The Colombia national football team ( Spanish : Selección de fútbol de Colombia ) represents Colombia in international football competitions and is overseen by the Colombian Football Federation . It is a member of the CONMEBOL and is currently ranked thirteenth in the FIFA World Rankings . [13] The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country .

Since the mid-1980s, the national team has been a symbol fighting the country's negative reputation. This has made the sport popular and made the national team a sign of nationalism, pride and passion for many Colombians worldwide. Colombia is known for having a passionate fan base. [14] [15]

Colombia had its strongest period during the 1990s. A 1993 match resulted in a 0–5 win over Argentina which began a special "mutual respect" rivalry between both nations. [16] The goalkeeper René Higuita achieved fame from his eccentric scorpion kick clearance against England at Wembley Stadium in 1995. Stars from Colombia's team included Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla . During this era Colombia qualified for the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups, only reaching the second round in 1990. Following the death of Andrés Escobar after the 1994 World Cup, Colombia's team faded in the latter half of the 1990s. They were the champions of the 2001 Copa América , which they hosted and set a new Copa América record of conceding no goals and winning each match. Prior to that success, they were runners-up to Peru in the 1975 Copa América . In total, Colombia has gained a top four result in seven Copa Américas. Colombia was the first team to win FIFA best mover in 1993 where the achievement was first introduced and the second team after Croatia to win it twice in 2012. [17]

Colombia missed three World Cups between 2002 and 2010. During the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Colombia showed improvement over the 2011 Copa América , bringing its rank up to the top ten for the first time since 2002 and into the top five consistently for the first time since 2004. After a 16-year-long wait, in 2014 Colombia finally returned to the World Cup, where they were able to advance to the quarter-finals, the furthest Colombia has ever made it in a World Cup. [17] [18] Colombia's midfielder James Rodríguez won two awards, the Golden Boot for most goals (6) and Best Goal of the Tournament.

The 1962 World Cup match against the Soviet Union finished in a 4–4 tie after Colombia had been down 4–1, making it one of the biggest comebacks in World Cup history. In that game, Colombia also scored a direct corner kick goal , also making it the only direct corner kick goal in World Cup history.

History

Early years

Colombia played its first official matches at the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games . The Colombia national football team was composed mostly by all the players of the Club Juventud Bogotana (now Millonarios ). [19] Alfonso Novoa was the manager of Colombia until 23 February.

The first game was played on 10 February 1938 against Mexico . Colombia was defeated 1–3; Luis Argüelles, Luis de la Fuente and Horacio Casarín scored for Mexico, while Marcos Mejía scored for Colombia. Colombia was able to obtain the bronze medal, with two wins and three losses. The same year, Colombia played at the I Bolivarian Games in Bogotá , where they finished fourth with one win and three losses. Fernando Paternoster was the manager of Colombia, the side's first foreign manager.

Colombia did not play again until 1945, when they participated for the first time at the South American Championship , finishing in fifth place. This time, Colombia was composed by players of Junior de Barranquilla save for Antonio de la Hoz (who played for Sporting de Barranquilla) and Pedro Ricardo López (who played for Boca Juniors de Cali ). [11] Roberto Meléndez was player and coach of Colombia throughout the tournament.

The first match of Colombia in the professional era was played on 6 April in the 1949 South American Championship , a 3–0 defeat against Paraguay . Austrian coach Friedrich Donnenfeld was the manager of Colombia during the tournament; he had moved with his family to Colombia due to World War II , and Atlético Junior would be his first team as a coach. [11] As Junior was chosen to represent Colombia in the tournament, he became in the first European manager of the Colombia national team. The team, however, repeated their losing streak since, as in the previous tournament, ended eighth with two draws and five losses, scoring four goals.

After a withdrawal in 1938 and getting banned in 1954 (due to the controversial El Dorado era), Colombia participated for the first time in qualifying for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden. Their first match was on 16 June 1957 against Uruguay in Bogotá, a 1–1 draw. Colombia lost their next matches, leaving them at the bottom of the group.

