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Colombia hope to ride James to another extended World Cup run

Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Radamel Falcao
Manager: Jose Pekerman
Nickname: Los Cafeteros
FIFA Rank (as of April 12, 2018):16

How they qualified

Colombia's qualifying campaign wasn't long-suffering but it wasn't a walk in the park either. They lost points against the stronger...



 By Mark Lovell

James Rodriguez hopes to make loan to Bayern Munich stay permanent

Bayern Munich came from behind to beat already-relegated Cologne.

Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez has said he wants to stay at Bayern Munich after his loan spell from Real Madrid comes to an end.

James, 26, joined Bayern on a two-year loan from Real last summer, with the Bavarians paying a loan fee of €6.5 million per season to the Champions League holders, who reportedly failed to secure any recall option on the Colombian international's services.

"I'm doing very well, it's a good league in Germany and the stadiums are packed. I arrived with a different...

James Rodriguez's mother makes her feeling on Real Madrid-Bayern Munich ref clear

James Rodriguez was graceful after Bayern Munich's Champions League semifinal elimination at the hands of his parent club Real Madrid on Tuesday but the same could not be said for his mother.

Pilar Rubio Gomez, watched as her son's Bayern team drew 2-2 on Tuesday at Real Madrid to lose 4-3 on aggregate and offered her opinion about the refereeing on social media.

Bayern demanded a penalty before half-time, with the score at 1-1, after Real Madrid's Marcelo touched Joshua Kimmich's cross with his...

 By Chris Wright

Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina star in Colombia music vid

With the 2018 World Cup just weeks away, Colombia have been gifted an unofficial anthem that will hopefully spur them to glory out in Russia.

"Love" is a collaboration between Italian DJ Gianluca Vacchi and Colombian singer Sebastian Yatra, who managed to rope a cavalcade of Los Cafeteros stars in to appear in the accompanying video.

The video features giant versions of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina striding around a city, playing football wherever they go.

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France gain confidence with Russia win, but Deschamps has issues to fix

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ale Moreno delve into the differences between Paul Pogba's play with France versus his recent form with Man United.
Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe led the way for France in their comfortable 3-1 win over Russia in St. Petersburg.

This time Didier Deschamps didn't shout at his players, lose his temper or raise his voice. Four days after France's embarrassing 3-2 defeat at home against Colombia -- when the manager was let down by the complacency and arrogance of his men -- he saw them beat World Cup hosts Russia 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Those two games were supposed to help Deschamps' decision making process before the announcement of his World Cup squad. Instead, it will be much harder than he thought.

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