Juan Cuadrado

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello (locally [ˈhwaŋ ɡiˈʝeɾmo kwaˈðɾaðo]; born 26 May 1988) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Italian club Juventus and the Colombia national team. He is known for his direct style of play, including his pace (both on and off the ball) as well as his dribbling skills. He started off in a central midfield role, acting as a defensive midfielder early in his career, also being used as a forward on occasion, before being moved into wider positions in which he now usually plays, often operating as a right-sided winger, attacking midfielder, full-back or wing-back.[4]

Having begun his career at Independiente Medellín, Cuadrado moved to Italy in 2009 to join Udinese. Used sparingly at the club, he was loaned to Lecce for the 2011–12 season, where despite relegation from Serie A, his performances earned a transfer to Fiorentina. In February 2015, he was signed by Chelsea, but after playing sparingly, was loaned to Juventus for consecutive seasons, where he won successive Serie A and Coppa Italia titles. He joined the club permanently in 2017, and added a third consecutive domestic double the following season, followed by a fourth consecutive league title in 2019.

Cuadrado made his senior international debut in 2010, and has since earned over 70 caps. He was part of the Colombian squads which reached the quarter-finals at two Copa América tournaments (2011 and 2015) and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, also contributing to his nation's third-place finish at the Copa América Centenario. He also took part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Juan Cuadrado
FWC 2018 - Round of 16 - COL v ENG - Photo 100 (cropped)
Cuadrado playing for Colombia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello[1]
Date of birth 26 May 1988 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Necoclí, Colombia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Forward, Midfielder, Full-back
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 16
Youth career
Atlético Urabá
Independiente Medellín
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Independiente Medellín 30 (2)
2009–2012 Udinese 20 (0)
2011–2012Lecce (loan) 33 (3)
2012–2015 Fiorentina 85 (20)
2015–2017 Chelsea 13 (0)
2015–2017Juventus (loan) 58 (6)
2017– Juventus 34 (5)
National team
2010– Colombia 78 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Club career

Early career

Born in Necoclí, Cuadrado began his club career in Atlético Uraba, where his preferred position was as a forward. However, on the recommendation of club founder Nelson Gallego, Cuadrado took on a midfielder role, usually as a winger. Cuadrado's confidence and ability in the position also allowed him to play occasionally as a full-back or wing-back. He later had a brief spell at Colombian second division club Rionegro, where he languished on the bench under coach Víctor González Scott, but his potential was recognized by Juan José Peláez of Independiente Medellín. He was eventually signed by Medellin in 2008, allowing him to return to the first division. That year, Cuadrado made his senior professional debut against Boyacá Chicó, a match in which he would also score his first goal. Cuadrado remained in Medellin until 2009 before making the leap to European football.[5]

Udinese

On 2 July 2009, Cuadrado signed with Serie A club Udinese on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[6] He played his first match for Udinese in a 2–1 win against Chievo as a right wing back. Cuadrado, however, was not given many first-team minutes for the rest of the season, and he would be sent on loan to fellow Serie A side Lecce.

Lecce (loan)

On 3 August 2011, it was officially confirmed that Cuadrado would join Lecce for the 2011–12 season.[7] He scored his first goal for the club against Cesena, the sole goal in a 1–0 victory. In spite of further impressive performances from Cuadrado, however, Lecce finished 18th and was relegated to Serie B. He would then return to Udinese. Around this time, he was watched by an unidentified English club who deemed that at 23 years he was too old to be signed by the club.[8]

Fiorentina

On 23 July 2012, Cuadrado completed his move to Fiorentina, initially in a temporary deal for a €1 million transfer fee.[9][10][11] He scored his first goal for the Florence club in a 4–1 victory at home against Cagliari.[12] He finished the season with five goals and six assists, an integral part of a side that finished fourth in Serie A. In June 2013, La Viola purchased half of the registration rights of Cuadrado for €5 million.[10]

On 11 February 2014, Cuadrado scored Fiorentina's second goal of a 2–0 Coppa Italia semi-final second leg victory over his former club Udinese, securing La Viola a 3–2 aggregate victory and a spot in the final.[13] He was booked after scoring the winning goal, and suspended for the final,[14] which his team lost 1–3 to Napoli on 3 May.