At the 1962 World Cup , Colombia lost their first match, 2–1 against Uruguay. Luis Cubilla and Jorge Sasía scored for Uruguay at the 56th and 75th minute respectively, while Francisco Zuluaga scored a 19th-minute penalty goal for Colombia. In the second match, they earned a 4–4 draw with the Soviet Union , champions of the 1960 European Nations' Cup . It should be noted that in this game, Colombia scored four goals against Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin , widely considered the best goalkeeper in football history. Also in that game, Marcos Coll scored the only olympic goal in World Cup history so far. Unfortunately, the Colombian campaign in 1962 ended with a 5–0 defeat against Yugoslavia , who finished in fourth place in the tournament.

1990s: Golden Era

At 1990 World Cup , Colombia defeated United Arab Emirates 2–0, lost to Yugoslavia 1–0, and earned their place in the round of 16 after a 1–1 draw with West Germany , who would later win the World Cup . Colombia would be eliminated in their next match against Cameroon with a 2–1 defeat in extra time.

For the 1994 World Cup , Colombia finished top of their qualifying group without having lost a match, which included a historic 5–0 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires . Expectations of the team were high, some even naming them as favourites to win the tournament. Colombia was assigned to the Group A with the hosts United States , Romania , and Switzerland . During the tournament, Colombia only earned one win and suffered two losses, which would eliminate them in the first phase.

Colombia ended their qualification for the 1998 World Cup in third place with 28 points, two points below first-place Argentina with 30 points. Colombia was assigned to the Group G alongside Tunisia , England and Romania. Romania obtained a 1–0 victory in the first match. Colombia's second match was a 1–0 win against Tunisia, with a goal from Leider Preciado . In the last match, however, England won the game 2–0, thereby eliminating Colombia.

2001 Copa America

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Stamp commemorating the match played against Uruguay in the 1962 World Cup.

The 2001 Copa América was the first Copa América held in Colombia. Prior to the tournament, meetings were held by CONMEBOL authorities who were concerned about potential security issues in Colombia, and the tournament was cancelled on 1 July, just ten days before the opening match. [21] On 6 July, CONMEBOL decided to reinstate the tournament, which was held on schedule. Canada had already disbanded its training camp and released its players, so Costa Rica (a CONCACAF invitee) was invited to the tournament. Claiming that Argentine players had received death threats from terrorist groups, the Argentine Football Association decided to withdraw from the competition the day before the first game, with Honduras (a CONCACAF invitee) hastily invited and flown in by the Colombian Air Force to participate. [21] There were no terrorist incidents within the competition. Colombia had a strong run through the tournament, winning their first Copa América title by defeating Mexico (a CONCACAF invitee) with a goal from Iván Córdoba in the second half.

Depression Era (2002–2010)

For the 2002 World Cup , Colombia only managed to place sixth in the qualification round, tied with Uruguay, but failing to qualify due to goal difference. Colombia would also eventually fail to qualify for the 2006 edition in Germany and for the 2010 World Cup , mainly because their constant change of formations and struggles to score goals in the last games of the qualification.

A new golden generation (2010–present)

In the 2011 Copa América , Colombia made a good run topping their group and achieving a draw to the host nation Argentina, who were the favourites. In the next round, Colombia would be eliminated in a 2–0 lost against Peru in extra time.

