James Rodriguez claimed the Golden Boot award at the 2014 World Cup, scoring six times in five games—more than Germany’s Thomas Muller, Brazil’s Neymar, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi. The flashy, determined Rodriguez will look to repeat his strong showing in Brazil while the team’s No. 2 star, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, will give Colombia another attacking option and keep rival defenses on their toes. Colombia’s Argentine coach, Jose Pekerman, is one of the most respected men in soccer and will no doubt have his No. 16-ranked team ready to go. Los Cafeteros (“The Coffee Growers”) are a strong contender to repeat their quarterfinal run from four years ago.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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