On 16 June 2014, amid media speculation of a move to a larger club by the player, Fiorentina agreed a deal to purchase full ownership of Cuadrado's contract from Udinese, for an additional €12 million.[15][16]

Chelsea

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Cuadrado (left) making his first start for Chelsea, versus Everton

On 2 February 2015, Premier League club Chelsea announced the signing of Cuadrado from Fiorentina on a four-and-a-half-year deal,[17] for a reported initial fee of £23.3 million, which could potentially rise to £26.8 million; Mohamed Salah went the other way on loan.[8] While in Fiorentina's financial filing of year 2014, in the management report (Italian: Relazione sulla Gestione), Fiorentina declared the fee was €30 million.[16] Upon signing, Cuadrado said, "I am very happy and thankful for this opportunity I’ve been given. This is a great club and honestly it is like a dream to join the Chelsea family and to know that the manager (José Mourinho) believes in me. I’m happy."[17] His Fiorentina manager, Vincenzo Montella, stated, "It was a sale that had to be done. Cuadrado is a player that has always arrived with a smile and given everything to Fiorentina – I'm happy for him because he is going to a big club."[8] Mourinho commented that he was not in a "rush" for Cuadrado to fully showcase his abilities within a short time, as stated in an interview: "He needs time to adapt to the Premier League. I know Italy and I know the difference between Italy and England; his formation, his development, his experience – everything was in Italy."[18]

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Cuadrado substituted on for Willian against PSG

Five days after signing, Cuadrado made his Chelsea debut after replacing Willian for the last ten minutes of a 2–1 win away against Aston Villa.[19] On 11 February, he made his first start in his first appearance at Stamford Bridge, playing the first 70 minutes before being replaced by Cesc Fàbregas in a 1–0 win against Everton.[20] He won his first Chelsea trophy on 1 March as the club defeated rival club Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in the League Cup final, coming on in the 76th minute for Willian.[21] In response towards the criticism of Cuadrado's lack of immediate impact, Mourinho argued in an interview, "Everyone believes that he needs to play all the time or at least every match, but like every player that joins a new club, he needs time. Time which hasn't been given to Cuadrado. I do believe that he'll be amazing next season."[22]

On 3 May, Cuadrado made his only third start since his move to Chelsea, in the London derby match against Crystal Palace, as Ramires was taken ill before the game. At half-time, however, Cuadrado was substituted for John Obi Mikel; Chelsea ended up claiming their fifth league title with a 1–0 victory.[23] Three weeks later, in the final match of the season against Sunderland, he won a penalty when fouled by John O'Shea, on which Diego Costa evened the score in an eventual 3–1 home win, but he was later substituted when he was injured in the final minute of the first half.[24]

Juventus

On 25 August 2015, Cuadrado signed a season-long loan deal with Juventus for €1.5 million.[25][26][27] He was issued squad number 16.[28] Five days later, he made his debut, as a 75th-minute substitute in a 2–1 defeat away against Roma.[29] On 31 October, Cuadrado scored his first Juventus goal against Torino to secure a 2–1 win in extra time at the end of the Derby della Mole.[30] On 16 March 2016, Cuadrado scored his first ever UEFA Champions League goal in a 4–2 away defeat against Bayern Munich, in the second leg of the round of 16.[31] On 21 May, he came off the bench to set-up Álvaro Morata's match-winning goal against Milan in the 110th minute of extra time of the 2016 Coppa Italia final, in Rome's Stadio Olimpico; Juventus' 1–0 victory enabled the club to secure the domestic double for the second consecutive season.[32]