"We can't stop people talking about us, nor should we duck away from positive opinions. This national squad, with a new generation of players, is making history. Nowadays nearly all of us are playing in Europe and I think we've got a wider variety of players and talent than we did at the 1994 World Cup, when this pressure was on them too. But we can't afford to get too carried away with what people say. Of course we want to have a great tournament, but we mustn't let ourselves get weighed down by external pressures."
Jackson Martínez on the current generation and its run into the 2014 FIFA World Cup . [11]

The Colombian side gained Leonel Álvarez as the new coach following the resignation of Hernán Darío Gómez , but was sacked after three games with disappointing results, which led in the hiring of José Pékerman . The Colombian squad would break a personal qualifying best record, and raise the FIFA ranking consistently into the top ten and allowed them to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. Celebrations broke throughout the nation, as many neturals hailed Colombia as a dark-horse towards being a World Cup contender. [23] [11] [11] [11] Often, Colombia were noted by many figures in Colombia such as Carlos Valderrama as a team that could become the most successful Colombian squad in history. [23] [11]

2014 World Cup

Colombia topped off their return in the 2014 World Cup after a 16-year absence by defeating Greece 3–0. [11] Colombia then edged a 2–1 victory over the Ivory Coast to dispute Group C's top spot days later. [12] On the same day, Japan and Greece drew 0–0 and automatically qualified Colombia to the round of 16 for the first time in 24 years since the 1990 World Cup. [12] In its final group stage game, Colombia defeated Japan 4–1 to win Group C and become the third South American team (following Brazil and Argentina) to go 3–0 in group stage in World Cup history. The Japan match also saw goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón , the last active player from the country's previous World Cup appearance in 1998, become the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup final tournament. Colombia went on to defeat Uruguay 2–0 on 28 June in the knockout round, securing a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Colombia then fell to hosts Brazil 2–1 in the quarter-final round in controversy, where media and figures such as Diego Maradona criticized FIFA and Carlos Velasco Carballo for "favoring" Brazil and being biased in disallowing a goal from Mario Yepes and allowing too many fouls by the Brazilians to occur without any yellow cards being shown. [12] [12] [12] [12] [12] [12]

Despite the elimination, the national team was greeted by tens of thousands of Colombians in Bogotá, welcoming them back as heroes and restoring pride to the nation. [12] [12] Colombia would then receive the FIFA Fair Play Trophy and have James Rodríguez and Juan Cuadrado end as the World Cup's leading goal scorer and assist leader, respectively. [13] [13]

2015 Copa América

Colombia had a disappointing 2015 Copa América , having won only a single game during the group stage match against Brazil, with their only goal of the tournament. Colombia would be eliminated by Argentina in the next round via penalty shootout, ending their campaign with one win, two draws and one loss. Only one goal was scored for throughout the tournament, by Jeison Murillo , who would later win the tournament's Best Young Player award and be included in the tournament's Star XI.

Copa América Centenario

Colombia began their campaign with a 0–2 victory against hosts United States. Days later, they sealed their qualification to the quarter-finals with a 2–1 victory against Paraguay . However, they fell to Costa Rica 2–3 and finished second in the group following a complete change with 11 of their starters. On 17 June, they advanced to the semi-finals with a win against Peru on penalties 4–2 in front of 79,000 fans at MetLife Stadium . Colombia would then lose (2–0) to eventual tournament winners Chile following mistakes by their defence. Colombia won the third-place match against the United States to seal their best result since winning the 2001 tournament.

Rivalries

With political issues with history/culture related nations Ecuador and Venezuela , Colombia has always taken interest. While Colombia has natural rival matches with neighbors Ecuador and Venezuela, the matches are not as popular as the rival matches against Argentina and Brazil.

The historical Colombian 5–0 victory in 1993, beating host Argentina in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, was the very first time Argentina lost in its home stadium Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti during a qualifying match for a World Cup. Argentina come as a previous twice World Cup champion. It caused a huge upset and start of a respective rivalries. Unlike other rivalries full of hostility, the Colombian–Argentine rivalry is more based on "respect" than a "hated" relationship always attracting great interest between both nations. [13] Thus, the Colombian–Argentine rivalry has been considered "unique" and "special". In a way, the Colombian–Argentine relationship is viewed as "sparring partners" in world football.

