Colombia national football team

Nickname(s)Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers) La Tricolor (The Tricolors)
AssociationFederación Colombiana de Fútbol (FCF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachReinaldo Rueda
CaptainDavid Ospina
Most capsDavid Ospina (113)
Top scorerRadamel Falcao (35)
Home stadiumEstadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez[1]
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 15 (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest3 (July–August 2013, September 2014 – March 2015, June–August 2016)
Lowest54 (June 2011)
First international
 Colombia 4–1 Costa Rica 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 17 February 1926)
Biggest win
 Colombia 7–1 Guyana 
(Bogotá, Colombia; 18 May 2012)[3]
 Bahrain 0–6 Colombia 
(Riffa, Bahrain; 26 March 2015)[4]
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 9–0 Colombia 
(Lima, Perú; 24 March 1957)[5]
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1962)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2014)
Copa América
Appearances23 (first in 1945)
Best resultChampions (2001)
Appearances3 (first in 2000)
Best resultRunners-up (2000)
Central American and Caribbean Games
Appearances2 (first in 1938)
Best resultChampions (1946)
Bolivarian Games
Appearances9 (first in 1938)
Best resultChampions (1951)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2003)
Best resultFourth place (2003)

The Colombia national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Colombia) represents Colombia in men's international football and is managed by the Colombian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Colombia. They are a member of CONMEBOL and are currently ranked 15th in the FIFA World Rankings.[6] The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country.

Since the mid-1980s, the national team has been a symbol of fighting the country's negative reputation of drug trafficking and high crime rates. This has made the sport popular and made the national team a sign of nationalism, pride, and passion for many Colombians worldwide. Colombia is known for having a passionate fan base, and the team's dances during goal celebrations have been symbolic.[7][8]

The Colombian team has participated in six World Cups (1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014 and 2018). In Brazil 2014 the team achieved its best World Cup performance, reaching the quarter-finals of that event and coming fifth in the final standings.[9] Its greatest international achievement is winning the Copa América in 2001 as hosts, also setting a new record with no goals conceded and every match won; it has also finished runner-up in 1975 and reached semi-finals seven times: in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2004, 2016, and 2021. Furthermore, the team managed to make outstanding appearances at the continental level, obtaining from the Central American and Caribbean Games the gold and bronze medals in 1946 and 1938 respectively,[10] and in the Bolivarian Games the team obtained the gold medal in 1951 and the silver medal in 1961, 1973 and 1981.[11]

Colombia had its strongest period during the 1990s. A 1993 match which resulted in a 5–0 win over Argentina began a special "mutual respect" rivalry between both nations.[12] The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley Stadium in 1995. Stars from Colombia's team included Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla. During this era Colombia qualified for 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups, only reaching the second round in 1990. Following the murder of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 World Cup, Colombia's team faded in the latter half of the 1990s. Colombia was the first team to win FIFA best mover in 1993 where the achievement was first introduced and the second team after Croatia to win it twice in 2012.[13]

Although Colombia was the champion of the 2001 Copa América, which they hosted, the nation missed three World Cups between 2002 and 2010, narrowly missing qualification for the 2002 edition on goal difference. During the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Colombia showed improvement over the 2011 Copa América, bringing its rank up to the top ten for the first time since 2002 and into the top five consistently for the first time since 2004.[14] After a 16-year-long wait, in 2014 Colombia finally returned to the World Cup under manager José Pékerman,[15][16] where they were able to advance to the quarter-finals, the furthest Colombia has ever made it in a World Cup. Colombia's midfielder James Rodríguez won two awards, the Golden Boot for most goals (6) and Best Goal of the Tournament.


Early years and maiden World Cup debut

Fernando Paternoster was the first foreign manager of the Colombia national team.
The Argentine Adolfo Pedernera was the manager of Colombia during the 1962 World Cup.

Colombia played its first international match against Costa Rica in the Julio Torres Stadium, obtaining a 4–0 victory against the Central American team.[17]

Years later, Colombia played at the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games. The Colombia national football team was composed mostly by all the players of the Club Juventud Bogotana (now Millonarios).[18] Alfonso Novoa was the manager of Colombia until 23 February.