Cuadrado returned to Chelsea on 30 June 2016 and played a few friendlies for Chelsea, including the 2016 International Champions Cup.[33] On 31 August, however, Cuadrado returned to Juventus on a three-year loan for €5 million per season, plus a conditional obligation to buy the full registration rights of Cuadrado from Chelsea for an additional €20 million (or €15 million and €10 million in the second and the third year of loan respectively), after certain sports related achievements.[34] Chelsea would also receive a maximum of €4 million bonuses, making the fee potentially raise to €29 million.[34] He was assigned the number 7 shirt at this time.[28] Cuadrado scored his first league goal in nine months on 5 February 2017, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 home win in a Derby d'Italia clash with Inter Milan.[35]

On 22 May 2017, it was announced that Cuadrado had joined Juventus on a permanent deal for a preset price of €20 million until 2020, after a clause in his contract had been triggered (winning the Serie A mathematically in round 37).[36][37][38] In the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final against defending champions Real Madrid on 3 June, Cuadrado came on as a substitute for Andrea Barzagli in the 60th minute, but was later controversially sent off after picking up two yellow cards, the second for an alleged stamp on Sergio Ramos; Juventus lost the match 4–1.[39][40][41]

Following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018, Cuadrado allowed Ronaldo to wear the number 7 shirt, with Cuadrado reverting to number 16, saying on Instagram "It is better to give than to receive [...] Blessings to Cristiano in this new adventure".[28]

International career

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Cuadrado and Brazil's Neymar and Marcelo competing for the ball at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

After being transferred to Udinese, Cuadrado received his first call-up to the Colombia national team, as well as a spot in the starting XI in a match against Venezuela on 3 September 2010, scoring the opening goal of a 2–0 victory at the Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui in Puerto La Cruz.[42]

Cuadrado was in the Colombian squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. His only appearance of the competition came in their last group match, a 2–0 victory over Bolivia in Santa Fe, replacing Fredy Guarín after 50 minutes.[43]

Cuadrado was named in Colombia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[44] In the third group stage match, a 4–1 victory against Japan, he scored the team's opening goal on a penalty kick.[45] He would end his World Cup campaign with four assists, tying Toni Kroos as the competition's assist leader.[46]

Cuadrado played every minute of Colombia's run to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Copa América in Chile, and scored in their penalty shootout defeat against Argentina.[47]

On 13 October 2015, Cuadrado was sent off at the end of Colombia's 3–0 loss away against Uruguay in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, for elbowing Diego Rolán.[48]

Cuadrado was included in Colombia's 23-man squad for the Copa América Centenario.[49]

In the FIFA World Cup 2018, Cuadrado played all four games as Colombia reached the knock-out stage, where they lost to England on penalties in the round of 16.[50] He scored one goal, the final one in a 3–0 win against Poland in Group H.[50][51]

Playing style

Cuadrado is known for his direct, offensive style of play along the right flank, and is capable of both scoring goals himself as well as creating goalscoring opportunities for his teammates. He is capable of playing both as a wide midfielder, or as a winger in an attacking trident, due to his ability to make attacking runs down the wing. He often utilises his speed, flair, and technical skills to beat opponents in one on one situations and create space and time for him to shoot on goal, or deliver crosses to strikers in the area. Due to his playing style, which frequently involves taking on full-backs on the flank, and subsequently running towards the touch-line to deliver balls into the area, he has been labelled one of the few "traditional" wide midfielders in the current game.[35][52][53][54][55][56][57] Tim Vickery, a reporter on South American football, stated that as Colombia's defensive players played near the goal in order to cover for veteran centre-back Mario Yepes, Cuadrado's pace, agility, creativity and dribbling ability on the right wing moved the team forward at the 2014 World Cup.[8] Vickery also added that, in addition to his main role on the wing, Cuadrado is also adept as an attacking right back or wing back, due to his energy and work rate; he also been used in this position more recently at Juventus, under manager Massimiliano Allegri.[8][53][55][58] A versatile player, he is also capable of playing on the left, a position which allows him to cut into the middle and shoot on goal with his stronger, right foot.[8] In his early career, he was initially deployed as central or defensive midfielder,[4] and was even deployed as a forward;[5] he is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, or as a second striker on occasion.[59][60][61] Despite his ability, however, Cuadrado's decision-making and reading of the game have been criticised at times in the media.[62]

