England tackle Colombia within the final 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday night time and many Three Lions followers are questioning simply what they’re up in opposition to in Moscow.
While there are a handful of recognisable gamers within the Colombia facet – James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao significantly – most usually are not precisely family names to informal soccer followers.
So what precisely are England dealing with of their first World Cup knockout sport for eight years?
Right here’s a glance at Colombia’s world ranking, how they’ve fared within the World Cup previously, what their supervisor has achieved and what the bookies assume.
What’s Colombia’s world ranking?
Colombia are at present ranked 16th on this planet, which is 4 spots behind England who’re 12th.
They had been ranked as excessive as third as lately as August 2016, however have been all the way down to 54 on this planet again in June 2011.
Their present place places them behind World Cup flops like Poland and Peru, however it isn’t completely instructive as they’re forward of Croatia who’re already into the quarter-finals.
How have Colombia carried out within the World Cup previously?
Colombia’s finest ever World Cup efficiency was within the final version of the match once they reached the quarter-finals in Brazil.
Apart from that they’ve solely emerged from the group stage as soon as earlier than, reaching the final 16 in 1990.
On three different events they’ve fallen at the group stage and in any other case they’ve did not qualify.
What has their supervisor, Jose Pekerman, carried out previously?
The 68-year-old Argentinian is vastly skilled and has been in cost of Colombia since 2012.
In that point he has not received something with them, however he does have a win share of over 55%, which is spectacular and received South American Coach of the 12 months in 2012, ’13 and ’14.
His solely honours as a supervisor got here with Argentina Underneath-20s, with whom he received the South American Youth Championship in 1997 and 1999 and the Underneath-20 World Cup in 1995, ’97 and 2001.
How have Colombia carried out within the Copa America?
Colombia have received the Copa America as soon as, once they triumphed in 2001, profitable all six matches with out conceding a objective.
They’ve reached one different last within the match’s historical past, shedding to Peru within the 1975 last.
Most lately they completed third in 2016, shedding out within the semi-final to eventual champions Chile.
What do the bookies assume of the England vs Colombia sport?
Colombia leads to final 10 video games
Jun 28 2018 – Colombia 1-Zero Senegal – World Cup
Jun 24 2018 – Colombia Three-Zero Poland – World Cup
Jun 19 2018 – Colombia 1-2 Japan – World Cup
Jun 06 2018 – Egypt Zero-Zero Colombia – Pleasant
Mar 27 2018 – Colombia Zero-Zero Australia – Pleasant
Mar 23 2018 – France 2-Three Colombia – Pleasant
Nov 14 2017 – China Zero-Four Colombia – Pleasant
Nov 10 2017 – South Korea 2-1 Colombia – Pleasant
Oct 11 2017 – Peru 1-1 Colombia – World Cup Qualifier
Oct 06 2017 – Colombia 1-2 Paraguay – World Cup Qualifier
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