The coach of Colombia, Jose Pekerman has come a long way since 2006 when he was in charge of Argentina and during the quarterfinals of the 2006 World Cup his team was disqualified as they played against Germany.

Pekerman has had impressive results and campaigns with the Argentinean Youth squads that he has been in charge of as he guided the youth team to World titles in 1995, 1997, and 2001 as later went on reaching the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals with Argentina.

The 64 years old tactician has also made a number of controversial decisions and he gained a number of negative response when Javier Zanetti and Walter Samuel were both dropped from Argentina during the 2006 World Cup but Pekerman is still considered to be a very effective coach that does his job well and that is why he was picked to guide Colombia through the next World Cup.

Pekerman is optimistic about the challenges that await him in Brazil as he wants his squad to impress everyone and go far for their upcoming international matches.

“We are going to Brazil optimistic that we can have a great World Cup. We are definitely going to be a very competitive team. Colombia has improved a lot and it continues to improve, I have an excellent group and a fantastic staff, we are truly a team.” Pekerman said.

It still remains unclear whether or not Radamel Falcao will be recovered in time to participate in the 2014 World Cup but it will be a huge blow for Pekerman and Colombia if their star is unable to make it in time.

Even if Falcao is absent for the 2014 World Cup, Colombia was pitted in a relatively simple group and are expected to make it through the group stages of the grandest competition of all.

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