The first game was played on 10 February 1938 against Mexico. Colombia was defeated 1–3; Luis Argüelles, Luis de la Fuente and Horacio Casarín scored for Mexico, while Marcos Mejía scored for Colombia. Colombia was able to obtain the bronze medal, with two wins and three losses. The same year, Colombia played at the I Bolivarian Games in Bogotá, where they finished fourth with one win and three losses. Fernando Paternoster was the manager of Colombia, the side's first foreign manager.

Colombia did not play again until 1945 when they participated for the first time at the South American Championship, finishing in fifth place. This time, Colombia was composed by players of Junior de Barranquilla save for Antonio de la Hoz (who played for Sporting de Barranquilla) and Pedro Ricardo López (who played for Boca Juniors de Cali).[19] Roberto Meléndez was player and coach of Colombia throughout the tournament.

The first match of Colombia in the professional era was played on 6 April in the 1949 South American Championship, a 3–0 defeat against Paraguay. Austrian coach Friedrich Donenfeld was the manager of Colombia during the tournament; he had moved with his family to Colombia due to World War II, and Atlético Junior would be his first team as a coach.[20] As Junior was chosen to represent Colombia in the tournament, he became in the first European manager of the Colombia national team. The team, however, repeated their losing streak since, as in the previous tournament, ended eighth with two draws and five losses, scoring four goals.

After withdrawal in 1938 and getting banned in 1954 (due to the controversial El Dorado era), Colombia participated for the first time in qualifying for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden. Their first match was on 16 June 1957 against Uruguay in Bogotá, a 1–1 draw. Colombia lost their next matches, leaving them at the bottom of the group.

Colombia qualified for the 1962 World Cup, its first-ever FIFA World Cup by eliminating Peru 2–1 on aggregate. At the 1962 World Cup, Colombia was drawn into a tough group containing Uruguay, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia; both had achieved notable results comparing to Colombia. Colombia lost its first match, 2–1 against Uruguay. Luis Cubilla and Jorge Sasía scored for Uruguay at the 56th and 75th minute respectively, while Francisco Zuluaga scored a 19th-minute penalty goal for Colombia to give the Colombians their first-ever World Cup goal and a shock lead. In the second match, they earned a 4–4 draw with the USSR, champions of the 1960 European Nations' Cup. In this game, Colombia scored four goals against Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin, widely considered the best goalkeeper in football history. Also in that game, Marco Coll scored the only olympic goal in World Cup history so far. Unfortunately, the Colombian campaign in 1962 ended with a 5–0 defeat against Yugoslavia, who finished in fourth place in the tournament. After the 1962 World Cup, Colombia didn't qualify for over 28 years before they returned in the 1990 edition.

1990s: The Golden Era and a tragic end

Colombia at the 1990 World Cup

At 1990 World Cup, Colombia was once again drawn with the Yugoslavs, alongside United Arab Emirates and powerhouse West Germany. Colombia defeated 2–0 to the United Arab Emirates to make its first-ever win in the World Cup, then lost to Yugoslavia 1–0, but earned their place in the Round of 16 after a respectable 1–1 draw with West Germany, who would later win the World Cup. Colombia would be eliminated in their next match against Cameroon with a 2–1 defeat in extra time, marked the rise of the new Colombian generation known as Colombian first Golden Generation.

For the 1994 World Cup, Colombia finished top of their qualifying group without having lost a match, which included a historic 0–5 victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires. Expectations of the team were high, some even naming them as favorites to win the tournament. Colombia was assigned to the Group A with the hosts United States, Romania, and Switzerland. During the tournament, internal conflict within Colombia proved to be detrimental and harmful for the Colombian squad as the team was distracted from their main goal. Colombia only earned one win over Switzerland and suffered two losses, which would eliminate them in the first phase. The first match against Romania ended with a 3–1 defeat that resulted in cartels' threats to relatives of Colombian players. During the match against the United States, an unwanted incident occurred, when Andrés Escobar scored an own goal, leading to Colombia's elimination. Escobar was later murdered following the own goal in Colombia. This traumatic incident would lead to the demise of Colombia's first Golden Generation.