Personal life

Cuadrado was born in Necoclí as the son of Marcela Bello Guerrero and Guillermo Cuadrado,[63] a truck driver, and he was raised in Tumaco. His father was shot when he was five years old.[64] His mother stated in an interview that Cuadrado had to be a perfect student in order to be able to play football.[63][64] As of July 2014, Cuadrado lived with his family in Florence.[64] Cuadrado is a devout Christian.[65]

Cuadrado features on the Latin American cover of FIFA 16, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.[66]

Career statistics

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Cuadrado awaiting his debut for Chelsea at Villa Park on 7 February 2015

Club

As of match played 20 April 2019[67][68]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colombia League Copa Colombia League Cup South America Other Total
Independiente Medellín Categoría Primera A 2008 21 2 0 0 21 2
2009 9 0 0 0 2[a] 0 11 0
Total 30 2 0 0 2 0 32 2
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Other Total
Udinese 2009–10 Serie A 11 0 1 0 12 0
2010–11 9 0 3 0 12 0
Total 20 0 4 0 24 0
Lecce (loan) 2011–12 Serie A 33 3 0 0 33 3
Fiorentina 2012–13 Serie A 36 5 4 0 40 5
2013–14 32 11 3 1 8[b] 3 43 15
2014–15 17 4 1 1 5[b] 1 23 6
Total 85 20 8 2 13 4 106 26
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Chelsea 2014–15 Premier League 12 0 1 0 1[c] 0 14 0
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 15 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Other Total
Juventus 2015–16 Serie A 28 4 4 0 8[c] 1 40 5
2016–17 30 2 3 0 12[c] 1 0[d] 0 45 3
2017–18 21 4 1 0 6[c] 1 1[d] 0 29 5
2018–19 13 1 0 0 5[c] 0 0[d] 0 18 1
Total 92 11 8 0 31 3 1 0 132 14
Career total 273 36 20 2 1 0 47 7 1 0 342 45
  1. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Europa League
  3. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Champions League
  4. ^ a b c Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

International

As of 3 July 2018[69]
Colombia
Year Apps Goals
2010 4 1
2011 4 0
2012 7 2
2013 11 0
2014 12 2
2015 9 0
2016 14 1
2017 8 1
2018 5 1
Total 74 8

International goals

As of match played 24 June 2018. Colombia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Cuadrado goal.[67]
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Cuadrado scoring Colombia's third goal against Poland in Group H of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Cuadrado scoring Colombia's third goal against Poland in Group H of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2010 Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
1
 Venezuela
1–0
2–0
Friendly
2 29 February 2012 Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, United States
9
 Mexico
2–0
2–0
3 14 November 2012 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States
15
 Brazil
1–0
1–1
4 6 June 2014 Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina
29
 Jordan
2–0
3–0
5 24 June 2014 Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil
32
 Japan
1–0
4–1
2014 FIFA World Cup
6 29 May 2016 Marlins Park, Miami, United States
50
 Haiti
2–1
3–1
Friendly
7 28 March 2017 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador
63
 Ecuador
2–0
2–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 24 June 2018 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
72
 Poland
3–0
3–0
2018 FIFA World Cup

Honours

Club

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Cuadrado (left) holding the League Cup and wearing a winners' medal after the 2015 League Cup Final

Chelsea

Juventus

International

Colombia

Individual

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External links

2012–13 ACF Fiorentina season

The 2012–13 season was the 86th season in ACF Fiorentina's history, their 75th season in Serie A, and the eighth consecutive season since promotion from Serie B in 2003–04. The club competed in Serie A, finishing fourth for the first time since the 2008–09 season, and in the Coppa Italia, where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

In addition to the success of achieving fourth place, the season was also notable for the return of striker Luca Toni to the club, with whom he scored 31 goals in the 2005–06 season, winning the European Golden Shoe.

