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Colombia Copa America 2021 Squad and Team Profile

Los Cafeteros will compete in the forthcoming Copa Amerca in the hopes of reclaiming the trophy 20 years after their sole victory. Take a look at  Colombia's announced team for the tournament, as well as their strengths and shortcomings.

Last updated: 11.06.2021
Colombia Copa America 2021 Squad and Team Profile

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The 47th edition of Copa America is due to begin soon. The Copa America 2021 tournament will begin on June 13th, 2021. Colombians are known as Los Cafeteros because of their coffee production. The national squad has been a symbol of battling the country's poor image since the mid-1980s. For many Colombians around the world, this has made the sport popular and the national squad a symbol of nationality, pride, and enthusiasm. Colombia is well-known for its fervent fan base.

Colombian athletes have competed in six World Cups (1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014 and 2018). The team had their greatest World Cup performance in 2014, reaching the quarter-finals and finishing sixth in the overall standings. Its most notable international victory is the Copa América, which it won in 2001 while hosting the tournament in Colombia; it has also finished second in 1975 and advanced to the semi-finals in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2004, and 2016. Furthermore, the team had remarkable performances at the continental level, winning gold and bronze medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1946 and 1938, respectively, and gold and silver medals at the Bolivarian Games in 1951, 1961, 1973, and 1981.

Colombia is ready for the 47th edition of the world's oldest national team event, which will include ten South American national teams. The squad for the Copa America 2021 has been announced by coach Reinaldo Rueda. Under Rueda's leadership, Los Cafeteros have great expectations for this competition. Former coach Carlos Queiroz was in command of the team during the 2019 continental cup, but he was fired following a poor start to the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers last year. Colombia will begin their adventure with Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay in Group A.


Colombia Copa America 2021 Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Napoli), Camilo Vargas (Atlas), Aldair Quintana (Atlético Nacional). 

Defenders: Carlos Cuesta Figueroa (Genk), Daniel Muñoz Mejía (Genk), Dávinson Sánchez (Tottenham) John Lucumí (Genk), Yerry Mina (Everton), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca), Stefan Medina (Monterrey), William Tesillo (Club León). 

Midfielders: Baldomero Perlaza (Atlético Nacional), Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors), Gustavo Cuéllar (Al Hilal); Jáminton Campaz (Deportes Tolima), Juan Ferney Otero (Santos Laguna), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, (Juventus), Matheus Uribe (Porto), Sebastián Pérez (Boavista), Wílmar Barrios (Zenit), Yairo Moreno (Pachuca), Yimmy Chará (Portland Timbers), Luis Diaz Marulanda (Porto). 

Forwards: Alfredo Morelos (Rangers); Duván Zapata (Atalanta), Luis Fernando Muriel (Atalanta), Miguel Borja (Junior), Rafael Santos Borré (River Plate).

Key Player: Duvan Zapata

Duvan Zapata has blasted onto the scene for Atalanta, scoring 66 goals in three seasons. The Colombian has never been known for his ability to score goals. He was more likely to be spotted out wide or supporting the centre-forward as a kid at America de Cali, and he only scored once every five games. However, he has rediscovered his mojo at Atalanta, where he has been in phenomenal form. The Colombian national team has taken notice of his return as a goalscorer, and he will be crucial to the squad's success.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Rueda's second stint as Colombia's coach is still in its early stages, with only two official games under his belt. Los Cafeteros, on the other hand, reacted positively to his arrival, winning one match against Peru and drawing a tense match against Argentina. Juan Ferney Otero, Yimmi Chará of the Portland Timbers, and John Lucum are all newcomers to the team, according to the list of players supplied. However, two notable exclusions stand out: James Rodrguez and Radamel Falcao were both left out of the squad.

Whether you like them or not, the Cafeteros are unquestionably warriors who will go to any length to win. And it's possible that this is the key to their success in Brazil. With his amazing runs, perfect passes, and insane goals, Rodriguez astonished the footballing world in Brazil in 2014, leading Colombia to the quarterfinals on his own. However, neither he nor Falcao is there this time, thus Colombia lacks experience. Their defence is another issue, as they fail to complement one other, as evidenced by their recent performances in two World Cup qualifiers.

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