Colombia have qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years and you can only imagine the happiness this has brought this amazing country. As with all things Colombia did this the hard way after sensationally being 3-0 down in the match against Chile to come back to draw the game 3-3 and book themselves on the plane to Brasil.
The “Cafeteros” as they are known are currently ranked 5th best team in the world and therefore have a chance of winning the tournament when it begins next June.
In all the major towns and cities of Colombia people were so happy that fireworks were set off from the final minute until early on Saturday morning. Salsa dancing in the streets and car horns honking, celebrating Colombia’s return to footballs biggest stage.
The Pekerman Factor
Every since his arrival, the Argentinian Peckerman has changed the mentality of the Colombian national team from that of a mediocre team to that of a winning one. Even the ex coach of Colombia admits that
“Pekerman achieved better utilization of the players.””Colombia has many players playing at a high level. Today there is more tactical application that helps the team.”
With the amazing talents of players like Radamel Falcao Garcia and James Rodriguez, among others. Those players, before criticised for not living up to what they were doing at club level.
Colombia is now seen not only as one of the strongest teams in South American football but on the International scene.
Before the announcement of Peckerman to lead the qualification process Colombia were ranked 36 in the world, at this moment in time they rank 5th, testament to the work and progress they have achieved.
So whether Colombia are drawn in Sao Paulo or Salvador there will be a party going on for sure when the thousands of Colombians arrive with their passion and warmth. Both writers from Event Traveller will be there to keep you updated for sure.
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