Colombia 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Nick DorringtonSpecial to Bleacher ReportMay 13, 2014

Colombia 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    On Tuesday, Colombia national team coach Jose Pekerman named his preliminary 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as per El Tiempo (in Spanish) and FIFA.com.

    There were no huge surprises in his selection. The majority of those chosen were involved in the qualification process and have already established their credentials.

    The inclusions of young River Plate defender Eder Alvarez Balanta and inconsistent yet talented Porto attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero are perhaps the most unexpected.

    Radamel Falcao Garcia has been named but is still undergoing his recovery from knee ligament surgery. Colombia's top scorer during qualifying, as per Soccerway, will have to prove his fitness prior to Pekerman's election of his final, 23-man squad.

    Here is our player-by-player guide to Colombia's preliminary World Cup squad.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: David Ospina

    Date of Birth: 31/08/1988

    Birthplace: Medellin, Colombia

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 42

    Club: Nice

     

    Name: Faryd Mondragon

    Date of Birth: 21/06/1971

    Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 54

    Club: Deportivo Cali

     

    Name: Camilo Vargas

    Date of Birth: 01/09/1989

    Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 0

    Club: Santa Fe

Defenders

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    Name: Aquivaldo Mosquera

    Date of Birth: 22/06/1981

    Birthplace: Apartado, Colombia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 30

    Club: Club America

     

    Name: Carlos Valdes

    Date of Birth: 22/05/1985

    Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 12

    Club: San Lorenzo

     

    Name: Cristian Zapata

    Date of Birth: 30/09/1986

    Birthplace: Padilla, Colombia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 20

    Club: AC Milan

     

    Name: Eder Alvarez Balanta

    Date of Birth: 28/03/1993

    Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 1

    Club: River Plate

     

    Name: Luis Amaranto Perea

    Date of Birth: 30/01/1979

    Birthplace: Turbo, Colombia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 75

    Club: Cruz Azul

     

    Name: Mario Yepes

    Date of Birth: 13/01/1976

    Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 95

    Club: Atalanta

     

    Name: Juan Camilo Zuniga

    Date of Birth: 14/12/1985

    Birthplace: Chigorodo, Colombia

    Position: Full-back

    Caps: 51

    Club: Napoli

     

    Name: Pablo Armero

    Date of Birth: 02/11/1986

    Birthplace: Tumaco, Colombia

    Position: Full-back

    Caps: 50

    Club: Napoli

     

    Name: Santiago Arias

    Date of Birth: 13/01/1992

    Birthplace: Medellin, Colombia

    Position: Full-back

    Caps: 4

    Club: PSV Eindhoven

     

    Name: Juan Cuadrado

    Date of Birth: 26/05/1988

    Birthplace: Necocli, Colombia

    Position: Full-back / Winger

    Caps: 26

    Club: Fiorentina

Midfielders

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    Name: Alexander Mejia

    Date of Birth: 07/09/1988

    Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 8

    Club: Atletico Nacional

     

    Name: Carlos Sanchez

    Date of Birth: 06/02/1986

    Birthplace: Quibdo, Colombia

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 43

    Club: Elche

     

    Name: Edwin Valencia

    Date of Birth: 29/03/1985

    Birthplace: Florida, Colombia

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 12

    Club: Fluminense

     

    Name: Elkin Soto

    Date of Birth: 04/08/1980

    Birthplace: Manizales, Colombia

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 25

    Club: Mainz

     

    Name: Abel Aguilar

    Date of Birth: 06/01/1985

    Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Caps: 47

    Club: Toulouse

     

    Name: Fredy Guarin

    Date of Birth: 30/06/1986

    Birthplace: Puerto Boyaca, Colombia

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Caps: 48

    Club: Internazionale

     

    Name: Aldo Leao Ramirez

    Date of Birth: 18/04/1981

    Birthplace: Santa Marta, Colombia

    Position: Central Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 29

    Club: Morelia

     

    Name: Macnelly Torres

    Date of Birth: 01/11/1984

    Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

    Position: Central Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 39

    Club: Al-Shabab

     

    Name: Juan Fernando Quintero

    Date of Birth: 18/01/1993

    Birthplace: Medellin, Colombia

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 3

    Club: FC Porto

     

    Name: James Rodriguez

    Date of Birth: 12/07/1991

    Birthplace: Cucuta, Colombia

    Position: Attacking Midfielder / Winger

    Caps: 21

    Club: Monaco

Forwards

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    Name: Adrian Ramos

    Date of Birth: 22/01/1986

    Birthplace: Santander de Quilichao, Colombia

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 23

    Club: Hertha Berlin

     

    Name: Victor Ibarbo

    Date of Birth: 19/05/1990

    Birthplace: Tumaco, Colombia

    Position: Winger / Forward

    Caps: 7

    Club: Cagliari

     

    Name: Carlos Bacca

    Date of Birth: 08/09/1986

    Birthplace: Puerto Colombia, Colombia

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 9

    Club: Sevilla

     

    Name: Jackson Martinez

    Date of Birth: 03/10/1986

    Birthplace: Quibdo, Colombia

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 26

    Club: FC Porto

     

    Name: Luis Muriel

    Date of Birth: 18/04/1991

    Birthplace: Santo Tomas, Colombia

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 5

    Club: Udinese

     

    Name: Radamel Falcao Garcia

    Date of Birth: 10/02/1986

    Birthplace: Santa Marta, Colombia

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 51

    Club: Monaco

     

    Name: Teofilo Gutierrez

    Date of Birth: 28/05/1985

    Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 28

    Club: River Plate