5 Reasons Why Colombia Will Hoist The World Cup In 2014

5 Reasons Why Colombia Will Hoist The World Cup In 2014

Falcao celebrates for Colombia
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In recent years, Colombia have really crept up on the world and exploded out of nowhere, producing some absolutely top class players. The name value isn't so high, but the danger absolutely is and they will be one of the most dangerous teams at the World Cup. Sometimes, everything just comes together at the right time. In Brazil, this year, it could be the perfect time for Colombia to win it all.

5. A favorable Group

Colombia's World Cup group
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5. A favorable Group

Colombia's World Cup group
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Colombia were a seeded team for the tournament draw and they got a group which reflected that seeding. Ivory Coast will be the most problematic team they will face in their group ahead of Japan and Greece. You would expect Colombia to get through that group in first place, which would potentially bring another favorable draw in the next round.

4. A Well-Balanced Team

James Rodriguez of Colombia
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4. A Well-Balanced Team

1 James Rodriguez of Colombia
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The Colombian team is a lot more rounded than people may think. They have a ton of goals in their forward line and creativity from Monaco's James Rodriguez and winger Juan Cuadrado. Fredy Guarin gives the team an engine room to rely on, and Cristian Zapata marshals the defence. It's a really well balanced team, and it should make Colombia a great team to watch also.

3. A Known Climate

Fredy Guarin of Colombia
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3. A Known Climate

Fredy Guarin of Colombia
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The climate in Brazil is going to be a problem for a lot of teams. Especially most of the European teams, who are just not familiar with playing in such heat. This is not a problem for the Colombian players though. They will handle the climate perfectly, and it will give them an advantage over a lot of European teams.

2. Deadly Strikeforce

Falcao celebrates for Colombia
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2. Deadly Strikeforce

Falcao celebrates for Colombia
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Colombia have one of the most deadly attacks in the whole tournament. Between Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez, you're probably looking at around £80 million to buy the pair on the current European transfer market. The only problem is, Falcao is a doubt for the tournament and only recently underwent surgery on his left knee. Though, the chance of him being fit is higher now than it was before the surgery. If he does make it, look out!

1. No Pressure

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1. No Pressure

Colombia celebrates a goal
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So many great teams struggle with pressure. Colombia are not in that position. Yeah, people might expect them to get out of their group, which they surely will. Afterwards, the further they go, the more dangerous they become. When you have talent like they do and you have little pressure to deal with, you grow the further you advance in a tournament. Ultimately, that can be the slim difference between success and failure.

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