Colombia ended their qualification for the 1998 World Cup in third place with 28 points, two points below first-place Argentina with 30 points. Colombia was assigned to the Group G alongside Tunisia, England and once again, Romania. Romania, like the 1994 edition, obtained a 1–0 victory in the first match. Colombia's second match was a 1–0 win against Tunisia, with a goal from Léider Preciado. In the last match, however, England won the game 2–0, thereby eliminating Colombia from the tournament.

2001 Copa America

Iván Córdoba captained the Colombian team that won the 2001 Copa América in which he scored the sole goal in the final against Mexico.

The 2001 Copa América was the first Copa América held in Colombia. Prior to the tournament, meetings were held by CONMEBOL authorities who were concerned about potential security issues in Colombia, and the tournament was canceled on 1 July, just ten days before the opening match.[21] On 6 July, CONMEBOL decided to reinstate the tournament, which was held on schedule. Canada had already disbanded its training camp and released its players, so Costa Rica (a CONCACAF invitee) was invited to the tournament. Claiming that Argentine players had received death threats from terrorist groups, the Argentine Football Association decided to withdraw from the competition the day before the first game, with Honduras (a CONCACAF invitee) hastily invited and flown in by the Colombian Air Force to participate.[21] There were no terrorist incidents within the competition. Colombia had a strong run through the tournament, winning their first Copa América title by defeating Mexico (a CONCACAF invitee) with a goal from Iván Córdoba in the second half. The team also broke a Copa America record of not conceding any goals and winning every game.[22]

The Declining Years (2002–2010)

For the 2002 World Cup, Colombia only managed to place sixth in the qualification round, tied with Uruguay but failing to qualify due to goal difference. Colombia would also eventually fail to qualify for the 2006 edition in Germany and for the 2010 World Cup, mainly because their constant change of formations and managers, combined with the struggle to score goals in the last games of the qualification.[23]

Although these were the declining years for the Colombian squad, the country had an acceptable performance at the 2004 Copa América under Reinaldo Rueda, beginning by topping their group. The team eliminated Costa Rica in the quarter-finals and then lost to Argentina in the semi-finals. They ended up earning fourth place after losing the third place match.

Colombia also participated in the 2005 Gold Cup. The team performed poorly, placing third in the group stage with one win, and two losses. Even though it qualified to the next round as the best third-placed team and beat Mexico in the quarter-finals, it was eventually eliminated by Panama, who Colombia had already lost to in the group stage. Many people thought Colombia would be one of the tournament favorites, and another failure was shown after not making the final.

Colombia had one of its worst ever Copa América performances in the 2007 Copa América. The team finished third in the group with one win and two losses, including a 5–0 loss to Paraguay, and didn't qualify for the knockout stages.[24]

The Revival and a new Golden Generation (2011–present)

In June 2011, Colombia has its worst ranking ever: 54th. In the 2011 Copa América, Colombia made a good run, topping their group and achieving a draw to the host nation Argentina, who were the favorites. In the next round, Colombia would be eliminated in a 2–0 loss against Peru in extra time. Los Cafeteros ended the year 2011 36th in the FIFA Rankings.

In October 2012, Colombia moved back into the top 10 of the FIFA Rankings for the first time since July 2002, after the wins against Chile (3–1) and Uruguay (4–0). The team moved up to 9th place, up 13 places.[14] At the end of the year, the team were in 5th.[13]

"We can't stop people talking about us, nor should we duck away from positive opinions. This national squad, with a new generation of players, is making history. Nowadays nearly all of us are playing in Europe and I think we've got a wider variety of players and talent than we did at the 1994 World Cup when this pressure was on them too. But we can't afford to get too carried away with what people say. Of course, we want to have a great tournament, but we mustn't let ourselves get weighed down by external pressures."

