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|Bet:||Returns:||Japan £43.30||Draw £33.00||Colombia £18.30|
|Bet:||Returns:||Japan £45.00||Draw £34.00||Colombia £17.30|
The defence looks rock-solid with quality Serie A players such as Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero and Cristian Zapata anchoring the side, and there is talent to spare in a frightening forward line. Coach Hernan Gomez will have to figure out how to harness this quality and ensure that his strikers get the chances to do damage, something which the 55-year-old so far has not been able to do. Nevertheless, a second-placed finish in Group A is well within reach, and after that they will not be an easy prospect for any team in the knock-out stages.
The Porto forward enjoys brilliant technical ability, and also excels with both feet as well as his head. Blessed with speed and balance, he knows exactly where the goal is and can strike fear into the hearts of the defence and goalkeeper when he starts striding forward with the ball at his feet.
With the Portuguese club, he has notched up 63 goals, making him the highest-ever Colombian goalscorer on the old continent. The 2010-11 season also saw him overtake Jurgen Klinsmann as the top-scorer in a single Uefa Cup/Europa League campaign, all of which makes him a fearsome attacking threat.
COPA AMERICA HISTORY
- Best position: Champions (2001)
- Biggest victory: 5-0 vs Argentina, World Cup Qualifiers 1993
- Biggest defeat: 9-0 vs Brazil, 1957
HOW THEY PLAY
The talented players are there, and they are capable of doing serious damage to any defence. However, the biggest defect in this team is the lack of service that the forwards suffer throughout a game. Football is won by scoring and with this tactical diagram, Colombia are far from able to execute this, despite quality attackers such as Falcao and Hugo Rodallega.
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Carlos 'El Pibe' Valderrama
The brilliant playmaker was the star of the Colombian side that played in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. He was also the principle architect of the side's biggest-ever win over Argentina, 5-0 in the Estadio Monumental on an unforgettable day back in 1993.
'El Pibe' was far from a dynamic player, with some swearing that he never ran on the pitch, but he did not need to. His pace could be found in his football brain, which always produced the perfect pass to release forwards clear against the goalkeeper. He made the difficult look mundanely simple. Valderrama left the Colombian national team after France '98, and his like has never been seen again.
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