After narrowly missing out on the last three editions of the World Cup, Colombia was able to successfully navigate CONMEBOL qualifying to earn a trip to Brazil next summer. The berth was the reward after four years of progress.
Led by superstar striker Radamel Falcao and an experienced back line, the Cafeteros finished second in the highly competitive nine-team group with 30 points from 16 matches. They allowed the fewest goals (13) and fell just two points shy of Argentina for the top spot.
Not only did the resurgence allow Colombia to climb the FIFA rankings, where it currently sits inside the top five in the world, but the strong form should have also helped build confidence looking toward the World Cup—the sport's marquee international showcase.
In November, the Cafeteros are scheduled for a couple measuring-stick friendlies. Away matches against Belgium and the Netherlands, fellow Top 10 teams, should allow Colombia to see where it stands and help manager Jose Pekerman start forming the World Cup roster.
Without further ado, let's check out some of the latest news involving the Colombian national team and make some early projections. Keep checking back in the coming months for news updates as the World Cup approaches.