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Colombia - World Cup 2018

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Colombia was one of the more memorable teams of 2014, but in Russia 2018 they will need to put their best foot forward if they want a repeat performance.

Ranked second in their group, they will still have to work hard to beat Senegal and Japan, who pose real threats to Colombia's 2018 bid.

The good news is that the key players in 2014 are back at it again for 2018, and with a core group of Radamel Falcao, David Ospina, and James Rodriguez there is no reason they shouldn't do well.

A Nation Surrounded By World Cup Champions

Colombia has always been a country standing in the shadow of the soccer giants surrounding it.

But, consistently competing against Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay has made Colombia stronger.

Many regard the 5-0 win over Argentina in 1993 as their coming-out party, one which gained Colombia the deserved respect from its powerful neighbors.

What Was Colombia’s Road To The 2018 World Cup?

To qualify for Russia 2018, Colombia had to go through Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and the two-time defending Copa America champions Chile, all while having up and comers Peru on their heels.

Only two points separated third-place finishers Argentina and sixth-place finishers Chile, who were the last team to be eliminated. Colombia was just one point ahead of both Chile and Peru with 27 points.

How Does The Colombia World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up?

As far as personnel goes, Colombia will be taking much of the same group to Russia as they did to Brazil in 2014.

Through several of the qualifying matches, Rodriguez, Falcao, and Ospina were not available due to obligations to their club teams, forcing Coach Jose Pekerman to rely on substitutes. But, Rodriguez was still able to lead his team in scoring during qualifying, notching 6 goals.

James Rodriquez, Falcao, and Ospina are joined by Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel, and Juan Cuadrado to provide support and secondary scoring.

New to the group will be Tottenham Hotspurs' Davinson Sanchez, who is only 21 years old and brings a good deal of speed at Center back. Pekerman will have his group playing a 4-3-2-1 and 4-2-3-1, relying on a solid defense with a powerful counter-strike.

Colombia Odds To Win World Cup 2018

Colombia's odds for winning their group are 13/10, and they are at 1/3 odds to make it into the knockout round, which is good. But, reaching the Quarter Finals this year will likely require beating Belgium or England in the Round of 16, which is not a small task.

Colombia's overall odds for winning the World Cup are 25/1.

Colombia World Cup 2018

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