Team profile: Colombia
Goalkeepers: Paula Forero, Sandra Sepulveda, Alexandra Velasco
Defenders: Yuly Munoz, Natalia Gaitan, Nataly Arias, Andrea Peralta, Kelis Peduzine, Tatiana Ariza, Fatima Montano
Midfielders: Diana Ospina, Daniela Montoya, Carmen Elisa Rodallega, Yoreli Rincon, Liana Salazar, Yulieth Domínguez, Orianica Velasquez Herrera
Forwards: Catalina Usme, Lady Andrade, Ingrid Vidal, Katerin Castro
1ST ROUND MATCHES (GROUP C)
- June 28 — vs. Sweden in Leverkusen
- July 2 — vs. United States in Sinsheim
- July 6 — vs. North Korea in Bochum
Strengths: The Colombians are a dangerous attacking side (19 goals in the qualifiers), led by talented teenager Yoreli Rincon... There’s a distinct sense of fearlessness to their play. Reputations don’t matter to Colombia, who takes on its opponents head on… Unity: core of the team played together at U-17 World Cup in 2008 and U-20 World Cup in 2010.
Weaknesses: In a word, experience. Colombia has never competed at the World Cup, and its women’s team only recently started earning impressive results… Colombia is not exactly tight in defence, having conceded eight goals in the qualifiers… Colombia is in a group that includes two of the best teams in the world, Sweden and the U.S., a quality side from North Korea.
Player to watch: Yoreli Rincon — One of the brightest young South American prospects, Rincon is an exciting player who combines midfield creativity, amazing possession and dribbling skills, and a nose for goal.
Prospects in Germany: According to Rozo "Colombia is in the South American elite now." If, by that, he means his team is on a par with Brazil, he’s dreaming. To put this in context, Colombia was soundly beaten 5-0 by the Brazilians in qualifying and lost a pre-tournament friendly to Mexico. In addition, the World Cup rookies are in tough. Their lack of experience may well prove costly in a group that will likely be dominated by the Americans. Merely qualifying means progress for Colombia.
- Soccer Confederation: South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
- Current FIFA world ranking: 31
- Team nickname: Las Cafeteras
- Team colours: yellow jerseys/blue shorts
ROAD TO THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
2011 qualification route: Colombia qualified for its first-ever Women’s World Cup as runners-up in the 2010 South American Championship (CONMEBOL). Colombia won four of its seven games and suffered two losses – both to Brazil. A single-goal win over Argentina clinched Colombia’s passage to Germany.
- Qualification record: 4 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie
- Goals for: 19
- Goals against: 8
- Top goal-scorer in qualifying: Yoreli Rincon (5)
- Nov. 5, 2010 — Colombia 3, Paraguay 0
- Nov. 9, 2010 — Colombia 5, Venezuela 0
- Nov. 11, 2010 — Brazil 2, Colombia 1
- Nov. 13, 2010 — Colombia 8, Uruguay 0
- Nov. 17, 2010 — Colombia 1, Chile 0
- Nov. 19, 2010 — Brazil 5, Colombia 0
- Nov. 21, 2010 — Colombia 1, Argentina 0
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP HISTORY
Colombia will make its Women’s World Cup debut in Germany.