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England National Football Team Match No. 7
49

Colombia 0 England 2 [0-2]

Friday, 26 June 1998

Colombia Pre-Match

Match Summary and Report Team Records Colombia Pre-Match England Pre-Match

 

Colombia Squad for the 1998 World Cup Finals in France
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Goalkeepers Player Team, Age, Caps Farid Mondragon (Independiente, Argentina), age 26 (27 on June 21), 21 caps. Lost his place during mid-1997 after a series of blunders in World Cup matches and in Copa America.   Oscar Cordoba (America), 28, 45 caps. Played in goal during Colombia's ill-fated 1994 World Cup campaign. Regained his place from Mondragon last year but his future his uncertain as he recently walked out on the squad, claiming that star striker Faustino Asprilla was enjoying too many privileges.   Miguel Calero (Atletico Nacional), 27, 9 caps. Third-choice goalkeeper who has rarely been tested for his country in competitive matches. Began career with Deportivo Cali and once scored a spectacular individual goal in which he dribbled through an opposing team.   Defenders Player Team, Age, Caps Jorge Bermudez (Boca Juniors, Argentina), 27 (28 on May 20), 40 caps. Has stepped into the place of the late Andres Escobar, the player murdered after returning from the 1994 World Cup. One of the finds of Colombian soccer since USA '94, he has played in two Copa Americas and nearly all of the World Cup qualifiers.   Alexis Mendoza (Veracruz), 36, 67 caps. One of the old guard who played in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. His age makes him a rank outsider for a place in France and the fact that his club were relegated in this year's Mexican championship does not help his cause.   Wilmer Cabrera (Millonarios) 30, 42 caps. Another player moving towards his third World Cup, though this time he is as likely to play as a midfielder as in defense. Scored the goal which qualified Colombia for the World Cup in a 1-0 win over Venezuela.   Ivan Cordoba (San Lorenzo), 21, 12 caps. Made his debut last year during the Copa America and played well. Also played in Colombia's last four qualifying matches and looks likely to partner Bermudez in defense.   Evert Palacios (Deportivo Cali), 29, 5 caps. Reserve defender who has tasted international experience late in his career.   Hugo Galeano (Atletico Junior), 27 caps, 15 caps. Versatile defender who played in nine qualifying matches, most of them as substitute.   Francisco Mosquero (Atletico Nacional), 24, 1 cap. Has made a good impression of himself for Atletico, particularly when they reached the Libertadores Cup final in 1995, and is now pushing for a regular national team place.   Jose Santa (Atletico Nacional), 27, 23 caps. Has made a good impression of himself for Atletico, particularly when they reached the Libertadores Cup final in 1995, and is now pushing for a regular national team place.   Wilson Perez (Unicosta), 30, 37 caps. Another veteran aiming for his third World Cup.   Midfielders Player Team, Age, Caps Mauricio Serna (Boca Juniors, Argentina), 30, 36 caps. Defensive midfielder who came into the side following the 1994 World Cup debacle. The team's penalty taker.   Andres Estrada (Deportivo Cali), 30, 15 caps. Has had to wait until relatively late in his career for a national team chance and is usually used as a substitute. Played in five qualifying games.   Carlos Valderrama (Miami Fusion, United States), 36, 104 caps. Veteran midfielder with distinctive frizzy orange hairdo who is set for his third World Cup. First made himself noticed at international level with an outstanding performance in the 1987 Copa America, the first of the five occasions he has played in the South American tournament. A superb one-touch passer who directs attacks, Colombia have still not come to terms at the possibility of playing without him.   Freddy Rincon (Corinthians, Brazil), 31, 72 caps. Lanky player who deceptively gives the impression that he is clumsy and not always in control of the ball. In fact, he possesses the most deft of touches and likes to indulge in all kinds of clever flicks and back heels. Has been around almost as long as Valderrama and is heading for his third World Cup. Has returned to Brazil after a bitter experience with Real Madrid.   Harold Lozano (Valladolid, Spain), 26, 30 caps. Showed a lot of promise early in his career but has still not been able to upstage either Rincon or Valderrama in midfield. Often used as a second-half substitute.   Herman Gaviria (Atletico Nacional), 28, 22 caps. Hard-tackling midfielder who has been around the national team for several years without ever forging a regular place. Used mainly as a reserve or substitute, particularly when Gomez feels in defensive mood.   Neider Morantes (Atletico Nacional), 22, 6 caps. Performed promisingly in last year's Copa America, when he was made his international debut, scoring twice against Costa Rica. But will have to wait for Rincon and Valderrama to retire before getting a regular run.   Victor Pacheco (Atletico Junior), 24, 11 caps. A small, skillful player with an excellent touch in the typical Colombia mold. Played in last year's Copa America, when some of the older players were rested.   Jorge Bolano (Atletico Junior), 21, 9 caps. Reserve midfielder who played in April's 2-2 friendly draw in Chile.   Forwards Player Team, Age, Caps Faustino Asprilla (Parma, Italy), 28, 37 caps. Elusive, rubber-legged striker who is probably the most exciting player the country has ever produced. Often gives the impression that the ball is tied to his foot. Enigmatic and softly spoken off the field, he has a tendency to get into fights when he goes back to Colombia and annoys his neighbors in Europe by playing salsa at full volume in his home. Previously with English club Newcastle United.   Victor Aristizabal (Sao Paulo, Brazil), 26, 39 caps. After a superb year with Sao Paulo in 1997, Aristizabal has suddenly found himself in the reserves at his club. An eternal substitute at national team level, where he has never quite been able to find his club form. Has been involved internationally since 1993 and has played in three Copa Americas. Began with Atletico Nacional. Can also play in midfield.   Hamilton Ricard (Middlesbrough, England), 23, 17 caps. Physically strong but clumsy striker who has distinguished himself in England only with a number of glaring misses. Formerly with Deportivo Cali, he partnered Asprilla in several qualifying games.   Antony de Avila (MetroStars, United States), 34, 59 caps. Another veteran on course for his third World Cup. De Avila played in 12 qualifiers, most of them as substitute, and scored three goals, including a late winner against Ecuador.

 

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