Colombia Confirms Lineup

30 03 2009


Colombian coach Eduardo Lara confirmed today that his national team will change scheme when they step onto the pitch in Puerto Ordaz against a Venezuelan side that is licking their wounds after returning from Buenos Aires whipped and humiliated.  That still does not avoid the fact that for the visiting Colombians this is a must-win game in a place where they haven’t won since December 15, 1996.   Also with Uruguay and Chile facing off in Santiago, a win in Puerto Ordaz will put them back in the race for a spot in South Africa 2010.

Lara decided to go with a 4-4-1-1 as compared to the 4-3-1-2 that he used against Bolivia.

David Ospina seems to have fulfilled his promise and at 20 years of age he has taken over as the starting goalkeeper for Los Cafeteros. The backline for Colombia will consist of Camilo Zúñiga, Christian Zapata, Mario Yepes, and Luis Núñez. Núñez is the surprise after he was declared the substitute for the suspended Pablo Armero.

The midfield will consist of a “double five” with Abel Aguilar and Gerardo Bedoya.   Vladimir Marín (left) and Macnelly Torres (right) will play on the outside while Carlos Darwin Quintero will drop back and support Radamel Falcao García.  For García, his chances to be the striker for the national team is running out.  He has only scored two goals in 13 caps with the national team.

Confirmed Lineup:  David Ospina (Nice-Fra), Camilo Zuñiga (AC Siena-Ita), Christian Zapata (Udinese-Ita), Mario Yepes (Chievo-Ita), Abel Aguilar (Hércules-Esp), Gerardo Bedoya (Millonarios),   Vladimir Marín (Libertad-Par), Macnelly Torres (Colo Colo- Chi), Carlos Darwin Quintero (Santos Laguna-Mex), Radamel Falcao García (River Plate-Arg)

Mad About Fútbol will be hosting its first-ever chat during the Venezuela-Colombia match Tuesday night in Puerto Ordaz. Join us as we will be talking about the game, other events worldwide, and any other stuff you want to talk about.

Look forward to having you attend.