Colombia finally have a squad that can challenge at a World Cup, a favorable group that includes Japan, Greece and the Ivory Coast also lays in store which will help matters.
Pin up boy Radamel Falcao will miss the tournament due to a knee injury but the naivety that he is the only man capable of causing damage in a Yellow shirt is long gone.
Jackson Martinez, like Falcao before him, has made a huge impression in a Porto shirt, scoring 56 league goals in 60 games over the past two seasons, Falcao netted 41 in 50 during his two year stint in Portugal.
Falcao’s AS Monaco teammate James Rodriguez (another formerly of Porto) will also make an impact in Brazil, having the ability to provide crosses to Martinez whilst also being able to score himself; he got 9 goals in 34 for the Principality club this season and 11 assists.
Even without their star man, Colombia look a dangerous outfit that should qualify from group C. The challenge will come when they have to face a group D opponent in round 2. Either Italy, England or Uruguay will lay in store unless Costa Rica can do something special.