Copa America 2016: Colombia Key Players

Here are the key players of Colombia National Football Team.

Federacion_Colombiana_de_Futbol_logo.svgSantiago Arias

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In September 2013, Arias received his first call up for Colombia’s senior team to dispute the 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Chile and Paraguay, following first choice Camilo Zúñiga’s injury.He made his debut against Paraguay and played the entire match in a 1-2 away victory.

Arias was included in Colombia’s 23 man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He made three appearances in the tournament, coming on as a sub in all of Colombia’s group stage matches. The following year, Arias was included in the final squad for the 2015 Copa America. He appeared in two matches in the initial line-up, including the quarter-final 0-0 draw against Argentina where Colombia were eliminated 5-4 on penalties.

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David Ospina

ospina2707Ospina has played for the Colombia national football team and was also a member of the under-20 team.Ospina was called up for the first time in the national U-20 team for 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. At only 16 years old, Ospina was the youngest member of the squad, however he did not play any game during the whole tournament. Ospina was called back for the 2007 South American U-20 Championship, where he played four games. However, Colombia failed to qualify for the World Cup, the last youth tournament he had the opportunity to would play in.

Ospina made his debut for the senior team as a substitute in the 1–3 defeat against Uruguay. He played his first match in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bolivia, becoming the second-youngest goalkeeper to play for the Colombian national team.

Ospina was selected as the main goalkeeper for Colombia throughout the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification competition. At the end of the qualifiers, Ospina conceded the fewest number of goals of the tournament.

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James Rodríguez

james_rodriguez_columbia_72374James was called up to represented Colombia at the 2015 Copa América in Chile, where his team were eliminated 5–4 on penalties by eventual finalists Argentina on 27 June, following a 0–0 draw.

The following summer, James was named to Colombia’s squad for the Copa América Centenario and was named the team’s captain. On 3 June, he started in Colombia’s opening 2–0 win against tournament hosts the United States, scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot, although he was later forced off early due to an injury. Although it was initially feared that he would be unable to feature in his nation’s second group match against Paraguay, he recovered in time to start the match, setting up Colombia’s first goal, and later scoring one himself in a 2–1 win which sealed his team a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

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