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Colombia will be looking to claim a first Copa America since 2001 under newly appointed coach Carlos Queiroz. With a host of ageing players in the squad, this could be the last chance for this talented generation on the international stage. Fans will certainly be hoping that Colombia can match their performance the last time they played a major tournament in Brazil, which was a quarter-final place at the 2014 World Cup.
Recent performances at the Copa have been encouraging, with quarter-final appearances in the 2011 and 2015 editions of the tournament. A third-place finish at the 2016 Copa América Centenario would suggest that the 2020 joint hosts have enough experience to push them into the latter stages of the competition.
Colombia has a tough looking start to group B, facing off against Argentina in Salvador, followed a match against the reigning Asian Champions Qatar and a final game against Paraguay. Los Cafeteros fate in the tournament will hang on the final two group games, and it will be interesting to see how Queiroz fares after just two friendly outings with the side.
The Coach – Carlos Queiroz
Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz is currently the only European coach in charge of a South American side, and the former Iran, Portugal and South Africa coach will be relishing his first crack at the South American continental title.
It’s widely regarded that Queiroz worked miracles during his tenure with Iran transforming the fortunes of the nation into of the most feared sides in Asian football. Queiroz has had little time with Colombia since getting the job in February 2019, with a home 2020 Copa America and 2022 World Cup qualification on the horizon it will be interesting to see how he will set up the side for the next international cycle.
Player to Watch - Duvan Zapata
So often Colombia has turned to Radamel Falcao for goals during tournaments, but now Atalanta hit-man Duvan Zapata could be the man to make the difference in attack. The 28-year old enjoyed a breakout season in Bergamo as Atalanta secured Champions League football.
Zapata netted 28 times in all competitions last season and comes alive in the penalty area. The goal getting instinct of the Cali native will be crucial if Colombia is to go one step further than 2016 and reach the Copa America Final.