During the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals, Brazil was playing Colombia. The match ended 2–1 winning Brazil, with a disallowed goal from Colombian captain Mario Yepes that could have made the tie for Colombia. Matches afterwards between the two countries have been played with great intensity and hostility. However, following the tragic LaMia Flight 2933 incident in 2016, the rivalry has improved in a less hostile matter; the sportsmanship from Atlético Nacional in regards to concede the title to allow Chapecoense to be awarded the championship was highly praised amongst not only Brazilians but globally. A unofficial friendly between the two countries was played in 2017 using only domestic players in honor of the plane crash's victims as well as the friendship between the respective domestic clubs.

Schedule and results

W in D raw L oss

2017

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Colombia won its Copa América in 2001.

2018

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for friendlies against South Korea on November 10th, 2017 and China on November 14, 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of November 14, 2017 after the match against China .

0 # 0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1 GK Leandro Castellanos ( 1984-03-09 ) 9 March 1984 1 0 Santa Fe
12 1 GK José Fernando Cuadrado ( 1985-06-01 ) 1 June 1985 1 0 Once Caldas

18 2 DF Frank Fabra ( 1991-02-22 ) 22 February 1991 17 1 Boca Juniors
4 2 DF Stefan Medina ( 1992-06-14 ) 14 June 1992 11 0 Monterrey
3 2 DF Óscar Murillo ( 1988-04-18 ) 18 April 1988 11 0 Pachuca
13 2 DF Yerry Mina ( 1994-09-23 ) 23 September 1994 9 3 Palmeiras
25 2 DF Éder Álvarez Balanta ( 1993-02-28 ) 28 February 1993 8 0 Basel
23 2 DF Davinson Sánchez ( 1996-05-12 ) 12 May 1996 7 0 Tottenham Hotspur
24 2 DF William Tesillo ( 1990-02-02 ) 2 February 1990 3 0 Santa Fe

6 3 MF Carlos Sánchez ( 1986-02-06 ) 6 February 1986 83 0 Fiorentina
8 3 MF Abel Aguilar ( 1985-01-06 ) 6 January 1985 68 7 Deportivo Cali
21 3 MF Edwin Cardona ( 1992-12-08 ) 8 December 1992 31 5 Boca Juniors
20 3 MF Giovanni Moreno ( 1986-07-01 ) 1 July 1986 20 2 Shanghai Shenhua
5 3 MF Wílmar Barrios ( 1993-10-16 ) 16 October 1993 8 0 Boca Juniors
14 3 MF Mateus Uribe ( 1991-03-21 ) 21 March 1991 5 0 América
22 3 MF Jefferson Lerma ( 1994-10-25 ) 25 October 1994 2 0 Levante

7 4 FW Carlos Bacca ( 1986-09-08 ) 8 September 1986 43 14 Villarreal
16 4 FW Miguel Borja ( 1993-01-26 ) 26 January 1993 5 2 Palmeiras
2 4 FW Duván Zapata ( 1991-04-01 ) 1 April 1991 4 0 Sampdoria
17 4 FW Felipe Pardo ( 1990-08-17 ) 17 August 1990 3 1 Olympiacos
26 4 FW Avilés Hurtado ( 1987-04-20 ) 20 April 1987 2 0 Monterrey

Recent call-ups

The following players have been recently called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK David Ospina ( 1988-08-31 ) 31 August 1988 83 0 Arsenal v. Peru , 10 October 2017
GK Camilo Vargas ( 1989-03-09 ) 9 March 1989 5 0 Atlético Nacional v. Peru , 10 October 2017
GK David González ( 1982-07-20 ) 20 July 1982 2 0 Independiente Medellín v. Ecuador , 28 March 2017