Jackson Martínez on the current generation and its run into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[25]

The Colombian side gained Leonel Álvarez as the new coach following the resignation of Hernán Darío Gómez, but was sacked after three games with disappointing results, which led in the hiring of José Pékerman in January 2012. The Colombian squad would break a personal qualifying best record, and raise the FIFA ranking consistently into the top ten, which allowed them to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years.[15] Celebrations broke throughout the nation, as many neutrals hailed Colombia as a dark-horse towards being a World Cup contender.[26][27][28][29] Often, Colombia were noted by many figures in Colombia such as Carlos Valderrama as a team that could become the most successful Colombian squad in history.[26][29] Throughout the qualification process, Colombia only conceded 12 goals, which was the second-best defensive record behind Argentina.[16]

2014 World Cup

Colombia topped off their return in the 2014 World Cup after a 16-year absence by defeating Greece 3–0.[30] Colombia then edged a 2–1 victory over the Ivory Coast to dispute Group C's top spot days later.[31] On the same day, Japan and Greece drew 0–0 and automatically qualified Colombia to the round of 16 for the first time in 24 years since the 1990 World Cup.[32] In its final group stage game, Colombia defeated Japan 4–1 to win Group C and become the third South American team (following Brazil and Argentina) to win all three games in group stage in World Cup history. The Japan match also saw goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón, the last active player from the country's previous World Cup appearance in 1998, become the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup. Colombia went on to defeated Uruguay 2–0 on 28 June in the round of 16, securing a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Colombia then fell to hosts Brazil 2–1 in the quarter-final round in controversy, where media and figures such as Diego Maradona criticized FIFA and Carlos Velasco Carballo for "favoring" Brazil and being biased in disallowing a goal from Mario Yepes and allowing too many fouls by the Brazilians to occur without any yellow cards being shown.[33][34][35][36][37][38]

Despite the elimination, the national team was greeted by tens of thousands of Colombians in Bogotá, welcoming them back as heroes and restoring pride to the nation.[39] Colombia would then receive the FIFA Fair Play Trophy and have James Rodríguez and Juan Cuadrado end as the World Cup's leading goal scorer and assist leader, respectively.[40][41]

2015 Copa América

Colombia had a disappointing 2015 Copa América, having won only a single game during the group stage match against Brazil, with their only goal of the tournament. Colombia would be eliminated by Argentina in the next round via penalty shootout, ending their campaign with one win, two draws, and one loss. Their only goal throughout the tournament was scored by Jeison Murillo, who would later win the tournament's Best Young Player award and be included in the tournament's Star XI.

Copa América Centenario

Colombia began their campaign with a 0–2 victory against hosts United States. Days later, they sealed their qualification to the quarter-finals with a 2–1 victory against Paraguay. However, they fell to Costa Rica 2–3 and finished second in the group following a complete change with 11 of their starters. On 17 June, they advanced to the semi-finals with a win against Peru on penalties 4–2 in front of 79,000 fans at MetLife Stadium. Colombia would then lose 2–0 to eventual tournament winners Chile following mistakes by their defense in the semi-finals. Colombia won the third-place match against the United States to seal their best result since winning the 2001 tournament.

2018 World Cup

Colombia qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by finishing fourth in CONMEBOL qualifying with seven wins, six draws and five losses and drew a challenging group; playing with Japan, Poland and Senegal.[42] The team was nevertheless considered the group favorites, but began their campaign with an unexpected 2–1 controversial defeat to Japan, with Carlos Sánchez being sent off after just three minutes of play.[43][44][45] Colombia resurrected their hopes of advancing from the group with a 3–0 win over Poland, whose own chances of advancing were ended with the defeat. After the match, head coach José Pékerman dedicated the win to Carlos Sánchez.[46][47][48] On 28 June, Colombia beat Senegal by a scoreline of 1–0, topping their group and advancing into the round of 16, and eliminated Senegal in process as well.[49][50][51] On 3 July in Moscow, Colombia were knocked out by England in the round of 16; the game finished 1–1 after extra time, with England winning 4–3 on penalties.[52][53]

Match referee Mark Geiger proved to be controversial, with criticism from both sets of teams.[54] Colombia captain Radamel Falcao and manager José Pékerman both accused Geiger of favouring the England team during the match.[55][56] Diego Maradona once again claimed favouritism against Colombia, saying, "England's penalty was a terrible call and that the ref won the match for England," and that Colombia were victims of a "monumental robbery".[57][58][59] In response, FIFA said Maradona's comments were "entirely inappropriate" and insinuations about the referee "completely unfounded". A FIFA statement read, "Following comments made by Diego Armando Maradona in relation to yesterday's round of 16 game, Colombia vs England, FIFA strongly rebukes the criticism of the performance of the match officials which it considers to have been positive in a tough and highly emotional match. Furthermore, it also considers the additional comments and insinuations made as being entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded."[60][61] Maradona subsequently apologized to FIFA and its president, admitting some of things he said were unacceptable: "I said a couple of things and, I admit, some of them are unacceptable."[62]

