Colombia FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips


Colombia were the surprise package of the World Cup four years ago in Brazil, with James Rodriguez leading his nation to the quarterfinals. The Colombians were narrowly defeated by Brazil, but they won a wealth of supporters by being one of the most entertaining sides with their fast-paced football and robust defence.

In Russia, they will not be amongst the favourites for the competition, but with a kind group they will be eying another deep run this summer. Rodriguez is just the tip of the iceberg in this talented Colombian squad, and with that underdog status, they are a great team to choose for the World Cup update for FIFA 18.

RealSport gives you all you need to know when setting up with Los Cafeteros.

Team rating

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Colombia receive a 4 and half star rating for the update. This consists of an 82 attack, 78 midfield and 78 defence.

Colombia’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Japan

Poland

Senegal

Round of 16

England or Belgium

Quarterfinal

Germany

Semifinal

Spain or Argentina

Final

France or Brazil

It’s by no means an easy group, but with no heavyweights in there, Colombia will be confident of topping Group H. The crunch game will be against Poland, who are currently ranked tenth in the world, but if Colombia can keep Robert Lewandowski quiet, they will be halfway to winning that tie.

Japan and Senegal are potential banana skins, but neither side have close to the strength from 1 to 11 that Colombia have to cause a serious problem. 

On to the Round of 16, and if they top the group, Colombia are likely to face England. It will be tougher than any of their group stage games, with this young England side carrying lots of pace. The defence is vulnerable however, and if you can come through this contest, it will be the perfect preparation for the last eight.

Germany should meet you in the quarterfinals, and they are arguably the strongest nation in Russia this summer. You will have to ride your luck to come through the tie, and things will not become any easier if you face Spain, Argentina, France or Brazil in the remainder of the competition. 

Formation

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Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has played around with different systems, and we have decided to return to his previous 4-4-2 holding formation, not the current 4-2-3-1.

David Ospina is in goal, as Santiago Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Jeison Murillo and Frank Fabra make up the back four.

Daniel Alejandro Torres and Carlos Sanchez are in defensive midfield, with the pacey Juan Cuadrado (92 sprint speed) and creative James Rodriguez (89 crossing) in the wide areas.

Carlos Bacca and the aerial threat of Radamel Falcao (92 jumping) link up in attack.

On the bench opt for Camilo Vargas, Cristian Zapata, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarin, Macnelly Torres, Edwin Cardona and Luis Muriel. 

Tactics

Without a shadow of a doubt James Rodriguez is the key for this Colombia side. You can either play him on the left to whip balls into the box or have him cut in from the right side, but either way you want him on the ball as much as possible.

In order to do this, on the instructions tab tell him to ‘stay forward’ for defensive support, for support on crosses select ‘stay on edge of box for cross’ and most importantly allow him to ‘free roam’ for positioning freedom. 

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On the other flank, you will want to utilise the dynamism of Juan Cuadrado (91 agility). He should ‘get in behind’ for attacking runs, as well as ‘stay wide’ for support runs and to make the most out of his movement in defence, select ‘aggressive interceptions’.

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Your wide players may be able to create goal scoring opportunities, but you need someone to stick them away. Radamel Falcao has put his injury problems behind him, and with his threat in the air (90 heading accuracy & power header trait) you need to be giving him plenty of service. To make sure he stays close to the goal, choose ‘stay central’ for his support runs and ‘target man’ for his attacking runs. 

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Continue the rise

It's a handy group stage and potential second round for Colombia, but that nasty potential last eight draw against Germany means a new World Cup best appears unlikely. That said, they have strength in various areas of the pitch to harm the opposition.

Tottenham centre back Davinson Sanchez is the cornerstone of the defence, and with the attacking talents of James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Carlos Bacca and Radamel Falcao there is certainly the capacity for an upset.

The quarters should be your minimal goal, but why stop there?

Colombia squad player ratings

Player
Age
Pos
Club
OVR
Goalkeepers
David Ospina
29
GK
Arsenal
78
Camilo Vargas
29
GK
Deportivo Cali
75
Leandro Castellanos
34
GK
Santa Fe
73
Robinson Zapata
39
GK
Santa Fe
69
Defenders
Davinson Sanchez
21
CB
Tottenham
82
Jeison Murillo
25
CB
Valencia
80
Santiago Arias
26
RB
PSV
79
Cristian Zapata
31
CB
AC Milan
78
Yerry Mina
23
CB
Barcelona
77
Oscar Murillo
30
CB
Pachuca
77
Frank Fabra
27
LB
Boca Juniors
77
Pablo Armero
31
LB
America de Cali
75
Eder Alvarez Balanta
25
CB
Basel
75
Farid Diaz
34
LB
Olimpia Asuncion
73
Stefan Medina
25
RB
Monterrey
72
Helibelton Palacios
24
RB
Atletico Nacional
71
Midfielders
James Rodriguez
26
CAM
Bayern Munich
87
Juan Cuadrado
29
RM
Juventus
82
Yimmi Chara
27
RM LM CAM
Atletico Junior
78
Carlos Sanchez
32
CDM
Espanyol
77
Daniel Alejandro Torres
28
CDM
Alaves
77
Fredy Guarin
31
CDM
Shanghai Shenhua
76
Alexander Mejia
29
CDM
Leon
76
Macnelly Torres
33
CAM
Atletico Nacional
76
Wilmar Barrios
24
CDM
Boca Juniors
75
Abel Aguilar
33
CDM
Deportivo Cali
75
Edwin Cardona
25
LM
Boca Juniors
75
Sebastian Perez
25
CDM
Boca Juniors
74
Guillermo Celis
25
CDM
Vitoria Guimaraes
74
Orlando Berrio
27
RM
Flamengo
73
Mateus Uribe
27
CDM
America
73
Attackers
Radamel Falcao
32
ST
Monaco
84
Carlos Bacca
31
ST
Villarreal
82
Lucas Muriel
27
ST
Sevilla
80
Duvan Zapata
27
ST
Sampdoria
78
Teofilo Gutierrez
33
ST
Atletico Junior
78
Jackson Martinez
31
ST
Free Agent
77
Miguel Borja
25
ST
Palmeiras
77
Adrian Ramos
32
ST
Granada
76
Roger Martinez
23
ST
Villarreal
71
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