Colombia, four years ago in Brazil kwartfinalist, in Russia an extra asset: Radamel Falcao. The ‘forgotten’ topspits on his 32nd his world CHAMPIONSHIP debut.
An ‘ex-footballer’, so was Falcao, set forth in the Colombian press. The now 32-year-old attacker from AS Monaco was once one of the trefzekerste shooters in voetballand, with more than 120 goals for FC Porto and Atletico Madrid between 2009 and 2013. With first the Portuguese and then the Spaniards he played, incidentally, two consecutive Europa League finals in 2011 and 2012. But after his transfer to the principality in 2013 it went wrong. In January 2014, and ran Falcao a serious knee injury, making him the world cup in Brazil from his seat to follow. Then, he tried his career new life, with uitleenbeurten to Manchester United and then Chelsea, but in two rotseizoenen in the Premier League he found only five times, touch.
On his 32nd bites the tiger again. Last season was Falcao’s good for 30 goals in 43 matches this season, he found 24 times from 36 appearances for the Monegasken.
The coach of Colombia, Argentinian José Pekerman (68), in other words, an extra trump card in Russia, four years after Los Cafeteros to the quarter-finals reached in Brazil, and that after an absence of 16 years on the world’s largest voetbalfeest. “My best “newbie” will undoubtedly be Radamel Falcao, ” said Pekerman in an interview with Sport/Voetbalmagazine for the start of the world cup.
Or the world cup debut of Falcao really a bonus for the Colombians is, of course, have to wait and see. Four years ago James Rodriguez the star of the team, with six goals in five matches, and the most beautiful goal of the world cup against Uruguay in the 1/8th finals. The key question is therefore: was the absence of Falcao, just a blessing for Colombia and a liberation for Rodriguez, or Colombia to be even more capable with Falcao?
The answer we get will soon: Colombia starts at 14 pm (Belgian time) at the world cup with a match against Japan. Four years ago there were two countries in the same group and was 1-4 for the South Americans. In a group with Poland and Senegal are Los Cafeteros the favorite for group profit.
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