Colombia aren’t considered to be one of the outright favourites to win this summer’s Copa America but there are several reasons why we reckon Los Cafeteros should be touted as potential champions of this year’s tournament.
The Colombians have hired uber-experienced coach Carlos Queiroz for this summer’s competition, and whilst he’ll only have four friendly matches under his belt by the time their Copa America 2019 opener against Argentina comes around on June 15, he definitely possesses the know-how to cause an upset.
The 66-year-old has previously managed South Africa, UAE and Portugal at international level, and spent an impressive eight-year stint in charge of Iran, where he guided them to both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup Finals.
Of course, Queiroz was also Sir Alex’s assistant during one of the most successful periods of Manchester United’s history, and he’s also managed Real Madrid. If he lacks anything, it certainly isn’t experience.
The Last Chance Saloon
Colombia have a squad riddled with some ridiculous talent, but for many of its players it could be their final opportunity to snatch a piece of international silverware.
Captain and top-scorer Radamel Falcao is now 33, and will inevitably soon decide to concentrate solely on his club football, with jet-heeled winger Juan Cuadrado now 31, and reliable centre-back Cristian Zapata now 32.
The trio, along with James Rodriguez, have played a massive part in the last decade of the Colombian national team, but could this be their last chance to do it on the international stage, and will that provide an added motivation?
The Goalden Touch
Colombia have never lacked goals, but this year’s Copa America could well belong to the in-form Duván Zapata.
The 28-year-old scored his first-ever goal for his country in Sunday’s 3-0 friendly win over Peru, and he is fresh from absolutely tearing apart Serie A with Atalanta.
Zapata smashed in an impressive 28 goals as the un-fancied minnows finished above the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The striker could well be a very decent shout when it comes to selecting your Copa America 2019 bets, and he could form a deadly partnership with the aforementioned Falcao.
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