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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.

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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




Round of 16

England or Belgium





Spain or Argentina


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. 


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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. 


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
David Ospina29GKArsenal78
Camilo Vargas29GKDeportivo Cali75
Leandro Castellanos34GKSanta Fe73
Robinson Zapata39GKSanta Fe69
Davinson Sanchez21CBTottenham82
Jeison Murillo25CBValencia80
Santiago Arias26RBPSV79
Cristian Zapata31CBAC Milan78
Yerry Mina23CBBarcelona77
Oscar Murillo30CBPachuca77
Frank Fabra27LBBoca Juniors77
Pablo Armero31LBAmerica de Cali75
Eder Alvarez Balanta25CBBasel75
Farid Diaz34LBOlimpia Asuncion73
Stefan Medina25RBMonterrey72
Helibelton Palacios24RBAtletico Nacional71
James Rodriguez26CAMBayern Munich87
Juan Cuadrado29RMJuventus82
Yimmi Chara27RM LM CAMAtletico Junior78
Carlos Sanchez32CDMEspanyol77
Daniel Alejandro Torres28CDMAlaves77
Fredy Guarin31CDMShanghai Shenhua76
Alexander Mejia29CDMLeon76
Macnelly Torres33CAMAtletico Nacional76
Wilmar Barrios24CDMBoca Juniors75
Abel Aguilar33CDMDeportivo Cali75
Edwin Cardona25LMBoca Juniors75
Sebastian Perez25CDMBoca Juniors74
Guillermo Celis25CDMVitoria Guimaraes74
Orlando Berrio27RMFlamengo73
Mateus Uribe27CDMAmerica73
Radamel Falcao32STMonaco84
Carlos Bacca31STVillarreal82
Lucas Muriel27STSevilla80
Duvan Zapata27STSampdoria78
Teofilo Gutierrez33STAtletico Junior78
Jackson Martinez31STFree Agent77
Miguel Borja25STPalmeiras77
Adrian Ramos32STGranada76
Roger Martinez23STVillarreal71
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