The Colombia national football team, one of the strongest national teams in the today world, with an effort passed qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and became the fourth team of the CONMEBOL Qualifying tournament. The Colombians began the qualification not bad, but in the last four rounds they could gather only three points which made their fans sweat. In the last round Colombia had to play with the direct competitor to get to the World Cup — the Peru national football team. Having exchanged goals and specified the results of parallel matches, in the last minutes of the match the opponents preferred to roll the ball in the center spot and not to threaten each other`s net since a draw brought the Colombians to the World Cup, and the Peruvians to play-offs.
For the sixth time the Colombia national football team will take part in the World Cup. First time, Colombia, a country war-torn for many years, took part in the World Cup only in 1962 in Chile. Having got into the same group with the teams of Uruguay, the USSR and Yugoslavia, «The Coffee growers» gathered only one point and took the last place in the group. However, the match with the USSR made history of the Colombian national football team. Conceding in the match three goals to the European Championship Winner, the Yellow-Whites could hold the game to honorable draw.
Next time, the Colombians could get through to the World Cup only in 1990, and that performance became the most successful in the team history. In the group round the Yellow-Whites had real luck. First, the very weak the UAE national football team which lost all three tournament matches got into the group with Colombia by seeding. Secondly, having taken the third place in the group, the Colombians, nevertheless, managed to get qualified for play-offs, thanks to the tournament policy. However, the South Americans could not get through farther than the round of last 16. In the first round of play-offs, Colombia sensationally conceded to the marvelous Cameroon into extra time.
Colombia was also qualified for two next World Cups, but couldn’t leave the group in both tournaments. In 1994 the Colombians could win only once — against the Switzerland national football team, and lost two other games. They needed only another draw to get into the round of last 16. This World Cup ended in tragedy for Colombia. On his return, the defender of the national team Andres Escobar, who scored an own goal in the match against the USA, was killed by a fan of the national team.
In 1998, Colombia failed the tournament again, they scored in the World Cup in France only one ball. This ball allowed to beat the Tunisia national football team, but one win was not enough to leave the group. Much to one`s regret, the talented generation of the Colombian football players of the 1990s did not succeed and not realize itself.
Only in 2014 Colombia could overcome qualification for the World Cup again. The tournament in Brazil became for «The Coffee growers» the most successful. The seeding was favorable to Colombia when determined the modest Greece, Japan and Cote d'Ivoire national football teams as opponents. The Yellow-Whites used their chance hundred-percent, won three victories in the group stage and took the first place in the group. In the round of last 16 Colombia unexpectedly outplayed Uruguay, thanks to two goals of James Rodriguez. The victory allowed Colombia to get into the eight strongest teams of the world for the first time ever. In the quarterfinal, the Yellow-White met with the tournament hosts — the Brazil national football team. The game were played with advantage of the Colombians, but the victory went to the hosts. James Rodriguez became the top scorer of the World Cup and got invitation from Real Madrid.
The Colombia national football team goes to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as a favorite. It is unlikely that the Yellow-Whites will apply for a victory, but to repeat the 2014 success and again to break through into the eight strongest is within their powers. James Rodriguez, the national team leader and the midfielder of Bavaria, is spending his qualitative season. The top scorer of the team — the forward of Monaco Radamel Falcao continues to score regularly despite his age. Two other forwards Carlos Bacca and Luis Muriel successfully perform in the La Liga. The goalkeeper David Ospina plays in Arsenal, London. Also, the team Coach is worth noting. Argentinean Jose Pekerman successfully trains the national team during five years. Over this period, the Colombia guided by him could get into the quarterfinal in the World Cup, and also win bronze medals in Copa America.