DF Cristián Zapata ( 1986-09-30 ) 30 September 1986 54 2 Milan v. South Korea , 10 November 2017
DF Santiago Arias ( 1992-01-13 ) 13 January 1992 38 0 PSV v. Peru , 10 October 2017
DF Farid Díaz ( 1983-07-20 ) 20 July 1983 13 0 Olimpia v. Peru , 10 October 2017
DF Daniel Bocanegra ( 1987-04-23 ) 23 April 1987 4 0 Atlético Nacional v. Brazil , 5 September 2017
DF Francisco Meza ( 1991-08-29 ) 29 August 1991 0 0 UANL v. Brazil , 5 September 2017
DF Pablo Armero ( 1986-11-02 ) 2 November 1986 68 2 Bahia v. Cameroon , 13 June 2017
DF Felipe Aguilar ( 1993-01-20 ) 20 January 1993 3 0 Atlético Nacional v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
DF Leyvin Balanta ( 1990-09-03 ) 3 September 1990 1 0 Santa Fe v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
DF Luis Manuel Orejuela ( 1995-08-20 ) 20 August 1995 0 0 Ajax v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
DF Juan Sebastián Quintero ( 1995-03-23 ) 23 March 1995 0 0 Sporting Gijón v. Brazil , 25 January 2017

MF Juan Cuadrado ( 1988-05-26 ) 26 May 1988 69 7 Juventus v. South Korea , 10 November 2017
MF James Rodríguez ( 1991-07-12 ) 12 July 1991 60 21 Bayern Munich v. South Korea , 10 November 2017
MF Yimmi Chará ( 1991-04-02 ) 2 April 1991 6 0 Junior v. Peru , 10 October 2017
MF Gustavo Cuéllar ( 1992-10-14 ) 14 October 1992 3 0 Flamengo v. Peru , 10 October 2017
MF Guillermo Celis ( 1993-05-08 ) 8 May 1993 6 0 Vitória de Guimarães v. Brazil , 5 September 2017
MF Daniel Torres ( 1989-11-15 ) 15 November 1989 14 0 Alavés v. Cameroon , 13 June 2017
MF José Izquierdo ( 1992-07-07 ) 7 July 1992 2 1 Brighton & Hove Albion v. Cameroon , 13 June 2017
MF Macnelly Torres ( 1984-11-01 ) 1 November 1984 48 4 Atlético Nacional v. Ecuador , 28 March 2017
MF Jonathan Copete ( 1988-01-23 ) 23 January 1988 2 0 Santos v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
MF Vladimir Hernández ( 1989-02-08 ) 8 February 1989 1 0 Santos v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
MF Santiago Montoya ( 1991-09-15 ) 15 September 1991 1 0 Deportes Tolima v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
MF Andrés Ibargüen ( 1992-05-07 ) 7 May 1992 0 0 Racing v. Brazil , 25 January 2017

FW Radamel Falcao ( captain ) ( 1986-02-10 ) 10 February 1986 70 28 Monaco v. Peru , 10 October 2017
FW Teófilo Gutiérrez ( 1985-05-17 ) 17 May 1985 51 15 Junior v. Peru , 10 October 2017
FW Luis Muriel ( 1991-04-16 ) 16 April 1991 17 1 Sevilla v. Peru , 10 October 2017
FW Luis Quiñones ( 1991-06-26 ) 26 June 1991 1 0 UANL v. Bolivia , 23 March 2017
FW Orlando Berrío ( 1991-02-14 ) 14 February 1991 4 0 Flamengo v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
FW Michael Rangel ( 1991-03-08 ) 8 March 1991 1 0 Kasımpaşa v. Brazil , 25 January 2017
FW Harold Preciado ( 1994-06-01 ) 1 June 1994 0 0 Shenzhen v. Brazil , 25 January 2017

Individual records

  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.
As of 14 November 2017 [13]

