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James Rodriguez's big chance vs. Liverpool could foreshadow his future role with Colombia

James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool.
James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool.

Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993.

At the time, this was seen as a case of patricide. Argentina was the footballing father of Colombia. Argentine players did much to get the Colombian professional game up and running. Argentine coaches were given pride of place.

That Colombia side was coached by a Colombian, Francisco Maturana, who did much to put his country's football on the global...

Colombia present Carlos Queiroz, on contract until 2022 World Cup

Carlos Queiroz was famous in his time in England for being serving as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant coach at Manchester United.
Carlos Queiroz was Iran's longest-serving coach.

Colombia on Thursday officially presented former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz as their new national team coach on a contract that runs until the 2022 World Cup.

"My goal is to preserve the prestige, reputation and placement of the Colombian national team in the world and that will be my first priority," the former Manchester United assistant said at the federation's headquarters in Bogota.

"I want to thank all the fans in Colombia as well as the federation for putting their faith...

Marlos Moreno's Manchester City plight an example of joining a European giant too young

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding N'Golo Kante, Callum Wilson and many more in Transfer Rater.

When it comes to promising South American talent, the major European clubs appear to have arrived at a conclusion. The best way to do business is to buy them young, and bring them across the Atlantic as soon as possible.

The plus side of this arrangement is clear. Top-level European football offers a different challenge: The games are played at a greater level of intensity, with less space available on the field. The sooner the player can adapt, the better.

But all of this comes with risks, both...

Colombia deny offering former Brazil boss Scolari managerial role

Former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari led Palmeiras to his country's top-flight title last year.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he's been declining requests to be the new Colombia coach, while the Colombian Football Federation maintained it has not been offering him the job.

Scolari said in a news conference on Tuesday the Colombian federation keeps approaching him to succeed Jose Pekerman, who left the job last year.

But Scolari said he wants to stay at Brazilian club Palmeiras.

"It seems Colombia do not understand I am not leaving, and they are raising their offering," Scolari...

Luiz Felipe Scolari confirms contact from Colombia over manager role

Luiz Felipe Scolari confirmed he has been offered the chance to manage the Colombia national team
Luiz Felipe Scolari told ESPN Brasil that Colombia have been in contact.

Former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he has been contacted by Colombian Football Federation over the national team's vacant manager role.

Scolari led Palmeiras to the 2018 title and, speaking at the Brazilian Bola de Prata awards, said he will consider the opportunity now that the season is over.

"There has been an approach, yes [by Colombia]," he told ESPN Brasil. "It is a role which, now that the season is over, we can think about more clearly.

"Over the past 20, 25 years, I have...