Falcao (32)
Home stadiumEstadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez[1]
FIFA codeCOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current11 Increase 3 (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest3 (July–August 2013, September 2014 – March 2015, June–August 2016)
Lowest54 (June 2011)
Elo ranking
Current6 Increase 3 (12 November 2018)[3]
Highest3 (June 2016)
Lowest98 (August 1965)
First international
 Mexico 3–1 Colombia 
(Panama City, Panama; 10 February 1938)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 0–6 Colombia 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 26 March 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 9–0 Colombia 
(Lima, Peru; 24 March 1957)[4]
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1962)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
Copa América
Appearances21 (first in 1945)
Best resultChampions (2001)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2000)
Best resultRunners-up (2000)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2003)
Best resultFourth Place (2003)

The Colombia national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Colombia) 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 11th in the FIFA World Rankings.[5] The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country.

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 fan base.[6][7]

Colombia had its strongest period during the 1990s. A 1993 match resulted in a 5–0 win over Argentina which began a special "mutual respect" rivalry between both nations.[8] The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley Stadium 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 murder 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 América 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 four result in seven Copa Américas. 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.[9]

Colombia missed three World Cups between 2002 and 2010. During the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Colombia showed improvement over the 2011 Copa América, bringing its rank up to the top ten for the first time since 2002 and into the top five consistently for the first time since 2004. After a 16-year-long wait, in 2014 Colombia finally returned to the World Cup, where they were able to advance to the quarter-finals, the furthest Colombia has ever made it in a World Cup.[9][10] Colombia's midfielder James Rodríguez won two awards, the Golden Boot for most goals (6) and Best Goal of the Tournament.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Fernando Paternoster was the first foreign manager of the Colombia national team. He was also the one to coach Colombia to its first international game.
The Argentine Adolfo Pedernera was the manager of Colombia during the 1962 World Cup.

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).[11] 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, while 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 finished fourth with one win and three losses. Fernando Paternoster was the manager of Colombia, the side's first foreign manager.

Colombia did not play again until 1945, when they participated for the first time at the South American Championship, finishing in fifth place. This time, Colombia was composed by players of Junior de Barranquilla save for Antonio de la Hoz (who played for Sporting de Barranquilla) and Pedro Ricardo López (who played for Boca Juniors de Cali).[12] 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. Austrian coach Friedrich Donnenfeld was the manager of Colombia during the tournament; he had moved with his family to Colombia due to World War II, and Atlético Junior would be his first team as a coach.[13] As Junior was chosen to represent Colombia in the tournament, he became in the first European manager of the Colombia national team. The team, however, repeated their losing streak since, as in the previous tournament, ended eighth with two draws and five losses, scoring four 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, a 1–1 draw. Colombia lost their next matches, leaving them at the bottom of the group.

Stamp commemorating the match played against Uruguay in the 1962 World Cup.

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 earned a 4–4 draw with the Soviet Union, champions of the 1960 European Nations' Cup. 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 finished in fourth place in the tournament.

1990s: Golden Era[edit]

Colombia at the 1990 World Cup

At 1990 World Cup, Colombia defeated United Arab Emirates 2–0, lost to Yugoslavia 1–0, and earned their place in the round of 16 after a 1–1 draw with West Germany, who would later win the World Cup. Colombia would be eliminated in their next match against Cameroon with a 2–1 defeat in extra time.

For the 1994 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. Colombia was assigned to the Group A with the hosts United States, Romania, and Switzerland. During the tournament, Colombia only earned one win and suffered two losses, which would eliminate them in the first phase. During the match against the United States, an unwanted incident occurred, when Andrés Escobar scored an own goal, leading to Colombia's elimination. Escobar was later murdered following the own goal in Colombia.

Colombia ended their qualification for the 1998 World Cup in third place with 28 points, two points below first-place Argentina with 30 points. Colombia was assigned to the Group G alongside Tunisia, England and Romania. Romania obtained a 1–0 victory in the first match. Colombia's second match was a 1–0 win against Tunisia, with a goal from Leider Preciado. In the last match, however, England won the game 2–0, thereby eliminating Colombia.

2001 Copa America[edit]

Iván Córdoba captained the Colombian team that won the 2001 Copa América, also scoring the sole goal in the final against Mexico.