Most capped players

# Player National career Matches Goals
1 Carlos Valderrama 1985–1998 111 11
2 Mario Yepes 1999–2014 102 6
3 Leonel Álvarez 1985–1997 101 1
4 Freddy Rincón 1990–2001 84 17
5 David Ospina 2007– 83 0
Carlos Sánchez 2007– 83 0
7 Luis Carlos Perea 1987–1994 78 2
8 Iván Córdoba 1997–2010 73 5
Óscar Córdoba 1993–2006 73 0
10 Luis Amaranto Perea 2003–2014 72 0

Most capped goalkeepers

# Player National career Matches Goals
1 David Ospina 2007– 83 0
2 Óscar Córdoba 1993–2006 73 0
3 René Higuita 1987–1999 68 3
4 Miguel Calero 1995–2009 51 0
Faryd Mondragón 1993–2014 51 0

Top scorers

# Player National career Goals Matches Average
1 Radamel Falcao ( list ) 2007– 0 0 0 0 28 70 0.400
2 Arnoldo Iguarán 1979–1993 25 68 0.368
3 James Rodríguez 2011– 0 0 0 0 21 60 0.350
4 Faustino Asprilla 1993–2001 20 57 0.351
5 Freddy Rincón 1990–2001 17 84 0.202
6 Teófilo Gutiérrez 2009– 0 0 0 0 15 51 0.294
Víctor Aristizábal 1993–2003 15 66 0.227
8 Adolfo Valencia 1992–1998 14 37 0.378
Carlos Bacca 2010– 0 0 0 0 14 43 0.326
10 Iván Valenciano 1991–2000 13 29 0.448
Antony de Ávila 1983–1998 13 54 0.241

Former midfielder Marcos Coll is the only player in history to score a rare Olympic goal in a FIFA World Cup game, in the 1962 FIFA World Cup against the Soviet Union . The match finished in a 4–4 tie after a spectacular come back by Colombia from 4–1 to draw the match, making it the biggest comeback in World Cup history.

Coaching staff

[13]

Manager José Pékerman
Assistant manager Néstor Lorenzo
Patricio Camps
Pablo Garabello
Physical trainer Eduardo Urtasún
Goalkeeping coach
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Carlos Valderrama , Colombia's most capped player in history.
Eduardo Niño

Kit

Colombia current kit (2017–present)
Home Alternatives (yet to be released)
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Radamel Falcao is Colombia's all-time top scorer with 28 goals.

Since its inception the Colombia national team has adopted different colors for their uniform. Article history describes the evolution of the Colombia national football team strip along the years.

Competitive record

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks .
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA World Cup

Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
1930 Did Not Exist
1934
1938 Withdrew
1950 Did Not Enter
1954 Banned
1958 Did Not Qualify 3rd 4 0 1 3 3 8
1962 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 5 11 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
1966 Did Not Qualify 3rd 4 1 0 3 4 10
1970 3rd 6 1 1 4 7 12
1974 2nd 4 1 3 0 3 2
1978 3rd 4 0 2 2 1 8
1982 3rd 4 0 2 2 4 7
1986 3rd 8 3 2 3 7 11
1990 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 4 4 1st 6 3 2 1 6 3
1994 Group Stage 19th 3 1 0 2 4 5 1st 6 4 2 0 13 2
1998 21st 3 1 0 2 1 3 3rd 16 8 4 4 23 15
2002 Did Not Qualify 6th 18 7 6 5 20 15
2006 6th 18 6 6 6 24 16
2010 7th 18 6 5 7 22 26
2014 Quarter-Finals 5th 5 4 0 1 12 4 2nd 16 9 3 4 27 13
2018 Qualified 4th 18 7 6 5 21 19
2022 To Be Determined
Total Quarter-finals 5/22 18 7 2 9 26 27 134 50 40 44 166 149
1. Played Intercontinental playoffs.

