Crowd-darling Colombia will face Venezuela to open Group C matches in the 2015 Copa America to be held at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile on June 14, Sunday.
Their one and only victory in the Copa came 14 years ago on home turf, while at the last tournament in Argentina, Los Cafeteros finished above the hosts in the group stage but then suffered a surprise extra-time defeat to Peru in the quarter-finals.
But he gets a chance to turn his year around, leading Colombia into its clash against Venezuela at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted at being interested in signing Falcao, and Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina would welcome his countryman in England’s capital.
14 June 2015 • 20:00 • Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua
Referee: Andrés Cunha
The prediction is Los Cafeteros over La Vinotinto, 5-1. The wide score is due to Venezuela being never known as a football nation. Colombia’s defense is suspect, but they have Rodriguez.
Colombia Final squad:
Goalkeepers: Cristian Bonilla (Equidad), David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Atlético Nacional)
Defenders: Darwin Andrade (Standard Liege), Santiago Arias (PSV), Pablo Armero (Flamengo), Pedro Franco (Besiktas), Jeison Murillo (Granada), Carlos Valdes (Nacional), Cristian Zapata (Milan), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli)
Midfielders: Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea), Alexander Mejia (Monterrey), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa), Edwin Valencia (Santos)
Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Victor Ibarbo (Roma), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Luis Muriel (Sampdoria)
Venezuela Final squad:
Goalkeepers: Alain Baroja (Caracas), Wuilker Farinez (Caracas), Daniel Hernandez (Tenerife)
Defenders: Gabriel Cichero (Mineros de Guayana), Grenddy Perozo (Ajaccio), Andres Tunez (Buriram United), Wilker Angel (Deportivo Tachira), Roberto Rosales (Malaga), Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough), Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Nantes)
Midfielders: Rafael Acosta (Mineros de Guayana), Ronald Vargas (Baliskersirspor), Franklin Lucena (Deportivo La Guaira), Cesar Gonzalez (Deportivo Táchira), Tomas Rincon (Genoa), John Murillo (Zamora), Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe), Juan Arango
(Tijuana), Alejandro Guerra (Atletico Nacional).
Forwards: Gelmin Rivas (Deportivo Táchira), Nicolas “Miku” Fedor (Rayo Vallecano), Josef Martínez (Torino), Salomon Rondon (Zenit).