The 2001 Copa América was the first Copa América held in Colombia. Prior to the tournament, meetings were held by CONMEBOL authorities who were concerned about potential security issues in Colombia, and the tournament was cancelled on 1 July, just ten days before the opening match.[14] On 6 July, CONMEBOL decided to reinstate the tournament, which was held on schedule. Canada had already disbanded its training camp and released its players, so Costa Rica (a CONCACAF invitee) was invited to the tournament. Claiming that Argentine players had received death threats from terrorist groups, the Argentine Football Association decided to withdraw from the competition the day before the first game, with Honduras (a CONCACAF invitee) hastily invited and flown in by the Colombian Air Force to participate.[14] There were no terrorist incidents within the competition. Colombia had a strong run through the tournament, winning their first Copa América title by defeating Mexico (a CONCACAF invitee) with a goal from Iván Córdoba in the second half.

Depression Era (2002–2010)[edit]

For the 2002 World Cup, Colombia only managed to place sixth in the qualification round, tied with Uruguay, but failing to qualify due to goal difference. Colombia would also eventually fail to qualify for the 2006 edition in Germany and for the 2010 World Cup, mainly because their constant change of formations and struggles to score goals in the last games of the qualification.[citation needed]

A new golden generation (2010–present)[edit]

In the 2011 Copa América, Colombia made a good run topping their group and achieving a draw to the host nation Argentina, who were the favourites. In the next round, Colombia would be eliminated in a 2–0 loss against Peru in extra time.

"We can't stop people talking about us, nor should we duck away from positive opinions. This national squad, with a new generation of players, is making history. Nowadays nearly all of us are playing in Europe and I think we've got a wider variety of players and talent than we did at the 1994 World Cup, when this pressure was on them too. But we can't afford to get too carried away with what people say. Of course we want to have a great tournament, but we mustn't let ourselves get weighed down by external pressures."

Jackson Martínez on the current generation and its run into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[15]

The Colombian side gained Leonel Álvarez as the new coach following the resignation of Hernán Darío Gómez, but was sacked after three games with disappointing results, which led in the hiring of José Pékerman. The Colombian squad would break a personal qualifying best record, and raise the FIFA ranking consistently into the top ten and allowed them to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. Celebrations broke throughout the nation, as many neutrals hailed Colombia as a dark-horse towards being a World Cup contender.[16][17][18][19] 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.[16][20]

2014 World Cup[edit]

Colombia topped off their return in the 2014 World Cup after a 16-year absence by defeating Greece 3–0.[21] Colombia then edged a 2–1 victory over the Ivory Coast to dispute Group C's top spot days later.[22] 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 World Cup.[23] 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. The Japan match also saw goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón, the last active player from the country's previous World Cup appearance in 1998, become the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup final tournament. Colombia went on to defeat Uruguay 2–0 on 28 June in the knockout round, securing a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Colombia then fell to hosts 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.[24][25][26][27][28][29]

Despite the elimination, the national team was greeted by tens of thousands of Colombians in Bogotá, welcoming them back as heroes and restoring pride to the nation.[30][31] 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.[32][33]

2015 Copa América[edit]

Colombia had a disappointing 2015 Copa América, having won only a single game during the group stage match against Brazil, with their only goal of the tournament. Colombia would be eliminated by Argentina in the next round via penalty shootout, ending their campaign with one win, two draws and one loss. Only one goal was scored for throughout the tournament, by Jeison Murillo, who would later win the tournament's Best Young Player award and be included in the tournament's Star XI.

Copa América Centenario[edit]

Colombia began their campaign with a 0–2 victory against hosts United States. Days later, they sealed their qualification to the quarter-finals with a 2–1 victory against Paraguay. However, they fell to Costa Rica 2–3 and finished second in the group following a complete change with 11 of their starters. On 17 June, they advanced to the semi-finals with a win against Peru on penalties 4–2 in front of 79,000 fans at MetLife Stadium. Colombia would then lose (2–0) to eventual tournament winners Chile following mistakes by their defence. Colombia won the third-place match against the United States to seal their best result since winning the 2001 tournament.

