The streets of my adopted country are overflowing with joy.
Never before had Colombia reached a World Cup quarter final. The previous record, reaching the 1990 eighth finals against Cameroon, had already been equaled by the current team. To make the euphoria even bigger; The country had to wait 16 years to even qualify for one of the world’s most popular sports tournament.
Colombia have scored more goals than any other team at this stage in the tournament. They have scored more goals in Brazil than all the goals combined in their previous 3 World Cup attempts. Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez has scored more goals than anyone else in this World Cup and his stunning goal yesterday against Uruguay will be a red hot contender for the best goal of the World Cup. James is also Number 1 player in this World Cup so far according to FIFA. Yet he is just 22 years old.
If you want to hear some epic goal calls – check out below these Colombian TV announcers in yesterday’s game … Especially the second goal…
It’s nice that people from outside Colombia can hear the passion and famous ‘GOOOOOOOOAAAAL’. My favourite part is the second goal when the announcer celebrates ‘De COLO de COLO de COLOMBIAAAAAAAAAAAAA’. The Latin American Spanish calling of football matches in particular the Colombian brand is outta this world.
Colombia played very clean yesterday unlike their Uruguayan opponents who, as always, resorted to dirty tactics. I’m glad Colombia kept their heads and played their game and didn’t get sucked into that ugly football we have become accustomed to with Uruguay. Colombia like they did against the Ivory Coast played in defensive mode for the last 20 minutes. That Colombian flare that jolted us into euphoria for first 70 minutes dissipated little by little by games end, but not too much. I despise when teams do that especially when they are playing their natural attacking game so well. If they do that again when they meet Brazil next Friday, they will be torn open.
Colombia – Brazil 4 July 2014
Teams in the last 5 worlds cups (back to 1994) who have won a penalty shootout are 2 wins-10 losses in their next game.
I believe like many that Brazil can play a better, but I don’t think they are playing well as a team. Colombia has enormous positive spirit in the group and have absolutely no pressure against Brazil except continue to excite and show their talent. The problem for Colombia is they haven’t faced a Neymar type; a guy with speed that runs at their defence. But Colombia have already created history by reaching the quarter finals. Here on in, it’s an adventure. Brazil will continue to feel the heat until they win the thing.
Colombia I believe with head and heart will cause an upset next Friday.