2013–14 ACF Fiorentina season

The 2013–14 season was the 87th season in ACF Fiorentina's history, their 76th season in Serie A, and the ninth consecutive season since promotion from Serie B in 2003–04. Fiorentina competed in Serie A, in the Coppa Italia, and, having earned qualification by finishing fourth in the 2012–13 Serie A, in the UEFA Europa League.

2014 FIFA World Cup Group C

Group C of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, and Japan. Play began on 14 June and ended on 24 June 2014.

2014 FIFA World Cup statistics

The following article outlines the statistics for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July. The winner of the 2014 World Cup was Germany. The leading goal scorer of this World Cup was James Rodriguez of Columbia. The player with the most assists was Juan Cuadrando from Colombia with six assists.Goals scored from penalty shoot-outs are not counted, and matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

2014–15 ACF Fiorentina season

The 2014–15 season was the 88th season in ACF Fiorentina's history and their 77th season in Serie A. The club competed in Serie A, finishing fourth, and reached the semi-finals in both the Coppa Italia and UEFA Europa League; in the latter competition they were eliminated 5–0 on aggregate by eventual champions Sevilla.

The season was coach Vincenzo Montella's third and final season with the club – as well as third consecutive fourth-placed finish – as he would be sacked and replaced by former Juventus player Paulo Sousa in the 2015–16 pre-season. Slovenian player Josip Iličić finished as top scorer in the league with eight goals, while Iličić and German international and former Bayern Munich player Mario Gómez together finished as top scorers in all competitions, with ten goals each.

2015 Copa América Group C

The Group C of the 2015 Copa América was one of the three groups of competing nations in the 2015 Copa América. It consisted of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Group play began on June 14, 2015 and ended on June 21, 2015.

2015–16 Juventus F.C. season

The 2015–16 season was Juventus Football Club's 118th in existence and ninth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. Juventus added a third star to their jersey with new kit manufacturers Adidas in addition to the Coppa Italia badge for winning their tenth Coppa Italia the previous season. On 25 April 2016, the club won their fifth straight title (and 32nd overall) since last winning five straight between 1930–31 and 1934–35, after second place Napoli lost to Roma to give Juventus mathematical certainty of the title with three games to spare. After winning only three of their first ten league matches and losing to Sassuolo on 28 October 2015, which left them in 12th place, the team went on a run of 25 matches in which they took 73 points of a possible 75, and secured the title. On 21 May, the club then won the Coppa Italia for the 11th time, and their second straight title, becoming the first team in Italy's history to complete Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles in back-to-back seasons.

2016 Coppa Italia Final

The 2016 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, the 69th season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 21 May 2016 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, between Milan and Juventus.Since Juventus won the 2015–16 Serie A, Milan secured their place in the 2016 Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the match 1–0 after extra time, with a 110th-minute goal by the substitute Álvaro Morata with his first touch, successfully defending their title.

2016 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2016 Supercoppa Italiana was the 29th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, Italian football supercup. It was played on 23 December 2016 at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar. With Juventus winning both the 2015–16 Serie A championship and the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2015–16 Coppa Italia runners-up, Milan. Milan won 4–3 on penalties following a 1–1 draw after extra time.