2019 Copa America

Following the federation's choice to not renew Pekerman's contract, former Iran manager Carlos Queiroz was hired to coach the national team. After an impressive 8 goal run, winning 3 out of 4 of their pre-Copa America friendlies as well as conceding only 2 goals in only one, optimism for the Portuguese coach and the team itself was strong.;[63]

Starting off their 2019 Copa América campaign, Colombia defeated favorites Argentina in a shocking 2–0 win, marking their first victory over the La Albiceleste since 2007.;[64] Days later, they would face a very defensive Asian Cup champions and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar with a 1–0 victory to end Qatar's unbeaten streak to eight and becoming in the first team in the group stages to advance to the next round.;[65][66] Colombia would end their group stage run in perfect fashion with a 1–0 victory over Paraguay, resting a majority of their starters and finishing with nine points with four goals scored and none conceded throughout the group stage.[67] Colombia became the only team since the 2001 edition to advance out of the group stage with a 100% perfect run.[68] Despite this achievement, Colombia was then eliminated by Chile in a penalty shootout during the quarter-finals match where Colombia performed poorly, only be saved by a referee over two disallowed goals of Chile.


Colombia's main geopolitical rival has always been Venezuela. However, because of the lack of interest for football in Venezuela, the rivalry was historically very one-sided for Colombia and thus considered irrelevant. This state of affairs started to change from the late 1990s, when football slowly began replacing baseball as Venezuela's main sport.[69]

In 2001, Coach Luis Garcia was sacked for only managing a draw in an away game in San Cristóbal which ended 2–2 when a victory had been taken for granted. This was just a sign of things to come. Four years later in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Venezuela stunned the continent by defeating Colombia in Barranquilla 0–1. The game showed the new direction of the rivalry: while Colombia remains ahead on all rankings and competitions, Venezuela always outperform themselves when meeting each other. Former captain Valderrama started calling the games a "classic" and stated "Venezuela kill themselves [do their best] playing against us."[70]

As of 2021, Colombia has not been able to win on Venezuelan soil since 1996. During Jose Pekerman's coaching for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, considered the rebirth of Colombian football, Venezuela still managed to win their game at home, which was one of only three defeats the Argentinean suffered. Venezuela also won the group stage game against Colombia in the 2015 Copa America which were their only three points, although Colombia still managed to advance to the knockout stage while Venezuela ended last. However, the matches are still not as popular as the rival matches against Argentina.

The historical Colombian 5–0 victory in 1993, beating host Argentina in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, was the very first time Argentina lost in its home stadium Estadio Monumental during a qualifying match for a World Cup. Argentina had came to the qualifiers as a World Cup champion and finalist in the most recent editions (1986 and 1990). It caused a huge upset and start of a respective rivalry. Unlike other rivalries full of hostility, the Colombian–Argentine rivalry is more based on "respect" than a "hated" relationship, always attracting great interest between both nations.[71] After the wane of Valderrama's generation, the rivalry became one-sided again and since then only Colombians kept considering it a classic while Argentines consider it many steps below their historic rivalries against Brazil, England and Uruguay.

Colombia also has another small rivalry against Peru, which both fought in the Leticia Incident to control the Amazon region. Peru is often seen as the buildup of Colombia's football successes, as Colombia had eliminated Peru during qualification for the 1962 World Cup to secure its maiden appearance. Matches between the two teams also draw a great level of intensity, although not as hostile as Colombia's rivalry with Brazil.

Colombia has a more hostile rivalry against Brazil due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup encounter, where Brazil defeated Colombia 2–1 overshadowed by Neymar's injury and referee's favoritism towards Brazil against Colombia;[72] This would later cause matches between the two national teams to be more intense, aggressive and to a certain extent, played with great hostility with numerous violent incidents, especially during the 2015 Copa América, where Neymar was sent off during a brawl after the final whistle.[73] The rivalry would soon improve in a less hostile manner after the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals when Atlético Nacional asked CONMEBOL to award the trophy for Associação Chapecoense de Futebol due to the LaMia Flight 2933 crash;[74] Nonetheless, it remains a competitive rivalry between the two.

