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

Colombia achieved their best ever World Cup finish in Brazil four years ago, but can you go one better in Russia on the FIFA 18 World Cup update?


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

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

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. 

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’.

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. 

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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