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
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
The Colombian shot-stopper of Arsenal David Ospina has recently performed at the international stage as he was included in Colombia’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Brazil which concluded with the Brazilian national side claiming a 2-1 triumph.
Even though the Colombian national side lost this match against Brazil, Carlos Valderrama had a few positive things to say about the team that he used to perform with over 15 years ago.
Carlos Valderrama is one of the most recognized Colombian icons in the world of football as he made over 100 appearances for his national side. It’s been around 12 years since Valderrama retired from playing football at a competitive level but he still remains up to date with everything that is occurring in the sport and he recently praised Arsenal’s David Ospina.
Brazil did overcome Colombia with a narrow scoreboard of 2-1 but Valderrama is certain that the Brazilian nation would’ve won by an overwhelming amount if it hadn’t been for the impressive performance that David Ospina displayed during that match as he said:
Host of the Olympic Games Brazil shone when they defeated Columbia in the quarter finals of the Olympics.
Brazil hosted the World Cup back in 2014, and then got the Olympics too. They hope to get their first medal in the men’s football event, yet they started on a poor note playing two goalless draws against South Africa and Iraq. Their performance drew serious concern for Brazilian football. They were record winners in the senior category, but had started a very poor run of late. They were knocked out in the group stage of the Copa America Centenario, after a 7-1 disgrace on home soil by Germany at the World Cup two years earlier was already too much to bear. They hoped to win the Olympics and were favourites so the initial group stage performance was disheartening.
The Neymar-inspired side showed their class when they trounced a Columbian side 2-0. Neymar sent in a perfectly executed plan barely 12 minutes into the game before Luan sealed victory just before the final whistle of the game. Columbia defeated Nigeria – the group leaders, in their last group game to qualify for the quarter finals. On the other hand, Brazil made the quarter finals by digging deep to win their last group game. They play Honduras in the semi finals on Wednesday.
Many footballers remain legends long after their career in the field ends. One such name is that of Carlos Valderrama.
Being a legendary player from Columbia, he is set to inspire his fans in the country of India as per recent news. When the draw happened at Copa America, he was present. Now he is set to meet his fans in India in the latter half of July 2016. He is considered a national icon in Columbia. He would be the guest of honor for a Mohun Bagan day, which is usually celebrated on 29th July.
He would be arriving in Kolkata on 25th July. He is presently getting his visa cleared for the visit which should not be a problem. He is currently in the US where he was a commentator for the Copa America games. He would help to raise donations and support funds for Mohun Bagan supporters like Bapi Maji or Alip Chakraborty, being a supporter of East Bengal who suffered from cancer and passed away. Read more
Former Colombia goalkeeper Carlos Valderrama has stated that the Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane does not like James Rodriguez.
He said that he does not understand why the French manager does not select Rodriguez despite the fact that the player is fit and in form.
He stated that even if Real Madrid were struggling for goals, Zinedine Zidane would not play him on the side. For him, there is only one explanation possible for this situation. Zidane does not like him playing with Real Madrid. Valderrama believes that even if James Rodriguez scores 3 or 4 goals, Zinedine Zidane will still not play him in the team and will allow him to sit on the bench.
Carlos Valderrama argued that James Rodriguez is a good player and it is Zidane that is wasting his talent. He said that Rodriguez did not have any problems playing under Carlos Ancelotti or Rafael Benitez and that he was scoring goals at that time. But it has been a different story under Zinedine Zidane with the Colombian international struggling to get enough playing time in the side. Read more