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Women's World Cup: Colombia Women's Team Profile

Colombia have qualified for the Women's World Cup twice before, in 2011 and 2015, and will be hoping to have a bigger impact this time around after winning just one of their seven games across those two tournaments.

The South American side have finished runners-up in three of the last four Copa America Femenina and will be hoping they can transfer some of that form to Australia this summer.

They take on Germany, Morocco and South Korea in Group H at the Women's World Cup.

Colombia's World Cup record:

This year’s World Cup campaign will be Colombia’s third after qualifying in both 2011 and 2015.

Las Cafeteras finished bottom of their group in their first experience, losing 1-0 to Sweden, 3-0 to the United States and managing a goalless draw with North Korea to pick up their first point at the finals.

The South Americans improved on that four years later, picking up a 1-1 draw with Mexico and beating France 2-0 to progress to the knockout stages despite losing 2-1 to England.

However, they faced eventual winners the United States in the round of 16 and were beaten 2-0.

Colombia failed to qualify in 2019, so will be hoping to at least reach the knockout stages again this time around.

How Colombia qualified:

Colombia qualified for this year’s World Cup thanks to their run to the final of the 2022 Copa America Femenina, which they also hosted.

They topped their group comfortably with four wins from four games over Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia before beating Argentina 1-0 in the semi-final.

That set up another final against Brazil with their opponents coming out on top 1-0, but despite that disappointment, Las Cafeteras reached the World Cup as a result of their efforts.

The Manager - Nelson Abadia:

Nelson Abadia is the Colombian women’s team manager, having held the position since 2017.

The 67-year-old had previously managed Panamanian club Tauro FC and Colombian side Patriotas Boyaca.

Abadia became technical assistant of the women’s team in 2014 before stepping up to manager three years later.

He led his side to win gold at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima and guided his team to their second-place finish in last year’s Copa America Femenina.

Confirmed Colombia squad:

Colombia are yet to confirm their squad for the Women's World Cup. Here are the 23 players selected for their friendlies with Panama in June.

Goalkeepers: Catalina Perez, Sandra Sepulveda, Luisa Fernanda Agudelo.

Defenders: Daniela Arias, Maria Fernanda Viafara, Ana Maria Guzman, Carolina Arias, Jorelyn Carabali, Monica Ramos, Daniela Caracas, Maria Morales.

Midfielders: Manuela Vanegas, Diana Ospina, Lorena Bedoya, Daniela Montoya, Marcela Restrepo, Maria Camila Reyes, Liced Serna.

Forwards: Mayra Ramirez, Catalina Usme, Lady Andrade, Ivonne Chacon, Gabriela Urena, Leicy Santos, Linda Caicedo.

Colombia's Key Players:

Many of Colombia’s team still ply their trade in their home nation, with a smattering of players making the move to play in the Brazilian league.

However, a select number of their team play in Liga F in Spain, with Linda Caicedo perhaps the most exciting of those.

The 18-year-old burst on to the scene as a youngster, making her debut for America de Cali at just 14 and finishing as top scorer in the league that season.

The forward made her debut for the national team at the same age and was named as the Golden Ball winner at last year’s Copa America Femenina, the award given out for the best player at the tournament.

Caicedo was rewarded with a move to Real Madrid as a result and finished the season with two goals and four assists from ten appearances for the Spanish side.

The youngster could be a spark for this side, who will also rely on the talents of Mayra Ramirez.

The 24-year-old was one of the top scorers in Liga F last season, with 14 goals and 11 assists in 27 games for Levante, who finished third behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Ramirez netted twice at the Copa America Femenina and will be hoping to spearhead the attacking challenge for her nation.

Colombia's Group Fixtures:

Group H:
Colombia vs South Korea, Sydney, 25th July 2023
Germany vs Colombia, Sydney 30th July 2023
Morocco vs Colombia, Perth, 31st July 2023

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