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The Colombian icon Carlos Valderrrama has joined an analytical team in ESPN in which he will be and has already started talking about the upcoming World Cup as well as the Colombian national team, the squad he used to play in during the 80’s and 90s.
Valderrama is now a member of the television show ‘’ Balon Dividido’’ of ESPN in Colombia.
‘’For me it’s a huge satisfaction being here and I am hoping that everything works well with everybody around me. When I received the invitation to join the team, I did not hesitate’’.
‘’The Idea is to stay in tune and up to date In Brazil with the Colombian national team so we can give our thoughts after each match is played. I am optimistic about the team that Colombian will be playing with for the upcoming worldwide and I am so confident because of the previous performances that the team has already made and in the way that Colombia managed to qualify, it gives the fans a sense of tranquility and confidence’’.
Valderrama also went on talking about the first match which will be according to him, the encounter that sets the tone for all the remaining games and its crucial for them to get a positive result.
Colombia’s first match is scheduled to be played on June 14 as they face off against Greece.
The head coach of Colombia, Jose Pekerman recently went through a surgery on on his left knee and the media have already announced that everything happened successfully without any kind of complications which is good news for the man that has some tough and busy weeks ahead of him as he has to select the squad that he will bring to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.
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Radamel Falcao sustained a knee injury during Monaco’s match against Chasselay some weeks ago and now the Colombian superstar is doubtful if he can be fully fit for the 2014 World Cup which starts in June.
The star of As.Monaco was expected to be the main driving force behind Colombia for the World Cup as they have to face off against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan. While it still remains uncertain if Falcao will be ready in time for the worldwide competition, some coaches believe that he will be playing at the World Cup.
According to the head coach of As.Monaco, Claudio Ranieri stated that the recovery of Falcao is going on well and he thinks he should be ready in time.
‘I had Radamel Falcao on the phone yesterday; He’s doing well and working hard. His knee is reacting very positively; I think he’ll play at the World Cup.’ Ranieri told the official club’s website.
The injury that Falcao sustained is so serious that As.Monaco signed Dimitar Berbatov as a replacement until the Colombian star can get back to his feet and play for his club. This is Colombia’s first World Cup since 1998 and the absence of a player with the caliber of Falcao will surely be noticed.
Carlos Valderrama is a former captain of Colombia and he is one of the latest figures to talk about the situation of his country and he also believes that Falcao should be able to recover just in time for the 2014 World Cup.
When Valderrama was asked if Falcao was going to make it into the World Cup, he replied by saying yes.
‘’I think that he can make it in time and if he continues working at the same pace, he definitely will. If something happens and he is somehow unable to fully recover in time, then there will be problems but the team has a positive energy and there are other players that are still capable of scoring goals but it will not be the same if Falcao is not in the team’’.
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Carlos Valderrama retired from playing professional football back in 2002, but the star of Colombia is still in touch with the sport outside of the pitch. When he was promoting a movie in which he starred, journalists took the chance to question him about a number of things, including the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
His national team, Colombia was pitted against Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan and when asked about the situation of the nation, he stated that it is a tough group but the squad has the capacity to perform well.
‘’First of all, I want Colombia to play well. If they can manage on doing that then they will be able to advance into the next stages of the worldwide tournament. The 1st match is crucial, not only for us but for all the other nations. I am saying this with my own experience and I know that everyone feels the same way. It’s a match that if we can manage to win it, then we can continue with the same momentum for the rest of the games’’.
When Valderrama was asked about which his favorite nation is, he responded by saying Argentina and went on praising Lionel Messi.
‘’Messi is going to do impressive stuff, because he is a brilliant player and his age’’.
Now that Valderrama is off of the pitch, he recently starred in a movie with the director Nestor Montalbano and the remaining questions made by the journalists took a step more into the role he made in his latest acting service.
He stated that he never thought about playing a part in a movie and the only thing of that nature he had done was some years ago in Colombia where he made commercials and he would like to continue acting if the chance opens up.