2018 World Cup[edit]

Colombia qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and drew a challenging group; playing with Japan, Poland and Senegal.[34] The team was nevertheless considered the group favorites, but began their campaign with an unexpected 2–1 controversial defeat to Japan, with Carlos Sánchez being sent off after just three minutes of play.[35][36][37] Colombia resurrected their hopes of advancing from the group with a 3–0 win over Poland, whose own chances of advancing were ended with the defeat. After the match, head coach José Pékerman dedicated the win to Carlos Sánchez.[38][39][40] On 28 June, Colombia beat Senegal by a scoreline of 1–0, topping their group and advancing into the round of sixteen.[41][42][43] On 3 July in Moscow, Colombia were knocked out by England in the round of 16; the game finished 1–1 after extra time, with England winning 4–3 on penalties.[44][45]

Match referee Mark Geiger proved to be controversial, with criticism from both sets of teams.[46] Colombia captain Radamel Falcao and manager José Pékerman both accused Geiger of favouring the England team during the match.[47][48] Diego Maradona once again claimed favouritism against Colombia, saying, "England's penalty was a terrible call and that the ref won the match for England," and that Colombia were victims of a "monumental robbery".[49][50][51][52] In response, FIFA said Maradona's comments were "entirely inappropriate" and insinuations about the referee "completely unfounded". A FIFA statement read, "Following comments made by Diego Armando Maradona in relation to yesterday’s round of 16 game, Colombia vs England, FIFA strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match. Furthermore, it also considers the additional comments and insinuations made as being entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded."[53][54] Maradona subsequently apologized to FIFA and its president, admitting some of things he said were unacceptable: "I said a couple of things and, I admit, some of them are unacceptable."[55]

José Mourinho was also critical of the English squad, claiming "theatrical" antics from them as well as the overall refereeing done, also saying, "I was surprised to see central defenders like Harry Maguire, normally he is a very honest guy, diving in the attacking box asking the referee for VAR. Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee. The game loses quality… and for me that was the negative point."[56][57][58]

Rivalries[edit]

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 are not as popular as the rival matches against Argentina and Brazil.

The historical Colombian 5–0 victory in 1993, beating host Argentina in the 1994 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. Argentina come as a previous twice World Cup champion. It caused a huge upset and start of a respective rivalries. Unlike other rivalries full of hostility, the Colombian–Argentine rivalry is more based on "respect" than a "hated" relationship always attracting great interest between both nations.[59] Thus, the Colombian–Argentine rivalry has been considered "unique" and "special". In a way, the Colombian–Argentine relationship is viewed as "sparring partners" in world football.

During the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, Brazil faced Colombia, with the match ending in a 2–1 defeat. A disallowed goal from Colombian captain Mario Yepes would have tied the match for Colombia. Matches afterwards between the two countries have been played with great intensity and hostility. However, following the tragic LaMia Flight 2933 incident in 2016, the rivalry has improved in a less hostile matter; the sportsmanship from Atlético Nacional in regards to concede the title to allow Chapecoense to be awarded the championship was highly praised amongst not only Brazilians but globally. A unofficial friendly between the two countries was played in 2017 using only domestic players in honor of the plane crash's victims as well as the friendship between the respective domestic clubs.

All-time results[edit]

The following table shows Colombia's all-time international record, correct as of 1 June 2018.[60][61]

Schedule and results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the two friendly matches against United States and Costa Rica on 11 and 16 October 2018 respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 16 October 2018 after the match against Costa Rica.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK David Ospina (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 30) 94 0 Italy Napoli
1GK Álvaro Montero (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Colombia Tolima

2DF Santiago Arias (1992-01-13) 13 January 1992 (age 26) 48 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Jeison Murillo (1992-05-27) 27 May 1992 (age 26) 27 1 Spain Valencia
2DF Davinson Sánchez (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 (age 22) 17 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Óscar Murillo (1988-04-18) 18 April 1988 (age 30) 15 0 Mexico Pachuca
2DF Felipe Aguilar (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional
2DF Helibelton Palacios (1993-06-11) 11 June 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional
2DF Cristian Borja (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Mexico Toluca
2DF Deiver Machado (1993-09-02) 2 September 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional

3MF Juan Cuadrado (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 30) 78 8 Italy Juventus
3MF James Rodríguez (vice-captain) (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 27) 68 22 Germany Bayern Munich
3MF Edwin Cardona (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 25) 33 5 Argentina Boca Juniors
3MF Juan Fernando Quintero (1993-01-18) 18 January 1993 (age 25) 22 3 Argentina River Plate
3MF Wílmar Barrios (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 25) 17 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
3MF Mateus Uribe (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 27) 15 0 Mexico América
3MF Juan Daniel Roa (1991-08-20) 20 August 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Colombia Santa Fe
3MF Sebastián Villa (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
3MF Didier Moreno (1991-09-15) 15 September 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña

4FW Radamel Falcao (captain) (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 32) 81 32 France Monaco[nb 1]
4FW Carlos Bacca (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 32) 52 16 Spain Villarreal
4FW Miguel Borja (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 25) 10 3 Brazil Palmeiras
4FW Yimmi Chará (1991-04-02) 2 April 1991 (age 27) 9 1 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
4FW Juan Camilo Hernández (1999-04-22) 22 April 1999 (age 19) 1 2 Spain Huesca
Notes
  1. ^ Monaco play in the French league, but are based in Monaco.

