Colombia Copa America squad review: A new-look squad hoping to impress

The Colombia Copa America squad travels stateside with huge confidence and self-belief, doing so on the back of a 24-game unbeaten run. But winning the Copa America on foreign soil is unprecedented for the Coffee Growers, providing a potential fairytale after their failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Indeed, Colombia's sole success was in 2001 when they hosted the tournament. Colombia were also aided by Argentina's pre-tournament withdrawal and Brazil's shock elimination by Honduras, which gives them every incentive to prove their true worth at this summer's finals.

Colombia Key facts

Year founded: 1924

Current FIFA ranking: 12

Highest FIFA ranking: 3

Year of Copa America debut: 1945

Best Copa America performance: 2001

Player to watch: Luis Diaz

Full Copa America squad

Goalkeeper

  • Alvaro Montero (Millonarios)
  • Camilo Vargas (Atlas)
  • David Ospina (Al Nassr)

Defence

  • Carlos Cuesta (Genk)
  • Jhon Lucumi (Bologna)
  • Santiago Arias (Bahia)
  • Yerson Mosquera (Villarreal)
  • Johan Mojica (Osasuna)
  • Daniel Munoz (Crystal Palace)
  • Yerry Mina (Cagliari)
  • Davinson Sanchez (Galatasary)
  • Deiver Machado (RC Lens)

Midfield

  • Kevin Castano (Krasnodar)
  • Richard Rios (Palmerias)
  • Jorge Carrascal (Dynamo Moscow)
  • James Rodriguez Sao Paulo)
  • Jhon Arias (Fluminese)
  • Jefferson Lerma (Crystal Palace)
  • Juan Fernando Quintero (Racing)
  • Yaser Asprilla (Watford)
  • Mateus Uribe (Al-Sadd)
  • Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth)

Attack

  • Luis Diaz (Liverpool)
  • Jhon Cordoba (Krasnodar)
  • Sebastian Gomez (Coritiba Football Club)
  • Rafael Santos Borre (S.C Internacional)
  • Miguel Angel Borja (River Plate)
  • Jhon Duran (Aston Villa)

Surprise inclusions in Colombia Copa America squad

James Rodriguez (Sao Paulo)

A fantastic servant for Colombia, James Rodriguez has regularly lit up the world stage. He is, of course, best remembered for his exploits at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but the last few years have seen him float around below-average leagues, with his CV including a stint out in Qatar.

Rodriguez is set to turn 33 next month, and is now in the twilight years of his career, with his club form being less than impressive since leaving Real Madrid in 2020. The Colombian attacker has just 18 goals since leaving Los Blancos, so it is a surprise to see him in this squad, given how quickly his career has declined in recent years.

Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth)

Since starring in the Netherlands with Feyenoord, it's been a sharp decline in status and performances on the pitch for Luis Sinisterra. The tricky winger has started just 22 games in the league since moving to England, while producing just nine top-flight goal involvements. The winger can count himself lucky to be called up for his country, since there are currently few wide options to select from.

In-form players for Colombia

Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

Though 2023/24 didn't quite bring the glorious quadruple many believed was possible, Diaz still had a very impressive season on Merseyside, becoming a cornerstone of Jurgen Klopp's side in the Premier League last term. The Colombian international finished with 18 goal involvements across all competitions.

These are the best numbers that Diaz has put up since his move to Merseyside back in 2022, so expectations are high for the man seen widely as Colombia's next superstar. However, he will have to take this form onto the international stage – something he hasn't done in the last four games, returning zero goals and just one assist.

Miguel Angel Borja (River Plate)

Colombia's veteran striker is certainly in a rich vein of form right now for River Plate. Across all competitions, it's now eight goals in eight games. It is a boost which has come at just the right time for Colombia, as they are expected to vie with Brazil for Group D‘s top spot.

Borja will be hoping the likes of Rodriguez and Diaz can provide the service into the box he thrives off. With the ball at his feet, there are very few South Americans currently better at showing composure and finding that sweet spot beyond a goalkeeper than the 31-year-old striker.

Colombia Predicted Copa America XI

Colombia vs Paraguay

(4-2-3-1) Vargas (GK), Mojica, Lucumi, Sanchez, Munoz, Uribe, Lerma, Diaz, Rodriguez, Arias, Borre

Colombia know they have heavy expectations to go far in this tournament, but with a dreaded game against Brazil as their final group game, a win to kick things off is very important. They're on a very impressive 24-game unbeaten run, so dispatching an inconsistent Paraguay team should be expected.

Colombia vs Costa Rica

(4-2-3-1) Vargas (GK), Mojica, Lucumi, Sanchez, Munoz, Rios, Lerma, Diaz, Rodriguez, Sinisterra, Dhuran

Costa Rica are not even in the top 50 of FIFA's rankings, so Colombia will be the overwhelming favourites for this clash. Because of this, Nestor Lorenzo could well ring some changes and keep players fresh, knowing they have a huge game against Brazil just a few days later.

There will not be wholesale changes, because taking Costa Rica lightly will only end up with an embarrassing defeat. However, the likes of Sinsiterra leaving the line could be a way to keep things fresh, with Chelsea target Jhon Duran also an option there.

Colombia vs Brazil

(4-2-3-1) Vargas (GK), Mojica, Lucumi, Sanchez, Munoz, Uribe, Lerma, Diaz, Rodriguez, Arias, Borre

These are the second and third-best teams in the CONMEBOL according to FIFA, so it's going to be one of the most watched and eagerly anticipated games of the group stages.

We can certainly see Lorenzo reverting back to a tried and tested side from the first game, although this will indeed depend on how the rotated players perform against Costa Rica, with Duran perhaps utilised as an impact sub if Colombia are behind late on.


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