Colombia – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Jose Pekerman
Captain: Mario Yepes
FIFA World Ranking: 5th
World Cup Appearances: 5
Best World Cup: Round of 16, 1990
Colombia Team Profile
The Colombian side have been many people’s dark horse favourites for 2014 World Cup betting for some time. They booked comfortable progress through from the tough South American qualifying zone and have a great youthful, talented set up. It is the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France that they have been back on the World Stage, and this time they could do it with some aplomb. Creative, talented, quick and pretty fearless is this Colombian set up.
Many people will be looking to them have a positive impact at the World Cup, especially after receiving a good looking draw, going up against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan. There is a big chance for them to reach the knockout stage of the competition and the big guns in the field won’t want to be facing up against them particularly. They have come such a long way in the past couple of years and head coach Pekerman has had a lot to do with that.
Coming through the CONMEBOL qualifications, they looked to be a very strong defensive side, shipping just thirteen goals in 16 matches and while they couldn’t get the better of Argentina in their two matches, they produced some pretty good football throughout the rest of qualification and have to be seen as a threat. You would think that because of their easy group draw, they’ll have time to build up a head of steam before taking on some stiffer challenge. They could run far on confidence.
Argentinean Jose Pekerman took charge of the Colombian national side back in 2012. He experimented a lot in the early days of his tenure, really getting a feel for his squad. The biggest criticism over his managerial style is that he has tinkered a lot. But he still put together an impressive qualification campaign and he expressed some great joy in helping the country get back to the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. There were even rumours that he had been nationalized as a Colombian for his efforts.
This isn’t his first time in charge of a national side, having managed Argentina between 2004 and 2006, failing to reach Germany 2006. There will be big pressure on him from the Colombian support, which is always passionate. Still, there are players in the ranks which could easily see them succeed. The man management by Pekerman has to be curtailed just a little bit though, because strong World Cup runs are generally built on stability and not switching things up.
Colombia Key Players
Well, their World Cup campaign could all hinge on the fitness of their star player, Radamel Falcao. He picked up a serious injury early in 2014 which put his appearance at the 2014 World Cup in jeopardy. They need him, the Monaco man being their go to guy up front, having netted 20 goals in 51 international matches for his country. His talismanic presence is going to be important for Colombia, even though Pekerman has experimented without him before.
If Falcao can’t make it, a lot of responsbility will fall on Teo Gutierrez for goals. Colombia are very strong defensively. They have two massively key players in their set up there, with captain Mario Yepes and Luis Perea. Yepes is no spring chicken, still playing on at 38 years old, but is still an influential rock for them. Perea is 35, so they aren’t young at the back, but are massively experienced and have superb leadership. James Rodriguez will be the creative force from midield.
The backbone of the Colombian success is build around their experienced back bone, particuarly in Yepes and Perea. They aren’t going to be around for too much longer at the top level, but Colombia have quite youthful and fresh feel about them. But you have to eye their defensive capabilities as one of their big strengths. They’ll perhaps have to step up even moer so if they are lacking Falcao’s goals in important games as well. But just because their strength is defence, it doesn’t mean that they are a defensive side. They have a good balance all round and they are a positive side going forward. If they can get Falcao and strike partner Gutierrez going, they could well be eying up a quarter final shot.
The manager may fall into the weakness category for Colombia. He does like to tinker things around and experiment. Hopefully it won’t be a disruptive factor at the 2014 World Cup. You look at how far Colombia have come over the past couple of years and it is hard to go nit-picking about weakness and lack of strengths in any areas. If you did have to then it may just be a lack of pace across the back line. Truthfully though, they look pretty solid in all all aeras.
Colombia Qualification for the World Cup
Sector: South America
Goals Scored: 27
Goals Conceded: 13
Colombia World Cup Potential 3/5
What will help Colombia here is that there is an easy looking group stage ahead of them. That should give them some good time to get their system settled, even though personnel will probably change. The conditions won’t phase them too much and they’ll be that much better if they can get Radamel Falcao fit and sharp. They’ll probably take him in the squad, even if it is hanging on to use him in the latter stages of the competition if he isn’t quite ready for the start of things.
Their price has been trimmed significantly since last summer, as they continued to impress through the CONMEBOL qualifcation zone. They look quite a composed side and they will need their very good defence to stand tall and not suddenly collapse under pressure on the world stage. If that remains in place, they’ll cause some headaches for opposition. You would expect them to see them in the first knockout stage at least, as they are being tipped to win their group. They’ll be entertaining but seeing them go all the way to the title of course seems unlikley. But a quarter final appearance would be a big success for Pekerman.
Colombia World Cup Betting Odds
Colombia to win the World Cup at 25/1
Colombia World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group C
|Sa 14th June||17.00||Colombia v Greece||3:0|
|Su 15th June||02:00||Ivory Coast v Japan||2:1|
|Th 19th June||17.00||Colombia v Ivory Coast||2:1|
|Th 19th June||23.00||Japan v Greece||0:0|
|Tu 24th June||21.00||Japan v Colombia||1:4|
|Tu 24th June||21.00||Greece v Ivory Coast||2:1|
Colombia World Cup 2014 – Round of the last 16
|Sa 28th June||21.00||Colombia v Uruguay||2:0|
World Cup 2014 Group C Table