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1992 Did Not Qualify
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 5 5
2005 Did Not Qualify
2009
2013
2017
2021 To Be Determined
Total Fourth Place 1/10 5 2 0 3 5 5

Copa América

Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place

South American Championship

South American Championship
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1916 Did not exist
1917
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1929
1935
1937 Withdrew
1939
1941
1942
1945 Fifth place 5th 6 1 1 4 7 25
1946 Withdrew
1947 Eighth place 8th 7 0 2 5 2 19
1949 8th 7 0 2 5 4 23
1953 Withdrew
1955
1956
1957 Fifth place 5th 6 2 0 4 10 25
1959 Withdrew
1959
1963 Seventh place 7th 6 0 1 5 10 19
1967 Did not qualify
Total Fifth place 5/19 32 3 6 23 33 111

Copa América

Copa América
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1975 Runners-up 2nd 9 6 0 3 11 5
1979 Group Stage 5th 4 2 1 1 5 2
1983 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
1987 Third place 3rd 4 3 0 1 8 3
1989 Group Stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 4
1991 Fourth place 4th 7 2 2 3 5 6
1993 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 6 4
1995 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 8
1997 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 0 3 6 7
1999 5th 4 3 0 1 8 4
2001 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 11 0
2004 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 7 7
2007 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 9
2011 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 1 1 3 2
2015 6th 4 1 2 1 1 1
2016 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 6
2019 To Be Determined
2023
Total 1 title 16/16 81 40 17 24 101 75

Honours

Managers

The following is a list of the Colombian national team managers since its first official match in 1938: [13]

# Colombia national team managers since 1938 From To
1 Alfonso Novoa 1938-02-10 1938-02-23
2 Fernando Paternoster 1938-08-08 1938-08-21
3 Roberto Meléndez 1945-01-21 1945-02-21
4 José Arana Cruz 1946-12-09 1946-12-20
5 Lino Taioli 1947-12-02 1947-12-29
6 Friedrich Donnenfeld 1949-04-03 1949-05-11
7 Pedro López 1957-03-16 1957-04-01
8 Rodolfo Orlandini 1957-06-16 1957-07-07
9 Adolfo Pedernera 1961-02-05 1962-06-07
10 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe 1963-03-10 1963-03-31
11 Efraín Sánchez 1963-09-01 1963-09-04
12 Antonio Julio de la Hoz 1965-06-20 1965-08-07
13 Cesar López Fretes 1966-11-30 1966-12-11
14 Francisco Zuluaga 1968-10-16 1969-08-24
15 Cesar López Fretes 1970-05-20 1970-05-20
16 Toza Veselinović 1972-03-29 1973-07-05
17 Efraín Sánchez 1975-07-20 1975-10-28
18 Blagoje Vidinić 1976-10-15 1979-09-05
19 Carlos Bilardo 1980-01-05 1981-09-13
20 Efraín Sánchez 1983-02-14 1984-10-11
21 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe 1985-02-01 1985-11-03
22 Francisco Maturana 1987-06-11 1990-06-23
23 Luis Augusto García 1991-01-29 1991-07-21
24 Humberto Ortiz 1992-07-08 1992-08-02
25 Francisco Maturana 1993-02-24 1994-06-26
26 Hernán Darío Gómez 1995-01-31 1998-06-26
27 Javier Álvarez 1999-02-09 1999-11-19
28 Luis Augusto García 2000-02-12 2001-04-24
29 Francisco Maturana 2001-06-03 2001-11-14
30 Reinaldo Rueda 2002-05-07 2002-05-12
31 Francisco Maturana 2002-11-20 2003-11-19
32 Reinaldo Rueda 2004-02-18 2006-10-12
33 Jorge Luis Pinto 2007-01-01 2008-09-01
34 Eduardo Lara 2008-09-01 2009-11-01
35 Hernán Darío Gómez 2010-05-04 2011-08-22
36 Leonel Álvarez 2011-08-25 2011-12-14
37 José Pékerman 2012-01-04 Present

See also

Titles

Achievements
Preceded by
1999 Brazil
South American Champions
2001 (First title)
Succeeded by
2004 Brazil