JAMES RODRIGUEZ: FROM MEDELLIN TO MUNICH

James Rodriguez is set to see explosive career growth at the Allianz Arena after joining German champs Bayern Munich.


His father played the game in Columbia so the 2014 World Cup star has it ingrained in his genes. The star was influenced by his mother to avoid top sides like IndependienteEnvigado and Atletico Nacional but rather play for Envigado where he developed into a prodigy.

Rodriguez has always aimed at the No. 10 jersey of the Columbian national team and it is a dream that he is living. He has always adored Columbian soccer legend Carlos Valderrama. The talented player has quickly grown from helping Envigadomake the top flight in 2009 to deciding to help Bayern in the quest for a Champions League trophy in 2017.

Carlo Ancelotti is under pressure to deliver the primary mandate of his employment. As Porto launched Rodriguez from South America to Europe, Bayern could be that Launchpad for the midfielder to the gates of European football, after his redundancy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Read more

COLOMBIA U17s FACE TOUGH TEST

Colombia have been drawn alongside India, Ghana and the United States in Group A of the Under-17 World Cup, billed for October.

The Colombian youngsters face Ghana in the opening fixture on October 6 in the Indian capital city before lining up against the hosts India three days later. The Columbia – US fixture is slated for October 12th. Read more

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Jose Pekerman feels James Rodriguez Performance better last Season

Jose Pekerman reckons that James Rodriguez could have done with a bit more support from Zinedine Zidane last season.


Zidane chose not to put Rodriguez even in the reserves for the European Cup final which Madrid clinched to remain the continental champions.

Obviously Rodriguez with his form running into that massive contest was not expected to be in the starting XI, but, considering his stature as a player especially internationally, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind of him being there in the match-day squad of the Blancos and possibly getting a few minutes late in the game too.

But he was excluded altogether and wasn’t even on the bench and it wasn’t the first time in the season that Zidane didn’t show trust on the Colombian. Right through the season, the striker played lesser no. of minutes than everyone thought he would.

Pekerman, however, didn’t blame Zidane for ill-treating the player. Read more

Colombia and Brazil faced off in a special friendly match

Earlier in the year on January, Colombia and Brazil locked horns against each other in a game that was mainly aimed as a way to remember the lives that were lost during the tragic air disaster which saw 71 people in a plane dying.


This air crash occurred on November 28 of 2016 as the Brazilian club Chapecoense were making their way to play their 1st leg of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals in Medellin but the match could never actually be played.

This friendly encounter between Colombia and Brazil was also held in order to raise money for the families of the victims.

Even though the actual match in itself was not very important, this game still served as a way for the Colombian national side to warm themselves up for their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification matches where they have to play against Ecuador on March 28 of 2017. Read more

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COLUMBIA KEEN ON NEW FOOTBALL PARK

South American side Columbia are set to open a new football park after city council committee officials listened to a proposal by a representative of Saint Louis Steamers Soccer Club regarding the idea.


The club wants approval to build a two-field turf soccer park in the bottoms near the Hampton Inn, reports from South America claim.

The concept is because clubs say their growth is coming from the metro east so a soccer facility is crucial. The soccer park would contain not just the two artificial turf fields but a playground, a watershed and a concession stand.

Jason Glover, who resides in Columbia and represents St Louis Soccer club said: “[Clubs] want turf over here because their growth is coming from the metro east. This isn’t just a park. We want it to be used by the entire community and serve those needs.” Read more

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COLUMBIA CRASH: AIRLINE SUSPENDED AFTER MORE DETAILS EMERGE

The airline LaMia has been suspended after more details surrounding the plane crash were released.


The Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority suspended the license of the airline on Thursday after more detail surrounding the LaMia Flight 2933 plane crash emerged. The airline reportedly allowed the crashed plane run over its capacity by twenty minutes.

The place had crashed Monday killing 71 people out f the 77 passengers on board. A Brazilian football side Chapecoense were almost wiped out. The goalkeeper of the side Jackson Follman was left with serious bodily damages. Aside the football team, 21 sports journalists set to cover the team’s game died during the accident.

The new details emerged from discovered data that set aside earlier reports that the pilot Miguel Alejandro Quiroga burnt the fuel in a bid to avoid an explosion. Data was discovered that the plane was fuelled with 21,000 lbs of fuel that should have been enough to last four hours. However, after four hours twenty minutes, air traffic controllers ordered the pilot to circle as the pilot begged for emergency landing.

There are claims that the pilot pleaded with the traffic controllers that there was no more fuel but his pleas were ignored. An audio tape was played on Columbian TV, capturing the voice of the pilot asking for permission to land immediately but he was placed on a queue for seven minutes – the third or fourth in line. The plane crashed minutes later with the final words being “we’re going down.”

Aside Follman, defender Alan Ruschel was among the three Chapecoense players that survived the crash. A rescue team member said the player was only concerned about his family as he received help. He is still in the hospital and believed to be in “stable” condition as at the time of this report.