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been recently called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Iván Arboleda (1996-04-21) 21 April 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Argentina Banfield v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
GK Camilo Vargas (1989-03-09) 9 March 1989 (age 29) 5 0 Colombia Deportivo Cali 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK José Fernando Cuadrado (1985-06-01) 1 June 1985 (age 33) 1 0 Colombia Once Caldas 2018 FIFA World Cup

DF William Tesillo (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 28) 4 0 Mexico León v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
DF Jhon Lucumí (1998-06-26) 26 June 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Genk v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
DF Cristián Zapata (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 32) 56 2 Italy Milan 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Yerry Mina (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 (age 24) 15 6 England Everton 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Farid Díaz (1983-07-20) 20 July 1983 (age 35) 13 0 Colombia Valledupar 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Johan Mojica (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 26) 8 1 Spain Girona 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Frank Fabra (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 27) 19 1 Argentina Boca Juniors 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
DF Stefan Medina (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 26) 11 0 Mexico Monterrey 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Bernardo Espinosa (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Spain Girona 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

MF Gustavo Cuéllar (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Brazil Flamengo v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
MF Nicolás Benedetti (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Colombia Deportivo Cali v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
MF Jorman Campuzano (1996-04-30) 30 April 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Colombia Atlético Nacional v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
MF Carlos Sánchez (1986-02-06) 6 February 1986 (age 32) 88 0 England West Ham United 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Abel Aguilar (1985-01-06) 6 January 1985 (age 33) 71 7 United States Dallas 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Jefferson Lerma (1994-10-25) 25 October 1994 (age 24) 9 0 England Bournemouth 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Giovanni Moreno (1986-07-01) 1 July 1986 (age 32) 21 3 China Shanghai Shenhua 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Sebastián Pérez (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 25) 8 1 Mexico Pachuca 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Víctor Cantillo (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Colombia Junior v.  Australia, 27 March 2018

FW Luis Muriel (1991-04-16) 16 April 1991 (age 27) 22 2 Spain Sevilla v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
FW Alfredo Morelos (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Scotland Rangers v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
FW Luis Díaz (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Colombia Junior v.  Argentina, 11 September 2018
FW José Izquierdo (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 26) 6 1 England Brighton & Hove Albion 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Teófilo Gutiérrez (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 33) 51 15 Colombia Junior 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Duván Zapata (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Italy Atalanta 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Felipe Pardo (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 28) 3 1 Greece Olympiacos v.  France, 23 March 2018 PRE
FW Avilés Hurtado (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 31) 2 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  France, 23 March 2018 PRE

Individual records[edit]

  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.
As of 17 October 2018[62]

Most capped players[edit]

Carlos Valderrama, Colombia's most capped player in history.
# Player National career Matches Goals
1 Carlos Valderrama 1985–1998 111 11
2 Mario Yepes 1999–2014 102 6
3 Leonel Álvarez 1985–1997 101 1
4 David Ospina 2007– 94 0
5 Carlos Sánchez 2007– 88 0
6 Freddy Rincón 1990–2001 84 17
7 Juan Cuadrado 2010– 78 8 Luis Carlos Perea 1987–1994 78 2
10 Iván Córdoba 1997–2010 73 5
Óscar Córdoba 1993–2006 73 0

Most capped goalkeepers[edit]

# Player National career Matches Goals
1 David Ospina 2007– 94 0
2 Óscar Córdoba 1993–2006 73 0
3 René Higuita 1987–1999 68 3
4 Miguel Calero 1995–2009 51 0
Faryd Mondragón 1993–2014 51 0

Top scorers[edit]