Home stadium

Colombia plays their qualifying matches and friendlies at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla.

Team image

Traditionally, Colombia's home colours are yellow shirts with navy trim and navy or white shorts and socks and their away colours being normally navy shirts. They wore their first ever red kit at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Colombia used red as their home colours in the 20th century, although in Copa América Centenario the team played in an all-white kit for the first time in their history, before reverting to the yellow and navy kit thereafter.

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplier Period
Adidas 1980–1987
Puma 1987
Adidas 1988–1990
Kelme 1991
Comba 1992
Umbro 1992–1998
Reebok 1998–2002
Lotto 2002–2010
Adidas 2011–present

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss


9 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia  3–0  Venezuela Barranquilla, Colombia
18:30 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (Ecuador)
13 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile  2–2  Colombia Santiago, Chile
21:30 UTC−3
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Darío Herrera (Argentina)
17 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  6–1  Colombia Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)


3 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  0–3  Colombia Lima, Peru
20:00 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
8 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia  2–2  Argentina Barranquilla, Colombia
18:00 UTC−5
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano
Attendance: 0
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
13 June 2021 Copa América Colombia  1–0  Ecuador Cuiabá, Brazil
20:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Attendance: 0
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
17 June 2021 Copa América Colombia  0–0  Venezuela Goiânia, Brazil
18:00 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)
20 June 2021 Copa América Colombia  1–2  Peru Goiânia, Brazil
21:00 UTC−3
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Attendance: 0
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (Uruguay)
23 June 2021 Copa América Brazil  2–1  Colombia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21:00 UTC−3
Stadium: Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos
Attendance: 0
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
9 July 2021 Copa América Colombia  3–2  Peru Brasília, Brazil
21:00 UTC−3
Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Attendance: 0
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)


Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Reinaldo Rueda
Assistant coaches Alexis Mendoza
Assistant coaches Bernardo Redin
Goalkeeping coach Nestor Lo Tartaro
Fitness coaches Eduardo Velasco
Doctor Carlos Ulloa
Physiotherapist José Rendón
Match analyst João Peixeiro
IT and media consultant Filipe Santos


Current squad

The following 27 players were called up for the 2021 Copa América.[75]
Caps and goals updated as of 9 July 2021, after the match against  Peru.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK David Ospina (captain) (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 32) 113 0 Napoli
12 1GK Camilo Vargas (1989-03-09) 9 March 1989 (age 32) 10 0 Atlas
22 1GK Aldair Quintana (1994-07-11) 11 July 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Atlético Nacional

2 2DF Stefan Medina (1992-06-14) 14 June 1992 (age 29) 24 0 Monterrey
3 2DF Óscar Murillo (1988-04-18) 18 April 1988 (age 33) 20 0 Pachuca
4 2DF Carlos Cuesta (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Genk
6 2DF William Tesillo (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 31) 22 1 León
13 2DF Yerry Mina (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 (age 26) 35 7 Everton
16 2DF Daniel Muñoz (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Genk
23 2DF Davinson Sánchez (1996-06-12) 12 June 1996 (age 25) 41 0 Tottenham Hotspur
24 2DF Jhon Lucumí (1998-06-26) 26 June 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Genk
26 2DF Frank Fabra (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 30) 23 1 Boca Juniors

5 3MF Wilmar Barrios (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 27) 42 0 Zenit Saint Petersburg
8 3MF Gustavo Cuéllar (1992-10-14) 14 October 1992 (age 28) 15 1 Al-Hilal
10 3MF Edwin Cardona (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 28) 45 6 Boca Juniors
11 3MF Juan Cuadrado (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 33) 101 9 Juventus
15 3MF Mateus Uribe INJ (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 30) 33 4 Porto
21 3MF Sebastián Pérez (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 28) 10 1 Boavista
25 3MF Baldomero Perlaza (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Atlético Nacional

