|Can coach Jose Pekerman, an Argentinian, |
bring back Colombia's glory days?
Colombia might just possibly be entering into another period of football glory, similar but healthier than the cocaine cartel-financed 1990s, when Colombia was one of the sport's giants. As a populous, soccer-crazy nation, Colombia has every right to rival Italy, Spain and Argentina.
But is Colombia there already? I don't think so, despite the national team's number five place in the FIFA's world rankings.
Does anybody really believe that Colombia is better than soccer monster Brazil, which has won five
|Can it really be? FIFA ranks|
Colombia above Brazil!
Colombians should be proud of their team's imminent qualifying (but without forgetting that education, health care, peace, child nutrition and many other things are more important than sports), but without being overconfident. One day, perhaps, Colombia will return to world football royalty.
We'll know a bit more after tomorrow's match against Chile in Barranquilla.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours