Here is Colombia’s 23 man squad, and the club teams each player plays for:
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Robinson Zapata (Santa Fe), Christian Bonilla (Atletico Nacional)
Defenders: Felipe Aguilar (Atletico Nacional), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Farid Diaz (Atletico Nacional), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Yerry Mina (Santa Fe), Christian Zapata (AC Milan), Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan), Stefan Medina (Pachuca)
Midfielders: James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa), Guillermo Celis (Junior FC), Daniel Torres (Independiente Medellin), Andres Roa (Deportivo Cali), Sebastian Perez (Atletico Nacional), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey)
Attackers: Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Dayro Moreno (Tijuana), Roger Martinez (Racing Club), Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional)
The Skinny: Colombia’s attack will look very different than it did at the World Cup two years ago. Gone are forwards Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez, who both featured in the teams run to the quarterfinals. Returning however, is the man who lead the team in goals, Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez. Rodriguez scored a tournament-high six goals in Rio, and manager Jose Pekerman will be looking from Rodriguez, who he named team captain. Rodriguez has fallen out of favor at Real Madrid, and he was left on the bench for the entirety of the Champions League final this past Saturday.
Joining Rodriguez in Colombia’s dangerous attack are Serie A competitors Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Bacca. Cuadrado was a major component of Colombia’s attack at the World Cup, and Bacca scored 18 goals this season for a struggling AC Milan team.
Colombia will have to rely on their attackers to make it deep into this tournament. Without the likes of Freddy Guarin their midfield looks suspect outside of Rodriguez, and their defensive options are not very intimidating either. However, Colombia are a dangerous and talented team, and if Rodriguez can recapture his magical form from the World Cup, this team can beat anyone.
Colombia will have to be at their best to advance from Group A, arguably the most competitive group in the Copa America this year. Their final position will hinge on their results against Costa Rica and the United States. Nevertheless, Colombia has the most talented team in the group, and their class should propel them out of it safely in first place.
Key Players: James Rodriguez, Carlos Bacca, David Ospina
Predicted Finish in Group A: First Place