Radamel Falcao is Colombia's all-time top scorer with 32 goals.
# Player National career Goals Matches Average
1 Radamel Falcao (list) 2007–0000 32 81 0.395
2 Arnoldo Iguarán 1979–1993 24 68 0.353
3 James Rodríguez 2011–0000 22 68 0.324
4 Faustino Asprilla 1993–2001 20 57 0.351
5 Freddy Rincón 1990–2001 17 84 0.202
6 Carlos Bacca 2010–0000 16 52 0.308
7 Teófilo Gutiérrez 2009–0000 15 51 0.294
Víctor Aristizábal 1993–2003 15 66 0.227
9 Adolfo Valencia 1992–1998 14 37 0.378
10 Iván Valenciano 1991–2000 13 29 0.448
Antony de Ávila 1983–1998 13 54 0.241

Coaching staff[edit]

[63]

Manager Vacant
Assistant manager Argentina Néstor Lorenzo
Argentina Patricio Camps
Argentina Pablo Garabello
Physical trainer Argentina Eduardo Urtasún
Goalkeeping coach Colombia Eduardo Niño

Kits[edit]

Colombia current kit (2017–present)
Home Alternative

Competitive record[edit]

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938 Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Banned
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 3rd 4 0 1 3 3 8
Chile 1962 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 5 11 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
England 1966 Did not qualify 3rd 4 1 0 3 4 10
Mexico 1970 3rd 6 1 1 4 7 12
West Germany 1974 2nd 4 1 3 0 3 2
Argentina 1978 3rd 4 0 2 2 1 8
Spain 1982 3rd 4 0 2 2 4 7
Mexico 1986 3rd 8 3 2 3 7 11
Italy 1990 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 4 1st1 6 3 2 1 6 3
United States 1994 Group stage 19th 3 1 0 2 4 5 1st 6 4 2 0 13 2
France 1998 21st 3 1 0 2 1 3 3rd 16 8 4 4 23 15
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 6th 18 7 6 5 20 15
Germany 2006 6th 18 6 6 6 24 16
South Africa 2010 7th 18 6 5 7 22 26
Brazil 2014 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 12 4 2nd 16 9 3 4 27 13
Russia 2018 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 6 3 4th 18 7 6 5 21 19
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Quarter-finals 6/23 22 9 3 10 32 30 134 50 40 44 166 149
1.^ Played Intercontinental playoffs.

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 5 5
Germany 2005 Did not qualify
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
2021 To be determined
Total Fourth Place 1/10 5 2 0 3 5 5

Copa América[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

South American Championship[edit]

South American Championship
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1916 Did not exist
Uruguay 1917
Brazil 1919
Chile 1920
Argentina 1921
Brazil 1922
Uruguay 1923
Uruguay 1924
Argentina 1925
Chile 1926
Peru 1927
Argentina 1929
Peru 1935
Argentina 1937
Peru 1939 Withdrew
Chile 1941
Uruguay 1942
Chile 1945 Fifth place 5th 6 1 1 4 7 25
Argentina 1946 Withdrew
Ecuador 1947 Eighth place 8th 7 0 2 5 2 19
Brazil 1949 8th 7 0 2 5 4 23
Peru 1953 Withdrew
Chile 1955
Uruguay 1956
Peru 1957 Fifth place 5th 6 2 0 4 10 25
Argentina 1959 Withdrew
Ecuador 1959
Bolivia 1963 Seventh place 7th 6 0 1 5 10 19
Uruguay 1967 Did not qualify
Total Fifth place 5/19 32 3 6 23 33 111

Copa América[edit]

Copa América
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
South America 1975 Runners-up 2nd 9 6 0 3 11 5
South America 1979 Group stage 5th 4 2 1 1 5 2
South America 1983 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Argentina 1987 Third place 3rd 4 3 0 1 8 3
Brazil 1989 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 4
Chile 1991 Fourth place 4th 7 2 2 3 5 6
Ecuador 1993 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 6 4
Uruguay 1995 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 8
Bolivia 1997 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 0 3 6 7
Paraguay 1999 5th 4 3 0 1 8 4
Colombia 2001 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 11 0
Peru 2004 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 7 7
Venezuela 2007 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 9
Argentina 2011 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 3 2
Chile 2015 6th 4 1 2 1 1 1
United States 2016 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6
Brazil 2019 To be determined
Ecuador 2023
Total 1 Title 16/16 81 40 17 24 101 75

Honours[edit]

Managers[edit]

The following is a list of the Colombian national team managers since its first official match in 1938:[64]

See also[edit]

Titles[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
1999 – BrazilBrazil
South American Champions
2001 (First title)
Succeeded by
2004 – BrazilBrazil

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External links[edit]

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