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Argentina vs. Colombia: South American Qualifier Preview
Falcao and Co. look for three points against Argentina (Photo: REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez)

For the past 20 years, whenever people talk about Colombian football, everything always goes back to the 1994 World Cup squad.  Going into that World Cup, Colombia was considered a team to be feared, and the expectations were extremely high for a team that never won any tournament at that time. 

The root of these high expectations came from the 5-0 victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires at the Estadio Monumental in September 1993.  The panache Colombia displayed on the road gave the impression that Colombia was ready to take on the world.

As we fast forward to today, Argentina continues to be considered a top South American side, as evidenced by their No. 1 position in the CONMEBOL standings and their No. 3 FIFA world ranking.  Led by Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Kun Aguero (Manchester City) and Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), no team can rival the depth of strikers and forwards that represent Argentina.

Colombia, on the other hand, has been creating their own buzz over the past year, similar to what was seen in the early '90s. Under current manager Jose Pekerman, Colombia has been able to win several key qualifier matches in convincing fashion while sticking with a consistent core team.

On Friday, June 7, at 6:05 p.m. ET, Colombia looks to recreate history as they face off against Argentina at the Estadio Monumental.  These two South American powerhouses look to continue their impressive qualification run as both teams clash in what can be considered a fantasy matchup for South American and European supporters.  

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