Countdown to Brazil World Cup – Group C – Colombia

Colombia fared nicely at the 2014 World Cup draw being put in the same group as the Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece, and being the only South American team in Group C should provide a welcome advantage in Brazil.

The Colombians performed well defensively during qualification and if classy striker Radamel Falcao can overcome a severe leg injury in time for the World Cup, then Colombia will be the ones most likely in this group.

Playing on their own continent Colombia should be able to finish in the top two in Group C to see them through to the next round, especially against opponents who do not have a great record of advancing to the next stage of this tournament.

A Round of 16 clash against the likes of England, Italy or Uruguay awaits the final two qualifiers from this group and whoever that may be, the face a tough prospect of getting through to the quarter finals.

Early 2014 World Cup odds for Colombia have them $26 to win the tournament and $1.83 to win Group C.

Colombia World Cup Odds

Win the World Cup: $26.00
Win Group C: $1.83
Qualify for next Round: $1.30
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $11.00

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With a defensive mindset under their Argentinian coach Jose Pekerman and a home continent advantage, Colombia has the necessary talent on the pitch to stifle the attacking forays of their Group C rivals, along with the ability to score goals, which make them the team to beat in this group.

The $1.83 about Colombia to win Group C is a very attractive proposition, and they appear close to a good thing @ $1.30 to qualify for the next round.

Group C Draw for Colombia

Colombia  play Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C and their first match will be against Greece on Sunday 15th June 2014 at 2am in the morning (Australian time).

Sun 15 Jun Colombia vs Greece 2am Belo Horizonte Bet now
Fri 20 Jun Colombia vs Ivory Coast 2am Brasilia Bet now
Wed 25 Jun Japan vs Colombia 6am Cuiaba Bet now

Colombia World Cup Squad

The 30 man Colombia World Cup Provisional Squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.

colombia-shirt Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe)

Defenders: Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo), Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Pablo Armero (Napoli)

Midfielders: Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Macnelly Torres (Al Shabab), Juan Guilermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense), Alexander Mejia (Nacional), Elkin Soto (Mainz)

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Jackson Martinez (Porto)

Head Coach for the Colombia World Cup squad is Jose Pekerman and team captain is Mario Yepes.

World Cup players to watch for Colombia

Radomel Falcao is Colombia’s main man and if he can find his way to Brazil then the Colombians will be a force to be reckoned with during the group stage, as he can tear any defence apart. Falcao scored the most goals for Colombia in qualification and his presence will make opposition defences very nervous.

Youngster Eder Alvarez Balanta is a tough, talented player who is emerging at just the right time for his country, while attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is a classy conveyance who has grown to be an important cog in the Columbian machine.

Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez are other players likely to make their presence felt for Columbia at this year’s World Cup.

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Visit our Group C page for more info on the competing teams in this group at the 2014 World Cup.

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