5 Weak Links For Colombia In The 2014 World Cup

5 Weak Links for the Colombia National Football Team

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Colombia had a great World Cup qualifying run last year. They were dominate in many facets of the game, but created high expectations for the team in Brazil. However, 2014 has not gotten off to the best start for The Coffee Growers, which is creating skepticism. There are still dreams for the round of 16, but the hopes of a nation could actually come down to one player.

5. The Opponents Already Have A Game Plan

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5. The Opponents Already Have A Game Plan

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The opponents in 2013 did not have a ton of success scoring, but they did start to lay out a blueprint. The recent friendly with Tunisia exposed some holes. Greece knows they can have success in the air. Japan can capitalize on their speed. The Ivory Coast will use their strength up front.

4. James Rodriguez Can Be Man Marked

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4. James Rodriguez Can Be Man Marked

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Recent evidence shows that midfielder James Rodriguez can be man marked and teams are trying to identify their best option to neutralize Rodriguez. The Tunisia defense was able to contain Rodriguez and it shut down Colombia's attack; it was one pass forward and two passes backwards. Obviously this is one game, but the difference in Colombia's attack was clear.

3. World Cup Absence Since 1998

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3. World Cup Absence Since 1998

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Colombia has not been on this stage since 1998. There is no experience on the team, and being able to handle this massive tournament is in question. This will be their fifth World Cup and they played two less matches during qualifying than the previous three cycles. Colombia's best finish is 14th in 1990.

2. Aging Back Line

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2. Aging Back Line

Mario Yepes
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The average age of the back line is 36. Do you think that Gervinho and Kalou are thinking about the prospect of getting in behind the line? Mario Yepes is 38, and has played almost 100 matches for his country, but has never been tested at this level.

1. Will Falcao Be Ready?

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1. Will Falcao Be Ready?

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This is the biggest question of all. El Tigre was injured in late January during a French Cup match, and he was given a 50-50 chance to be healed in time for the World Cup. Falcao will score if he can play. If not, the responsibility falls upon Jackson Martinez and Rodriguez. That means taking on the weight of a country. Falcao scored nine goals during the qualifying phase.

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