Colombia’s national team, that will play in the 2015 Copa America in Chile, has been pre-selected by Jose Nestor Pekerman, the Argentine coach of the soccer club.
The list includes 30 players and many familiar names, including Radamel Falcao of Manchester United and James Rodriguez of Real Madrid.
Colombia undoubtedly seeks to improve on their 2011 performance in the Copa America in Argentina, where they placed a disappointing sixth place after being eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The team appears to have improved since then, placing fifth overall in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and third among teams from Latin America.
With a healthy Falcao, the hope is that Colombia will be a top contender for the championship.
The pre-selected team is as follows:
Abel Aguilar (Toulouse – France)
Alexander Mejía Sabalza (Monterrey – Mexico)
Andrés Yair Rentería Mórelo (Santos Laguna – Mexico)
Camilo Andrés Vargas Gil (Atl. Nacional – Colombia)
Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno (Aston Villa – United Kingdom)
Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada (Sevilla – Spain)
Carlos Enrique Valdés Parra (Nacional – Uruguay)
Cristian Eduardo Zapata Valencia (AC Milan – Italy)
Cristian Harson Bonilla (Equidad – Colombia)
Darwin Zamir Andrade Marmolejo (Standaard Liege – Belgium)
David Ospina Ramírez (Arsenal – United Kingdom)
Eder Fabián Álvarez Balanta (River Plate – Argentina)
Edwin Andrés Cardona Bedoya (Monterrey – Mexico)
Edwin Armando Valencia Rodríguez (Santos – Brazil)
Francisco Javier Meza Palma (Santa Fe – Colombia)
Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez (Inter – Italy)
Jackson Arley Martínez Valencia (Porto – Portugal)
James David Rodríguez Rubio (Real Madrid – Spain)
Jeison Fabián Murillo Cerón (Granada – Spain)
Johan Andrés Mojica Palacio (Valladolid – Spain)
Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera (Napoli – Italy)
Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua (Porto – Portugal)
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello (Chelsea – United Kingdom)
Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto (Sampdoria – Italy)
Pablo Estifer Armero (Flamengo – Brazil)
Pedro Camilo Franco Ulloa (Beşiktaş – Turkey)
Radamel Falcao García Zárate (Manchester United – United Kingdom)
Santiago Arias Naranjo (PSV Einhoven – The Netherlands)
Segundo Víctor Ibarbo Guerrero (A. S. Roma – Italy)
Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio (River Plate – Argentina)
The first match is on June 11, 2015, against Venezuela.