7 4FW Duván Zapata (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 30) 29 4 Atalanta
9 4FW Luis Muriel (1991-04-16) 16 April 1991 (age 30) 42 8 Atalanta
14 4FW Luis Díaz (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 24) 23 6 Porto
18 4FW Rafael Santos Borré (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 25) 8 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
19 4FW Miguel Borja (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 28) 19 5 Junior
20 4FW Alfredo Morelos (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 25) 11 1 Rangers
27 4FW Jaminton Campaz (2000-05-24) 24 May 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Tolima
28 4FW Yimmi Chará (1991-04-02) 2 April 1991 (age 30) 14 1 Portland Timbers

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK José Luis Chunga (1991-07-11) 11 July 1991 (age 30) 0 0 Alianza Petrolera Training session, February 2021
GK Juan Moreno (1999-07-09) 9 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Millonarios Training session, February 2021
GK Álvaro Montero (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Tolima v.  Ecuador, 17 November 2020
GK Eder Chaux (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 29) 0 0 Junior v.  Chile, 13 October 2020

DF Álvaro Angulo (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Rionegro Águilas Training session, February 2021
DF Cristian Arrieta (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 25) 0 0 América de Cali Training session, February 2021
DF Germán Mera (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Junior Training session, February 2021
DF Dairon Mosquera (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Santa Fe Training session, February 2021
DF Yerson Mosquera (2001-05-02) 2 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Training session, February 2021
DF Pablo Ortiz (2000-06-08) 8 June 2000 (age 21) 0 0 América de Cali Training session, February 2021
DF Walmer Pacheco (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 26) 0 0 La Equidad Training session, February 2021
DF Andrés Román (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Millonarios Training session, February 2021
DF Dany Rosero (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Junior Training session, February 2021
DF Gabriel Fuentes (1997-02-09) 9 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Junior Training session, February 2021 INJ
DF Jeison Murillo (1992-05-27) 27 May 1992 (age 29) 32 1 Celta Vigo v.  Ecuador, 17 November 2020
DF Johan Mojica (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 28) 13 1 Elche v.  Ecuador, 17 November 2020
DF Luis Orejuela (1995-08-20) 20 August 1995 (age 25) 5 0 São Paulo v.  Ecuador, 17 November 2020
DF Santiago Arias (1992-01-13) 13 January 1992 (age 29) 54 0 Bayer Leverkusen v.  Venezuela, 9 October 2020 INJ

MF Yairo Moreno (1995-04-04) 4 April 1995 (age 26) 9 0 Pachuca 2021 Copa América INJ
MF Jefferson Lerma (1994-10-25) 25 October 1994 (age 26) 24 1 Bournemouth v.  Argentina, 8 June 2021
MF James Rodríguez (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 30) 80 23 Everton v.  Peru, 3 June 2021 INJ
MF Juan Fernando Quintero (1993-01-18) 18 January 1993 (age 28) 23 3 Shenzhen v.  Peru, 3 June 2021 COV
MF Fabián Ángel (2001-01-10) 10 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Junior Training session, February 2021
MF Larry Angulo (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 25) 0 0 La Equidad Training session, February 2021
MF Rafael Carrascal (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 28) 0 0 América de Cali Training session, February 2021
MF Santiago Moreno (2000-04-21) 21 April 2000 (age 21) 0 0 América de Cali Training session, February 2021
MF Luis Sánchez (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0 América de Cali Training session, February 2021
MF Jhojan Valencia (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Deportivo Cali Training session, February 2021
MF Jorman Campuzano (1996-04-30) 30 April 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Boca Juniors v.  Ecuador, 17 November 2020
MF Steven Alzate (1998-09-08) 8 September 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Chile, 13 October 2020
MF Víctor Cantillo (1993-10-15) 15 October 1993 (age 27) 0 0 Corinthians v.  Chile, 13 October 2020

FW Juan Ferney Otero (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Santos Laguna 2021 Copa América COV
FW Cristian Arango (1995-03-09) 9 March 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Millonarios Training session, February 2021
FW David Lemos (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 25) 0 0 América de Cali Training session, February 2021
FW Rivaldo Rodríguez (2000-08-25) 25 August 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Millonarios Training session, February 2021
FW Jhon Vásquez (1995-02-12) 12 February 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Deportivo Cali Training session, February 2021
FW Luis Suárez (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Granada v.  Ecuador, 17 November 2020
FW Radamel Falcao (captain) (1986-02-10) 10 February 1986 (age 35) 86 35 Galatasaray v.  Chile, 13 October 2020
FW Jhon Córdoba (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Krasnodar v.  Chile, 13 October 2020

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad
COV Withdrew due to COVID-19
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Suspended

Individual records

As of 9 July 2021[76]
Players in bold are still active with Colombia.

