World Cup 2014: Colombia – Key Players

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Mario Yepes (Captain)

Yepes

Age

38

Club

Atalanta

Position

Defender

Int. Caps

96

Int. Goals

6

 

Mario Yepes is the inspirational captain of the Colombian national team and even at 38, the defender remains a vital part of Jose Pekerman’s plans.

Colombia boasted the best defensive record during the qualification rounds and it was Yepes’ partnership with Luis Amaranto Perea which formed the backbone of the South American side’s success. Yepes is a vastly experienced player who has played consistently at the highest level for the likes of River Plate, Paris Saint Germain and Milan.

The defender has already announced that he will be retiring following the conclusion of the World Cup and he will undoubtedly want to bow out on a high by guiding his Colombian side to at least the quarter finals of the tournament in Brazil.

Jackson Martinez

Martinez

Age

27

Club

Porto

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

26

Int. Goals

8

 

While the possibility of Radamel Falcao missing the World Cup has been grabbing headlines, one should not forget that even in the absence of the Monaco striker, Colombia possess a couple of fantastic frontmen who are more than capable of filling the void left by the superstar.

One of those strikers is certainly Jackson Martinez. The 27-year old has been in sensational form for Porto this season, scoring 29 goals in 50 appearances and as a result, has been attracting the interest from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Teofilo Gutierrez looks likely to lead the line for Colombia and Jackson Martinez could well partner the River Plate striker ahead of the likes of Luis Muriel, Adrian Ramos and Carlos Bacca.

James Rodriguez

Rodriguez

Age

22

Club

Monaco

Position

Attacking Midfielder

Int. Caps

21

Int. Goals

4

 

Arguably the most exciting player to emerge from Colombia in recent times, James Rodriguez is considered one of the top young talents in world football at the moment.

The midfielder made a whopping £35million move from Porto to Monaco last season and seems to be heading towards superstardom in the foreseeable future.

Pacey, skillful and a wonderful eye for goal, Rodriguez possesses all the skills in his repertoire to become one of the best players in the world and he is certainly vital to Colombia’s chances at the World Cup. If Rodriguez is able to perform well in Brazil – the young man’s place as the best young player in the world, will be further cemented.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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