2016–17 Juventus F.C. season

The 2016–17 season was Juventus Football Club's 119th in existence and tenth consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football. Juventus re-designed their kit with a different take on the trademark white and black stripes in this season. On 26 July 2016, Juventus signing Gonzalo Higuaín became, at the time, the third highest football transfer of all-time and highest ever transfer for an Italian club, when he signed for €90 million from Napoli. On 8 August 2016, Paul Pogba returned to his first club, Manchester United, for an all-time record for highest football transfer fee at €105 million, surpassing the former record holder Gareth Bale.On 17 May 2017, Juventus won their 12th Coppa Italia title in a 2–0 win over Lazio, becoming the first team to win three consecutive championships. Four days later on 21 May, following a 3–0 win over Crotone, Juventus secured their sixth consecutive Serie A title, establishing an all-time record of successive triumphs in the competition. On 3 June 2017, Juventus entered a second Champions League Final in three years, but were defeated 4–1 by defending champions Real Madrid. During a screening of the Champions League Final in Turin, a firecracker caused panic, and a subsequent stampede. One woman died, and at least 1,526 people were injured.

2017 Coppa Italia Final

The 2017 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2016–17 Coppa Italia, the 70th season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 17 May 2017 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Juventus and Lazio.Juventus won the match 2–0 with two first-half goals from Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci, winning their third consecutive Coppa Italia title and 12th title overall.

2017 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2017 Supercoppa Italiana was the 30th edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, the Italian football super cup. It was played on 13 August 2017 in Rome, Italy. With Juventus winning both the 2016–17 Serie A championship and the 2016–17 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2016–17 Coppa Italia runners-up, Lazio. Lazio won the match 3–2 and claimed their fourth Supercoppa title.

2018 Coppa Italia Final

The 2018 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 2017–18 Coppa Italia, the 71st season of Italy's main football cup. It was played on 9 May 2018 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome between Juventus and Milan.

Juventus won the match 4–0 with all four goals coming in the second half, winning their fourth consecutive Coppa Italia title and 13th title overall. This was the fifth time these teams met in the Coppa Italia Final, with Juventus winning previously in 1942, 1990 and 2016, and Milan winning in the 1973 final.

2018 FIFA World Cup Group H

Group H of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 19 to 28 June 2018. The group consisted of Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan. The top two teams, Colombia and Japan, advanced to the round of 16. For the first time in World Cup history, the "fair play" rule was invoked to break a tie. Japan and Senegal finished with identical scores and goal differences to tie for second behind Colombia. Japan were awarded the place in the final 16 based on receiving fewer yellow cards in their three matches.

Colombia at the FIFA World Cup

This is a record of Colombia's results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently takes place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Colombia has appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on six occasions in 1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014 and 2018.

Cuadrado

Cuadrado is Spanish for "square". It may refer to:

Juan Cuadrado, Colombian footballer

Iván Cuadrado, Spanish footballer

Carlos Cuadrado, Spanish professional tennis player

Verónica Cuadrado, Spanish handball player

Radha Cuadrado, Filipino singer and songwriter

Jose Fernando Cuadrado, Colombian football goalkeeper

Oliver Cuadrado Martín, Spanish football goalkeeper

Final Copa Mustang 2008-II

The final of the 2008-II Copa Mustang was played between Independiente Medellín and América de Cali. The first leg match was won by América de Cali by an early goal in the second half. At the second leg match, América de Cali were crowned champions of the 2008-II Copa Mustang championship, giving them the chance to participate in the Copa Libertadores 2009 (same way to Independiente Medellín and giving them the championship for the thirteenth time in their history.

List of Colombia international football players

Leonel Álvarez

Juan Pablo Ángel

Víctor Hugo Aristizábal

Faustino Asprilla

Antony de Ávila

Miguel Calero

James Rodríguez

Juan Cuadrado

Iván Córdoba

Daniel Cruz

Andrés Escobar

Delio "Maravilla" Gamboa

René Higuita

Carlos Llamosa

Martín Arzuaga

Harold Lozano

Faryd Mondragón

Tressor Moreno

Óscar Pareja

Luis Amaranto Perea

Léider Preciado

Luis Gabriel Rey

Freddy Rincón

Efraín Sánchez

Carlos Valderrama

Adolfo Valencia

Iván René Valenciano

Willington Ortiz

Mario Yepes

Aquivaldo Mosquera

Juventus F.C. – current squad
Colombia squads

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