Most capped players

David Ospina is Colombia's most-capped player with 113 international appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1David Ospina11302007–
2Carlos Valderrama111111985–1998
3Mario Yepes10261999–2014
4Leonel Álvarez10111985–1997
Juan Cuadrado10192010–
6Radamel Falcao91352007–
7Carlos Sánchez8802007–2018
8Freddy Rincón84171990–2001
9James Rodríguez80232011–
10Luis Carlos Perea7821987–1994

Most capped goalkeepers

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1David Ospina11302007–
2Óscar Córdoba7301993–2006
3René Higuita6831987–1999
4 Miguel Calero5101995–2009
Faryd Mondragón5101993–2014

Top goalscorers

Radamel Falcao is Colombia's all-time top scorer with 35 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Career
1Radamel Falcao (list)35910.382007–
2Arnoldo Iguarán25680.371979–1993
3 James Rodríguez23800.292011–
4 Faustino Asprilla20570.351993–2001
5Freddy Rincón17840.21990–2001
6Carlos Bacca 16520.312010–
7 Teófilo Gutiérrez 15510.292009–
Víctor Aristizábal15660.231993–2003
9Adolfo Valencia14370.381992–1998
10 Iván Valenciano13290.451991–2000
Antony de Ávila13540.241983–1998

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
1938 Withdrew Withdrew
1950 Did not enter Did not enter
1954 Banned Did not participate
1958 Did not qualify 3rd 4 0 1 3 3 8
1962 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 5 11 Squad 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
1966 Did not qualify 3rd 4 1 0 3 4 10
1970 3rd 6 1 1 4 7 12
1974 2nd 4 1 3 0 3 2
1978 3rd 4 0 2 2 1 8
1982 3rd 4 0 2 2 4 7
1986 3rd 8 3 2 3 8 10
1990 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 4 Squad 1st1 6 3 2 1 6 3
1994 Group stage 19th 3 1 0 2 4 5 Squad 1st 6 4 2 0 13 2
1998 21st 3 1 0 2 1 3 Squad 3rd 16 8 4 4 23 15
2002 Did not qualify 6th 18 7 6 5 20 15
2006 6th 18 6 6 6 24 16
2010 7th 18 6 5 7 14 18
2014 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 12 4 Squad 2nd 16 9 3 4 27 13
2018 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 6 3 Squad 4th 18 7 6 5 21 19
2022 To be determined In progress
2026 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 6/21 22 9 3 10 32 30 134 50 40 44 180 159
1.^ Played Intercontinental playoffs.

Copa América

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
1916Did not participate
1945Fifth place5th6114725 Squad
1947Eighth place8th7025219 Squad
19498th7025423 Squad
1957Fifth place5th62041025 Squad
1963Seventh place7th60151019 Squad
1967Did not qualify
1975Runners-up2nd9603115 Squad
1979Group stage5th421152 Squad
19837th412155 Squad
1987Third place3rd430183 Squad
1989Group stage6th412154 Squad
1991Fourth place4th722356 Squad
1993Third place3rd632164 Squad
19953rd631278 Squad
1997Quarter-finals8th410367 Squad
19995th430184 Squad
2001Champions1st6600110 Squad
2004Fourth place4th631277 Squad
2007Group stage9th310239 Squad
2011Quarter-finals6th421132 Squad
20156th412111 Squad
2016Third place3rd631276 Squad
2019Quarter-finals5th431040 Squad
2021Third place3rd723277 Squad
Total1 Title23/47124492550142191

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
1992 Did not qualify
2003 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 5 5 Squad
2005 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 1/10 5 2 0 3 5 5

Head-to-head record

Below is a result summary of all matches Colombia have played against FIFA recognized teams.[77][78]

As of 9 July 2021

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. Includes matches against  Curaçao.
  2. Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  4. Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.


World Cup 0000
Copa América 1157
Gold Cup 0101
Confederations Cup 0000

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