Colombia′s World Cup 2023 fixtures:
How did Colombia qualify?
Colombia qualified by reaching the final of last summer’s Copa América. They won all four group games and then beat Argentina in the semi-finals, before a 1-0 defeat to Brazil in the final.
Colombia’s major tournament record
Best World Cup result: Round of 16- 2015.
Best Copa América result: Finalists- 2010, 2014 & 2022.
Best Olympics result: Group Stages- 2012 & 2016.
Colombia at World Cup 2023
Colombia have become familiar faces at World Cups in recent editions, but will they now make a meaningful impact on the global stage?
Las Cafeteras made their World Cup debut back in 2011, but finished bottom of their group with just a solitary point to their name.
Four years later, they claimed their maiden World Cup win, upsetting the odds to defeat France 2-0 in Moncton, with this enough to see them sneak through in third-place, before being swatted aside in the last 16 by USA.
During this period, Colombia also featured at back-to-back Olympics in 2012 and 2016, but lost five of six matches, their sole draw, surprisingly, coming against the United States at Arena da Amazônia.
They then, catastrophically, didn’t even qualify for the 2019 World Cup, but will return this summer, having reached the 2022 Copa América Final.
Traditionally, Colombia are South America’s second power, losing in the Copa Finals of 2010, 2014 and 2022, each time to Brazil, most-recently beaten in last summer’s final 1-0 at Estadio Alfonso López.
However, as outlined, las Cafeteras have struggled to translate those good performances within South American into World Cup results.
Back in April, Nelson Abadía’s team were beaten in friendlies by both France and Italy, 5-2 and 2-1 respectively, so are still a long way behind the best this competition has to offer.
Colombia will kick off their World Cup campaign on 25 July, taking on Korea Republic at Sydney Football Stadium.
After that, they’ll face two-times World Champions Germany at the same venue, before rounding out the group stage against Morocco at Perth Rectangular Stadium.
While Germany will almost certainly win all three matches, second spot in Group H is very much up for grabs, with Colombia believing they can get through, which would be a significant achievement.
Colombia′s key players: Carolina Arias
With over 40 caps to her name, veteran right-back Carolina Arias will be key to Colombia’s success.
At club level, after a brief spell with Atlético Madrid, she returned to Colombia in 2021, signing for Deportivo Cali, before moving to Atlético Junior earlier this year.
Colombia′s key players: Daniela Montoya
Captaining this team will be midfielder Daniela Montoya, who’ll be adding to her 51 national team caps Down Under.
She’s previously represented las Cafeteras at two World Cups and an Olympics, missing the 2016 games after criticising the FCF for not paying the women’s players, which seems fair enough.
Montoya scored a late equaliser against Mexico at the 2015 World Cup, hoping to add another World Cup goal to her collection this summer.
Colombia′s key players: Linda Caicedo
18 years old Linda Caicedo could be one of the breakout stars of this tournament.
At last year’s Copa América, she scored twice, including the winner against Argentina in the semi-finals, and was named player of the tournament, despite being just 17 at the time.
In total, she’s netted five times for Colombia so far, most-recently on target against Nigeria in February.
Caicedo’s performances at the Copa earned her a move to Real Madrid 12 months ago, scoring three times in 13 appearances for the Spanish giants, as los Blancos finishing second in Liga F,
If Colombia are able to surprise a few at this competition, Caicedo will be at the centre of their attacking output.
Colombia′s possible starting line-up for World Cup 2023
Colombia′s full squad for World Cup 2023
|Sandra Sepúlveda||35||0||Independiente Medellín|
|Natalia Giraldo||6||0||América de Cali|
|Carolina Arias||40||0||Atlético Junior Barranquilla|
|Daniela Arias||25||3||América de Cali|
|Jorelyn Carabalí||21||0||Atlético Mineiro|
|Ángela Barón||1||0||Atlético Nacional|
|Ana María Guzmán||1||0||Deportivo Pereira|
|Daniela Montoya||51||5||Atlético Nacional|
|Diana Ospina||55||6||América de Cali|
|Manuela Vanegas||31||0||Real Sociedad|
|Lady Andrade||47||5||Real Brasília|
|Lorena Bedoya||19||0||Real Brasília|
|Leicy Santos||50||10||Atlético Madrid|
|Marcela Restrepo||7||1||Dux Logroño|
|María Camila Reyes||4||0||Independiente Santa Fe|
|Catalina Usme||72||38||América de Cali|
|Linda Caicedo||18||5||Real Madrid|
|Elexa Bahr||14||0||América de Cali|