Friday, October 11, 2013

Colombia Returns to the World Cup in Heroic Fashion

Colombian futbol fans poured into Ave. Jimenez - and surely many other parts of the city - after Colombia qualified for the 2014 World Cup in heroic style by coming back from a 0-3 deficit in the first half to tie Chile. Colombia had expected to earn three points by winning this home game. But the comeback displayed a psychological and physical fortitude worth more than a victory.

Shortly before I started taking pictures a group of football fans had climbed atop a TransMilenio bus and danced on its roof, which brought out the riot police.

Next year's World Cup in Brazil will be Colombia's first since 1998.

Tragically, the post-classification celebrations caused five deaths. Colombian football has been notably deadly during recent weeks, with several murders committed in fights between fans of professional teams.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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