Colombia is preparing with everything for the FIFA qualifying date that will be played between the end of January and the beginning of February and that could begin to define certain positions in the classification for the Qatar World Cup 2022. Reinaldo Rueda wants his team to arrive with enough rhythm to face those games.
The coffee team scheduled a match against Honduras in the United States, which will serve to test things before the match against Peru in Barranquilla and against Argentina as a visitor. But this will not be the only rival that Colombia faces before the restart of the Qualifiers.
Rueda wants his players to arrive with as much playing time as possible, just at a difficult stage for many. It is that those who play in South America are in the middle of the preseason without football rhythm before the stop of the continent’s tournaments. The pandemic altered the calendar of Conmebol and that is why the Qualifiers are played in January.
Given that need, and after confirming the friendly with the Central American team, the Colombian team was able to arrange another practice match but against an unlikely rival. Who is it about? From Junior from Barranquilla. Yes, Colombia will play against a team that participates in the local league.
The duel will allow the Shark to test himself before the start of the tournament and the national team coach will include some players from the field local to see if they are finally in a position to undertake larger commitments.
In the last game, they did not go beyond a draw against Paraguay at home. AP.
The funny thing is that Junior has five players from his squad who are summoned to play for Colombia, so Miguel Borja, Daniel Giraldo, Germán Mera, Fredy Hinestroza and Homer Martínez will face their own team and their usual companions.
THE SITUATION OF COLOMBIA
The team of Radamel Falcao, Luis Díaz and company will face a decisive moment on the next FIFA date. So far is fourth in the qualifying table, but only the goal difference puts him above Peru, today in the playoff zone. Both have 17 points and Uruguay appear with 16 points, very close. Bolivia, expectantly, is with 15. There is no margin of error.
THE CASE OF PERU
The Inca team will face a rival that is also particular. Before taking on the Concacaf casts -he plays with Panama on Sunday 16 and Thursday 20 with Jamaica-, the team that leads Ricardo Gareca announced that he will have in front of a team of foreigners who play in the Peruvian League 1. In other words, he will face footballers who play in the country every weekend.
“Thanks to a joint effort with the Professional Soccer League, the meeting will take place at the Videna Sports Complex during the training hours of our team and will serve as preparation for the next friendly matches against Panama and Jamaica, “the Peruvian Federation commented on its Twitter account. The duel will not be televised, but the FPF will broadcast it.